Barney McAll is one of Australia’s most esteemed jazz musicians and one of the few who has also achieved distinction in that great, global music metropolis, New York City. He is a Grammy-nominated, multi award-winning pianist, composer and ensemble leader and is an extraordinary performer and communicator. As just some of his achievements, he:
· won the inaugural Australian National Jazz Award and was nominated for a US Grammy award in 2007
· has performed on over 100 recordings, released 11 acclaimed albums of his own compositions and written scores for several award-winning films
· was invited to New York by Miles Davis alumni Gary Bartz to join his renowned Gary Bartz Quartet, later also joining other top ensembles such as the Josh Roseman Unit, Fred Wesley & the New JBs (James Brown’s old band) and Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Heartcore
· established his own influential bands – including the Cuban-infused M.O.D.A.S (‘Mother of Dreams and Secrets’), Sylent Running, GRAFT and Trio Feral – with some of New York’s top musicians
· was musical director for vocalist and international sensation Sia
· was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Fellowship for 2007-2008
Barney returned to live in Australia in 2015, initially to take up the coveted ‘Peggy Glanville-Hicks composer residency’ in Sydney (the first jazz musician to receive this award). This year long award gave him the freedom to compose a new body of work and to team up with some old Australian musician mates. This combination led to the wonderful 2015 album, ‘Mooroolbark’, recorded with his new band ASIO and going on to win a swag of Bell, ARIA, AIR and iTunes jazz awards.