HEAD UNDER WATER takes the listener on an immersive journey. Tony Malaby, Robert Burke and Mark Helias bring to each track their own identity, experiences, expertise and egos.
The musical decisions made by the ensemble in the moment of recording are central to the improvised interaction and the outcome.
Tony Malaby searches for ‘the big idea’, Robert Burke and Mark Helias choose whether to match ideas or develop, introduce something new, play or not to play, to take a conciliatory or an oppositional position… to question.
The resulting aural narrative demands that the audience let the music surround and flow over them—to actively listen to the interplay in each track, and engage with the intuitive emotions evoked.
Recorded in Brooklyn, New York and mixed in Italy, HEAD UNDER WATER is a daring, instinctive and organic performance by three renowned jazz musicians.
released June 14, 2018
Robert Burke—Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
Tony Malaby—Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
Mark Helias—Acoustic Bass
17th July 2017
Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mixed and Mastered
December 2017—Andrea Benassai
Sonoria Recording Plant, Prato Italy
Special Thanks to:
Musicians—Tony and Mark for being open and creative.
Family—Atia Cader, Yasmin, Hannah and Amali Burke—for inspiration and patience.
Monash University and the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music—for the research support, Andrea Benassai for his brilliance, support and tireless work and Andrys Onsman for the wonderful discussions about what this all means.
FMR records—Trevor Taylor.
©Robert Burke 2018