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Chris Cody

Born: December 20, 1964    Primary Instrument: Piano

Chris Cody

Chris Cody is one of Australia’s foremost jazz pianists and has performed and recorded around the world. He began his musical career as a classical pianist in Australia, after being a finalist in the Roger Woodward Piano Scholarship at the age of 14. He performed at venues including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall. He gained a Bachelor’s Degree in music from the University of Sydney, and the Licentiate of Trinity College, London, with high distinction, for classical piano performance.

His musical versatility found expression in a wide variety of work situations, including playing with some of Australia’s leading jazz musicians such as James Morrison and Don Burrows. He formed his own jazz quartet playing in local clubs, festivals and for Australian television and radio. He played and composed for numerous musical productions in Sydney, and he also wrote and directed the popular jazz cabaret 31 Celestial Flavors, that enjoyed repeat sell-out seasons in Sydney....
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”Magical!” Piano Magazine, France ”exhilarating ... a feast of melody..an inspiration never at fault..” JazzHot, France ”highly evocative and spacious...” Rhythms, Australia ”Full of music and future!” Le Monde, France ”A marvellous climate, between subtle arrangements and vast spaces of improvisation...”Jazz Magazine, France ”A superlative quartet. Chris Cody demonstrates an innate sense of rhythm and melodic lyricism.” JazzAround, Belgium ”Very luminous jazz!” Télérama, France ”This is jazz that takes off for the heights.” Figaroscope, France ”These musicians guarantee a performance full of colour, humour and rhythmic movement.”Sydney Morning Herald, Australia ”something precious, delicate and often fragile, but very valuable. A minor gem. “ AMG Steven Loewy, USA ”His piano playing is clear, precise and spontaneous, unveiling dark sweetness “. Zicline, France. “superb soundscapes of melody and colour.” Basler Zeitung, Switzerland ”The material sparkles whether the mood is buoyant swing, darker funk, or walks on the wild side of improvisation.” Sydney Morning Herald, Australia ”A fine mix of superior technical talent and youthful inventiveness…intelligent original compositions... His pieces range from witty improvisation laid over a funky groove to a classical cool sound to pretty ballads.” Variety, USA ”accessible and mysterious at the same time.” Saturday Star, USA ”A European sensibility with a nod to Debussy.” Rolling Stone ”splendidly rich and varied “ Jazzwise, U.K ”a driving post-bop style, Well worth checking out.” Cadence, USA ”widely different approaches to free moods.” Jazz Journal, United Kingdom ”refreshing like a breeze off the ocean, and redolent with mystery.” Drum Media, Australia ”strong confident improvising, with space between phrases for the rhythm section to churn over Cody’s ideas, before he would return with a line that might curl as unpredictably as a cut snake.” Sydney Morning Herald.
- Chris Cody Coalition avec Glenn Ferris: Conscript (CHC001, Nocturne) - Jocelyn Moen, La Rouge Qui Bouge, Roadsign - Wendy Lee Taylor, Compilation, Jewel, (Smoove Records, Japan) - Chris Cody Coalition avec Glenn Ferris: Midnight Tide (Cristal/Harmonia Mundi) - Wendy Taylor: Lets Do It (Crystal CDM 16) - Freyja: This Girl - On The Corner: Four (Amrap) - Elisabeth Green, Biodiversity, (UWS BD 02) - Chris Cody Coalition: Music for Don Juan (STC 501) - Chris Cody Coalition: Oasis (Naxos 86018-2) (nomination prix APRA de meilleur album jazz 1998) - The Many Faces of Naxos Jazz (Naxos 86040) - Chris Cody Coalition (Quoi de Neuf Docteur 032) - Gervais Koffe: The African Diaspora - Skander Guetari : Jamila - Caroline Lynn: The Shaman’s Kiss (Newmarket 3113.2) - Paddy Sherlock and the Jump Jive Five: The Louis Jordan Show - Jeff Hoffman: Good Thing (MDM 101) - Beigel Daisy Toasts (Virgin) - Stefan Hugye: Sympathisers (Xopf 020)

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Paris

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Piano teacher, British School of Paris 2003-07 Piano and Music professor, NSW Conservatorium of Music - University of Sydney (Direction of ensemble, arrangement, and improvisation classes,) 1996-2000 Piano and Music professor, Australian Institute of Music 1996-2000 (Director of Jazz Piano, Examination Panel, Direction of ensemble and improvisation classes Professor of music history, harmony and theory, Creation of music programs and syllabus). Founder, Co-Director and Teacher, Sydney School of Piano 1996-2000 Piano teacher, Kambala Church Of England Girl’s School, Sydney 1998-2000 Masterclass in advanced jazz at Australian National Jazz Awards 1999 Masterclasses and Workshops in BMUS programs, University of Western Sydney, 1997-98 Piano teacher, British School of Paris 1990-96 Piano teacher, direction of workshops and music camps, St. Ignatius College, Sydney 1982-89

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