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John Rae Trio. The Troubles.
15 November 2020
At Meow 5:00 to 7:00
The John Rae Trio originally came together as 'The Troubles' almost a decade ago. Since then, the three musicians, Patrick Bleakley bass,Lucien Johnson sax and John Rae on drums, have performed all over the
world with 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival a highlight.
The trio perform an eclectic mix of music from throughout the history ofjazz and have delighted audiences whenever they have played.
John Rae is a jazz drummer and award winning composer. In 2009/10 he was the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards composer-in-residence at Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand. "His writing incorporates a global perspective and his use of traditional instruments along with strings and jazz instruments can only be described as 21st century music". John recorded his first album at the age of sixteen with the Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and has subsequently recorded over 70 albums both as a leader and side man, including two BBC Jazz Albums of the Year. Awarded a ‘Herald Angel Award’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and leader and composer for the New Zealand jazz group, The Troubles. From 2000-3 drummer for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and has performed and recorded with many world renowned jazz musicians including Ethan Iverson, Vijay Iyer and Mike Nock.
Lucien Johnson has been described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare
excellence and mettle.” Involved in a diverse range of artistic
projects, his music always succeeds in maintaining a distinctive sound,
with a chameleonic emotional range that can shift from warm and intimate
through to radical and rebellious. Johnson has composed music for the
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Dance Company, for short
film and documentaries and for his own projects. Johnson is the composer
for Borderline Arts Ensemble, directed by choreographer Lucy
Marinkovich. For their work, LOBSTERS, Johnson was awarded Sound
Designer of the Year and was also nominated for Outstanding Composer at
the Wellington Theatre Awards.
Patrick Bleakley is an accomplished, versatile and creative musician.
His dynamic rhythms on the double bass have been underpinning the New
Zealand music scene since the seventies. To mention a few of Patrick’s
accomplishments: member of Blerta, founder member of The Troubles Jazz
Ensemble, Alda Renendez Quintet. Patrick Bleakley is one of the most
prominent driving forces in Wellington music today. While his
compositions are possibly the most exciting part of his work, he has
also participated in the recordings of many extraordinaires such as
Lucien Johnson and Jonathan Crayford.