17 May Wednesday – Mark Isaacs New Trio


Weds 17 May, 8.30pm

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A jazz comeback for a legendary Australian musician

Every sound has such sublime musicality that Isaacs’s middle name could be ‘Nuance’

Mark Isaacs returns to his favourite Australian jazz venue after a two year absence from jazz group performing while focussed on his parallel career as classical composer, conductor and pianist and immersing himself in a long sabbatical during which he devoted himself to refining his art and his voluntary community work.

For his new jazz trio, Mark is joined by two brilliant young players – almost 40 years his junior! – both mercurial, rising stars of the jazz scene. Together they will be exploring great melodies – standards and “notso-
standards” – with passion and lyricism.

Mark’s classical projects have seen him write several symphonies over the last 4 years, including conducting the premiere of his Chamber Symphony at City Recital Hall, Sydney as well as conducting the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in a concert of his orchestral compositions. His Symphony No. 1 was commissioned by former media
executive (and Mark’s composition teacher) Kim Williams and the film of its premiere – which Mark co-produced – was screened on Foxtel in Australia and Sky TV Arts in New Zealand. Mark has just completed composing his Symphony No. 2 and has also given recitals and toured as a classical pianist.

Mark’s 40-year jazz career has seen him collaborating with some of the most legendary international jazz artists including Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Vinnie Colaiuta and Adam Nussbaum. He has led many acclaimed groups in Australia, toured widely internationally including major festivals like Tokyo Jazz Festival and Pori Jazz, and he has been nominated twice for the ARIA Award.

Mark is also passionately engaged in his ongoing voluntary work as an accredited Lifeline telephone crisis supporter, including assisting Lifeline in the training of new volunteers.

In this performance, Mark will be relishing returning after two years to a superb jazz club leading a band with two outstanding brand new talents. Expect fireworks!

“There is a sophisticated musicality at work that is special and rare”. PAT METHENY

Mark Isaacs: piano
Maximillian Alduca: bass
Alexander Hirlian: drums


Maximillian Alduca
Bassist, composer and improviser Maximillian Alduca has established himself as a force of creative energy on the Sydney Jazz scene. Currently involved in a variety of collaborations spanning jazz, classical and improvised music, Max is a sideman to some of Australia’s leading jazz instrumentalists, including Dale Barlow and Warwick Alder and touring locally and internationally with contemporary jazz projects Vulkan (Aus/DK) and Antipodes (Aus/NZ).

Recent highlights have included performances at Wellington International Jazz Festival, Adelaide festival 2016 ‘Tectonics’ with the Splinter Orchestra, following an adventure into deep west NSW where ‘Mungo’ was recorded and since released in January 2017.

Max has also released an original album ‘The Rumour of Forests and Waves’ with Trioflight, a free flowing, freely improvising trio with drummer Dave Goodman and pianist Nick Southcott. Aus/DK collaboration Vulkan is set to tour Europe in 2017 with the release of ‘Venting’ including appearances at Copenhagen and Aarhus international Jazz festivals.

Alexander Hirlian is a Sydney-based drummer and percussionist with a Bachelors of Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has been the drummer for bands led by James Muller, David Theak, Sean Wayland, Mike Rivett, Carl Morgan and Judy Bailey, just to name a few. He has also performed in an orchestral setting with members from the SSO and AOBO.

During his time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music he studied under drummers Andrew Dickeson and Simon Barker as well as  percussionists Daryl Pratt and Richard Miller for orchestral percussion.

In 2014, Alex was a finalist for the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Scholarship and currently performs regularly around Sydney.

$21.50 GA (including booking fee)
$16.50 Concession (including booking fee)
$39.50 Drinks & Show (table seating, including booking fee)

Additional Information

Ticket Type

General Admission, Concession, Drinks & Show


22 June 2016

Event Details

Date: 17 May 2017

Start time: 20:30

End time: 23:00

Venue: Foundry 616

Phone: 02 9211 9442

Email: info@foundry616.com.au