ORIGAMI: Live at Courthouse


October 10


8:00PM - 10:00PM


$29 GA
$20 CON


Wu-Xing – The Five Elements

Adam Simmons, Howard Cairns and Hugh Harvey combine to create Origami. This exuberant trio interweave swing, groove, traditional and contemporary jazz for an exceptional sound. Joining for this special project is Wang Zheng-Ting, Pete Lawler and Jean Poole (live visuals) Wu Xing is the cornerstone for much of Chinese philosophy, translating as “five elements” or “five phases”: Wood (mù), Fire (huo), Earth (tu), Metal (jin), and Water (shui).

In contrast to the Ancient Greek elements which are seen as discrete materials, the Wu Xing are regarded as transformative states. The five phases can be seen as flowing in four different cycles: creation, controlling, weakening, harming.”The guiding principle for Origami’s music has always been to find simple and fundamental starting points. In considering Origami’scollaboration with Wang Zheng-Ting, I was drawn to the Wu Xing as something at the core of Chinese culture. Following the cycle ofcreation, the main movements are inspired by each phase’s corresponding associations with colours, life cycle, martial arts, musical scales and emotions. “Wu Xing” was recorded and released on CD in late 2017, by Origami with Wang Zheng-Ting as a special guest. It was presented as a quartet at 2017 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz &Blues. The CD was nominated for The Age Music Victoria Awards for Best Jazz Album2018.OrigamiAdamSimmons – alto saxophone, bass clarinetHoward Cairns – double bass Hugh Harvey – drumsSpecial guests: Wang Zheng-Ting – shengPete Lawler – space drumJean Poole – visual projection

Origami formed in 2010 and have toured nationally to promote their six acclaimed albums including two nominations for The Age Music Victoria’s Best Jazz Album Award with “Karaoke” (2013) and “Wu Xing – The Five Elements” (2018). They have performed at various festivals including Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival, The Village Festival, Ballarat’s Backyard Tasters, Mildura Jazz Food & Wine Festival and presented TheUsefulness of Art suite for the inaugural Pete Blizzard Memorial Concert at the Festival of Slow Music.

Origami has been hailed as one of Adam Simmons’ strongest projects, which include the Adam Simmons Quartet, New Blood, Collider and the renowned Adam Simmons Toy Band. He has contributed to numerous ensembles and recordings over many years, including: Gotye, Pugsley Buzzard, John McAll’s Black Money, Kutcha Edwards, The Pearly Shells, bucket rider, Nick Tsiavos Ensemble and many others. Howard Cairns, a bandleader in his own right as well as a pivotal member of Way OutWest, brings a beautifully gentle strength in his bass playing that helps to define the sound of Origami. Hugh Harvey as the backbone in numerous other ensembles including the Meltdown, Paper Planes and Julien Wilson’s “B For Chicken”, complements the trio sound with ease, bringing his own exuberant style to the group