Stephen Magnusson - Guitar   Rob Burke - Saxophone   Tony Floyd - Drums   Ben Roberston - Bass   Sam Evans - Tabla

Melbourne based Indo-Jazz ensemble Upside is a new collaboration of some of Melbournes finest jazz musicians. The group is a collective representing the musical diversity of improvised and compositional approaches influenced by world and jazz traditions. Uniting tabla and drum kit as the nexus for the meeting of Western and Indian traditions. From languorous melodic content to metric complexity, it offers the listener the chance to experience the reinvention of a musical conversation in a new and rarely heard context.

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Stephen Magnassun - Guitar

Stephen Magnusson is one of the most accomplished, versatile and distinctive musicians in Australia. His incredible technique and astoundingly beautiful tone on his instrument have made him an indispensable part of many bands and film scores. Magnusson has performed/recorded with many National and international artists including Paul Grabowsky, Scott Tinkler, Christine Sullivan, Michelle Nicole, Australian Art Orchestra, Martin Breeze's Blackbird, Assumptions Trio, Megan Washington, Lisa young, Katie Noonan, Paul Kelly, Vince jones, Jim Black, Mike Nock, Julien wilson, Enrico Rava, Arthur Blythe and many many others. Stephen was awarded the Swiss Diagonal Arts Grant and the Pop Kredit award in 1999, Co-Winner of 2000 National Jazz Award, nominated for the Freedman Fellowship twice and the Melbourne Prize in 07.


Ben Robertson - Double Bass

Ben Robertson has had extensive experience in a wide variety of musical settings, with credits in the studio covering over 60 jazz and commercial CD releases. He makes regular television appearances and tours nationally and internationally with local and international artists. He has a harmonic and listening musician and a great asset to any ensemble both as an improvising soloist and arranger.Ben has performed in diverse situations with artists such as James Morrison, and visiting artists Lee Konitz, American Broadway diva Barbara Cook, Warren Vache,
Lew Soloff, Don Rader, singer Mark Murphy and has recorded CDs with many Australian artists.

Tony Floyd - Drums

Tony Floyd is one of the most sort-after drummers in Australia. Tony performs with ‘Things of Stone and Wood’, touring with them in Europe and Canada and appeared both in Australia and overseas with ‘Hot House Flowers’, ‘Midnight Oil’, ‘Bjork, Hall and Oates’, ‘The Jayhawks’, and ‘The Black Sorrows’. His performance highlights were with Vince Jones, Ruby Carter, Oxo Cubans, ‘Things of Stone and Wood’,’ Black Sorrows’, ‘Men at Work’, Deborah Conway, Merril Bainbridge and Mark Seymor. Various appearances with Joe Camelleri and the ‘Black Sorrows’ (tour plus recording), Christine Sullivan (tour to UK playing at Ronnie Scotts), Vincent Herring, Lee Konitz, Paul Grabowsky, Earthe Kitt, Kate Ceberano, Ross Wilson, Greg Champion, Don Burrows, Graham Lyle, Tony Gould, Ben Robertson, ‘Moomba Jazz All Starts’ (with Alex Pertout, Bob Venier, Tony Hicks and Bob Sedergreen), and Linda Cable.


Rob Burke - Saxophone

Robert Burke obtained a diploma in music and a master’s degree in music at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Currently he is coordinator of jazz and popular studies and head of the School of Music at Monash University. He has served on the Melbourne International Jazz Festival Board and as an advisor to VCAA – VCE Music – Victoria. He founded the jazz studies course at Monash University and developed the improvisation curriculum at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. He has performed on and composed for over 100 CDs, including with Kate Ceberano (eight years including writing a top 10 hit) and with Joe Camilleri and the “Black Sorrows.” He has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe, the USA, and locally. He has also released 5 CDs under his own name, and has focused on creating educational, cultural, and artistic ties with Brazil.

Sam Evans - Tabla

Sam Evans is a creative modern voice in the world of tabla. After a decade of study in India with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee as well as studying with Ustad Zakir Hussain in America, Sam Evans has developed a distinctive approach to tabla that expresses both a sense of spaciousness and the vibrant sophistication of the Indian tabla tradition. He has toured thoughout India, written for documentaries and television, performed live on Indian and Australian television and at numerous international jazz and world music festivals. He has many recordings to his name and his music has been featured on compilation CDs alongside Ravi Shankar, Nitin Sawhney and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He is the founder of the Melbourne Tabla School, lectures in Indian music at Monash University, holds a Masters degree in tabla performance and has established a degree pathway for tabla players in Australia. His latest album with Melbourne trio Fine Blue Thread has received rave reviews in Australia, the album has recently been released in Europe and is currently being featured by the BBC in London.




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