- This event has passed.
Starr-Schulz and Friends: Musical Conversations’
Starr-Schulz and Friends: Musical Conversations’ is a series of monthly collaborative events between Adam Starr, Anthony Schulz and two different artists per month.
March’s performance will comprise Ben Gillespie on Trombone and Nick
Tsiavos on Double Bass.
Ben Gillespie: Trombone
Ben is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne where he studied improvisation. He currently performs with a diverse set of ensembles throughout Australia in a wide range of musical styles as an instrumentalist, singer and percussionist.
In more than twenty five years as a professional musician he has recorded and performed with artists such as Gotye, Paul Kelly, Icehouse, Eric Burdon, Isaac Hayes, Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, Glen Shorrock, Tim
Rogers, The Cat Empire, Mark Simmonds, Wycliffe Gordon, Horace
Tapscott and The Australian Art Orchestra as well as with his own
bands The Hoodangers & Skaddabox.
Ben has also toured extensively with his own and other ensembles
throughout North America, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Asia
and The Pacific.
Nick Tsiavos: Double Bass
Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work operates at the
intersections of a number of cultural boundaries: from 6th century
chant to contemporary minimalism and experimental improvisation,
from church to pub to concert hall. He has studied music at the VCA and
contrabass technique with Francois Rabbath in Paris, France 1986-87
and improvisation methodology and philosophy with Barre Phillips,
Since 1994, Tsiavos has been developing new music for the solo bass as
well a his ensemble projects. As an immigrant to Australia, a product of
the Greek diaspora of the 1950’s, he is interested in and informed by
non-canonical discourse, while refusing the tokenism that ethnicity
often entails. The diversity of his cultural influences come together to
create work articulating an intensely personal response to the
problematics of contemporary Australian culture.
Tsiavos has performed as a bass soloist in a wide range of situations and
venues including The Melbourne Recital Centre, La Mama, The BMW
Edge for MAV and the Antipodes Festival (Melbourne), ‘Kulcha’
(Fremantle), at MONA FOMA and at Tasmanian Conservatorium of
Music (Hobart) and at the Brett Whiteley Retrospective at the Art
Gallery of New South Wales. He has performed as a bass soloist in
concert tours throughout Australia, with the assistance of the Australia
Council of the Arts.
Adam Starr and Anthony Schulz perform with, and compose for,
numerous ensembles and projects and are well known for their work
with Melbourne-based ensemble ‘Frock’.