Even after ten albums, Barney McAll is still able to charm and surprise the listener.
This music turns the arrows of listening back on us like a Zen Koan. Barney McAll is an award-winning, Grammy nominated Jazz Musician based in New York. He was recently awarded a one year Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers Residency and he currently resides at the Paddington residency house in Sydney, Australia
Their concert for the Melbourne’s International Jazz Festival saw McAll and his quintet of leading Australian musicians walk onstage in orange safety vests ironically emblazoned with the acronym of ASIO, not referring to the intelligence agency but standing for Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit, to present their ‘evocative reflection on time and place.’
Barney McAll has called this group Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit or ASIO for short, which he explained “just happens to be the name for the true genus of owl.” The implication of course is that ASIO is commonly referenced in regard to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. At the basement all the musicians walked out in customised fluorescent orange vests with ASIO painted on the back
– A New Frame