With diversity as varied as Melbourne’s weather, Silverbeat are an ensemble almost eluding the genre of jazz.
Five spirited characters band together on a mission to find myriad expressions of beauty. Jazz is the homeland from which they depart - returning to infect it with rock, folk, classical, South American, and European influence. Through the simple and abstract, frenetic and mediative, wild and tranquil, Silverbeat weave cohesion in melodic grace and down to earth groove. Each member brings compositions, virtuosity and idiosyncrasies to the band’s multifaceted personality.
A distinctive use of assorted reeds and an exotic integration of vocals creates a symphonic impact with just five musicians. Melodies that linger, quirky lyrics that seduce and harmonies that send shivers meld into a inspirational performance of poetic wit and majestic intrigue.
Jacqueline Gawler - vocals | Lachlan Davidson - reeds | Jeremy Woolhouse - piano | Frank DiSario - bass | Phil Collings - drums
A skilled exponent of saxophone, Lachlan Davidson is equally adept on flute, clarinet, oboe and other woodwind instruments. Aside from his own group Unlokked, he performs with the Australian Art Orchestra, MSO, the Melbourne Saxophone Quartet and Daryl Mckenzie Jazz Orchestra. His recording and performance credits range from Stevie Wonder and John Farnham, to Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles. His compositions and arrangements have been featured on TV shows Dancing with the Stars and It Takes Two.
Drummer Phil Collings performs in a variety of musical contexts including Australian rock iconoclast Kim Salmon, the contemporary improvisation ‘Borrowed Time’ trio and the dexterous compositions of Australian composer Kate Neal. Phil approaches every musical situation with a mind to create an individual timbre set and vocabulary unique to each scenario, involving combining various sets of cymbals, drums and percussion to provide the desired pallet.
Jacqueline Gawler is renown for her work with internationally award-winning vocal quintet Coco's Lunch. One of Australia's most spontaneous and original singer-songwriters, Jacqueline draws on her background as a contemporary jazz singer and integrates an improvisational approach with jazz harmony and pop/rock influences. Her voice and interpretations are edgy, sensuous and compelling. Jacqueline's distinctive poetry stems from a sense of social inquiry, a love of the natural world and all that makes us human.
Frank Di Sario is a stalwart of the Melbourne jazz scene having backed many of Australia’s most respected musicians. The bassist of choice for the likes of Alan Browne, Steve Magnusson, Nat Barsch, and Doug DeVries, Frank also leads his own trio and has been acclaimed for his recording Trust.
As a pianist and composer, Jeremy Woolhouse has been acclaimed for lyrical melodies and elegant use of harmony. In addition to solo works, he received critical acclaim for original jazz-tango group Estuary Three, Woolhouse-Michailidis-Robertson trio and the Birchall and Woolhouse duet project. A leaning towards the European jazz aesthetic and influences from classical, latin and world music lend Jeremy’s music a distinctive, gentle and relaxing flavour.