Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Cafe WoodWorks & Artsound FM
in association with The Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium
Stella Artois, Pipers Brook Vineyard, Burbury Hotel & Apartments
and Carl Rafferty Pianos
International Jazz Direct From Belgium
Solo - in Concert
Saturday 17 January 2015 from 6pm
One of Europe’s most acclaimed composer/performers playing music from his new CD ONE on the Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano
Listen to Jef Neve's track "Formidable"
The Evenings Program
Reception and opening of an exhibition of the woodwork of Dirk LeJeune
by His Excellency Mr. Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador of Belgium.
Cocktail Dinner in the Wood Works Gallery including refreshments by
Stella Artois and Pipers Brook Vineyard.
Concert and Dessert in Cafe Wood Works
$65 per person. Bookings in the Cafe or call 02 6238 1688.
Jef Neve is widely regarded as one of Europe's most talented young jazz composer/pianists. Born in 1977 and classically trained at Leuven's Lemmensinstituut, the Flemish pianist has showcased his skills in everything from orchestras to funk-pop bands. After releasing four critically acclaimed albums he composed the soundtrack for In Flanders Fields, a Belgium TV series based on a war poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
Neve has become a prominent figure in his homeland Belgium and his reputation is rapidly spreading to the rest of the world.
His ornate, highly elaborate improvising style joins the dots between the disparate approaches of McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett while also drawing heavily on the traditions of the Romantic-era classical composers. In the mind’s eye of an improviser who knows his post-Beatles pop and jazz culture as much as he does classical music, it becomes clear that a big fully formed new talent has landed in our midst.
Jef Neve is up there with the best of the new generation European jazz pianists, at ease in classical and contemporary jazz contexts, his signature style displays a strong contrapuntal dimension, vaultingly exuberant at times, but crucially, also capable of huge tenderness and improvisational clarity.
His solo concert at Café Wood Works on Saturday 17th January on the Concert Grand Piano will undoubtedly provide a stunning beginning for the Café’s 2015 entertainment program, and will be one of the highlights of the past 15 years of live performances at the Wood Works.