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Desert Cry

Georgie Aué

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
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Tracks

Come To Brazil; Waiting For You; Desert Cry; Cupid Tonight; Let It Rain; Falling Out Of Love; Winter’s Sun; Mr Monte

Personnel

Additional Personnel / Information

Georgie Aué: vocals & piano; Jeremy Thomson: guitar; Zac Grafton: bass; Daniel Susnjar: drums; Jessica Carlton: trumpet; Tom Greble: saxophone; Will Pethick: trombone

Album Description

Georgie Aué (pronounced a-way) is a genre-blending Australian pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. Her unique sound is a melting pot of styles - fusing jazz and blues with Brazilian jazz. The endless days of summer in Western Australia, the ups and downs of love in all forms of relationships, and a passion for the natural environment were all inspiration for her third album ‘Desert Cry’. Written and recorded in Perth and her hometown of Adelaide, it’s a record rich in rhythm, texture, and harmony – a joyful world to get lost in. Drawing on the influences of Antônio Carlos Jobim, Elis Regina, Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder and Norah Jones, expect Latin American rhythms, sweet jazz harmonies, and a whole lotta groove. It’s been four years between albums and Georgie has been steadily writing, experimenting with different textures, and collaborating with arrangers. Allowing her compositions the time to mature, she headed into the studio to record last January - during a Perth heatwave - bringing in a selection of Perth’s premier jazz musicians including Jeremy Thomson (guitar), Zac Grafton (bass) and Daniel Susnjar (drums), as well as a horn section made up of Jessica Carlton (trumpet/flugel), Tom Greble (saxophones) and Will Pethick (trombone). Georgie began writing music from an early age. Her parents recall the bits of paper she would leave around her home covered in a child’s scrawl. In combination with her love of dancing and her mum and dads collection of Brazilian music, she developed a love for Latin music, a passion she continued to carry while studying piano and jazz at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide. Georgie’s life is jazz. When she’s not performing her original music in jazz clubs or playing Fringe shows and tributes to Norah Jones and The Beatles around Australia, she is the Festival Producer for WA’s leading jazz showcase - the Perth International Jazz Festival. And she’s grown up with it too. Her father, jazz arranger John Aué was a long-time bass and arranging teacher in the Elder Conservatorium’s jazz program, and he’s been a key influence in her musical journey, philosophies, and approach to composing and recording. Some of Georgie’s fondest memories involve her parent’s friends coming over for lunch and staying into the early hours singing and playing. Or joining her dad in the orchestra pit in the musicals he was involved in. Recognising the craftsmanship and artwork of arrangers for whom Georgie has always had a strong appreciation for, and seeking an outside influence, she enlisted the assistance of her father and award- winning trumpeter and composer, Max Grynchuk for arrangements on five of the tracks. The album's approach is of each tune being its own unique offering - a work that stands on its own to get lost in. Lyrically, it’s centred around the many facets of love, including that all-important first love, lost love, as well as an appreciation for the enduring strength yet fragility of our natural environment. Title track, Desert Cry, which came about while singing in the car on a late-night drive on the freeway, over time, the composition developed layers of rhythm, scat singing, a jumpy beat of percussive melody, accompanied by guitar and the deep sounds of the bass, interluded by a solo from the soprano sax. The brass section from Jessica Carlton on trumpet and flugelhorn and Will Pethick on trombone sets off the sumptuous harmony to the contrast of the swaying rhythm. Opening track, Come to Brazil, is Georgie’s personality on a plate - a million things going on at once with an infectious groove and many percussive layers. This is where the Brazilian influence characterised by rhythm and a range of textures rings through with a jazzy blend of breezy bossa nova and swinging samba. Tonight is more reminiscent of Norah Jones. The conversational interplay is woven through the acoustic work, accompanied by slow piano and guitar, stripping back the layers and offering personal insight into falling in love and the incomparable feeling you get when you're physically and emotionally connected to someone else. Georgie co-produced the album with Jarrad Payne from Wizard Tone Studios in Adelaide who added his creative flair and had a huge influence on the overall shape of the album and its sound. A multi- instrumentalist and music director as well as sound designer for theatre, his influence is apparent on stand out tracks Come to Brazil and Cupid. This new album invites the listener to dive in and discover something new with each listen. The harmonic twists, the sparkling responses from the musicians; the vibrancy, texture and rhythms of Latin America crossed with the tenderness and storytelling of American songwriter Norah Jones. Prepare to be transported, expect to start dancing, and be inspired to hold your loved ones close, as Georgie takes it away.

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Desert Cry

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2022

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