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Earshift Music Showcase: Disruption! feat. Simon Barker and Chloe Kim + ilex

Lazybones Lounge Restaurant & Bar

Earshift Music Showcase: Disruption! feat. Simon Barker and Chloe Kim + ilex

7:00pm, Tue 12 March, 2024
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Drums / jazz / ambient / free jazz / hip hop / electronic / Korean

Jeremy Rose & The Earshift Orchestra:

Disruption! The Voice of Drums

Feat. Simon Barker and Chloe Kim

  • Ilex

Earshift Music is proud to celebrate 15 years with a showcase presenting Sydney’s most ground-breaking jazz stars. Label head and saxophonist-composer Jeremy Rose fronts the 6 piece Earshift Orchestra as they present the award-winning project Disruption The Voice of Drums featuring drumming virtuosos Simon Barker and Chloe Kim, and Holly Connor presents her immersive solo drum project, ILEX.

Founded in 2009 and directed by Jeremy Rose, Earshift Music has released over 80 albums, representing the diverse cultural bleed and distinct musical voices of Australian jazz.    “…Earshift represents the fresh future of Australian music.” - nycjazzrecord    “Australia’s most significant outlet for jazz-related music.” Sydney Morning Herald 

Disruption! The Voice of Drums

Feat. Simon Barker and Chloe Kim

“Ground-breaking in concept and monumental in scale… It’s impossible to convey the breadth of this musical experience in a few words.” Ausjazz.net 

Jeremy Rose and the 8-piece Earshift Orchestra bring a thrilling tribute to the timeless, visceral and disruptive power of the drum - Disruption! The Voice of Drums, featuring extraordinary drum virtuosi Simon Barker and Chloe Kim. This major work offers an opportunity to reflect on the current disruptive challenges we face, offering an immersive and healing experience. The work premiering at the 2022 Sydney Festival, winning the APRA AMCOS Art Music Award for Jazz/Improvised Work of the Year, and was presented at the 2023 Melbourne International Jazz Festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre.



ilex is the solo project of Sydney drummer, percussionist and producer Holly Conner.  
Live sets combine experimental and industrial club tracks with heavy drums and driving rhythms; balanced with beautiful textural percussion, and amorphous sound-worlds.  
ilex’s music draws inspiration from Japanese sci-fi, industrial techno and electro, drone music, and experimental sound art. Combining her eclectic influences, versatility as an instrumentalist, and production skills, she is fast creating her own unique and distinctive brand of percussion-meets-electronic music.
 "Dynamic, powerful...an impressive display of virtuosic drumming....Highly theatrical, the sound and vision were highly impressive" - Eric Myers, Loudmouth Magazine 2022.
 As ilex, Holly has performed experimental solo/live drum club sets supporting DJs such as Tzusing and industrial/punk/noise group Behind You; as well as creating ambient iterations of ilex for shows with artists such as Megan Alice Clune and Bluetung.  She has performed at countless local Sydney electronic music nights, as well as the Sydney Opera House Studio as a Freedman Fellowship Finalist; and at the Sydney Biennale Art After Dark Series. In early 2023, ilex was chosen as FBI Radio's Independent Artist of the Week, following the release of her new single 'What is Soft is also Strong'.  ilex's debut EP, Visions of Elsewhere, was released in 2021. The EP is ambient and introspective; exploring the softer, less traditional, and textural sides of percussion. Tracks feature samples of gongs, traditional drums, temple blocks, found objects; all warped with effects and heightened with sparkly, celestial synths.  In late 2022 she released her follow-up single 'What is Soft is Also Strong' which was on rotation at FBI radio Sydney, and received airplay across the country. Her latest track "Kodamas" was released on the New Weird Australia ambient compilation "Fragile States".  


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