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Kevin Hunt Trio - Hothouse

ABC Jazz is thrilled to announce the release of Hothouse Live 2018, a brilliant and fascinating new album by the Kevin Hunt Trio.

Recorded live in June 2018at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Hothouse sees the trio of
Kevin Hunt (piano),Karl Dunnicliff (double bass)andDave Goodman (drums) perform works by composers as diverse as Maurice Ravel, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and a recently rediscovered chant from 1793 by the famous Indigenous leaders Woollarawarre Bennelong and Yemmerrawanne.

“I've been working on this repertoire for many years,” says Hunt. “Each of the seemingly disparate musical entities of Ravel, Ellington, American jazz standards, bebop and music of Australian Indigenous culture seems to have evolved naturally for me through playing and experimenting with the Stuart & Sons piano. And the art itself – so many aspects intrigue me about the performance of jazz piano style. The scope of repertoire is huge, and the potential of presenting in various ways is wide open in a jazz performance.”

This recording continues Kevin Hunt’s research into the unique quality of the sound produced by the Stuart & Sons piano, the iconic Australian instruments built by Wayne Stuart. To deepen the experience of creating music using this Australian piano sound, Kevin began to collaborate with Sydney’s Aboriginal musicians using the sounds of the Stuart piano mixed with traditional chants and

new Aboriginal songs. Since moving to Redfern in 1983, Kevin has been looking for ways to collaborate and learn with the inherently artistic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers throughout Australia.

In 2010, historian Keith Vincent Smith re-discovered the musically transcribed performance of the Sydney Aboriginal chant Barrabul-la (1793) by Woollarawarre Bennelong and Yemmerrawanne. This transcription provided Kevin with historic and cultural musical materials to initiate the interests of the Sydney and western NSW Aboriginal communities to collaborate with him – and so began an artistic journey that continues today.

“The performance of Duke Ellington's Black on this recording is the link for me between African -America music and Aboriginal music, in this case Barrabul-la,” says Hunt. “Both musical forms are designed for ceremony and improvisation, and both contain cultural information. My arrangement of Black is based on my transcription of the premiere performance of Ellington's monumental suite Black, Brown and Beige (1943) in Carnegie Hall. This I understand was also the Ellington Orchestra's debut performance at Carnegie Hall.”

Kevin Hunt’s PhD research journey regarding the sound of the  Stuart & Sons piano is available to read and listen to at


1   BURTON LANE On a Clear Day

2   MAURICE RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales, No. 1


4   COLE PORTER What Is This Thing Called Love

     TADD DAMERON Hot House

     THELONIOUS MONK Little Rootie Tootie


Arrangement inspired by the Aboriginal chant ‘Barrabul-la’ (Wollawarree Bennelong – Wangul clan, 1793, with permission from the Sydney Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council) and ‘Things Ain’t What They Used to Be’
(Mercer Ellington, 1942)

Kevin Hunt Trio

                                                              Kevin Hunt piano

                                                         Karl Dunnicliff  double bass

                                                       Dave Goodman  drums

The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)