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The Vampires + Chris Abrahams: Nightjar Tour

Sunday 22nd October 2023

The Sunday afternoon of your dreams – delicious food and soulful jazz-tunes.

Sunday 22nd October 2023
‘Tin Cantina’ Food Truck & Bar from 1:00pm
Four Winds Windsong Pavilion
Barragga Bay NSW 2546
General Admission $55
Concession $45
Overflow Outdoor Seating $40 (chairs provided)
16 years & under FREE (Bookings still required)

Join us on the lawn of the Windsong Pavilion for a flavourful lunch created by Tin Cantina with a glass of red in hand…Then, wander inside the Windsong Pavilion and immerse yourself in the expressive soundscape of The Vampires + Chris Abrahams.

The Vampires are an absolute force, their sound is so uniquely assured that it’s hard to describe their dynamism and artistry until you hear them yourself. The Guardian UK says of the group:

‘’The Vampires have a] seductive, genre-hopping creativity: The references embrace reggae, classic Cuban song, high life, pre-electric Miles Davis and hints of Blue Note soul-jazz or Henri Texier’s cinematically scene-setting music…”

The Guardian UK

Taking the afternoon to another level is the incomparable Jazz Musician Chris Abrahams. He is a founding member of The Necks, and has performed alongside some of the most exceptional names in music across the globe. He will be performing with The Vampires playing Piano, in his singularly brilliant style.

You do not want to miss this one!

“In one fell swoop, two of the strongest forces in Australian jazz, both of whose music is drenched in melodic beauty, are joined, creating what is palpably a masterpiece.”

The Australian

“Nightjar invites you on a relaxed sound journey, and those who close their eyes can easily imagine the vastness of the continent Down Under in their mind’s eye.”

Jazzthetik, DE

“Chris Abrahams’ minimalist approach blends seamlessly into the interaction of the group while he pristine spaces with thrifty harmonic formulas and textural paint overtone layers.”

Concerto Magazine, Austria


Exerpts from the Nightjar Album + Additional special works & improvisations


Chris Abrahams: piano
Noel Mason: bass
Jeremy Rose: sax, bass clarinet
Alex Masso: drums
Nick Garbett: trumpet

Bookings are essential. Read more here about our venue’s Covid-19 protocols, and what to expect when you visit.

“In a head-bopping nod to the obvious, The Vampires play vamps. Yet, these are no ordinary vamps. Written and improvised melodies are beautiful and flawless, and the harmonies between the three voices (woodwinds, brass, bass) ring with pitch-perfect sonority. There is a sublime pacing to each of the tunes here, with strategic shifts in texture, tonality, rhythm or intensity twisting the narrative of each hypnotic groove into an ever-unfolding and irresistible arc.”

Concerto Magazine, Austria

About the Artists
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The Vampires

Twenty years ago, composers on Nightjar, Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett were surfers, housemates, bandmates. A surfer vibe infuses their music: being at ease and alert, sitting in the swell of a magnificent immense natural force, until the wave comes. Ride it as gracefully and as far as possible.

The Vampires have been hot-housed in Sydney. Expanses get in our bloodstream, they are visceral. It’s in the music. Think of the 35 year long reverberations of The Necks.

The Vampires grew into their own music listening intently to The Necks. Individual members of The Vampires play with individual Necks: Tony Buck on Nick Garbett’s 2019 The Glider; and Lloyd Swanton with Jeremy Rose and Hamed Sadeghi in the improvising trio Vazesh. Chris Abrahams was a compelling collaborator to make music with – which is now Nightjar.

The Vampires, here in lush vamping form, meet the singular acute bright and tender touch of Chris Abrahams.

Chris Abrahams

Chris was born in Oamaru, New Zealand but grew up in Sydney, Australia. He became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties playing with modern jazz groups including Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers and The Keys Music Orchestra. With Lloyd Swanton he formed the 60’s modern jazz-influenced The Benders in 1982. During its day, the band released three albums – E, False Laughter and Distance.

In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album – Piano, followed in 1986 by Walk.

In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers. As a result of this, Chris began working regularly with the singer and songwriter Melanie Oxley. Chris collaborated with Melanie, writing songs and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003).

Chris released a third solo piano album, Glow, in 2001. This was followed in 2003 by Streaming, and then Thrown (2004), Play Scar (2010) and Memory Night (2013).

Chris has collaborated, in both recording and performance, with many contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe.

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