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Peter Knight - solo for trumpet, delays, tape and rice

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Published on Nov 24, 2016

For Peter's recordings and gigs visit - http://peterknightmusic.com
Allotrope is a solo project by multidisciplinary Melbourne- based composer, trumpeter and sound artist, Peter Knight. His first album under the Allotrope moniker was released in 2012 on Listen Hear Collective https://listenhearcollective.bandcamp...

“Hard to categorise… hauntingly memorable” The Wire (UK). “Falling into an utterly genre-less wormhole” Cyclic Defrost. “If trumpet is an element then Knight is an alchemist” New York City Jazz Record.

Solo for Trumpet, Delays, Tape, and Rice, is from the new Allotrope album due out soon.

It brings together contemporary approaches to the trumpet along with digital and alalogue media to develop an idiosyncratic and highly personal sound world focussed on texture and timbre. It is minimal and abstract but also incorporates melodic material.

Crucial to this material are the sounds that are traditionally considered 'impurities' to be avoided in the production of trumpet tone: the hissing of air, the clunking of valves and the squeak of a 'misplayed' note. An essay by Henry Cowell, entitled 'The Joys of Noise' is relevant in which he states, "Since the 'disease' of noise permeates all music, the only hopeful course is to consider the noise-germ, like the bacteria of cheese, is a good microbe, which may provide hidden delights to the listener, instead of producing musical oblivion."

Peter Knight

Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, Peter Knight, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. Peter’s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre, creates sound installations, and is the Artistic Director of one of Australia’s leading contemporary music ensembles, the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO).

Peter’s role with the Australian Art Orchestra sees him touring regularly with the group both in Australia and abroad. He also commissions new work for the ensemble and curates a range of innovative programs for large and small settings. Outside of the AAO Peter performs regularly as a solo artist developing a distinctive modality for trumpet and electronics under the moniker, Allotrope. Other current projects include: Daughter’s Fever, featuring Melbourne alt folk luminary, Paddy Mann (AKA Grand Salvo); his celebrated cross-cultural sextet, Way Out West, with koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura, and his multi-award winning running collaboration with theatre-maker, Tamara Saulwick (Endings, Pin Drop).

Peter has presented these and other projects at numerous venues and festivals with recent highlights including: Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and OzAsia festivals, Montreal Jazz Festival, Earshot Festival Seattle, Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Aarhus Festival (Denmark), Café Oto (London), Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival, MONA FOMA (Hobart), Dotolim (Seoul), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), Urban Guild (Kyoto), Earzoom (Ljubljana), Sonorous Duration Festival (Singapore), Veneto Jazz Festival (Italy), Teatro Municipal de Las Condes (Chile), iBeam (New York), Labor Sonor (Berlin), Cosmopolite (Oslo) and Totally Huge New Music Festival (Perth). Peter is also a member of Paul Grabowsky's Moons of Jupiter sextet, and performs regularly with a range of other artists and groups including recently: Paul Grabowsky (Nylipidgi), Dave Douglas (Fabliaux), Ensemble Offspring, and Clocked Out.

Peter is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations including the 2016 Albert H Maggs Composition Award, 2016 Music Victoria Awards ‘Jazz Album of the Year’, a 2016 Green Room Theatre Award (with Tamara Saulwick), an Australia Council Music Fellowship (2013), two Bell Jazz Awards, Australian Music Prize (AMP, for Daughter’s Fever), APRA/AMC Art Music Awards, He holds a doctorate from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and was awarded 2013 Alumnus of the Year. Residencies include, Banff Centre Fall Residency (2007) with the assistance of a Rolston Music Fellowship (Canada) and 2014 Music Omi (New York).

Video by Leo Dale http://wefosudios.com

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