Nominated for The Age Music Victoria Awards for Best Jazz Album 2018, “Wu Xing” translates in Chinese as “five elements”: Wood (mù), Fire (huh), Earth (tu), Metal (jin), and Water (shui).
Taking listeners on a journey through the transformative states of each element, Wu Xing features Wang Zheng-Ting, a master sheng player (Chinese mouth organ) and demonstrates the virtuosity, spirit and imagination that Adam Simmons has become synonymous with.
Origami also features the pivotal talents of Howard Cairnes (Way Out West) and Hugh Harvey (The Meltdown, Cat Empire, Julien Wilson’s “B for Chicken” and Paper Planes).
SUPPORT: Phil Stack (Solo)
Hugely in demand Australian bassist Phil Stack is one of a rare breed who seamlessly crosses genres from Jazz to Rock. A force of nature on the double bass, Stack took home first place in the 2008 National Jazz Awards for his energy, vigour and passion that is unparalleled. He has performed and recorded with the who’s who of the music industry, and has been James Morrison’s mainstay bassist of choice since 1997, touring around the world including six European tours.
“Phil Stack proved to be one of the revelations of the festival. He is well known for his work with James Morrison, but the bassist… revealed another side of his brilliant artistry. His solo piece was full of drama, surprise, invention and wit, and as mesmerising as anything I heard in the weekend’s concerts.” The Melbourne Age (The Wangaratta International Jazz Fest 2008)
Alto Saxophone/Bass Clarinet Adam Simmons
Double Bass Howard Cairns
Drums Hugh Harvey
Sheng Wang Zheng -Ting