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States of Play jazz quartet

States of Play is an Australian, Melbourne-based contemporary world-jazz quartet comprising 4 critically acclaimed musicians: Phil Bywater - Saxophone / Flute, Tamara Murphy - Double bass , Elissa Goodrich - Vibraphone, Daniel Farrugia - Drums.

States of Play’s debut CD is an original jazz project inspired by the emotional states & musical forms attributed to traditional Andalusian (Spanish) music encountered in Elissa’s and Clare’s research & work in Spain and in the crafted interplay between the quartet of performing musicians. Though not directly quoting these well-known forms, much of their music plays with the specific emotional states, modes and rhythms attributed to Andalusian music and Flamenco found within music & dance forms, including the Jota Berber, Paso Doble, Alegrias, Bulerias, and Solea.

Phil Bywater – Saxophone & Flute

Tamara Murphy – Double Bass

Elissa Goodrich – Vibraphone

Daniel Farrugia – Drums

Elissa Goodrich/Clare Shannon – Compositions

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

States Of Play is also available at JB Hi-Fi stores nationally, and for download at iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and more

Awards

Australia Council for the Arts - Music Composition grant


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Elissa and Clare have stretched themselves again, this time with the gorgeous States of Play. Perfect for after dark. Julia Lister - ABC Classic FM

For States of Play - CD (2013)

(Four Stars) THIS debut album is jazz-influenced music inspired by Spanish forms…the tunes… stand on their own merit. … strong forceful jazz-impacted and at the opposite end of the rhythmic spectrum, floating languidly. - John McBeath - the Australian, 14/09/2013 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/states-of-play-states-of-play/story-fn9n8gph-1226718340380#

The gorgeous album States of Play, perfect for after dark Julia Lester, ABC Classic Drive, ‘on the veranda week-long featured CD, June 21, 2013, http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2013/06/17/3783285.htm

Elissa wields her mallets… on this robust, lively and decidedly Hispanic…same quartet but very different mood …spacious and true ‘Medley feature’ on Doug Spencer’s Weekend Planet, ABC RN http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/weekendplanet/vasen-mindset/4897808

Andalusian inspired vibes and sax… the beautiful sounds of this instrument played by Elissa Goodrich, Robbie Buck, The Inside Sleeve, ABC RN, July 2013 * http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/insidesleeve/ise-17-7-2013/4826466

States of Play CD feature – Lucky Oceans’ Daily Planet, ABC RN http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/dailyplanet/lucky-oceans-daily-planet-states-of-play-flamenco-jazz/4691836

For Worlds Within Worlds CD– Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble (2008) ‘Beautiful music…their music draws you in closer and closer’ Julia Lester, ABC Classic Drive, 17.09.2009, CD of the WEEK – Lucky Oceans’ daily Planet, ABC RN March 2008, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/dailyplanet/cd-of-the-week—-shannon-goodrich-ensemble/3283356

For Elissa Goodrich’s Song Cycle from the Worlds Within Worlds music project-performed by Ria Soemardjo (voice/ violin) and Elissa Goodrich (vibraphone) at Melbourne International Arts Festival 2007: ‘Exquisite calm, torn by spiritual longing

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