Title: Good Winter
Release Date: 7th September 2018
Antipodes is a collective of New Zealand and Australian jazz musicians co-led by pianist Luke Sweeting (Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalist 2016) and saxophonist Jake Baxendale (NZ Best Jazz Composition nominee 2018). The group plays original compositions that emphasise melody, emotive soundscapes, and an open improvisational aesthetic.
Antipodes was formed after a chance meeting between Jake, Luke and drummer Aidan Lowe at a jam session in Berlin in 2013. Their musical connection became immediately apparent and they began writing and performing original compositions together. With Jake hailing from Wellington and Luke and Aidan both being native Canberrans, Antipodes seemed like an apt name for the far-flung trio.
Joined by guitarist Callum Allardice (two-time winner NZ Best Jazz Composition award) in 2014, they have toured NZ and Australia every year to rapt audiences. The music draws from diverse influences – modern New York jazz meets Swedish indie pop and European free improvised music – that reflects the vibrant Berlin music scene.
“Antipodes hits the mark on a number of levels. Firstly the writing is superb. The musicianship is also great but for me it is the communication of a shared vision that lifts them above the ordinary.” – John Fenton, Jazz Local 32
Apart from the three composers, the album features Aidan Lowe on drums, Ken Allars on trumpet and Max Alduca on bass, who also contributed a composition of his own. Between them the members of Antipodes have dozens of album credits, toured in NZ, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Poland and Denmark and performed with jazz luminaries such as Gilad Hekselman, George Benson, Ernie Watts, Steve Smith, Mike Nock and James Muller.
Music written by Jake Baxendale, Callum Allardice, Luke Sweeting and Max Alduca.
Jake Baxendale - alto sax
Ken Allars - trumpet
Callum Allardice - guitar
Luke Sweeting - piano
Max Alduca - double bass
Aidan Lowe - drum kit
Recorded and mixed by Richard Belkner at Free Energy Device Studios in Sydney.
Mastered by Nate Wood.
2018 Tour Dates
Sep 27 WOLLONGONG, Rad Bar
Sep 28 WAGGA Wagga Conservatorium, 7:30pm concert, Adult $27 | Conc $17 | RCM Students $10
Sep 29 WAGGA Wagga Conservatorium, 10am-12pm Workshop, $30
Sep 29 TUMUT Tumut River Brewing Company, 7pm dinner, 8pm show
Sep 30 COOMA St Paul's Church Hall, 2:30pm
Oct 03 SYDNEY , Scots Church Sydney, 12:30pm, $15
Oct 04 NEWCASTLE, Grand Hotel Underground, 7:30pm
Oct 05 NORTH SYDNEY, Halfback Books, 8pm, Entry by donation
Oct 06 BLUE MOUNTAINS, Hydro Majestic, 7:30pm doors, 8pm show, $35
Oct 09 SYDNEY , Bohemium Grove, 7:30pm, $10
Oct 10 CANBERRA, Hippo Co, 8:30pm
Oct 11 CANBERRA, Smiths Alternative, 7pm, $20 Full / $15 Concession / $5 Students
Dec 12 AUCKLAND, Backbeat Bar, 8pm
Dec 13 HAMILTON, Nivara Lounge, 9pm
Dec 16 WELLINGTON, The Rogue and Vagabond, 5pm
Dec 18 CHRISTCHURCH, Space Academy, 7pm
Dec 19 NELSON, Fairfield House, 7pm
Dec 20 GOLDEN BAY, The Mussel Inn, 8.30pm
Dec 21 BLENHEIM, Dharma Bums, 8.30pm