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Frock has created a unique place on the fertile Australian musical
landscape. A band that continues to defy categorisation despite jazz,
world, pop and funk influences, Frock thrives on two strong ingredients
that give it such a bold Australian flavour: a deep level of commitment to
the concept of Ensemble in performance, and a distinctive compositional
voice that explores the many facets of Frock’s unique instrumentation.
The band’s identity is reinforced by a telepathic rapport, honed over
sixteen years of regular performances, tours and sessions. Frock’s
collaboration has been further fuelled by the members’ love of good food,
and this aesthetic, sensual thread runs through everything the ensemble
does. Their sheer love of sound is concentrated through a dynamic and
diverse line-up: Vibraphone, Accordion/Piano, Guitar,
Drums/Percussion and Double Bass, as well as wordless vocals. This
instrumental amalgam creates multiple sonic worlds and an orchestral
blend that continues to surprise and amaze audiences world-wide – Frock
certainly transcends the perceptual boundaries of what is commonly
expected of a contemporary quintet.
Since 1997, Frock has recorded 6 albums of original music (very well
represented in the upcoming Australian Jazz Real Book) and a bestselling
album for the ABC in tribute to iconic songwriters Nick Cave, Neil Finn
and Don Walker. Multiple tours to Europe, Asia and throughout
Australia have further codified their sound and refined their renowned
ability to create a rapport with audiences everywhere: it is in the live
arena that Frock truly excels.
With such a depth of material, understanding and technique, Frock
performances are a thrilling emotional conversation between old friends,
full of loving gestures, provocative remarks and quickness of wit.
Frock’s sound is to be savoured; it has found favour around the world
wherever and whenever they have performed. Their remarkable legacy is
still unfolding, their plans firmly focused on growth and innovation. New
pieces are always being composed, with performances constantly designed
and presented to frame them. As Frock moves forward, they continue to
glow, enrapturing audiences who are fascinated by the ensemble’s
constant journeys into the unknown.