John Bostock

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Born: January 9, 1954    Primary Instrument: Piano

John Bostock - composer/improvising musician. Among his composition teachers were: Arie Shapira (Israel) and Anne Boyd (Sydney, Australia), Leon Schidlowsky (Israel) and Ross Edwards (Sydney); jazz piano teachers: Hal Galper(New York)and Roger Frampton (Sydney) and Don Sebesky (New York) with whom he studied Contemporary Writing and Arranging.

He has appeared at the 2006 White Night Festival in Tel Aviv, with saxophonist John Tchicai, at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, 2006, with Danny Benedict and Ora Boazson-Horev; and at Jazz for Peace Festival, Pescara, Italy, 2003, Jazz, Blues and Videotapes Festival, Tel Aviv, 1998, Jazz at the Red Sea Festival, Eilat, Israel, 1997, and the Israel Festival, Jerusalem, in 1996 with the Albert Beger Quartet....
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John Bostock received the “Golden Feather” Prize from ACUM, the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel, on two occasions; in 2000 for his "String Quartet No 1" and in 2004 for "When Thou My Love Who".
“Bostock's works are the opposite of postcards: sketches of feelings and emotions, based on patient observation and profound attentiveness.” Ben Shalev “ Ha’Aretz. ”Australian born pianist / composer John Bostock, who has been living in Israel since the late 1980s, is one of the most interesting musicians active in the country. “Seeing Sky”, collects Bostock’s solo piano pieces, recorded over a period of eight years. The music ranges from spontaneous compositions to improvisations on written themes. It might come as a great surprise to the listener to find out how beautifully melodic this music is, even when completely improvised. Full of lyricism and melancholy, the melody lines come and go, shifting in the shadows of the music. The sound quality is exceptional and the piano sounds completely realistic with great presence and sound clarity. Highly recommended!” - Adam Baruch, Jazzis Web Shop. Adam Baruch was ecstatic about “Journey to Gythia” - ”Supported by two marvelous players: Guy Levy on bass and Danny Benedict on drums, this piano trio is truly exceptional, bringing immediate associations with Bill Evans, especially in view of the absolute technical brilliance and fluidity of Bostock’s piano playing, the amazing interplay between the trio members and the romantic, lyrical character of the music. The music, is also exceptional. Beautifully melodic and yet full of brilliant ideas and harmonic surprises, seemingly “easy” on the ear but full of unique ideas. This album shatters the common cliche - classical musicians can’t swing - as it swings like hell from start to finish. Beautifully recorded, with perfect balance between the three instruments, it surely deserves the title of an audiophile recording. I can say with clear conscience that this is one of the best Jazz albums ever recorded in Israel and I can’t wait for the next Bostock piano trio album. Marvelous!”
As a Leader

Seeing Sky
TTR 005
Tracks: Point of Departure; Swan Song; Multiplicity; Ballad; Seeing Sky; Sky is Falling; The Eel's Story; Falling; Rainyday Impressions; Here's That Rainy Day.
Personnel: John Bostock: piano.

Journey To Gythia
TTR 003
Tracks: Journey To Gythia; Three for All; Ant's Dance; Song for Peace; One For Albert; You Don't Know What Love Is; Bongo Gogo.
Personnel: John Bostock: Piano; Guy Levy: Contrabass; Danny Benedikt: Drums.

As A Side Musician

This Life
Albert Beger
Tracks: Passengers; Fishermen; Winds; Hassidute; Purple House; Love; Dao; This Life.
Personnel: Gabriel Meir: Bass; Assaf Sirkis: Drums; John Bostock: Piano; Albert Beger: Saxophones.

The Primitive
Albert Beger
Tracks: Streams; Primitive; Yellow; To Joe; Harold; The Voice; Anat; Traffic; Time To Relax.
Personnel: John Bostock: Piano; Assaf Sirkis: drums; Albert Beger: Saxophone, Flute; Gabi Meir: Bass guitar.

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Ph.D. in Composition from University of Sydney, 2004

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