About this Recording
86034-2 - SONIC FICTION: Changing with the Times
English 

About the music*

From Australia, this quintet led by vibes player Daryl Pratt performs contemporary fusion jazz with an electric and progressive bent. Often monochromatic and headstrong, they are both challenging yet accessible. Their original compositions defy simple categories and are played with a group mentality rather than just traditional chorus-solo-solo jamming. Changing With The Times is a recording for anyone who wants their jazz to be more than just aural wallpaper.

About Sonic Fiction*.

”I have always attempted to find common ground, to integrate, to view these various music strands as thread from one piece of fabric. I formed Sonic Fiction in 1993 with Adam Armstrong and Andrew Gander. James Muller, our third guitarist, joined the group in 1997. Although Sonic Fiction is quite clearly a 'Jazz' quartet, I have never suppressed influences associated with my other musical activities. It should also be said that the music on this album was guided by the musical personalities of the members in the band.* - Daryl Pratt

About the musicians*

Daryl Prat (California, USA) emigrated to Australia in 1985 and currently resides in Sydney where he is Chair of the Percussion Department at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has collaborated in performance and or on recordings with some of the world’s greatest composers including John Cage, Roger Reynolds, Toru Takemitsu, Bernard Rands and Jacob Druckman.

Andrew Gander (Sydney, Australia) has a performance profile that would best be described as varied. He has performed with Ernie Watts, Kenny Kirkland, Nat Adderley, Vince Jones and Joe Pass. On record, he’s played with Joe Chinadamo (featuring the Brecker brothers and Ray Brown), Barney McAll, Kenny Wheeler, Dale Barlow and others. Plus, he’s toured in the pop world with Paul Young and Vanessa Mae.

Adam Armstrong (Sydney, Australia) is possibly Australia’s most active bassist. Among Aussie-based artists he’s worked with are Paul Grabowsky, Dale Barlow, James Morrison, Vince Jones, Mike Nock and Bernie McCann, while international stars include Billy Cobham, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gambale, Chuck Findley and Kenny Kirkland.

James Muller (Adelaide, Australia) is the newest and youngest member of Sonic Fiction. He’s had a significant impact on the Australian music scene since moving to Sydney in 1996. In addition to leading his own trio, he performs and has recordings with Vince Jones, Dale Barlow and the Chad Wackerman Group.

From the liner notes by Daryl Pratt

*Too much of contemporary culture is about categorisation. We live in an age of rapid communication and 'labelling' does facilitate sifting through the increasing amount of accessible information. It also erects boundaries that can result in segregation and isolation. From my perspective as composerlperformer (yet another distinction that doesn't exist, for example, in visual arts where the creator in most cases is also the practitioner) who has been involved in a wide range of music (old and new western art music, jazz, rock and to a lesser extent music from Ghana, South India and Java) I have always attempted to find common ground, to integrate, to view these various music strands as thread from one piece of fabric. I formed Sonic Fiction in 1993 with Adam Armstrong and Andrew Gander. James Muller, our third guitarist, joined the group in 1997. Although Sonic Fiction is quite clearly a 'Jazz' quartet, I have never suppressed influences associated with my other musical activities. It should also be said that the music on this album was guided by the musical personalities of the members in the band.*


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