The John Mackey Quartet

The John Mackey Quartet

Saturday May 21 6pm

3 Course Dinner & Concert
Tickets $80 Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

John Mackey Sax • Miroslav Bukovsky Horns • David Pereira Cello • Lachlan Coventry Guitar

A World Class Musical Event
Program includes the World Premirre of John Mackey’s Gravity Waves Suite inspired by his father Ron Mackey and ANU Vice-Chancellor Nobel Prize Winner Brian Schmidt

Presented by Cafe Wood Works, Artsound FM 92.7 and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

The Menu


Mushroom and Pesto Rice balls


Lamb Osso Bucco, creamy mash, and steamed greens


Mars Bar Cheesecake

Vegetarian meals available on request

Listen to "Around Midnight". John Mackey on Tenor Saxophone, Jean-Luc Bodson on bass, Mark Sutton on drums and Tate Sheridan on piano recorded at the Belgian Embassy

Listen to "Air on the G String". David Pereira on Cello, Kevin Hunt on piano and Fabian Hevia on percussion recorded at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Saxophonist and composer John Mackey, Head of the Jazz department of the ANU School of Music, returns to Café Wood Works on Saturday May 21 with an exceptional night of music.

The performance will include the World Premiere of John’s composition the ‘Gravity Waves Suite'.

In recent years Mackey has embarked on large-scale suites that build upon micro melodic ideas and extrapolate these to form a larger work. This suite is based on several repeating ideas that traverse the span of the performance, culminating in a spiraling effect of melodies that relate, and provide multi-tiered layers of sound.

Sit back, close your eyes and imagine yourself safely cocooned; floating in space surrounded by melodies of the ethereal dimension.

The Suite has been inspired by John’s father Ron Mackey, and the ANU's new Vice-Chancellor and Nobel Prize Winner, Brian Schmidt, instrumental in proving the existence of gravity waves in the universe.

Mackey brings with him another long time associate of the Gallery and past fellow ANU Lecturer, David Pereira is one of the worlds finest cellists whose relationship with the Wood Works began in 2000 when he appeared with guitarist Carolyn Kidd in the main Gallery. He went on to present a series of Cello based duo and group concerts in the Wood Works Gallerys’ first floor Octagon ArtSpace throughout 2011-2012

Mackey and Pereira will be joined by Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lachlan Coventry on guitar, to provide a world-class event.

The combination of three outstanding jazz musicians and one of the world’s leading classical music identities will make for a special night of fusion of the two genres. 

DAVID PEREIRA is no stranger to jazz having performed here with jazz musicians pianist Kevin Hunt and percussionist Fabian Hevia as part of the Spring Into Jazz festival in 2003, and more recently in Canberra’s Street Theatre’s Jazz Project Series. He was cellist of the Australia Ensemble (resident at the UNSW), Principal Cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Cello with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

MIROSLAV BUKOVSKY is one of Australia's leading jazz trumpet and flugelhorn players, a composer and educator. He was instrumental in forming two influential jazz groups: Ten Part Invention with John Pochee and the late Roger Frampton in 1986 and the internationally acclaimed performance and recording group Wanderlust in 1991. Miro, as he is affectionate]y known,  was one of the founding teachers at the Sydney Conservatorium in 1976 as part of the first Australian Jazz Studies course initially inspired by the ideas of Don Burrows.

LACHLAN COVENTRY is no stranger to Café Woodworks, performing most recently with vocalist Rachel Thoms in their show Come On Light My Fire. Lachlan presents a unique guitar sound that attests to his extraordinary blending of his piano and guitar upbringing and skills. Lachlan is a regular live performer on the Canberra music scene and a much admired teacher of his medium.

Wednesday 04 May 2016