Brass meets strings melded together with drums creating the unique force
that is Collider - an exploration in sound and composition that is as
luxuriating as it is challenging, integrating strings and brass merging
textures that is rarely heard in a jazz context.
Collider was first formed in 2006 and has developed it's own beautiful and unique sound over the last six years. Collider is a band, which is co-lead by
Adam Simmons and Kynan Robinson. Both Kynan and Adam have built great
reputations for both their individual and highly sort after playing
styles, featuring in many bands including Aria award winning C.W
Stoneking, Ernest Ranglin, Peter Brotzmann, Odean Pope, SkaZZ, Peter
Knights 5+2, The Bombay Royale etc. but also for their uncompromising
and unique approach to the bands that they individually run. They are
both extremely prolific leading very successful ensembles with
multiple releases such as The Escalators, Adam Simmons Toy Band, Des
Peres, En Rusk, The Adam Simmons Quartet and The Creative Music
With Collider they have joined forces to create a sound that is at the
same time luxuriate and challenging. The integration of a string
section adds a textural layer that is rarely heard in a jazz context.
Much of the music for Collider has been composed by Adam and Kynan, though there are compositional contributions from the other members as
well, in particular premiering work by Anita and Andrea at the 2007
Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival.
In 2012 Collider presented the major work “Solo In Red” written by Kynan Robinson and inspired by the writings of American Author Cormac McCarthy. The presentation also included an incredible multi-media component.
Collider has also been presented by the La Mama Musica Series and by the MJC. Collider has been presented by , Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and Lebowskis, Melbourne Jazz Coop, Melbourne Recital Center, Melbourne Writers Festival,Melbourne Women’s Jazz Festival, 45 Downstairs, RRR Live To Air and has recorded for the ABC’s national Program Jazztrack.
"This was really visceral music and its effect was felt physically. The combination of instruments provided a timbre-laden treat that would gladden the heart of a Tasmanian conservationist or an Orbost logger, or both.I loved the contributions of each instrument. I loved the percussive interludes and the way Ferella intervened with such sensitivity and minimalism. There were some absolutely entrancing standout solos — Robinson digging deep into the gravel and realising mid-solo he was breaking Ferella’s earlier appeal for quieter playing, Ronny Ferella taking the space to take us on a sublime journey of intricacy and introspection, Anita Hustas opening the final piece of the night with great presence, and Simmons on fire in slow-burn fashion that etched tenor notes into the dark room." Roger Mitchell, ausjazz.net
"While the combined virtuosity of the individual members of Collider is nothing short of intimidating, in the context of this project each musician plays his or her role to perfection ensuring that it is the compositions themselves that take centre stage." Owen McKern RRR
“ Here is a blazing testament to the robust health of the Melbourne jazz scene, with Robinson’s collaborators fully sharing his determination to make music that is adventurous, startlingly original and intensely enjoyable.” Herald Sun
“The trombone-wielding young Australian leader is both improvisatory player & meticulous composer, his music always logical yet often surprising. ” Doug Spencer Radio National
“Kynan Robinson, trombonist, composer, and band leader, typifies players who are making brilliant and original music, which can loosely
be defined as a new Melbourne sound. Their music features solos, but puts as much emphasis on ensemble playing. For writing inspiration, they are as likely to look to European, classical, and other sources, as they are to jazz immortals. Ironically, these attributes find them sharing a philosophical approach with the likes of Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. “ The
Kynan Robinson – Trombone
Adam Simmons - Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Ferrella - Drums
Anita Hustus - Bass
Jason Bunn - Viola
Andrea Keeble - Violin