Peters, Diane - Harp
Davies, Ceridwen - Viola
Jayaweera, Rajiv - Drums
Martin, Caerwen - Cello
McNelis, Eamon - Trumpet
Murphy, Tamara - Double Bass
Salsjo, Mia - Flute
Venue: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Before successfully basing herself in Italy over the past few years, harpist and vocalist Diane Peters was well-known to Melbourne audiences as leader of Archaeopteryx, and her string ensemble 66 Strings, as well as performing with other artists such as Christine Sullivan. In Italy she has recorded for Blue Note jazz artist Nicola Conte in 2006 and 2007, as well as leading her own ensembles. On this visit she is undertaking a small tour with Italy’s Maria Vicentini (viola), a jazz graduate from Verona, who works with Ettore Martin. For this performance they will be joined by acoustic bassist Tamara Murphy in a Trio to perform "original songs without words and jazz". See harpandsong.com
Diane has developed an original style of playing and composition, performing solo and in diverse combinations, in Melbourne, Australia, Italy and Internationally. Her CD of original music, Diane Peters ARCHAEOPTERYX, received exceptional reviews and comments followed by invitations abroad.
Inspired by the music of Alice Coltrane and encouraged by Australian Jazz legend Mark Simmonds, Peters wove her way into the field of jazz harp. Then studied at the VCA jazz course 95-97 meeting like minded musicians to play with. Diane has found that composition is also a useful mode of developing the place for harp in jazz considering the open stage for ideas. It has been musicians on other instruments, (colleagues and teachers) taking an interest in this alluring instrument with its possibilities and limitations, that have given Diane the possibility to experiment and forge a path. Along with producing her own music, Diane has worked with major artists (recordings and live performances) including Bob Sedergreen, Paul Grabowsky, Scezary Scubizewski, Christine Sullivan, Steven Cummings and Angie Hart and Nicola Conte.