Void

Void

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VOID - Jazz/Fusion/Hip-Hop from Australia, Down Under.

Biography

VOID is, without a doubt one of the hottest groups in contemporary Australian jazz. Their music stems from many sources including fusion, hip-hop and soul. Together they synthesize all these into an extraordinary delivery of speed, virtuosity, melody and seriously-phat groove that will excite your senses yet soothe your soul. Their products include a self titled CD and a live DVD, and VOID launched these at the Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome last year. Three of the four band members play alongside the fiery James Morrison as part of his “On The Edge” project, which has toured widely – from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to Europe and Russia.

2007 has already seen the band play the United States, where they were invited to showcase at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in New York. Here they played to an excited and packed room, and were acknowledged with an award for their immense contribution to the Conference. They now have a huge following in Miami, and, while on tour played jam-packed shows at Jazzid, Flavour and the University of Miami. TV wanted to know about them too, and so Great Day Houston included the band in a morning show to showcase them and to highlight their other jazz gigs in Houston, including great jazz venues such as The Red Cat.

The self-titled album from VOID was made feature album of the week in January 2007on Radioio, in the USA, and has also been playing online in over 80 countries.

Successive winners of the 2005 and 2006 Perth Jazz Society award for most outstanding group, Void’s music was born out of an incredibly exciting long-term residency at the Llama Bar, Subiaco, Perth. Here, enthusiastic audiences packed the house every week and helped, if not inspired them to create a series of very selfless compositions - aimed at emotionally moving those who listened, and especially filling any ‘void’.

From the remote coastal location of Perth, Western Australia comes the exciting VOID, a four-piece nu-jazz project with influences from The RH Factor, Weather Report, Joshua Redman’s Elastic Band, The Pat Metheny Group, and Soullive.

Troy Roberts began playing the saxophone at age 13. He was granted an early entrance into the Conservatorium Of Music at the age of 15, where he studied with Graeme Lyall, Roger Garrood and Jim Cook and won the PJS Encouragement Award two years in a row.


Troy also performed in Sydney for the 2000 Olympics and Manly Jazz Festival as a soloist with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra.

In 2001 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) degree winning the acclaimed Bob Wyllie Jazz Scholarship, the Melville Toyota Jazz Scholarship and traveled to Mount Gambier, South Australia winning the 2001 James Morrison Jazz Scholarship.

In 2002, he traveled to the US to survey the New York music scene and to complete an Honors Degree at the University of Miami, studying with Ron Miller, Garry Keller, Whit Sidner, James Moody, Dave Leibman, Frank Foster and performed with names such as Ernesto Simpson, Silvano Monasterios, and Chuck Bergeron. Troy also won 2 Downbeat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Soloist and Best Group Performance.

Upon Returning to Australia in 2003, Troy recorded live at the Sydney Opera House with James Morrison and over the following three years he toured Europe several times with Morrison, Sunil D'Silva (Sri Lanka), Simon Stockhausen (Germany) along with fellow WA musicians, Matthew Jodrell, Dane Alderson and Andrew Fisenden.

In 2004 Troy he performed at the Perth International Arts Festival with trumpeter Ingrid Jenson (Canada) and drummer Jon Wikan (New York) before heading back to Europe with James Morrison to headline the Burghausen Jazz Festival in Germany. Troy was a soloist in 2004 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and in the same year he established residency at the Llama Bar with "VOID", performing the bands original compositions to a full house every week.

Troy is currently studying for a Masters Degree at the University of Miami.

Tom O'Halloran has just recorded a Trio album of his own compositions, by way of an Australian Council grant. Green Hills and White Clouds was recorded at Soundmine Studios, Perth, with Pete Jeavons (double-bass) and Daniel Susnjar. It has just been released on the Jazzgroove label, Sydney, and is distributed in Australia through Creative Vibes.

Since living in Sydney, Tom has worked as conductor/pianist for the new musical theatre piece The Hanging of Jean-Lee at the Sydney Opera House, which was recorded by the ABC and Sunday Arts. There he worked with artists such as trumpeter Phil Slater, bassist Cameron Undy, and singers Max Sharam, Geoff Duff, Josh Quong Tart and Hugo Race (Bad Seeds). Tom has also been working with David Campbell (Sony BMG), Mark Sholtez (Verve label), Rick Robertson (DIG), Virna Sanzone, George Washingmachine, Ian Cooper, Jim Pannell, DJ’s Houston and Crucial and John Morrison

Discography

Product:
VOID - Self titled CD
VOID LIVE - DVD Performance @ The Llama Bar, Subiaco, Australia.

Bookings and enquiries: admin@void.tv

Set List

[All Original Music]

Typical Set List:
01 intro: Say What?!
02 London
03 Travelbug
04 Conzuela
05 The Break-In (feat. The Apprentice)
06 The 80's Cop Show
07 interlude: The Eclipse
08 J-Lag
09 The Homecoming Song
10 Say When
11 In the Soul-jive
12 finale: The Llama