The Usefulness of Art: 2017​-​2018

by Adam Simmons

/
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    5 CD Boxed Set, to be accompanied with a booklet of photos and program notes from each of the five performances

    PRE-ORDER NOW AND SAVE - after each new project is released, the price of the full set will go up by $5 - the final full price will be $75 plus postage. The physical box set is intended for completion and delivery by Nov 2018.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Usefulness of Art: 2017-2018 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days

      $75 AUD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Included are PDF Programs for each season and BONUS complete second alternative version of TUoA 2: The Usefulness of Art.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $50 AUD

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    The Usefulness of Art logo on a black t-shirt - simple, but elegant
    ships out within 7 days

      $20 AUD or more 

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
29.
30.
31.
32.
33.
34.
35.
36.
37.
38.
39.
40.

about

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 3-6 - 2017 - Travelling Tales
Performed by Adam Simmons
with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble

2018 -
Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble with
May 3-6 - Afrolankan Drumming System (Ray Pereira, Kanchana Karunaratna)
July 26-29 - Wang Zheng-Ting

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

credits

released January 5, 2019

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


Project 2: The Usefulness of Art

Composed by Adam Simmons

Performed by

Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble:
Adam Simmons – bass clarinet, leader
Samuel Boon – saxophone
Cara Taber – saxophone
Gideon Brazil – saxophone
Paul Simmons – saxophone
Gemma Horbury – trumpet
James Wilkinson – trombone
Bryn Hills – trombone
Miranda Hill – double bass
Niko Schauble – drums
Hugh Harvey – drums
Nat Grant – percussion
Diokno Pasilan – percussion
David Brown – guitar
Pete Lawler – space drums

Visual design by Diokno Pasilan and Christine Crawshaw

Recorded by Myles Mumford
Graphic Design by Celsius Design

Special thanks to
- Mary Lou and all of the wonderful staff at fortyfivedownstairs
- Brian Ritchie, David Jones, Ian Pidd and Owen McKern for support of this endeavour and many others
- Jim, Angela and Anna for assisting Diokno and Christine in their preparations


Project 3: Travelling Tales

Composed by Adam Simmons

Performed by
Adam Simmons – soprano/tenor saxophones, bass clarinet

Arcko Symphonic Ensemble – conducted by Timothy Phillips
Violin 1 - Zachary Johnson, Jeremy Blackman, Larissa Aguiar, Felicité Heine, Leigh Raymond
Violin 2 - Philip Healey, Susan Pierotti, Naomi Durston, Sophie Dunn, James Steendam
Violas - Christian Read, Matt Laing, Eli Vincent, Eunise Cheng
Cellos - Caerwen Martin, Stephanie Arnold, Yelian He, Gemma Tomlinson
Double Bass - Nicholas Synot, Miranda Hill

Visual design by Christine Crawshaw and Adam Simmons

Recorded by Myles Mumford at fortyfivedownstairs, December 9-10, 2017
Graphic Design by Celsius Design
Photography by Sarah Walker

Special thanks to
- Mary Lou and all of the wonderful staff at fortyfivedownstairs
- Brian Ritchie, David Jones, Ian Pidd and Owen McKern for support of this endeavour and many others - Sarah Walker (photography) for capturing images that will be shared later
- Efy Trian of Specs’n’Arts (Athens) for the opportunity that inspired this work
- Andrea Keeble for her expert advice and encouragement
- Everyone who supported my Pozible campaign for my airfare to Greece.


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.

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Fat Rain Music Melbourne, Australia

"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!
... more

contact / help

Contact Fat Rain Music

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

If you like The Usefulness of Art: 2017-2018, you may also like: