The Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble is an original Australian-based outfit formed in late 2004. Fronted by 2 established Melbourne musicians - Clare Shannon (piano) and Elissa Goodrich (vibraphone & marimba) have been colleagues and friends since studying at Victorian College of the Arts over 10 years ago.
Clare continues to freelance in Latin-jazz and pop outfits.
Elissa continues to freelance across various musicial idioms and to compose and perform in art-installations, physical theatre and contemporary dance both in Australia and abroad.
The Ensemble sees these 2 respected artists move from their better known posi's as supporting musicians for bands such as Bahia, Combo la Revelacion Phil Bywater's Buried Treasure and Wendy Rule to front their own ensemble as co-soloists and co-composers. 2005 included their Tango Suite -inspired by Astor Piazzolla and Amnesty Suite inspired by poetry by Osip Mandlestam and Janet Frame from the Amnesty International Anthology of poetry. Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble also recorded and released their original debut CD, Crossing Over - launched at the Boite World Music Cafe, distributed through Newmarket Music and supported by Arts Victoria.
In 2006 the Ensemble undertook new music project - Worlds within Worlds - in collaboration with Iranian-born Australian writer & translator Ali Alizadeh - inspired by Rumi's Ancient Sufi poetry - supported by The Sidney Myer Fund. 2007 included performances of Worlds Within Worlds' song cycle for Melbourne International Arts Festival.
For live performances of Worlds Within Worlds (CD release 2008)
Inspired jazz poetry - Melbourne Weekly 04.07
Exquisite calm … torn by spiritual longing … ear-opening testimony … in an exciting new format - John Jenkins, The Australian, 15.10.2007