Brendan Clarke is one of Australia’s premier bassists. Equally at home on electric and double bass Brendan has been at the forefront of the Australian jazz and contemporary scene for over 20 years. He has toured extensively here and abroad, has performed at every major jazz festival in Australia and was the winner of the National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2001. Clarke has played bass on over seventy albums including three of his own releases and he continues to be an in-demand bassist for many of Australia’s leading jazz artists.
After eighteen years living in Sydney, Brendan is now based in Canberra and is an Associate Lecturer at the ANU School of Music Jazz and Contemporary course in bass, ensembles and jazz history. In 2020 Brendan commenced a PhD at ANU, his topic of research being how spiritual practice can influence creative practice as an improviser.
Joining Brendan for this performance is current head of the ANU School of Music, Associate Professor Kim Cunio playing traditional keyboard instruments, foremost Canberra guitarist Lachlan Coventry and nationally renowned vocalist Darren Percival. The performance will encompass sacred jazz repertoire alongside a selection of Clarke’s own compositions relating to his PhD research.