Asteroid Ekosystem feat Ed Kuepper, Alister Spence, Lloyd Swanton and Toby Hall
DOORS 6.30PM // DINNER & SHOW FROM 6:30PM // SHOW STARTS 8PM
Mick Turner 8pm
Asteroid Ekosystem 9pm
‘It’s not jazz, it’s not rock…Whatever you want to call it, this is one mighty sonic trip that paints colourful pictures in the mind.’ - Noel Mengel, The Music Review Loudmouth Magazine.
The brainchild of pianist and composer Alister Spence, Asteroid Ekosystem is a supergroup for the 21st century bringing together four of the counties most acclaimed and talented musicians. Spence; the leader of avant-improv group the Alister Spence Trio and touring keyboardist with Sunnyboys, The Aints! and Laughing Clowns, bassist Lloyd Swanton of jazz giants The Necks and the catholics), world class percussionist Toby Hall on drums and the legendary and pioneering Ed Kuepper; guitarist and founding member of The Saints, Laughing Clowns, The Aints! and a solo career that has now stretched into 37 years.
"I first heard Ed Kuepper’s music more than thirty years ago. His interest in and skill with sound and improvisation came across so clearly. His songs always unfolded in interesting ways and often opened out to be extended by the players in his bands.” - Alister Spence
Late in 2020 Asteroid Ekosystem released their eponymous debut album, a double length CD that took Spence’s verbal sketches and melodic cells into new and unknown terrain that earned them rave reviews from around the world and saw them shortlisted for the 2021 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards under ‘Jazz Work of the Year’.
‘… so much to take in here, so many different images and moods. Hard to describe, but Asteroid Ekosystem is both powerful musical statement and the kind of musical gift that keeps on giving.’ - Noel Mengel, The Music Review Loudmouth Magazine
‘a perfect blend of Spence's forward-looking piano trio teamed with … Ed Kuepper … music that churns up the mysterious forces of the universe.’ - 4 1/2 Stars, Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz, (US).
‘What is jazz, what is rock, …, the jingling, crashing brainstorming is LSD-colorful. … Set the controls for the heart of the sun.’ - Rigo Dittmann, Bad Alchemy (GDR).
With Kuepper’s schedule of releases and live activity - most recently with Dirty Three drummer Jim White - plus Swanton’s ongoing commitments with The Necks coupled with the many covid-inspired lockdowns meant live activity has not been an option for the fab four but finally a window of opportunity has opened up that will see Asteroid Ekosystem play live in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne this February.
The Brunswick Artists' Bar and Brunswick Ballroom will be operating under the Victorian State Government vaccination mandate. Therefore, as outlined in the Victorian Roadmap, only patrons, staff and artists who are double vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to enter the venue.
Customers are required to check-in via the Service Victoria App with a valid Vaccination certificate as they enter the venue.
The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers
- Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
- Regular sanitising of the venue and full clean between sittings
Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport.
DINNER AND SHOW
The kitchen will be serving the Dinner & Show Menu for this show, with dinner served from 6:30pm.
When the Ballroom offers a Dinner & Show experience, meals must be pre-booked with your tickets prior to the event. Only patrons who pre-purchase a Dinner & Show experience are able to dine in the venue on the night. You can view the delicious menu by clicking here.
The Brunswick Ballroom is Accessible.
The Brunswick Ballroom has made significant improvements to accessibility by installing an Acorn Chairlift. (Model: New Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift.)