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CD LAUNCH ‘No Enemy Within’

Lachlan Hawkins | handpan, voice
Tsoof Baras | percussion, handpan, voice
Simon Svoboda | cello

Supported by
’Downend’ - Kayleigh Pincott (solo) | voice, looping

LACHLAN HAWKINS | lachlanhawkins.com

Jazz drummer Lachlan Hawkins has had an interesting career.   In 2014, Lachlan was selected as one of six national finalists in the James Morrison Scholarship, and since then, has been fortunate to work with some of Australia’s most accomplished musicians and ensembles including James Morrison, Steve Newcomb, John Hoffman, Kristin Berardi, Elly Hoyt, Melissa Western, Jordan Brodie, The View from Madeleine’s Couch and the Queensland Pops Orchestra as well as regular performances nationally with his corporate drumming group “SoundStruck”.

 As an in-demand drummer he was happy to be a sideman until he discovered an unusual new instrument - the handpan.   Shaped something like a mysterious UFO, this instrument was only invented in 2001 when a Swiss steel drum tuner was asked to create a steel drum that could be played by hand in a similar way to the Indian ghatam (clay drum).  “Can you make a ghatam with notes?”   From this the handpan was born.

 Intrigued by this steel sound sculpture, Lachlan began a new journey as an artist, exploring song writing and the beautiful, uplifting  sounds of the handpan.  Lachlan has shared his original handpan music at venues & events including the Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane City Hall, Jugglers Arts Space, Tablelands Folk Festival, PanOz Festival, the 2018 QUBE Effect and the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. 

 On Saturday, October 27th, Lachlan will journey to the Gold Coast for the release of his highly-anticipated debut studio album, ‘No Enemy Within’.  ‘No Enemy Within’ sees Lachlan step away from his comfort zone of the drums to explore his own voice as a songwriter together with the meditative sounds of the handpan. With the handpan still growing as an artform, the album invites listeners to experience a sound that has been explored very little in this part of the world. The healing tones of the instrument are the centrepiece of this recording; however, the uplifting messages of the album - and themes of family, self-acceptance, presence and loss - have been brought to life by some of Australia's finest young musicians including New York-based vocalist Olivia Chindamo and Jo Davie, a rising star in the national folk landscape.

The recording process itself has been close to a 3-year collaboration with renowned Brisbane producer Steve Thornely (Georgia Mae, Christian Patey, Isabel); together, they have crafted new ways of recording this rare instrument and have created an accessible collection of music that appeals to people from all walks of life and musical tastes - particularly folk and world music lovers, jazz enthusiasts and supporters of sound healing and meditation-like soundscapes.

KAYLEIGH PINCOTT | kayleighpincott.com

Kayleigh Pincott is a vocalist, arranger and composer with a Bachelor of Music in jazz voice from the Queensland Conservatorium. In 2016, Kayleigh was awarded the coveted ‘Generations in Jazz’ Vocal Scholarship from a field of six finalists Australia-wide, naming her the best young jazz vocalist in the country.

Since then Kayleigh has been working on a variety of projects including arranging for a 10-piece band, writing original music for a guitar and voice duo utilizing effects pedals, as well as releasing her debut album, Solace with her quintet. Released in May last year, Solace features original compositions and arrangements in a contemporary jazz style, showcasing Kayleigh’s mature and individual musical voice. Since it’s release, Solace has received positive reviews and airtime on radio stations around Australia including features on ABC Jazz programs, Jazztrack and Home Cooked. Solace is a celebration of original jazz music in Brisbane and cements Kayleigh as a young but undeniably innovative voice in the Australian jazz scene. Kayleigh’s sensitive and captivating performance style, complemented by her strong sense of swing and unique compositional voice, has her labelled as one of Australia’s most exciting young vocalists.

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“Solace is Kayleigh Pincott's first album release and it is as courageous as it is beautiful. Her compositions and her singing are a breath of fresh air into today's world, and this recording of some of Brisbane's great young players is truly special. You can feel the friendship and connection between them, and the honesty of the writing and the vocal delivery is very moving.”

- Kristen Berardi

“Kayleigh Pincott’s new album Solace presents strong compositions and arrangements, with the vocalist confidently leading a unique group of Brisbane improvisers. We’re equally confident that there’s much more to come from Kayleigh.”

ABC Jazz, Digital Radio