Introducing, Adam Simmons: saxophones, flutes, clarinets, shakuhachi, fujara & toys
Adam is a composer and sought after woodwind multi-instrumentalist, involved across many different scenes within Melbourne and beyond, performing contemporary jazz, punk, afro-beat, new music, traditional Japanese honkyo-ku, funk and free noise/improv. In 2004, Adam received a Special Award from the Freedman Foundation, facilitating a period of work and study in New York, Germany and Poland. For the 2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival, a special Retrospective of Adam’s work was held - featuring over 200 musicians in 40 configurations over three weeks. In the last twelve months, Adam has premiered major works in Italy, Greece and Australia, toured with Nick Tsiavos to Greece and Estonia, as well as creating and staging the Festival of Slow Music during August in Ballarat. Adam has just released a new recording of solo shakuhachi, with another due out soon of Crushing Thatch, a duo with David Brown.
Current ensembles include: Adam Simmons Toy Band, Adam Simmons Quartet, New Blood, Nick Tsiavos Ensemble, BOLT Ensemble, Embers, The Pearly Shells, Big Fela, Collider and Origami.
Other artists that Adam has worked with include: Ernest Ranglin, Nigel Kennedy, Peter Brotzmann, Odean Pope, The Mavis’s, You Am I, KK Null, Ursel Schlicht, John Hollenbeck, Ned Rothenberg, Jacek Kochan, Noriko Tadano, Tony Gould, David Jones, bucketrider, Australian Art Orchestra, Kutcha Edwards, Legends of Motorsport, CW Stoneking, Bertie Blackman, Oh Mercy & Gotye
Adam also works as a visual art, creating music box assemblages and is represented by Catherine Asquith Gallery, Collingwood. In Oct 2010 he exhibited at the National Museum in Szczecin, Poland and has been a finalist for several art prizes, including the 2011 Hutchins Art Prize.
Those who caught the Glasfrosch launch show for Aubades last year may remember Adam’s wailing set in the middle of the room. He’s joined us in the studio recently for our new record too, and we’re so glad he could join us for this show.
Tickets available here: http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/glasfrosch-friends-play-in-c/