cleverhorse is a five piece ensemble who cite influences from ambient to avant garde, funk to folk, jazz to jam band and world music. Led by composer/guitarist Robbie Melville (Australian Pops Orchestra, Mundy), the band also comprises Monty Mackenzie on alto saxophone (Harmless), Gideon Brazil on tenor saxophone (Gotye, Adam Simmons Toy Band), Luke Hodgson on electric bass (Josh Owen Band, Geoff Achison, Bertie Blackman) and Dan Macdonald on drums (Kate Vigo), and often incorporates the use of live looping and samples.
Since their formation in 2004, they have undertaken a tour of the east coast of Australia, performed at numerous Melbourne venues, released their debut album, “Goodnight, Mr. Monster” and continued to develop and experiment musically as a group.
“They have given a lot of thought to an overall sound, to an attractive surface, to listenability as well as creativity or simply ‘getting it on’… It was seductive and euphoric…They are onto something. They are undoubtedly creative…A band to be watched”. (John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald, 27th Feb 2004).
cleverhorse's second album "50:fifty" was released on Melbourne's Jazzhead label in February 2016. It is available in independent record stores and at JB Hi Fi, downloadable via iTunes and can be ordered online at:
Antelodic is an instrumental trio formed in 2012. The ensemble is unique for two reasons. First, the instrumentation consists of two saxophones and electric guitar. Second, the traditional roles of the instruments are often reversed. The saxophones become the rhythm section, providing the bass and harmony elements, while the guitar states the melody.
I developed the idea for Antelodic during a break from performing after the birth of my second daughter. The trio’s music is a reflection of this period. Gentle, optimistic, lyrical and engaging. Joined by Gotye’s horn section leader, Gideon Brazil on tenor saxophone, and Monty Mackenzie of the experimental and emotive Harmless, the trio continue to develop a fifteen year musical relationship that draws equally on the jazz aesthetic of Jimmy Giuffre, the singer-songwriter tradition of Joni Mitchell, the deep soul of Krystle Warren, the folk stylings of Lau and the experimental sonic journeys of Bill Frisell.
Antelodic's debut album "Quiet Sufficient" will be launched at La Mama Courthouse Theatre, Carlton at 7.30pm on Monday the 27th of March.