Both band leaders, pianist ade ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen, hailing from Melbourne, Australia, are very accomplished players, honing their techniques of their principle instruments through this contemporary/traditional jazz-fueled collaboration.
The ishs/Allen Project plays original contemporary jazz music composed by the bandleaders, pianist ade ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen. Their music incorporates influences from various other genres, including classical, funk, rock, and more, emphasising on drama and imagery to take the listeners on a sonic journey. The group has performed in such esteemed festivals as the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival, St Kilda Festival, and a number of regional festivals where the band consistently received warm receptions.
The band has recently released their sophomore album Stories Under the Sky, following their eponymous debut album that has garnered positive acclaims from critics.
Current line up:
- ade ishs: piano and voice.
- Chelsea Allen: drums and voice.
- Paul Bonnington: acoustic and electric basses.
- Ee Shan Pang: trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice.
ade ishs is a composer/pianist currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. His playing style revolves around contemporary jazz, classical, and meditational. ade has recorded two jazz piano trio albums — ade ishs Trio (2013) and ade ishs Trio Live (2015); and several solo acoustic piano albums — Visions (2009), New Butterfly (2010), Four Seasons Suite (2014), and Four Seasons Live (2014). His music has been described as “strong … and beautiful” (Ivan Lloyd, ABC Jazz, November 2013), “sensational and colourful” (Angela Jones, Inner FM, August 2014), and “expressive” (Steve Sedergreen, October 2014).
After living his formative years in Indonesia, ade migrated to Australia. He has performed with Dung Nguyen (Way Out West — Australia), Geoff Kluke (Australia), Daigo Nakai (Germany), Benny Likumahuwa (Indonesia), Candra Malik (Indonesia), Reyharp (Germany), Zamil Idris (Malaysia), and many other musicians in Australia and Indonesia of various genres. His versatility has made him a top choice in other bands, including The Jon Magill Jazz Orchestra (big band), The Bridge (jazz and pop), GrooVe Congress (jazz and funk), Ozark (Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays cover), Up Trio (bebop standards), and MOU Quintet (contemporary jazz cover). He has been invited to play at such prestigious festivals as Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, St Kilda Festival, and Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival.
His current main ensemble is The ishs/Allen Project, led by himself and his closest collaborator, Chelsea Allen. The band’s eponymous debut album has garnered critical acclaim from Australian and international media: “very accomplished” (Tom Tom, USA, April 2015), “cracking” (Eastside FM Sydney, Australia, April 2015), and “very uplifting” (Jazzwise, UK, March 2015).
I first came across ade ishs at my performance workshops …. I was so impressed by his musicianship and expressive tonal quality at the keyboard. Since that time I have become a great admirer of his approach and desire to succeed as a contemporary jazz pianist.
The smile that is across his solos, the sometimes pugilistic attack, the open-heartedness, never afraid to play pretty but also never afraid to drop a dissonance, sweet-and-sour ….
Drummer Chelsea Allen epitomises versatility, musicality, and a performance that is always engaging and exciting. Originally from Brisbane, now based in Melbourne, she was fortunate to undertake formal music studies at Jazz Music Institute (JMI) and the QLD Conservatorium, as well as Monash University in Melbourne. With more than than 10 years performance experience in jazz, pop, rock, and world music, and playing opportunities with a number of world-class musicians across Australia, Chelsea is an exciting musician on the rise.
Her musical resumé includes stints with: The ishs/Allen Project (contemporary jazz), ade ishs Trio (contemporary jazz), Aurora Tide (rock), Alone with Tiger (soul), Fat Tuesday (funk), The Calibre Cats (neo-swing), the Monash and QLD Conservatorium Big Bands, Quorum Consensus (hip-hop), Swinging Rendezvous (manouche), Gemma Tully and the Thornbirds (folk), Ozark (contemporary jazz) and the Jon Magill Undectet (contemporary big band).
Her recent collaborations with pianist ade ishs are deeply felt, soulful and life-affirming encounters in music and friendship.
Paul Bonnington is a jazz bassist and guitarist from Auckland, New Zealand, recently taking up residence in Melbourne. He began his classical musical training on trombone and played brass professionally for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band for 7 years, simultaneously covering bass in the RNZAF show band. Eventually he focused on jazz bass, performing with numerous big bands, stage shows and jazz combos up and down the North Island of New Zealand for over 20 years. His main musical influence is Pat Metheny, along with bassists John Pattitucci, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten and, of course, Jaco Pastorius. He currently performs with Ozark (a group dedicated to the music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays), Sinatra after Dark (big band), Eight of Clubs (Dave Pell octet), and other bands.
Ee Shan Pang
Originally from Singapore, Ee Shan Pang is a Melbourne-based trumpeter and composer. She has been involved in numerous jazz, soul and musical theatre projects including MOU Quintet, Alone with Tiger, and Babirra Music Theatre. She regularly performs in regional festivals around Victoria such as Grampians and Castlemaine jazz festivals and was selected to participate in the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival. Apart from non-classical music, she is also actively involved in the orchestral and brass band communities. Ee Shan began her music studies in classical piano and trumpet where she obtained accreditations in Grade 8 ABRSM and International Baccalaureate examinations respectively. She eventually decided to focus on jazz trumpet after being exposed to the genre in high school. Her music is inspired by minimalistic concepts and influenced by Miles Davis, Brad Mehldau, Maria Schneider, Luke Howard, Ambrose Akinmusire, and many others. She currently performs with The ishs/Allen Project, The Jon Magill Undectet, and Darebin City Brass.