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!


Media release – General – Sound Travellers, 20 May 2008

Media release 20 May 2008

Musical points of departure, arrival and the space between

The first tours for Sound Travellers, a national touring project for sound art/electronica, improvised jazz and contemporary classical music are about to commence, headed for every State and Territory over the next six months.

We are launching a National media campaign in association with each individual tour having its own media/marketing campaign.

The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles/ Adam Trainer, Greg Taw
Alex Masso and Peter Farrar
Ensemble Offspring, Waiting to turn into Puzzles

Mace Francis Big Band Tour

Metalog – Jim Denley, Amanda Stewart, Ben Byrne, Natasha Anderson, Robbie Avenaim, Dale Gorfinkel
Liquid Architecture – Festival of Sound Arts

Tom Hall, Sight Beyond
Jon Tjhii and Alex Novak

September – November
Colin Offord, solo performance
Misinterprotato, Variations tour – jazz trio
Open Frame Tour, from Lawrence English Room 40
Ihos Music Theatre and Opera – Prayer Bells
Way Out West, Old Grooves for New Streets Tour.

Sound Travellers is supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body and aims to support individuals and small to medium sized organizations touring new music. The artists that will be touring through the second half of the year will visit every State and will be travelling the length and breadth of the country, plus many of the places in between. A total of 13 tours, over 60 artists and more than a few road trips and flights with over 50,000 kilometres to be travelled, Sound Travellers are helping these musical journeys come to a place near you

We are working with the following publicists, so you may receive more than one email about different tours. Please be patient, it’s all good information.

Clare McGregor – Jazz 0418 192 524 email
Amy Curl – sound art/electronic 0420 960310 email
Susie Cairns – new music 0418 635 684 email

More information is available on
All other queries please contact

Sound Travellers

Welcome to Sound Travellers.

Ceres Solutions and Performing Lines have joined forces to announce the New Music Touring Project – Sound Travellers – a two year project to facilitate and promote the national touring of sound art/electronica, improvised jazz and contemporary classical music. Initial seed money is being provided by the Australia Council.

This project is being managed as a partnership between established touring organisation Performing Lines and arts strategy company Ceres Solutions, with director Joanne Kee leading the project.

The intention of Sound Travellers is to bring these genres to a larger audience nationwide at the same time as securing assistance for existing artists across the country to further develop their practice.

Sound Travellers will:

• Support performance opportunities in a touring context
• Support and broaden existing touring networks
• Develop opportunities and new networks for the artforms
• Leverage the funding with other financial and in kind support
• Provide infrastructure support including marketing/publicity to enable skills growth within the sectors, which enables artistic and audience growth.

There will be two components to Sound Travellers. For artists there is a grant based program designed to assist Australian artists to tour nationally. Sound Travellers will also explore the options to both broaden and strengthen the national touring opportunities for these music genres.

An artistic advisory panel with specialists from each genre has been formed to make recommendations to the executive committee regarding the overall objectives of the project and the assessment of applications in the grant rounds. This panel includes – John Davis (Australian Music Centre), Professor Andy Arthurs (Queensland University of Technology), Adrian Jackson (Wangaratta Festival of Jazz), Ronny Ferella (musician and Half Bent), Roland Peelman (AD, Song Company) and other members to be confirmed.

If you wish to discuss a project that has the potential to provide infrastructure/new opportunities or will strengthen touring networks or you would like more information about this project please contact:

Joanne Kee on 0414 973 095 or or
Performing Lines on 02 9319 0066 or