Weave, sound recording (CD)

Document Type

Creative work

Publication details

Carriage, L 2016, Weave, sound recording (CD), Independent, Byron Bay, NSW.

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The field of research includes composition, music performance, and recording in the context of contemporary jazz ensemble. The ten new compositions represent an investigation of creativity in musical composition, and this research serves as a model for pathways in composition, creative practice, improvisation and studio composition.

The recording also reflects a focus on creative practice, in particular the collaborative interactions that occur spontaneously within ensemble performances. This practice-led research serves to illustrate creativity within fundamental human interactions, such as collective brainstorming, real-time interactions of productive studio/rehearsal environments, and international collaborations related to engineering, mixing and mastering.

The research interrogates differing ways in which collaboration takes place and molds the recording and production of a work. These collaborations, in effect a group of case studies, range from dyadic interactions through to work involving up to fourteen participants, from partly improvised pieces to entirely notated work.

Weave contributes to the body of contemporary music with a high quality recording of original compositions and several collaborations with leading composers. This has established new benchmarks for the discipline through creative strategies for collaborative composing, the intersections of improvisation and composition, impromptu interplay and interconnection within live musical performance.

This research is significant because it practically demonstrates innovative methods of researching creative practice and collaboration in contemporary composition, and directly informs my current research. It serves to augment the ongoing research in practice–led–research and its value is attested via invitations to perform these works at leading venues and festivals.

Additional information

Weave, Released September 2016

Review of Weave by Barry O’Sullivan ★★★★☆ available online at: http://jazz.org.au/weave-leigh-carriage/

Weave is a collection of ten original heartfelt songs representing key events and milestones in the Byron Bay vocalist Leigh Carriage’s life.This poignant and beautifully crafted collection of original compositions subjecting nature,complicated love,atonements to dear friends and a tragic event that changed her life make up her fifth album following on from the success of her highly acclaimed Mandarin Skyline. Woven into the fabric of this album is the musical input from an extremely impressive line up of mainly Melbourne based top flight musicians to compliment Carriage’s creative output. With Steve Russell on piano,Steve Magnusson on guitar,Danny Fisher on drums,Frank Di Dario and Brendan Clarke alternating on bass there are also outstanding contributions from the horns of Julien Wilson,Carl Mackey,Phil Noy and Angela Davis plus numerous others on strings and vocals. The album emanates feelings of joy,passion and pain and an overall mood of introspection.On the outstanding tracks Blank Slate and Catapult (dedicated to fellow Byron Bay musician the late saxophonist Dave Ades) Carriage attains her star status vocally with faultless technique,sublime control and some very fine scatting. Rhythm Section: Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Frank Di Sario (bass), Steve Russell (piano) and Danny Fischer (drums). Horns: Julien Wilson, Carl Mackey, Phil Noy, Angela Davis, Tony Buchannan and Carlo Barbaro. Strings: Lizzy Welsh, Charlotte Jack, Natasha Conrau and Anna Webb.

Awards: Album of the Year and Best Jazz Song ‘Backstepping’ http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/revealed-nceia-dolphin-award-winners-2016/3119881/

Live Performance interviews: http://www.echo.net.au/2016/12/telling-her-story/

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/weave/

Website: http://leighcarriage.com