a.k.a. Jeremy Woolhouse Trio
The distinctive music of Jeremy Woolhouse, Ben Robertson and Lucas Michailidis draws audiences into a world of rich harmony and soaring melody. The uncommon instrumental line up of piano, double bass and guitar, creates unique textures and ambience. The trio set a refined and relaxed mood, alive with nuance.
"free-flowing grooves that produce layers of atmosphere and texture … with Woolhouse unreeling cinematic landscapes on his piano as Michailidis weaves patterns of ethereal guitar work" - Robert Sutton, All About Jazz
Formed in 2006, the trio perform imaginative original compositions grounded in the harmonic sophistication of contemporary jazz. Grooves inspired by tango and other South American music mix with themes of classical influence. Improvisations evolve seamlessly from composed and arranged sections in the style of the European jazz sound epitomised by the ECM recording label. The artists’ backgrounds in world music and jazz crossovers make this a truly international sound, reflective of Melbourne’s multicultural ethos.
The trio aim to keep melody paramount in rendering composition or improvisation. Focusing on creating evocative mood and textures, the ensemble features vibrant interplay amongst the three stringed instruments.
As a pianist and composer, Jeremy Woolhouse has been acclaimed for lyrical melodies and elegant use of harmony. For this trio, Jeremy has brought together musicians of extremely high calibre and international acclaim. Lucas Michailidis’ has developed an exotic and evocative use of glass slide. His understated electric and finger picking acoustic guitar work lend an air of distinction. Double bassist Ben Robertson is widely recognised for his inspired solos. His uncompromising bass virtuosity provides a solid backbone to any ensemble he is part of.
Each member brings a background of diverse experience and together they create a unique and captivating sonic experience. The band released their debut album "Ascent" in 2010.
"Gently limber, lyrical modern jazz, with whiffs of Brazil” - Doug Spencer - The Weekend Planet, Radio National