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The Vivificationists

2014

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The complete essays that accompany this release are included in this PDF, but can also be read here

Martin Jackson and The Melbourne Jazz Co-op saw fit to feature a three night VIVIFICATION Series at Bennetts Lane, Melbourne in 2013. This recording is of the final night in the series.

Set 1 of each VIVIFICATION performance comprised TOLLEY/ HANNAFORD Duo improvisations commencing, at Tollley’s insistence, with a Hannaford solo. Set 2 featured various ensemble improvisations. These incorporated ALLAN BROWNE, completing the so-called "rhythm section", and two so-called "front-line" players: Concert #1- CAROLYN CONNORS and SCOTT McCONNACHIE, Concert #2 - TONY HICKS, and BRETT THOMPSON and Concert #3 - REN WALTERS and SCOTT TINKLER.

At various times Tolley introduces laptop material and a loop sampler triggered by the bass.

They decided to commission James Savage to record Concert #3, August 6, 2013. Track 1 – 3 of the TOLLEY/ HANNAFORD Duo were recorded in a session prior to the doors opening, Tracks 3 – 6 comprised Set 1 of the TOLLEY/ HANNAFORD Duo recorded live and Tracks 7 and 8, the live recording of the VIVIFICATIONISTS.

Recording, Engineering, Mixing, Production: James Savage Co-production by David Tolley
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The Unpossibility of Language

2013

Scott Tinkler, Marc Hannaford and Erkki Veltheim present improvisations born out of a long and continuing dedication to developing an idiosyncratic language for improvisation.

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released 15 November 2013 Scott Tinkler - trumpet Erkki Veltheim - violin Marc Hannaford - piano

Recorded by Niko Schauble

Mixed and mastered by Philip Rex

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Liminal

2013

This recording documents my interest in musical connections between Carlo Gesualdo, J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen, Alexander Scriabin, Elliott Carter and my own language for improvisation.

It began life under the tutelage of Donna Coleman and developed by the way of a commission from the Museum of Old and New Art's 2012 Synesthesia festival.

“Liminal” refers to a position on both sides of a threshold, perhaps indistinguishably so. Increasingly I find my interest in music runs counter to categories or styles, and often transcends any philosophical disparities between the music I’m studying and my own. I’m encouraged by the fact that the more I focus on what I love in music, the more I’m able to develop and augment my language for improvisation.

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Marc Hannaford - solo piano and processing

James Savage - recording, mixing and processing

Philip Rex - mastering
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Faceless Dullard - w/ Scott Tinkler & Simon Barker

2013

Something amazing is happening in Australia.

Improvisers from all sort of backgrounds are coming together to connect, collaborate, and strengthen each other.

The music they are making is different to those models found in typical American and European "free jazz" or "improvised music" groups. Instead, an aesthetic has been taken from the ancestors of Australian jazz and improvised music and built upon. This is how cultures develop a strong sense of community and identity; by turning towards their own past for inspiration.

Scott Tinkler and Simon Barker are perhaps two of Australia's most reknowned improvisers, ask almost anyone about their music and you'll hear words like "strong," "intense" and "incredible."

Marc Hannaford is a pianist, taken in and tutored by masters like Scott and Simon, who is now coming into his own as a forceful and engaging improviser.

This album is what happens when the three of them come together . . .

No edits.

No second takes.

This album is dedicated to our dear colleague David Ades: for his friendship, music and humanity.

Click here to download the PDF booklet that accompanies this release. released 01 March 2013 Marc Hannaford - piano Scott Tinkler - trumpet Simon Barker - drums

Recorded at Allan Eatons Studios by Robin Gray, October 2013. Mixed and mastered by Philip Rex
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Ordinary Madness

2012

Five of Australia's most renowned improvisers are joined by one of the most venerated improvising musicians from New York today: altoist and composer Tim Berne.

The resulting recording documents the entire session, and features dynamic, positive and engaging improvisation of the highest level.

Featuring Tim Berne (alto sax), Scott Tinkler (trumpet), Simon Barker (drums) and Phil Rex (bass)

Album images by Arthur Leeds Schmidt.

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Sarcophile

2012

Winner: Most Original Australian Jazz Album at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards, 2013!

The debut release from the Marc Hannaford trio, also featuring two of my favourite musicians: Sam Pankhurst on double bass and James McLean on drums.

The music composed on this album stems from research into (Amercican classical composer) Elliott Carter's piano music, in particular, 90+ and Night Fantasies.

The group is given plenty of space to play and explore; the recording comes across as natural, spacious and honest.

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NRTPDN - The Antripodean Collective

2009

Made directly after their national tour in 2009, the album contains some of the group's most intense and engaging explorations. Scott TInkler (trp), John Rodgers (vln), Ken Edie (drms) and Marc Hannaford (pn) are The Antripodean Collective. Featuring four of Australia’s most acclaimed improvisers; the Antripodean Collective creates unique and powerful improvised music. While the group draws inspiration from artists such as American composer Elliott Carter and South Indian Carnactic master Guru Karaikkudi R Mani, the group has been cited internationally as a group creating original, improvised music that places Australia firmly on the map of acoustic, instrumental contemporary improvisation. Performing music that is thoroughly engaging in it’s immediacy, conviction and integrity, the Antripodean Collective is a group that has an unmistakable and unique identity.
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Polar

2008

Having work-shopped the material at the Banff Centre (CAN) and in New York in mid-2008, I returned to record my first solo album, and my second album for iconic Extreme music label.

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The result "is an impressive and remarkable creation. It sure is as far away from mainstream music as the equator is from either polar region. Nonetheless the power and strength of this seemingly unruly phenomenon is based on its undeniable ability to provoke and ignite powerfully emotional reactions in those who listen. One would wish for music like this to serve as a directory for many musicians to come." - Fred M. Wheeler (tokafi.com) 
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Funcall - The Antripodean Collective

2008

"Funcall" arrives, four great Australian musicians at the top of their game set free in the studio to create as they see fit, save jazz improvisation from drowning in mediocrity, express themselves in the most original way, so many moments of brilliance, a unique vision of time and space, "Funcall" has indeed arrived.

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The Garden of Forking Paths

2007

The remarkable aspect of The Garden of Forking Paths is that Marc plays in total unison with the other musicians. He has the maturity to realize that working to achieve a united voice will have a far greater power than heavy handed brinkmanship.

The Garden of Forking Paths also allows Marc to showcase his wonderful ability as a solo piano player. ‘I’ll Go Down…’ explains without words just how his unique playing style can work as well on its own as it does in the group context. The dazzling counterpoint is seemingly played by two pianists on the one piano.

It is also interesting to point out the tracks on The Garden of Forking Paths where Marc has outlined the context for the improvisational performance. It is here that his compositional ability has truly brought out the best in his fellow musicians, with ‘G.E.B.’ being an opus of astounding beauty.

Marc Hannaford is certainly one of the best jazz pianists in the country, already acknowledged by his peers and critics alike. With The Garden of Forking Paths it is now time for an even greater audience to enjoy this prodigious talent.

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"Hannaford draws you into his music, but more especially makes you want to return to it by challenging your assumptions." - Stuart Nicholson (Jazzis magazine)

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Parallels/Layers

2005

A septet recording I made after investigating Andrew Hill, Duke Ellington and Carla Bley's ensemble writing. Featuring Ronny Ferella, Mich Meagher, Shannon Barnett, Ed Fairle, Ian Whitehurst and Gideon Brazil.
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Lost in the Stars

2013

The Allan Browne Trio with Marc Hannford and Sam Pankhurst present Lost In The Stars, an album inspired by American Jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams and riveting German composer Karl Stockhausen affiliated here by their Zodiac Suites.

Constructing each composition with the composer in mind there is a Williams and a Stockhausen version for each. Surprisingly they are not opposed. An exciting album concept in itself, and as each track unfolds Lost In The Stars becomes even more absorbing. You can visit Jazzhead Records here

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In Cahoots - Paul Willamson's 'Inside Out'

2011

Inside Out features the outstanding talents of Paul Williamson (trumpet/composer), Marc Hannaford (piano), Sam Zerna (double bass) and James McLean (drums). Each of these highly regarded jazz musicians are actively involved in the Australian Jazz scene and inspirational as performers, composers, and educators.

The Quartet was formed in 2009 on Williamson’s return to Melbourne after an fruitful 2year stint performing on the European jazz scene. Based in Dublin Williamson worked with an array of incredible musicians at various festivals and events around Ireland, Europe and USA.

While many of the In Cahoots tracks were composed and inspired by life in other lands, the ensembles consistent performances have contributed to the music's evolution into its current form. The groups' arrangements, including entrancing piano interludes and fiery ensemble interactions, ignite their exciting, contemporary sound.

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Lost City - Anton Delecca Quartet

2010

Ranging from complex harmonic and rhythmic explorations to simple folk inspired pieces, these nine original tracks highlight the unity of the ensemble and the breadth of their musical interests. Delecca’s eight compositions and Will Poskitt’s Blues Bungle even make room for New Orleans inspired romp in A Dog’s Tale (well why not throw in a bit of old school for good measure?)


Lost City features the indomitable talents of Marc Hannaford: Piano, Danny Farrugia: Drums, Jonathan Zion: Acoustic Bass, Anton Delecca: Tenor Saxophone and Elvis Aljus guesting on Congas.

Anton Delecca formed the original quartet in mid ’98 after lining up shows at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. The band soon recorded for ABC Classic FM’s ‘Jazztrack’ and performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Their CD debut, Flow, hit stores in 2001.

Since then, Delecca has recorded and performed nationally and internationally with acclaimed groups such as The Bamboos, and studied in NYC with renowned saxophonists, Dave Liebman, George Garzone and Chris Potter. In 2009 the UK version of the quartet was successfully debuted at the London cult jazz night ‘JazzLive at The Crypt’.

You can visit Anton Delecca here and Jazzhead Records here

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Shreveport Stomp - Allan Browne/Sam Anning/Marc Hannaford

2010

With ingenious takes on compositions by Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Ornette Coleman and Johnny Green, Shreveport Stomp contains some of the most exciting playing of traditional jazz repertoire the Trio has achieved.


The Trio’s highly acclaimed debut, Homage, won the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Classic Jazz album in 2010, the proceeds of which went towards the recording of Shreveport Stomp, which was filmed and recorded live at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne.

The film clips feature the Trio playing a standard and classic jazz repertoire in a live setting and whilst some personal outlooks are also featured as the guys are filmed strolling through inner city Melbourne alleys and discussing music over Japanese Ramen before heading back to their gig; allowing a sneak peak into the workings of these talented individuals.

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Homage - Allan Browne/Sam Anning/Marc Hannaford

2009

Winner of Best Classic Jazz Album of the Year 2010 Australian Jazz Bell Awards

The Trio perform versions of works by Jazz luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk alongside original contemporary pieces

Initially drawn together by their respect for early Jazz composers, the Trio developed this collaboration over two years at Bennett’s Lane and further at the 2008 Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

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