Nat Bartsch Trio
Nat Bartsch Trio
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Active from 2008 to 2014, Nat Bartsch Trio was a contemporary jazz piano trio featuring Nat’s compositions and unique arrangements of contemporary popular music. The trio is inspired by Australian jazz greats Andrea Keller, Tony Gould and Paul Grabowsky; indie rock and pop music of the likes of Elbow and Sigur Ros; and the improvised music of Europe – particularly through Nat’s study with Tord Gustavsen and Nik Bärtsch in 2008. This variety of influence enables the trio to communicate heart-warming music to a broad range of listeners, extending far beyond the jazz scene.
The trio was initially formed in 2006 during studies in improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, with bassist Josh Holt and drummer Leigh Fisher. Nat was joined in 2013 by drummer Daniel Farrugia (Luke Howard Trio) and Tom Lee (Michelle Nicole Quartet).
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The trio’s debut self-titled, EP, Nat Bartsch Trio (2008) was followed by their acclaimed 2010 release Springs, for all the Winters, recorded for Mal Stanley’s ABC Jazztrack Program, and released on Rufus Records. Singer Vince Jones nominated Springs as his favourite release of 2010 on Radio National, and the trio’s music is regularly played on ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz.
Nat Bartsch Trio has extensive experience in live performance, including a tour to Japan in 2009 (in collaboration with bassist Seigo Matsunaga) and Europe in 2010 (most notably, supporting Abdullah Ibrahim’s Ekaya at the Jazz-Transfer Festival in Germany). The trio has appeared at the Stonnington Jazz Festival, Walsh Bay Jazz Festival, Brisbane Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival, and the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival.
In 2013, Nat Bartsch Trio released their critically acclaimed 3rd CD, To Sail, To Sing, partially funded by a successful crowd funding campaign. In May 2013, the trio launched this new album in Japan, performing Tokyo, Kyoto and Niigata, supported by Arts Victoria’s Contemporary and Live Music Development program.
(Nat Bartsch Trio) is a democracy after all, and their statements come through with clarity and poise … We deserve to hear creative young Victorians like these, who in their youth are already capable of producing music of transcendent beauty.