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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


Australia Council for the Arts - Music Composition grant


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

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,

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

Andalusian inspired vibes and sax… the beautiful sounds of this instrument played by Elissa Goodrich, Robbie Buck, The Inside Sleeve, ABC RN, July 2013 *

States of Play CD feature – Lucky Oceans’ Daily Planet, ABC RN

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,—-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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