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With Bricks Thrown At Ya

by Seventh Chapter Ensemble

An Australian brass quintet (& drums) playing new Australian compositions that blend funky jazz and beautiful melodies..
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Weave Seventh Chapter Brass
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2. With Bricks Thrown At Ya Seventh Chapter Brass
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3. Flashing Lights Seventh Chapter Brass
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4. General, What About If The... Seventh Chapter Brass
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5. Behemoth Chorizo Seventh Chapter Brass
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6. Droned Seventh Chapter Brass
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7. Is Hope Drunk? Seventh Chapter Brass
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8. With Bricks Thrown At Ya Remix Seventh Chapter Brass
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The 'Seventh Chapter' has established itself as one of Australia's finest contemporary chamber ensembles through its innovative repertoire and acclaimed performances. The ensemble's repertoire includes selections from classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and ethnic music, providing a fresh perspective on chamber music and creating dynamic performances with proven multi-generational appeal.
In 2000, Arts Queensland sponsored the 'Seventh Chapter' to collaborate on a project with Frank Theatre as part of the Brisbane Energex Festival. In 2002, the group received an Australian Arts Council grant to stage their own concert at the Brisbane Powerhouse and in 2003, the 'Seventh Chapter' presented a sold-out concert of new works at the Metro Arts Theatre where they featured the computer animations of Brisbane artist, Emily Nelson.

The ensemble has been the recipient of Australian Arts Council grants (in 2002 and 2005) to develop new works that integrate new music and other art forms to draw a wider audience to the arts. In 2003, the 'Seventh Chapter' presented a sold-out concert of new works at the Metro Arts Theatre where they featured the computer animations of Brisbane artist, Emily Nelson. The ‘Seventh Chapter’ has performed extensively in self-styled concerts, in collaboration with ensembles Topology (directed by Robert Davidson) and Isorhythmos (led by David Montgomery) and major music festivals (such as the Woodford Folk Festival’s Fire Event where they performed in to an audience in excess of 25000 people).

In May 2005, the group performed the Australian premiere of Eric Ewazen’s “Shadowcatcher - Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra” (with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra). Dr Ewazen, senior lecturer at the Julliard School of Music (New York, USA), traveled to Australia especially to attend the concert.

The 'Seventh Chapter' has 'premiered' to Australian audiences the music of David Sanford, Stephen Barber, Dan Becker, Randolf Woolf, Marc Mellits, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Martin Fondse, Belinda Reynolds, Daniel Grabois, Philip Johnston, Raymond Stewart, John Ferrari, Cameron Tingley and New York trumpeter, Jon Nelson, a member of the highly successful, 'Meridian Arts Ensemble'. The 'Seventh Chapter' has also premiered original works by local artists and ensemble members and is dedicated to the creation, presentation and promotion of new music that fuses a variety of musical styles and genres.

In 2005, the Queensland Arts Council awarded the ‘Seventh Chapter’ a project grant to record a CD of contemporary brass works, focusing on local composers. The CD, "With Bricks Thrown At Ya" was released at the Woodford Folk Festival at the end of 2005.

Clint Allen - trumpet
Tony Lashmar - trumpet
Tom Green - french horn
Adrian Head - trombone
Eleana Gillespie - tuba
Dave Kemp - drums/percussion


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Paul Bhasin, International Trumpet Guild

International Trumpet Guild Review (Oct 2006)
Australia’s Seventh Chapter Ensemble uses the familiar brass quintet instrumentation to perform in a variety of contemporary styles including modern rock, funk and hip hop on this 2005 release. In the vein of the Meridian Arts Ensemble and Extension Ensemble, Seventh Chapter adds drum kit to the brass quintet, along with vocals, piano, vibraphone and even rap at times, to present an eclectic blend of the brass quintet sounds with modern rock sounds reminiscent of Frank Zappa’s music.

The chamber musicianship and brass playing of the ensemble is first-rate; the athletic tuba playing (offering complicated, acrobatic bass lines with ease) is particularly enjoyable. Along with solid trumpet teamwork and excellent intonation, each track is exciting and polished. Most works feature some sort of repeated hook in one of the brass parts, with layers of decorative, intense horn grooves added as the players improvise and interact with the drumkit.

The group’s strength is its rhythmic expressiveness; the urgent, forward quality to each track is contrasted by the relaxed tone production of each member. Becker’s Droned is a particularly well-executed number, with each instrument’s sonic possibilities mined fully and with low brass bass-style octaves reminding the listener that this is a brass quintet after all. Horn player/composer Thomas Green adds extended vocals and rapping to the title track, which is one of the highlights of the album with its complex instrumental accompaniments and tight rhythm playing from drummer Dave Kemp.

The high level of brass playing on this CD reminds the listener that this is no ordinary rock group, but, bridging styles and musical vocabulary to appeal to a wide audience. That said, the CD makes more of a studio rock/funk, rather than a classical chamber music impression. This is due to the liberal application of the drums, the effects processing of instruments, a limited use of dynamics, and somewhat icy, distant studio recording effects.