|Places + Spaces present The Vampires|
for Cockatoo Calling on Cockatoo Island
PERFORMING ON Saturday 27th November, 2010
2010 performances are now complete. Thanks so much to our artists and audiences and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for making them such a success. If you would like to be kept in the loop for future performances please do join our mailing list.
Jazz-reggae band The Vampires are quickly becoming an icon on the Australian jazz scene with their unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae and South American music.
Featuring compositions by saxophonist Jeremy Rose (2009 Bell Award Winner for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year) and guest artist on trombone, Shannon Barnett, their powerful melodic invention and use of surprising grooves sets them apart.
The Vampires have one eye to the future of Australian music and one nod to the past with echoes of Bernie McGann and The catholics. Along with inspirations from Bob Marley and John Zorn’s Masada, The Vampires music stands the test of repeated listening. Their first CD South Coasting (Jazzgroove) has been hailed as a fresh sound, and has led them to appear at major festivals around Australia including the 2009 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, The 2009 Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the 2010 Jazzgroove Futures Festival.
Their new CD Chellowdene was launched March 2010 on Earshift Records (www.earshift.com) and is distributed by Fuse. The CD has been met with critical acclaim, including two 4/5 star reviews from major critics.
**** - 4/5 stars – The Australian, John McBeath
“Played with verve, high ability and inspiration,
The Vampires have produced another distinguished album.”
**** - 4/5 stars – SMH, John Shand
“Were the Vampires a drink they'd be a fizzy one. Not only is there refreshing air around every note, but this air seems to be rising… The sounds and lines of Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett are ideally matched in their ability to interweave cheerfulness and fragility.”
“The Vampires play with wit, soulful melody and invention” SMH, John Clare
“The horns grab the limelight, intuitively in accord and, as often, fencing with each other in dances that excite, provoke and soothe.” Sun Herald Sun, Roger Mitchell.
Jeremy Rose – alto saxophone
Alex Boneham – bass | Alex Masso – drums
Guest artist - Shannon Barnett
For more details visit www.thevampires.com.au
Other concerts in the series include
The Java Quartet with guest artist Bobby Singh on tabla
Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock
My Goodness McGuiness
Where: Cockatoo Island, behind the ferry wharf on the grass area in front of the camp site, known as Memorial Park. This is to the right as you alight from the ferry.
When: From 5 to 7pm on each Saturday from 13 November through to 4th December.
Transport: Ferry or water taxi. We have timed the performances so you can catch the last ferry back to Circular Quay, or of course you can stay overnight on the camp site. Visit camp ground information
Catering: The kiosk is open which supplies alcohol and other drinks. There is food, but the menu is slightly reduced after 5pm
Of course, you can always bring a picnic hamper. NB ALCOHOL CANNOT BE BOUGHT ONTO THE ISLAND
Family Friendly: the performances will take place outdoors, so stake out your own space on the grass.
Weather: If it is rainy we will perform at an indoor venue. Information will be available at the Muster Station Visitor Centre.
Easy access - Check the latest ferry timetable.
Ferries depart from Circular Quay on the Parramatta River and Balmain/Woolwich services
For more information on Cockatoo island visit
Water taxis also available