21.5 C
Byron Shire
December 3, 2021

Vibing Up with Jazz

Latest News

Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Other News

Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.

Deconstructing the brand

It is noted that the nine houses on the seafront at Elements, Belongil have been approved by Byron Council....


To quote Greta, ‘How dare they?!’ SBS is running an advertising campaign for Airbnb, encouraging visitors to take their...

When we get to 95 per cent vaccination, this will happen

Just when we were getting used to the current COVID roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone were announced yetserday.

Why not both

The tender for the first section of the Rail Trail starting from Murwillumbah indicates that it is not more...

Where is agriculture going in the Northern Rivers?

As the climate emergency bites, and the population grows, farmers are becoming more innovative than ever. The passion and imagination of the Northern Rivers agricultural sector makes this a place to watch.


This Sunday sees Australian jazz luminaries gather in Lismore for a very special concert and workshop. Playing the music of Ken Stubbs, fellow musicians Paul Grabowsky, Simon Barker and Brett Hirst step forward to share their talents.

According to Paul Grabowsky, jazz musicians ‘share a language; although there will be a rehearsal of some kind, we generally don’t need to. With music like this it’s about the personality of the players and when you play you just adjust to work in with them.’

Grabowsky has been at the forefront of music and performance since he began his career. As he admits, ‘I have been lucky. I have been a festival director, and I’ve done this and that, and it’s enabled me to not have to do gigs that I may not want to do. Like I don’t do weddings. A lot of my colleagues do because they have to. I feel lucky that I don’t have to.’

Grabowsky has always had a fairly multidisciplinary approach.

‘I am based at Monash University in Melbourne, and I am the director of the Academy of Performing Arts. I run Monash Art ensemble. It’s a collaboration between the students and teachers.’

As a player, Grabowsky is an advocate of collaborative works.

‘I love collaborating and working with people who challenge my way of thinking. I have to have my brain challenged. And to be made to do things that are outside of my comfort zone. Anybody who is half my age is bound to have ideas that I haven’t thought of so I always look forward to playing with young musicians. When I was young I learnt a lot from older players. I would like to think that part of the wonderful music that we play is the ability to refresh yourself by playing with young people.

‘I encourage young musicians to listen widely and deeply, to explore traditions in current practice, to be very self-critical and to work very hard.’

Being self-critical is extremely important if you are going to evolve as a player.

‘I think that being self-critical is essential – I listen back to my playing. I am aware of what I am doing, and I try to be aware of that. I look at these things as evolutionary – I arrived at a certain way of doing things quite a long time ago. I don’t wish to change the way I sound – I am happy with that – but I do want to get better at it.’

Previous articleSweet redemption for Bangalow eleven
Next articleNoah

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Minor flooding may occur Friday morning at Coraki and Bungawalbyn

Heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday have caused river level rises along the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers with the Wilsons River peaking overnight and the...

Lismore saw one new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lismore in the 24 hours to 8pm 30 November.

Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra, on Ngunnawal country, in ACT. This university went into ‘Lockdown’ about four months ago. We were...