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Artefact Agency (Jeans / Luebber / Susnjar): Artefact I, II And III (FMR)

The collaborative Australian electric jazz trio of Simon Jeans on guitar, Johannes Luebber on keyboards, and Daniel Susnjar on drums, who create semi-composed sonic structures that are used for collective improvisation and also live film scores and contemporary dance works, present 3 "Artefacts" using multiple structures of passionate and melodically inspired playing.

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UPC: 642415162739

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 574-0120
Squidco Product Code: 29203

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Loop Studios, in Perth, Australia, on January 18th, 2015, by Kieran Kenderessy.


Simon Jeans-guitar

Johannes Luebber-keyboards

Daniel Susnjar-drums

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Artist Biographies:

Simon Jeans is an Australian guitarist, leader of the Simon Jeans Quartet and a member of the Artefact Agency trio.

-Squidco 10/3/2022

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"Winner of the 2011 'Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year' (Australian Jazz 'Bell' Awards) and the 2011 'Jazz Work of the Year' (APRA/AMC Art Music Awards), Johannes Luebbers has emerged as one of Australia's most interesting young composers. Graduating from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2006, Johannes studied arranging with Graeme Lyall, piano with Graham Wood and Tom O'Halloran and was awarded the 'Bob Wylie Scholarship' for the most outstanding graduate. Throughout his short career he has been the recipient of numerous other awards including the 2009 'Youth Arts West Australian Citizen of the Year', 2009 'Best Australian Jazz Composition of the Year' (Bell Awards), 2008 'Jazz Song of the Year' (WA Music Industry Awards) and the 2006 'APRA Professional Development Award' for jazz. He has also release two albums with his own award winning ensemble, the Johannes Luebbers Dectet (JLD).

In addition to his work with the JLD, Johannes has written music for the Tasmanian Symphony (with Kate Miller-Heidke and Missy Higgins), Orchestra Victoria (with Sinead O'Connor and Dan Sultan), the WA Symphony Orchestra (The Panics and Jay Laga'aia), the Australian Rock Symphony (with the Baby Animals and The Divinyls), the Logie Awards, Mark Vincent (2009 Australia's Got Talent winner), the WA Youth Orchestra, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and 'Decibel' new music ensemble. He has also performed his original work at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, the York Jazz Festival and was a featured performer at the 2011 APRA/AMC Art Music Awards. In 2012 Johannes composed the music for new music theatre production 'Melba', which underwent a development at Chapel Off Chapel in February 2013 and will premier at the WA Academy of Performing Arts on Nov 13, 2015. In 2013 he also worked on orchestrations for the new production of Shane Warne the Musical.

From 2007-2014 Johannes taught at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), lecturing in jazz arranging, aural, composition and ensemble. In 2015 he joined the ANU School of Music in Canberra and in 2016 accepted an offer at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, at Monash University in Melbourne. In addition to his teaching work Johannes is currently a PhD candidate at WAAPA, researching in jazz, collaboration and composition. He was also president of the Perth Jazz Society from 2011-14, a panel member for the Australian Council for the Arts from 2011-14, an 'Associate Artist' with the Australian Music Centre and is co-founder of the independent new music label Listen/Hear Collective."

-Johannes Luebber Website (

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"Daniel Susnjar (D.M.A., M.Mus, B.Mus) is a Western Australian drummer specializing in Afro-Peruvian jazz, who has performed and recorded with music legends including Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Grusin, and Steve Miller, to name a few.

Following on from 5 years of study (earning his Doctoral degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music) and performance in the USA, Caribbean islands and Peru, Daniel returned to Australia and began working on developing innovative ways to combine

As founder, director, drummer, composer and producer of the Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, he has released three critically-acclaimed albums ("Su Su Nje" in 2014, "Moth to a Flame" in 2016 and "Spark" in 2018), toured throughout Australia and the USA, and won multiple awards including the 2017 APRA/AMCOS Art Music WA State Award, the 2016 and 2017 WAM awards for Best Jazz Act, the 2018 and 2016 WAM awards for Best Drummer/Percussionist, two wins at the 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards (Best Australian Modern Jazz Album "Su Su Nje" and Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year "Forte Pulse Torte"), and the 2015 WAM Jazz Song of the Year award ("Pius Bartosik").

His ensemble was also invited to perform at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Conference in Indianapolis, IN, USA and the 2016 Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville, KY, USA. Daniel undertook Australian national tours with his ensemble in March/April 2017, April 2016 and December 2016, and was nominated as a finalist in the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards.

As a founding member of the group Speedball, Daniel performed at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth International Jazz Festivals - launching their 2017 debut album "We Have Moved" which won the 2018 Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year.

Daniel's solo drum improvisations can be heard on the James Bogle-directed documentary film "Whiteley" (4-time winner at the 2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, winner of "Best Music for a Documentary" at the 2017 APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards)."

-Daniel Susnjar Website (

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track listing:

1. I. Hansel 7:04

2. I. Whole Hearted Blues 2:10

3. I. Collaborative Resistance: Part I 7:55

4. I. Gretel 10:17

5. II. 13a Celeste Row 2:42

6. II. Exorcism I 3:14

7. II. Three's Company 3:46

8. II. Exorcism II 4:59

9. II. Collaborative Resistance: Part II 5:12

10. II. Exorcism III 3:41

11. II. Artefact agency 2:12

12. III. Buoyancy 4:28

13. III. The Dreamer/Catching Colour 9:46

14. III. Shoulder Of Orion 4:04

15. III. The Wobbly Waltz 2:57
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"Performing collaboratively composed music that draws on the diverse stylistic interests of its three members, Artefact Agency has collaborated on live film scores and contemporary dance works. Creating semi-composed sonic structures, AA deconstructs the form and allows the music to unfold in unpredictable ways. This EP is the first of a series of EPs recorded by Artefact Agency, each exploring a slightly different compositional aesthetic."-FMR

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