HINTERLANDT: International Women’s Jazz Festival

Some years ago, when Hinterlandt grew from a solo project into an ensemble, I decided that I would aim to have a female majority in the band. Most of my previous bands had been made up of male members, and there’s no good explanation why this should be the case. Since then at least half of Hinterlandt band members have been be female. Now we’ve been invited to play at SIMA’s International Women’s Jazz Festival. In addition to this Sydney show we’ll play in Katoomba, Tomerong and Canberra to road-test some new material and to introduce violinist, Isabel Tzorbatzaki.

02 Nov 2022 | Sydney | SIMA International Women’s Jazz Festival | Support: Keyna Wilkins
12 Nov 2022 | Katoomba | Pigeon Lane (dinner & show package)
19 Nov 2022 | Tomerong | Tomerong Hall | Support: Nicole Smede
20 Nov 2022 | Canberra | Smith’s Alternative (1pm matinée show) | Support: Sebastian Field


STILL: Soundtrack on Oxtail Records

STILL: Roster 100 Days 300x300

Still is an audio-visual project based on photos of the same patch of sky I took for 100 consecutive days, at 8am every morning. At the same time I composed a soundtrack to match the meditative atmosphere of the photographic project. The collage grid was shown in Head on Photo Festival 2021, and now the soundtrack will be released on Oxtail Records with a launch show in Sydney on 27th of August 2022. The 100 photos can also be viewed individually in this online gallery. I’ll also be playing a few solo shows to support the release:

27 Aug 2022 | Sydney | Petersham Bowling Club w/ Mike Nigro, Couch (Low Flung & Laura Altman)
04 Sept 2022 | Sydney | Moshpit w/ The Ravenesque Trio, Heather Vomits Up God
03 Dec 2022 | Sydney | Alpha House | w/ Fabels, Trevor Brown, Nicole Smede

SNOB CLUB: Bremen, Berlin, Frankfurt

Snob Club Flyer Tour 2022

My instrumental high-energy trio Snob Club has a short tour coming up in Germany. These shows are always intense and cathartic. We’re very keen. It’s been a while because my co-musicians and I don’t live in the same country, and international travel to/from Australia was out of the question for more than two years. We last toured in 2019, then had more shows booked in 2020 but those had to be cancelled. Anyway, this time it’s happening.

23 Jun 2022 | GER | Bremen | Lila Eule| w/ Krälfe
24 Jun 2022 | GER | Berlin | Schokoladen | w/ Krälfe
25 Jun 2022 | GER | Frankfurt |ExZess | w/ Krälfe

DANCE: Research Collaboration

Jochen Gutsch at Critical Path, Sydney

Sydney contemporary dance company Critical Path invited me to participate in a research residency they hosted for a choreographer and two dancers with disabilities. Together with fellow musician Trevor Brown we developed sounds and music to support the dancers in their vision.

RECALIBRATE: Name Change

Recalibrate is the new name for my trio with Alex O’Toole and Simeon Bartholomew, formerly known as No Mandate. The band is older than Covid and was named before people started shouting about vaccine and mask mandates. We’d played about 35 shows and made two albums under the name No Mandate, but felt the step was necessary to avoid being associated with this toxic debate. Some links have changed: Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

STILL: Head On Photo Festival

My first visual artwork STILL has been accepted into Head On Photo Festival. It’s based on 100 photos of the same patch of sky I took at 8am in the morning for 100 consecutive days. I made this a while ago and it’s amazing to see it now gets this kind of recognition. STILL will be on display at Paddington Reservoir Gardens in Sydney from 20 until 28 November, as a projection slide, among semi-finalists. I’d like to thank the festival jury for selecting the work among all those submissions.

For info about the festival please go to the festival website.

HINTERLANDT: “The Stepping Stones of Life” Released

My first commissioned work as a composer, set to a poem by John Rantzen. It’s one long piece (17.46 minutes) describing an arch from the beginning of life to its end. Stream (free) / Download ($10) on Bandcamp, or head to one of the other usual streaming services.

Lyrics: John Rantzen | Music: Jochen Gutsch 

Musicians: 
Lara Goodridge – violin 
Monique Mezzatesta – viola 
Simeon Johnson – cello 
Nicole Smede – vocals 
Andy Rantzen – narrator 
Keyna Wilkins – flute 
Jochen Gutsch – guitar, trumpet, piano, vocals 

Recorded by Richard Belkner at Free Energy Device Studios in Sydney, June 2021. Mastered by Michael Lynch at Shoehorse Sound Studio. 

HINTERLANDT: The Church at Phoenix Central Park

On 25th of July 2021, Hinterlandt will present “Seven Tales” at The Church in Sydney, a new venue by the amazing Phoenix Central Park. It will be an intimate, all-acoustic chamber-style performance. Entry is free with registration. Please note the event was booked out within a few hours but there’s a waitlist.

Note: This concert was cancelled due to the current Sydney lockdown.

Photo: Ezekiel Rodofili