Let the rich and inviting sounds of jazz music tantalise your sense of hearing with a new EP from a Launceston-based vocalist.
Susannah Coleman-Brown has released Hunger & Fate - a six track EP available on all music streaming platforms.
The six original compositions were recorded live in the studio with Jason Whatley on piano, Kelly Ottaway on vibraphone, Beau Thomas on drums and Hamish Houston on double bass.
No edits were made to the tracks except for the backing vocals which were added in later.
Coleman-Brown said she wanted to create a high quality recording that allowed listeners to hear how the group sounded in the room on the day when they recorded.
"[I wanted listeners] to hear and feel the energy lifts as our solos take flight and the moments of deep hush where there is space and time to absorb what's been 'spoken' in a solo - or to wait in anticipation as the sung story unfolds," she said.
The project was funded by the Arts Tasmania Contemporary Music Fund in 2020 when all the musicians who were working on the EP were out of work.
"There was an opportunity to showcase some incredible improvisers from Tasmania at a time when the arts community really needed the money coming out of COVID-19," Coleman-Brown said.
"It was also an opportunity to stretch myself as a composer and to return to jazz after nearly two decades writing and performing in other styles."
Though Coleman-Brown grew up with a love of folk music and blues thanks to her musically inclined family, jazz challenged her in ways the other genres did not.
"My technique as a jazz singer is really different," she said.
Coleman-Brown does not scat sing, but instead uses poetry to accompany the music.
"With jazz you are handed a chart, essentially your written notation of a song idea, and then once we have the chart in font of us we make that come alive and we follow each others lead," she said.
The EP was released digitally to make it more accessible to a wider audience.