CONVERGE Angela Davis w/ Matt Harris Trio
Recital Hall West 6pm
The CONVERGE artists of tomorrow section of the festival brings together leading student groups from the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Studies program and pairs them with a mentor drawn from some of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic Jazz musicians. Music is rehearsed in advance featuring compositions from the guest artist but it's the during the rehearsals and the performance with the artist that this concept comes alive.
Angela Davis alto saxophone and mentor
Matthew Harris piano
Chloe Kim drums & cymbals
Oscar Peterson contrabass
Described by the Age as having ‘an instinctively melodic approach’, saxophonist Angela Davisis a unique and sought-after musician currently based in Melbourne. She holds a Masters of Music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and during her time overseas recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a leader – ‘The Art Of The Melody’ and ‘Lady Luck.’
Her debut album, The Art Of the Melody, was released to rave reviews throughout the USA and Australia in publications such as the New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz and The Weekend Australian. The album was officially released at the world-renowned New York City venue – The Kitano.
After receiving the Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary in 2014, Davis was able to record her second album (Lady Luck), featuring Dan Tepfer, Linda Oh, Richie Barshay and a string quartet. Lady Luck was shortlisted for three 2016 Australian Bell Awards including Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Best Produced Album and Best Australian Jazz Composition.
As a band -leader, Angela has been featured in the Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next Door in New York and has performed at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival & the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, among other events. Davis has had the opportunity to perform with numerous jazz luminaries including Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, John Hoffman, Kristen Berardi, Dan Tepfer, Linda Oh & Sandy Evans.