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The Vampires Announce Regional NSW Stops in 2018 Tour

ARIA nominated and Australian Music Prize shortlisted quartet The Vampires have announced a massive Australian tour in March. The jazz-world-roots outfit features Sydney based saxophonist Jeremy Rose, trumpeter Nick Garbett, drummer Alex Masso, and Australian born, Los Angeles based bassist Alex Boneham. Boneham joins the band for his first Australian performances with the band since 2014 when he moved to Los Angeles on invitation to study at the prestigious Monk Institute under the personal tutelage of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
The Vampires’ music effortlessly draws from influences from all corners of the world, best described by The Guardian UK as ‘seductive, genre-hopping creativity’. With its roots in the jazz tradition the band combines virtuosic risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue between the sax-trumpet frontline to create a style of their own.
The band recently collaborated with one of the jazz world’s most talked about guitarists, Lionel Loueke, for their ARIA nominated 5th album ‘The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke’ (Earshift Music/MGM). Produced by The Necks’ Lloyd Swanton, the album is also the first instrumental album to be shortlisted for an Australian Music Prize (AMP), alongside 2017 finalists including Paul Kelly, Beaches and Jen Cloher. The album has received critical acclaim internationally including four star reviews in Downbeat Magazine (US), The Guardian (UK) and All About Jazz, which called it “the perfect summer record”.
“There’s nothing we love more than touring around Australia. We can’t wait to get back on the road because the best thing you can do for this music is to play it every night, it’s always different,” said drummer Alex Masso.

* with Ben Hauptmann – guitar, and Brett Hirst replacing Alex Boneham
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