A modern music show based on the story, music and culture that developed as a direct consequence of the Mutiny on the Bounty and the clash of Tahitian and English cultures which developed into the language and song of the of the Pitcairn and Norfolk islanders.
|"The players are amonst the finest improvisers alive yet the piece itself was the star" John Shand Sydney Morning Herald|
Baecastuff is based in Sydney, Australia and is led by Rick Robertson, a descendant of the Bounty Mutineers and who’s family reside on Norfolk Island. He is the principal composer, providing the framework for this wonderful band of improvisers to weave their magic.
Rick Robertson - Saxophones
Matt McMahon – Piano,
Phil Slater – Trumpet,
Alexander Heweton – Bass,
Simon Barker – Drums,
Aykho Akhrif - Percussion
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In 1789, the very famous Mutiny on the Bounty occurred. Fletcher Christian tossed the volatile Captain Bligh into a long boat with a sextant, food and few of his crew, turned the Bounty around and went in search of somewhere to hide. They returned to Tahiti, stocked the Bounty with livestock and provisions and then departed secretly in the night with Tahitian “wives”, most likely unaware of their departure, and 5 Tahitian men. Christian and his crew spent the next 12 months criss-crossing the Pacific until the wrongly charted Pitcairn Island was found and became their home. Pitcairn was the perfect hiding place, with fertile soil and an abundance of timber and water, and completely isolated from the rest of the world.
Baecastuff has been performing at Art and Jazz Festivals and is always looking for opportunities to perform this glorious work.
Baecastuff has released 3 albums of original music.
Out of this World
Baecastuff is something else."
One Hand Clapping
'another top-line Rufus offering. This disc...exploits some of the territory opened by the electric Miles Davis, bringing some distinctive new touches to bear. It is certainly jazz in spirit, but open to developments in funk and techno...everything is done here to make the whole production sound interesting, inviting and urgently or dreamily funky. Exciting solos are the cream on top' John Clare SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
'Baecastuff integrate electric and acoustic jazz feels into a seamless whole...It is music that is both thoughtful and rhythmically dynamic. It is vastly original, yet also impressively easy to log into. A most remarkable effort and one bound to get international musical palates salivating' Craig Pearce DRUM MEDIA'They typify the new wave of Sydney musos who are becoming more committed to the funkier kind of music played by jazz musicians, that is attracting much younger audiences. The numbers are tight and well-executed, their musical twists and turns take the listener on an interesting journey - a journey far removed from the mainstream' Jill Morris JAZZ ACTION
'It's a kind of DIG-meets-Bitches Brew, with a whole lot of other stuff in the mix too...Slater's work is especially worth your attention' Adrian Jackson RHYTHMS
'this Australian group get a lot more out of jazz, funk and rock and their various crossing points than many a more renowned band' PENGUIN JAZZ GUIDE'this band of local groove merchants...When the grooves are supposed to cook they really do' Shand SMH
'The variety and quality of the tracks are superb...It's real jazz and at the same time a truly enjoyable album for a wide audience' TIME OFF
'one of Sydney's most energetic and imaginative jazz and fusion projects...You couldn't ask for a more satisfying mix of the poignant, the complex and the downright funky' Cal Clugston REVOLVER
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“Take note, they cook” Sydney Morning Herald
"this Australian band gets a lot more out of jazz, funk, rock and their various crossing-points than many a more renowned band." Penguin guide to Jazz on CD. (UK)
"Like no other" John Shand SMH
Baecastuff combines the creative energy of six of Australia's most creative and talented musicians.
Saxophonist Rick Robertson, well known for his work with multi award winning and internationally acclaimed band Directions in Groove (Mercury/Verve), leads the ensemble.
Phil Slater who recently won the 2002 Music Council of Australia Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship also works with Mike Nock and The Australian Art Orchestra plays trumpet and live sampler.
Pianist Matt McMahon, possibly the finest jazz pianist in Australia, won the Wangaratta National Jazz Piano Competition and is a regular with Vince Jones and Band of Five Names.
Alex Hewetson, bass, has a huge list of performance and recording credits to his name including d.i.g, Don Burrows, Vince Jones, Dale Barlow and Savage Garden.
Simon Barker's dynamic and melodic drumming currently drives the Vince Jones band, and he has recently returned from Korea and Vietnam where he studied traditional drumming with the local masters.
The percussion chair is filled by Aykho Akhriff who is of Spanish-Moroccan origin. An acknowledged master of his art, Aykho brings an exotic energy to the music.
Baecastuff was formed in 1996 by Robertson after he and Slater returned from a European Tour with d.i.g which included appearances at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz festivals. The concept was to create an ensemble to present original compositions with influences from 70’s Miles Davis, Dave Holland, Ornette Coleman and Jan Garbarek, and to combine that with modern rhythms such as Jungle and Drum’n’bass. The band has now developed a unique sound that one reviewer described as " jazz in spirit but open to developments in funk and electronic music such as drum'n'bass."
Live credits include Jazz Festivals around Australia including Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Heat, St Kilda Festival and the New Caledonia Jazz Fest. Numerous appearances in local Sydney venues such as the Basement and Venue 505 have strengthened the ensemble.
Baecastuff have released three CDs, Big Swell, ‘97 and One Hand Clapping, ’99, both on the Rufus Record label distributed by Universal Out Of This World, on the NAXOS label, was released internationally in January 2001.
The debut CD Big Swell received excellent reviews and was nominated for an Aria Award. The second CD, One Hand Clapping has also received great reviews. The new album Out Of This World shows the maturity and unique ensemble this band has developed over the sixteen years it has been together.