The Usefulness of Art

by Adam Simmons

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Five major projects composed by Adam Simmons to be performed and recorded during 2017-2018 at fortyfivefivedownstairs, Melbourne

PLEASE NOTE: Each project will be released digitally first, with the 5 CD box set anticipated to be completed by Nov 2018.

March 2017 - Concerto for Piano and Toy Band
Performed by Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble
with Michael Kieran Harvey

August 2017 - The Usefulness of Art
Performed by Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble

Dec 2017 - Travelling Tales
Performed by Adam Simmons
with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble

2018 - dates TBC
Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble with
- Afrolankan Drumming System (Ray Pereira, Kanchana Karunaratna)
- Wang Zheng-Ting

Further details:
www.facebook.com/usefulness.of.art

credits

released July 1, 2017

Project 1: Concerto for Toy Band

Composed by Adam Simmons

Performed by
Michael Kieran Harvey - piano

Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble
Adam Simmons – sopranino/baritone saxophones, shakuhachi
Cara Taber – alto saxophone
Gideon Brazil – tenor saxophone
Gemma Horbury – trumpet
Gavin Cornish – trumpet
Bryn Hills – trombone
Howard Cairns – double bass
Hugh Harvey – drums

Recorded by Myles Mumford
Graphic Design by Celsius Design

Special thanks to
- Mary Lou and all of the wonderful staff at fortyfivedownstairs, including Andy Turner, Kris Chainey, Bridget McWilliams
- Diana Wolfe (Wolfe Words) for publicity
- Troy Reilly (The Piano Tuna) for piano tuning
- Brian Ritchie, David Jones, Ian Pidd and Owen McKern for support of this endeavour and many others
- Sarah Walker (photography) and Libby Chow (video)
- Hayden Cairns for jumping in to help

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
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"Fat Rain" is the rain that comes on a hot sultry afternoon, those large splotches that fall singularly from the sky, splattering in the gravel and exploding on windscreens...

Founded by Adam Simmons, Fat Rain's focus is on improvised and jazz music but basically dedicated to providing engaging music, believing good art is not simply entertaining but should leave an impression!
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