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).
Lisanthe’s self titled debut is a collection of music written by composers from Iceland. They interpret the source material in a way that renders each piece anew – each song is a new vista in and of itself whilst remaining true to the intentions of the composers. Lisathe’s sound is one of experimentation fused with familiar, homely textures that recalls the likes of Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden and Daniel Lanois.
Alto Saxophone/Bass Clarinet Adam Simmons
Double Bass Howard Cairns
Drums Hugh Harvey
Sheng Wang Zheng -Ting
Drums Miles Thomas
Pedal Steel Guitar Oliver Thorpe
Bass Brendan Clarke Jnr