Presented by Wizard Tone Records
Reviewed 21 Feb 2018
Adelaide musician Adam Page is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator. A stalwart of the local music scene, he has been performing in the Fringe for the last few years. His shows are a grab-bag of incredible instruments and sampling machinery, which Page uses to improvise compositions . You could go to every night and never see the same show. Tonight, he took the audience through funk, jazz and Andean music, amongst other forms.
After the opening funky number, he settled into some exquisite North American flute, before breaking into some R & B with a sound he described as “James Brownie…not James Brown…James Brownie from Wagga.”
This was typical of the banter with which Page tied together each number in the set. He must surely be one of the nicest and most personable musicians in Adelaide, if not the whole of South Australia. And possibly outback Victoria as well…
One number consisted of a sampling of the name of one of the audience members (which just happened to be my guest for the evening!) which was cheeky, hilarious, and brilliantly done. Another number was what Page described as “handbag sounds”. He took his phone, walked around the audience, picking up keys, bags, glasses…anything that could then be “percussed” in some way, and recording them. These were then sampled into a tune.
The night ended with some beautiful work on the Mayan temple flute, an instrument for which Page is currently writing a concerto (he thinks maybe the first in the world), which will be premiered later this year with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
For an improvised show, this was incredibly tight, engaging, musically satisfying, fun, warm and endearing. I am almost tempted to go catch the next three performances.
Whatever you do, slot this one into your Fringe diary.
Check out Adam’s website here
Venue: Tin Shed at The Wheatsheaf Hotel
Season: February 21st, 28th, March 7th, 14th.
Duration: 60 minutes