News

  • January - February 2018

    Top reviews + 3 new releases

    Our latest album Not Everything But Enough has been listed in 3 end of year best of 2017 lists!
    These are: 'Top 10 Jazz Releases 2017', Music Magazine, Japan; 'Honorary Mention' Best of 2017 in the New York City Jazz Record Magazine; and in One Man's Jazz radio program, Canada!  Thanks so much for listening everyone.
    I am currently finalising a new duo album with Scottish saxophonist, Raymond MacDonald Sound Hotel, recorded at Reid Hall, Edinburgh in 2016. This will follow on from our 2012 debut duo release Stepping Between the Shadows. The CD will be released this February 2018. It is sounding really great...so keep an eye/ear out!
    There is also a new Sensaround CD (Spence/MacDonald/Ahmad) in the wings ready to go called Heart/Noise, and in April, Satoko Fujii will release a quartet CD called Bright Force. This is a recording of a project Satoko, Natsuki Tamura and myself have called 'Kira Kira'. Recorded in Tokyo when we toured in September last year it features Ittetsu Takemura. This sounds mighty!
    Lastly, the next Alister Spence Trio performance will feature the extraordinary Ed Kuepper (Saints/Laughing Clowns) on electric guitar. The concert will be on March 7 at Venue 505 in Sydney. We will explore the possibilities of trio material from fit, Far Flung and the latest CD Not Everything But Enough.



  • August - September 2017

    New release by Alister Spence Trio - Not everything but enough

    I am very excited to announce the release of the trio's seventh CD - Not everything but enough. A double album - this is the culmination of the last 20 years of music making with these two incredible musicians and lifelong friends - Lloyd Swanton and Toby Hall. Recorded over two sessions - one in 2014 and the other in 2016, Tim Whitten has done an extraordiary job recording and mixing and Doug Henderson (Berlin) has finished it off with wonderful mastering.
    CD1 is compositions with improvisations and CD2 is open and guided improvisations.
    I hope you enjoy the music as much as we did making it!

    In other news, in September, I am returning to Japan to tour with my friends and collaborators - acclaimed improvisers, Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura. I will perform duo piano and piano/fender rhodes concerts with Satoko, and my suite for improvising orchestra, Imagine Meeting You Here will be performed by the Satoko Fujii Orchestras (SFO) Nagoya and Kobe and with SFO Tokyo at Jazz Art Sengawa Festival, Tokyo.
    The tour is supported by the Australia Japan Foundaton and is part of a reciprocal arrangement that brought Satoko and Natsuki to Australia in May/June this year for performances, lecture demonstrations and masterclasses, and a debut of a brand new project 'Kira Kira' at Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2017 with Satoko, Natsuki, myself (fender rhodes electric piano) and Tony Buck (drums).



  • April 2017

    Satoko Fujii + Natsuki Tamura in Australia; Japan tour in September, plus Alister Spence Trio new album launch

    As part of our ongoing friendship and musical collaboration, Satoko and I have been commissioned by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival to present a new Australian/Japan collective, Kira Kira (shine) at MIJF on 8 June. Natsuki Tamura (trumpet) and Tony Buck (drums) will join us in this project.

    Satoko's visit to Australia is part of an Australia-Japan Foundation Grant stimulating artistic and cultural engagement between the two countries. Satoko and Natsuki begin their tour with two weeks residency at UNSW as composers and performers. They will give lecture demonstrations and masterclasses, culminating in a concert of Fujii's works at Io Myers Studio, UNSW on 26 May.

    Additional performances in May/June include duo and quartet performances by Satoko, myself, Natsuki and Simon Barker at Venue 505 on 18 May; the Perth Jazz Festival (Fujii/Tamura) and two concerts with Sirens Big Band at The Street Theatre, Canberra on 2 June, followed by the Soundlounge on 10 June.

    In September, I will travel to Japan as part of this reciprocal arrangement performing duo piano and fender rhodes concerts with Satoko and performances of my suite for improvising orchestra Imagine Meeting You Here, with Satoko Fujii Orchestras (SFO) in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kobe and at Jazz Art Sengawa Festival Tokyo. The Kobe SFO concert will be recorded for possible release.

    Lastly, mixing begins in April on the new Alister Spence Trio studio album. This is the trio's 8th release. We will launch the new CD at the Soundlounge on 5 August as part of Sydney Improvised Music Association's winter concert series.




  • November 2016

    GIOfest and Europe tour, plus Alister Spence Trio 7th album progresses

    I'm very pleased to be heading to Europe at the invitation of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) to take part in GIOfest 2016. On 25th November GIO will bring their wonderfully unique ideas and sound to the European premier of Imagine Meeting You Here (Spence). I'll also be involved in small ensemble performances with GIO members as part of the festival. From 28-30 November I head to the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo with Raymond MacDonald, to conduct several lectures and workshops including performing with wonderful guitarist/banjoist Ivar Grydeland (Huntsville/Dans Les Arbres). The tour finishes in Berlin with gigs with myself and Raymond (as Sensaround duo): playing on December 1st at West Germany venue alongside Burkhard Beins' great Junk Orbit. And on December 4th at Sowieso, playing as a trio with the extraordinary Tony Buck.
    In other news: in October Lloyd, Toby and I recorded the remaining tracks for the Alister Spence Trio's seventh album, yet to be mixed and released in mid 2017. We are very pleased with the results...stand by!