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Peter Knight

Peter Knight (b. 1965)

Australian trumpeter-composer Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his eclectic approach, which integrates jazz, world music, and experimental traditions. He leads several projects of his own and appears as a soloist in a range of settings, he also composes for theatre and film, and has created sound installations.

Peter appears internationally, with recent highlights including high profile performances with his group Way Out West at Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and Veneto Jazz Festival. In 2009 Way Out West also toured Korea and Japan including concerts at Takatsuki Jazz Festival. Recent solo (trumpet and laptop) performances include the Banff Centre of the Arts (Canada) and KuLe for Labor Sonor (Berlin); in 2009/2010 he also appeared with Erik Griswold and his Wide Alley project at the Auckland Festival, Sydney Opera House, and Vancouver and Ottawa jazz festivals.

Peter is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. In 2009 he won (with Way Out West) the Bell Award for ‘Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year.’ In 2008 he was nominated for the APRA Awards, ‘Jazz Composition of the Year.’ In 2007 he was awarded the Rolston Music Fellowship by the Banff Centre for the Arts, which enabled him to take up a composer’s residency in October 2007. Peter’s work has also been supported by grants from The Ian Potter Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Alan C. Rose Trust, Australia/Korea Foundation, Australian International Cultural Council, and The Myer Foundation. He was the 2005 recipient of the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (VCA).

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The Bulletin September 2006 “Melbourne trumpeter Peter Knight belongs to the “less is more” school of jazz trumpet; in the tradition of players like Kenny Wheeler and Tomasz Stanko, he doesn’t produce effusive streams of notes, but the notes he plays carry more weight by virtue of the space that surrounds them, and the expressive weight invested in them.”

The Weekend Australian June 2010 Rating: * * * * 1/2 “Pushing the Asian/Australian jazz concept even further... Much of this successful exploration is due to leader/trumpeter Peter Knight’s multi-faceted compositions and the stunning versatility of Dung Nguyen’s contributions on various Vietnamese instruments and modified guitar.”

Jazz Times review of Vancouver Jazz Festival performance June ‘08 “The afternoon's international revelation was Way Out West, an extraordinary sextet from Australia.”

Voir Magazine Montreal July ‘08 Rating * * * * “An authentic jewel of world-jazz.”

Vancouver Sun June 30th 2008 “Truly one of the highlights of the day, the Melbourne-based group managed to combine different styles seamlessly, succeeding where so many other world music fusion groups fail.”

Hour Magazine Montreal July ‘08 “This ain't no worldbeat novelty stunt - the instruments are worked in artfully, and beyond them, there's a melodic sense to the whole band… honest, inventive and original.”

Adelaide Advertiser March 3rd 2008, live review Adelaide Fringe Rating * * * * * “Every member is a master musician interpreting the works wonderfully, with standout solos from everyone.”

ABC Limelight Magazine October 2007 Rating * * * * * “A mixed marriage of unprecedented success! While the thought of fusing African and Vietnamese music may appear unusual, the result is one of the most compelling releases of 2007.”

The Australian November 2007 Rating * * * * 1/2 “Vietnamese, African and a dash of the Middle East, all melded into Knight's original grooves.”

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Album The Effects of Weather by Peter Knight

The Effects of Weather

Jazzhead (Australia)
2010

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