Drawing inspiration from the sensibilities of pop lyricism and melody, Chris Broomhead’s trio project Refraction melds the various colours of contemporary jazz composition and improvisation together into a compelling musical soundscape. Refraction celebrates the sanctity of simplicity, upholding the primacy of a song’s melody whilst leaving space for collective ensemble interaction and improvisation.
They released their debut album As We Were in March 2015 and it was nominated for Best Jazz Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards of that year. Their follow-up recording entitled Inerrant Space was released in May of 2016 and their third album Reimagined was released in June 2017. Their fourth studio recording The Outsider was released in June 2019 with the follow-up EP Three Improvisations released in September 2019.
The trio is Chris Broomhead on drums, Brenton Foster on piano and Jordan Tarento on double bass.
What Refraction is doing led by Chris Broomhead suggests exactly that. Through a musical prism, Refraction takes
on a musical journey buoyed by the expected and challenged by the unexpected. That's what making listening to
Refraction so enjoyable and refreshing.
(Greg Pogue, Host of Nashville Jazz on Acme Radio Live, 24/5/19)
“a thoroughly enjoyable album by a group with their own voice”
(Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz review, 17/8/16)
“The trio’s music balances between the state of serenity and an intense urgency”
(Nikos Fotakis, AustralianJazz.net interview 26/8/16)