Born: August 23, 1978 Primary Instrument: Band/ensemble/orchestra
The Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO) was 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 some of Perth’s finest up and coming musician’s and composers to create exciting new music for big band.
In a very short time MFO has developed their own individual sound through a residency at the Brisbane Hotel since the start of 2005, and through special projects including a concert in August called “Chinese Whispers”. This concert, part of the Jazz Windows series at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, involved eight West Australian composers collaborating to write a new body of music especially for MFO.
“an inspiring performance… show-casing the extremely diverse creative approaches of each of the composers to this challenging compositional task and made for an absorbing, exciting and very entertaining evening.” Alan Corbet JazzWA.
Introducing the Mace Francis Orchestra
Tracks: Lemon Water; Lido Lowdown; Melodian Melody; Sat That Again; Why A?; The Preacher Is Broken.
Personnel: Mace Francis: composer/conductor. Ben Collins/Dan Thorne/Alistair McEvoy/Mark Sprogowski: saxophones. Paddy McMullin/Ricki Malet/Callum G'Froerer: trumpets. Catherine Noblet/Tilman Robinson: trombones. Johanne Druitt: guitar. Kaspar Noakes: bass. Greg Brenton: drums.
Tracks: Chinese Whispers; Say That Again; 8 x 10 Remix; In Between; 5 Minute Noodle; Chinese Whiskers; Hush.
Personnel: Mace Francis: composer/conductor. Ben Collins/Dan Thorne/Alistair McEvoy/Mark Sprogowski: saxophones. Paddy McMullin/Ricki Malet/Callum G'Froerer: trumpets. Jeremy Greig/Tilman Robinson: trombones. Johanne Druitt: guitar. Johannes Luebbers: piano. Kaspar Noakes: bass. Greg Brenton: drums.
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