“It is beautiful, moving, and inspiring ... an intricate and fascinating story, told eloquently and passionately, with great clarity and intelligence.” - S Hobbs, listener
The Persistence of Dreaming is a suite of solo piano works performed by pianist and composer Jeremy Woolhouse. Reflecting the pedagogy of jazz in which he trained, the majority of compositions follow traditional jazz forms - arranged and composed themes providing a framework for improvisation. Comprising of twelve pieces written within a twelve month period, the album presents a cohesive work reflecting the artist’s temperament in a concise span of time. The resulting suite has thematic continuity and surprising diversity.
The subject matter revolves around the stark contrast between desires and reality. Themes of disillusionment parry with hope, and regret clashes with determination. A life of fantasy overlays a life of suffering, both vie to become the antagonist in an ongoing exploration into emotions, dreams and the indisputable truth of life’s challenge.
The language used has a dark characteristic, with contemporary harmonic progressions. Providing a balance to this are imaginative manipulations of very conventional harmonic forms of jazz. The moods range from gentle to fierce, reflective to animated, driving to relaxed. Flavours of contemporary jazz are utilised with fusion to South American and world music influences. The primacy of melody so characteristic of Jeremy’s compositions shines through in this suite as much as any of his ensemble work. Strong lyricism of composed and improvised aspect lend the work a universal appeal and sustains the listener through the polarities contained within.
Thoroughly engaging, the presentation takes the listener on a moving, evocative and memorable journey.
".... a suite-like set of original tunes remarkable for their brooding cohesion and memorable lyricism. The pace, introspection, gentleness, cohesion, and subtle beauty brings to mind a European/ECM Records jazz aesthetic." - Dan McClenaghan for All About Jazz
“...richly layered, and emotionally stirring music.” - Dan Nilsson - ejazznews
Jeremy Woolhouse is a jazz musician based in Melbourne, Australia. He is known as a composer and pianist in a variety of jazz settings. Jeremy also teaches piano and Alexander Technique.
Born 5th October 1977 Jeremy had some early lessons on the Yamaha Electone, then switched to trombone before taking up piano at the age of 19. He studied music at Box Hill College of TAFE and Victorian College of the Arts before training in Alexander Technique at the School For FM Alexander Studies.
Jeremy’s music became recognised in 2002 with the launch of a jazz - tango fusion project called “Estuary Three”. Originally an instrumental trio performing Jeremy’s original compositions, the ensemble morphed into a project with dancers, vocals and included traditional tango repertoire. This venture established Jeremy as a composer and pianist whose style artfully encompasses European Jazz, South American and World Music influences.
The Woolhouse - Michailidis - Robertson collaboration with bassist Ben Robertson and guitarist Lucas Michailidis featured Jeremy’s composition and highlighted his improvisational prowess. The trio’s recording of the album “Ascent” received much critical acclaim and continues to be featured on Australian radio.
In 2012 Jeremy released recordings of a suite of solo piano works entitled “The Persistence of Dreaming” and in 2013 released “The Scenery of Life Unfolding” duet project with bassist Shannon Birchall. Jeremy also leads “Silverbeat”; a quintet featuring his own compositions alongside vocalist Jacqueline Gawler, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Lachlan Davidson, bassist Frank Di Sario and drummer George Andrews.
"Ruminative excursions, plaintive paintings and measured melodic explorations are visible at every turn, as Woolhouse establishes himself as a thoughtful, to-the-point composer and performer." - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz