‘Intriguing, impulsing and yes, epic’ – be sure to keep your ears out for the Grey Wing Trio’s new album. The bass-less trio of piano, trumpet and drums are a must-hear of the younger generation of contemporary and artful composer-improvisers.
The trio recorded last month with a luscious Steinway B piano provided by Theme & Variations Piano Services. Engineer Richard Belkner said the pure sound was a pleasure to capture and remarked at the incredible bass response he all too rarely encounters. However, we all held our breath as only millimetres spared the black beauty into one of Sydney’s best little boutique analogue studios in Camperdown called Free Energy Device.
The trio, who toured Australia earlier this year, were awarded the Australia Council for the Arts New Work grant to compose and record new and previously unrecorded material, and the band are incredibly excited to release it shortly!
Luke who writes for the project says ‘their musical connection became immediately apparent at their first time playing’ with Ken Allars virtuosic whisping trumpet lines, Finn Ryan’s distinctive flare on the drum kit and Luke’s rapturous compositional style. Folky, impressionistic and spontaneous the trio artfully drive their melodic compositions into epic textural journeys.
As jazz trained musicians, their openness to early classical music, 20th century music and Scandinavian new texture-based music has influenced their sweet minimal sound.
The band plan to release the album in January, so that they may tour it later in Europe next year, and certainly in Australia.