Australian jazz legend Bob Sedergreen gave a masterclass right after The ishs/Allen Project’s first set at the 2015 Castlemaine Jazz Festival, and he said about the group:
The excellent band I just heard …
Bob Sedergreen giving a masterclass at Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2015
The ishs/Allen Project ready to play at the 2015 Castlemaine Jazz Festival.
Current TiAP line up:
ade ishs (2nd R): piano, glockenspiel, melodica, voice
Chelsea Allen (2nd L): drums, cajon, voice
Paul Bonnington (1st R): acoustic and electric basses
Ee Shan Pang (M): trumpet, flugelhorn, voice
Ben Nieuwkerk (1st L): tenor and alto saxophones, flute, clarinet
Photo by Philip Chan.
ade and Chelsea playing their composition Guildford Lane. Live at Farouk’s Olive, 22 May 2015.
ade ishs (piano) & Chelsea Allen (drums) with Paul Bonnington (acoustic bass), Ee Shan Pang (trumpet and flugelhorn) & Ben Nieuwkirk (saxophones, flute, and clarinet)
The ishs/Allen Project will take part at the 2015 Castlemaine Jazz Festival, 6–7 June 2015. Book your ticket!
We are expanding into a 5-piece line up! And we will have our first gig as this ensemble on Friday, 22 May 2015, 8pm–11pm at Farouk’s Olive, 711 High St, Thornbury, Vic, Australia. Entry fee: $5.
We will have our last gig as a quartet showcasing our debut album before premiering as a 5-piece ensemble. It will be on Sunday, 3 May 2015, 5pm–7pm at Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote, Vic, Australia. Entry by donation.
BUSET, an Indonesian magazine published in Australia, has published a gig review and interview. If you can read Indonesian, check it out.
89.7 Eastside FM Sydney — The New Thing Feature
Our debut album was featured in the 6 April 2015 episode of The New Thing by Sammy Al on 89.7 Eastside FM, Sydney, Australia. He said about the album:
It’s a cracking album, that one. It’s called The ishs/Allen Project, a self-titled release from The ishs/Allen Project, and pretty much one of my favourite independent jazz releases that’s come out for some time. Really, really great energy to the whole of that one.
“The ishs/Allen Project” Album Review on Tom Tom
Tom Tom (USA) has published a review on the album. The nice review is written by Lola Johnson:
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” Album Review on Jazzwise
Michael Prescott has written some nice words about our debut album. His review has been published by Jazzwise (UK).
… the Project have produced something not very common in jazz, an album that reeks of a positive vibe, very uplifting, almost joyful.
Leon Gettler interviewed ade about The ishs/Allen Project’s debut album. Here’s the full recording of the interview.
PBS 106.7FM Melbourne Interview
ade and Chelsea were interviewed by Ross Nable, PBS 106.7FM Melbourne, Australia, about The ishs/Allen Project’s debut album.
Here’s what Ross says about it:
It’s a gentle album, but with complexity. And very lovely melodies as well.
Come to our Castlemaine launch show on Friday, 20 March 2015, 7:00pm–9:00pm at The Newnorthern, 359 Barker St, Castlemaine, Vic, Australia. Tickets: $15/$10. Book now.
ade and Chelsea interviewed by Angela Jones on 96.5 InnerFM, Melbourne, Australia. The two also played two songs from the debut album live at the studio: Guildford Lane and Veiled Beauty.
The ishs/Allen Project—Debut Album Launch at Paris Cat
We are launching our debut album at Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD.
“The ishs/Allen Project” Review on AustralianJazz.net
AustralianJazz.net has published a review on our album. The review is beautifully written by John Hardaker.
The music of ade ishs — and now the music he makes on this album with Chelsea Allen — is far from simple, yet the expression is direct and heartfelt. There are moments when it can become almost too pretty, but that is the risk one takes if making your music inclusive and not exclusive to your fellow human beings.
“The ishs/Allen Project” Review on cargoART
Sharni White has written a rave review of our debut album and it’s published by cargoART.
This new album has pushed the bar for all other Australian contemporary acts. These talented musicians have worked together to create one of the best jazz albums out at the moment. With praise from the jazz community pouring in, this group is one to watch for the future.