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Svoboda / O'Connor / Green: Time Together, Time Apart (577 Records)

With lyrical insite and a great rapport, the Australian collective piano trio of pianist Joe O'Connor, double bassist Hellen Svoboda and drummer Tim Green approach their dialogs with great self-control and intent concentration, developing fascinating conversations from emotive musings that lead to confidently intrepid and compellingly coherent improvisations.

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UPC: 755491268605

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: 5896
Squidco Product Code: 33156

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Church Of all Nations, in Carlton, Melbourne, Australia, in July, 2019, by James Savage.


Joe O'Connor-piano

Hellen Svoboda-double bass

Tim Green-drums, cymbals

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"It's rare to encounter such musical understanding so immediately and with such ease, especially in the face of substantial logistical separation. At the time that they recorded this album, Time Together, drummer Tim Green, bassist Helen Svoboda and pianist Joe O'Connor lived in different cities, across two continents.

The trio had only played together a handful of times prior to the session, and yet, their album is replete with soundscapes of trust and understanding: youth spent in Brisbane, years of friendship, common musical inspirations. Most importantly, the three share a willingness to be open and vulnerable.

The seven improvisations on this album navigate personal doubts, anxieties and agendas with care and patience. Time Together, Time Apart is an expression of friendship-a collective endeavor that makes us more than we can be alone."-577 Records

Artist Biographies

"Joe O'Connor is a Melbourne based pianist and composer engaging with improvised, notated and experiment practices.

Joe is currently exploring a delicate harmonic sensibility that unfolds slowly in asymmetrical cycles. in 2020, he released SOFT through People Sound, an album of electroacoustic studio compositions that "shimmers with tension and energy" (Joe Cummins: Loudmouth). His recent works include electroacoustic composition Partial Disclosure, performed by ACME for 2017 Melbourne Festival - Doppler, a co-creation with Alistair McLean performed by ACME at 2019's Due West festival - The Past in My Present, a chamber work for Arts Centre Melbourne's 5x5x5 program - a piano duo with Sydney based artist Steve Barry - Vignettes for Penny Quartet, premiered at MRC in 2018 and performed during their 2019 Musica Viva regional program - a recording with Svoboda/Green/O'Connor. Joe is currently developing his inside and prepared piano practice in a trio with guitarist Theo Carbo and drummer Tim Green and their debut album will release in 2021.

Joe holds a PhD in music performance from Monash University, where he researched ways that Ruth Crawford Seeger's approach to dissonant counterpoint can inform his composition and improvisation. He is acclaimed for his distinctive approach to jazz piano and composition, having won the National Jazz Award (2013) and the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Musician of the Year (2014). He was a finalist in the 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, the 2015 APRA professional development awards, and was a semi-finalist in the 2017 National Jazz Awards on his second instrument, the trombone. Joe was also the 2016 recipient of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz commission, which allowed him to develop a new work for drummer James McLean, Bassist Marty Holoubek and trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler, released independently as Confrontations, his second album following Praxis (2015)."

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Hellen Svoboda, is an Australian bassist, winner of the 2020 Freedman Fellowship.

-Squidco 6/5/2023

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Timothy Bekavac Green is an Australian experimental artist/free jazz drummer, known for the band The Cyclone Trio.

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Track Listing:

1. A Beginning 4:52

2. A Proposition 3:50

3. Doubts 5:36

4. Time Together 4:14

5. A Moment Alone 6:03

6. Time Apart 7:02

7. An Ending 7:53

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