Winter Jazz: Chris Cody, La Pérouse Suite

Copyright:  Photograph by Paul Faure-Brac

As an Australian jazz pianist living in Paris for 25 years, Chris Cody became drawn to the story of French navigator La Pérouse, who landed in Botany Bay in 1788.

“What I like about La Pérouse and his journey is that it wasn’t about conquest. He went out with botanists, astrologers and cartographers.

"It was all about learning and expanding human knowledge. He had 250 people and he didn’t take soldiers."

When Chris returned to Sydney in 2013, he felt compelled to write La Pérouse Suite, an original composition for 10 instruments and eight musicians.

Mostly jazz, it has some classical and world music references, as well as subtle flavours brought in from La Pérouse’s travels.

Don’t miss this world premiere of a landmark work.

Special support: Ambre Hammond & Marcello Maio

Classical pianist Ambre Hammond and accordion virtuoso Marcello Maio present some of the most haunting and celebrated music by Astor Piazzolla, as well as music by Brazilian composer Jobim as a taste of their upcoming album.