Major Aussie jazz outfits Delay 45 and Claire Cross coming to Geelong for double headline, double album launch 

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Major Aussie jazz outfits Delay 45 and Claire Cross coming to Geelong for double headline, double album launch 

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Looking to shake up your Thursday night this week?

Geelong’s arts hub Platform Arts have you sorted with a double headline, double album launch for Sydney four-piece, Delay 45, and Melbourne composer, Claire Cross-led ensemble project, Into Light.

Presented as part of The New and Experimental Arts Laboratory 2022 program and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, this is not one to be missed.

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Delay 45 is a unique Australian jazz group led by award-winning trumpeter and composer Tom Avgenicos, featuring close collaborators Roshan Kumarage (piano), Dave Quinn (bass) and Ashley Stoneham (drums), who will be presenting their sophomore album, Flux.

Hailed ‘a bold new chapter in Australian jazz’ by the Sydney Morning Herald, the jazz band play songs and connect them together through improvisation. The result is a fluid exchange between structure and spontaneity, creating an immersive listening experience that traverses various moods, colours and textures. Delay 45’s sound is built upon a deep understanding of each other’s playing that stretches back as far as high school.

Their shared history is evident in the way the players seamlessly respond, building on one another’s musical cues and ideas. The group gained recognition among peers, critics and audiences for their debut release Big Ears, and just early this month, launched their second album, Flux.

Delay 45 will be presenting songs from Flux, sprinkled with Big Ears earworms.


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Delay 45 will be preceded by Melbourne award-winning bassist and composer Claire Cross, who will present her new project, Into Light.

Having built a name for herself performing with the likes of Montaigne, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sampa The Great for Her Sound, Her Story, Kate Ceberano and Mo Ju, Cross brings her three years in the making project to Geelong alongside Melbourne’s finest improvers and chamber performers to take on March 11 release-ready album, Into Light. Darkly-hued and evocative with swells of ambiguous textures interwoven with improvisation and delicate melodies, Into Light is inspired by the ambient-chamber works with a subtle jazz sensibility.

The Into Light suite was commissioned in 2019 by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival with support from their Take Note program and premiered at the Festival in the same year, so you know it’s going to be good.

This mind-blowing double-feature will take to the Platform Arts Performance Space on Thursday, March 3 2022 from 7pm.

You can purchase tickets here