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“The music of ade ishs — and now the music he makes on this album with Chelsea Allen — is far from simple, yet the expression is direct and heartfelt. There are moments when it can become almost too pretty, but that is the risk one takes if making your music inclusive and not exclusive to your fellow human beings.” — John Hardaker, Australian Jazz


Clear the winter blues with Theishs/Allen Project

The ishs/Allen Project is set to warm up the stage for First Friday Live and their Jazz Winter Festival at the Yoogali Club on Friday, July 7.

The dynamic Melbourne band brings with them a bucket-load of raving reviews and will not hold back when performing to FFL audiences.

Bringing their uplifting and unique sound together are Ade Ishs with vocals, keyboard and piano, Chelsea Allen with drums and vocals, Paul Bonnington on acoustic and electric basses, and Ee Shan Pang with the trumpet, flugelhorn, and his vocals.

Spearheaded by pianist Ade Ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen, the band delivers original-modern jazz tunes in various styles including Latin Funk and more.

The band's eponymous debut album garnered positive acclaims from critics including 89.7 Eastside FM who described the new album as a ‘cracking album’ with ‘really great energy’.

“The Project has produced something not very common in jazz, an album that reeks of a positive vibe, very uplifting, almost joyful.” Michael Prescott from Jazzwise Magazine said.

“This new album has pushed the bar for all other Australian contemporary acts. These talented musicians have worked together to create one of the best jazz albums out at the moment. With praise from the jazz community pouring in, this group is one to watch for the future,” Sharni White from cargoART said.

With a bucket-load of raving reviews behind them, the band is excited to showcase their new album Stories Under the Sky for the FFL crowd.

The new album, which will be released in August, features saxophone maestro Lachlan Davidson, providing additional layers of woodwind goodness to the orchestration.

Stories Under the Sky reflects cinematic stories in the form of sound, departing from the mainstream jazz although still hinting at the tradition, making it a genre-bending collection.

The band will take pre-orders during the FFLfor Stories Under the Sky.

Read more about The ishs/Allen Project here
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Back Popular Demand!
Afro Cuban Band "Clave De Son"

About Clave De Son

First Friday Live is set to get its dose of Afro-Cuban sounds when Latin American band Clave De Son take to the stage at the Yoogali Club on Friday, June 2.
The four-piece Latin American band is back by popular demand following a stellar performance at McWilliam's Winery, last year.
Four talented musicians form Clave De Son with Elizabeth on bass, Claire on piano, Sinuhe on percussion and Vanessa on vocals and percussion.
Between them, they have more than thirty years experience and play a range of Central and South American styles including Cuban Son, Colombian Cumbias, NY Salsa and Latin Jazz.
Returning to the First Friday Live stage, Clave De Son will perform at the Yoogali Club at 7.30pm on Friday, June 2.

More about the Clave De Son
Elizabeth Obando: The Columbian born talent settled into Melbourne’s music scene upon her arrival in 2008 and she has been making her mark ever since. Elizabeth has been widely recognised as a key figure in the city’s Latin and Afro-beat circuit with contributions in Del Barrio, Santiago son, Electric I, Clavemania and Carlitos Way.

Claire Di Lallo: The young pianist began her music career with keyboard lessons at the age of eight and she has not stopped playing since. Claire’s love and passion for music continued to blossom when she was accepted into the College of the Arts Secondary School in 2005. She has continued her music education at Melbourne University and recently travelled to Cuba to study in Son and Timba.

Sinuhe: Born in Santiago, Chile, Sinuhe moved to Australia when he was six-years-old but his passion for Afro-Cuban percussion did not blossom until he was 17. Despite both, his mother and father being guitarists, Sinuhefavoured the congas, which he took private lessons in for three years intensively.
Sinuhe further pursued the deep roots of Afro-Cuban music and travelled to Cuba to study at the prestigious Superior Institute of Arts and at the Felix Farella School.
Sinuhe is well-known in Canberra and Sydney for having played with bands such as Mucho Mambo, Mi Tierra, Clavemania, Kooba and of course Clave De Son.

Vanessa: Born in Santiago, Chile, Vanessa started her musical career as a high school music Teacher and stared as the lead singer and percussionist in all female band Bailahuen.
In 2010, Vanessa left Chile and moved to New Zealand where she joined Salsa Culture as the lead singer and worked as a music teacher at the New Zealand Modern School of Music.
In 2014, she moved to Melbourne and joined band Terrasur, where she performed numerous shows and recording an EP.