Every month I have great pleasure in photographing Live at the Village which presents concerts featuring Australia’s top musicians and composers playing world music, jazz, blues, country, folk, fusion, free improvisation – all forms of modern music. The shows take place in the village of Springwood, in the beautiful Blue Mountains, just over an hours drive from the CBD of Sydney, Australia.
On Friday evening, 31st May, 2013, Live at the Village had the great pleasure of presenting The Vampires from Sydney. They are sunny, infectious, irresistibly catchy and inventive.
Featuring compositions by saxophonist Jeremy Rose (2012 Freedman Finalist, 2012 Art Music Award Finalist, 2009 Bell Award Winner for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year) and trumpeter Nick Garbett, (2010 National Jazz Awards finalist) their powerful melodic invention and use of surprising grooves sets them apart. Alex Masso provides dynamic rhythm along with guest double bassist the multi award winner, Lloyd Swanton. There was also a special guest appearance by Gary Daley on piano accordion. What a brilliant night!
With a new depth of improvised sophistication, conviviality and world music cross-overs from Jamaica and South America, The Vampires are quickly becoming an icon on the Australian music scene, having received both critical acclaim and a growing following across the country. What a great pleasure is was to have them perform up here in the wonderful Blue Mountains.
On the night I did something a little different... some time lapse photography. I have combined it with still shots to create this stop motion video. The video is made up of 600 images and yet only runs for 5 minutes. I hope you enjoy it.