Media release – improvised jazz – 22 May 2008


Sound Travellers initiative brings outstanding jazz to the nation

Three excellent jazz groups – Mace Francis Orchestra, Misinterprotato and Way Out West – will bring their exciting and unique sounds to towns and cities across Australia as they all embark on tours in the second half of this year with the help of the Sound Travellers initiative.

Sound Travellers is a new project funded by the Australia Council’s Music Board to support individual artists as well as small to medium sized organizations in the promotion and national touring of improvised jazz, sound art/electronica, and contemporary classical music.

“This is a fantastic initiative for both musicians and audiences.! It is an opportunity to inspire and connect like minded people who enjoy the richness of our uniquely Australian musical vocabulary and also a chance for artists to exchange creative ideas.” says Joanne Kee, Director Sound Travellers.

“One of the problems that jazz ensembles face in Australia is that the size of the country and the cost of travel make it very hard to develop an ensemble through touring and intensive performance. The Sound Travellers program makes a positive step in the right direction, which I’m sure will be beneficial for the bands involved, and for the audiences who get the chance to hear them perform,” says Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and member of Sound Travellers’ artistic advisory panel.

Mace Francis Orchestra (touring June/July)
Formed late in 2004 by band-leader and composer Mace Francis to experiment with composition in the style of the great modern big bands lead by Bob Brookmeyer, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. The result has been the coming together of 14 of Perth’s finest emerging young musicians and composers to create exciting new music for big band. An MFO gig is an experience not to be missed.

Tour destinations will include Fremantle, Perth, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Lismore, Canberra, Albury, Sydney,
Melbourne, Geelong, Mt Gambier and Adelaide.

Misinterprotato – ‘Variations’ Tour (touring Sept/Oct)
Formed while studying at the Queensland Conservatorium, Misinterprotato’s sound is driven by pianist Sean Foran, teamed with John Parker’s expansive dynamic range on percussion and Patrick Marchisella’s visceral touch on the double bass. This tour will showcase their captivating new album ‘Variations’.

Tour destinations will include Brisbane, Noosa, Lismore, Cairns, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide.

Way Out West – ‘Old Grooves for New Streets’ Tour (touring Oct/Nov)
From Melbourne’s melting pot – Way Out West – featuring Sri Lankan born West African percussion master (Ray Pereira,) and Vietnamese traditional musician (Dung Nguyen), mixed with players diversely experienced in Western pop, jazz, and classical traditions (Peter Knight, Paul Williamson, Howard Cairns, Dave Beck). This tour will showcase the exotic alchemy captured on their most recent album ‘Old Grooves
for New Streets’.

Tour destinations will include Cairns, Mission Beach, Townsville, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle,
Wollongong, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne.


Please contact
Clare McGregor
Email: or
Phone: 0418 192 524

Sound Travellers is supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, Performing Lines and Ceres Solutions.

Please check venues, dates directly with venues, whilst all dates correct at time of writing, things do change!


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