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The Java Quartet

Fri 1 Jul

Melodic, spacious, diverse, elegant and honest.

The Java Quartet, lead by the ARIA award winning Michael Galeazzi visit The Music Lounge to launch their eighth album, Before Now After. Continuing the acoustic (and organic) nature of the group blending exotic grooves and melodies. At once driving, trance-like and reflective, The Java Quartet establishes their own corner of sonic territory.

The three long form compositions represent an exposition on time, and the work springs from the Quartet’s 20 years of shared curiosity and their individual unique voices. The prodigiously talented band featuring Bassist Michael Galeazzi (Merrigong Theatre Company’s The Sirens Return, Karma County), Saxophonist Matthew Ottignon (Baby et Lulu, Mister Ott), Drummer Mike Quigley (Merrigong Theatre Company’s The Sirens Return), and pianist Greg Coffin have created a beautiful acoustic suite, spiced with groove, energy, and a sound that has been forged through a shared musical vision.

Before Now After is a meditation upon time, a sonic homage to the evolutionary arc. Just as the coastline is shaped by tidal forces shifting the delicate balance of ocean and sand, The Java Quartet have sculpted a long form tryptic work from a singular cove.

Before Now After is all that is typically Java: melodic, spacious, diverse, elegant and honest.

Reviews

  • The Java Quartet are popular without being desperately populist. They are inventive and distinctive without the need to be creative getting in the road of delivering enjoyment. They are catchy. Fans of various idioms feel it … influences from pop music as well as jazz and various ethnic musics are blended deceptively into the Java sound. - John Clare
  • The Java Quartet inhabits its own space, unlike that of any other aggregation, in Australia or anywhere else - supremely melodic, full of taut, yet limpid, grooves and packed with soul. - Kenny Weir, Sunday Herald Sun

Musicians

Bass Michael Galeazzi
Piano Greg Coffin
Sax Matthew Ottignon
Drums Mike Quigley

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