The Necks By Bruce Lindsay

The Necks – Three

Having performed down a Polish salt mine and in a Finnish Church carved of out of solid rock, Sydney experimental jazz trio, The Necks, will play the special studio space at Cairns Performing Arts Centre on February 29 next year.

After a remarkable global touring schedule in 2019, the group will embark on a national tour of Australia in 2020 to promote the release of their new album, Three.

Featuring Chris Abrahams on piano, Lloyd Swanton on bass, and Tony Buck on drums, seeing The Necks in concert is an experience like no other.

Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, The Necks have managed to defy traditional forms of music to become one of Australia’s biggest and most influential musical exports.

In a career that spans more than three decades, they have noted up an impressive 20 albums to their name including ARIA award-winning Drive By (2003), and Chemist (2006).

2019 has been a particular interesting year for The Necks.

As part of the worldwide, multi-venue Unsound Festival 2019 in October, the group performed at the famous Polish mine concert hall, Wieliczka, accompanied by a symphony orchestra who improvised behind them.

Their expansive Europe tour included a performance in a Finnish church carved out of solid rock, and back home in Australia they played a double bill show with the Art Ensemble of Chicago in Melbourne.

To cap off a wildly successful year, The Necks received the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the 2019 Art Music Awards, and were awarded the 2019 Jazz Act of the Year at the National Live Music Awards held on December 4 in Brisbane.

Pic by Bruce Lindsay

The Necks play in the Studio Theatre at Cairns Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 29 February 2020. Tickets available through Ticketlink

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