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Nick Garbett Quintet - Lontano

ABC Jazz presents the long-awaited studio recording by the Nick Garbett Quintet, following on from Garbett's success at being awarded the 2018 Freedman Jazz Fellowship. 
Lontano features an extraordinary lineup of Australian performers, all master improvisers, each with their own unquestionably unique voice on their instruments. Featuring Peter Farrar (C melody and alto saxophones), Daniel Pliner (piano), ARIA and AIR Award winner Jonathan Zwartz (double bass) and James Waples (drums), the quintet was formed in 2018 in the lead up to the Freedman Fellowship awards, though Garbett has been performing and collaborating with the various members for over 15 years. 
All five pieces on the album are Garbett compositions, four of them composed during the northern winter of 2018/19 while he was living on the remote Italian island of Lampedusa, situated deep in the Mediterranean roughly 200km off the coast of Tunisia. During winter Lampedusa can be an eerily quiet and isolated place to live, with either the cold northerly wind from Europe or the dust laden 'Sirocco' wind from Africa lashing the island for weeks on end. This stark and ruggedly beautiful landscape was the inspiration behind the opening piece 'Lampedusa' and track three 'Lontano'.
Recorded on the 25th of February 2019 by James Kennedy at the ABC studios in Sydney, Lontano is the next step in the evolution of a significant voice on the Australian jazz scene. 
Nick Garbett is an Australian born and raised trumpet player, composer and band leader who has built a diverse and exciting career touring and performing nationally and internationally. After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Jazz Studies from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2005, Nick has immersed himself in an eclectic array of musical styles - from his jazz quartet The Vampires to his reggae outfit The Strides. 
1. Lampedusa 5’32 
2. Bendalong 7’42 
3. Lontano  9’58 
4. Rabbit Island 5’29 
5. Wal’s Peace 7’52 
Nick Garbett trumpet
Peter Farrar alto and C melody saxophones
Daniel Pliner piano
Jonathan Zwartz double bass
James Waples 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)