Jazzandbeyond.com.au "Mirrors" Album Review by Barry O'Sullivan - Aug 2017
Louis Stapleton is an award winning (Sparda Jazz Award,Young Munich Jazz Prize) gifted Australian pianist, composer and arranger who studied under the German heavyweight jazz musicians Hubert Nuss and Florian Ross, and this recording was funded with prize money from the above awards. Stapleton’s music contains influences from his hero jazz artists, John Taylor, Aaron Parks and Alan Broadbent, and is emblazoned with his tight, clean and virtuosic pianism. Composed during his time in Germany, with a definite nod to his previous advanced classical piano studies, Stapleton is accompanied on this outing by some extremely talented musicians from Cologne, bandleaders in their own right: Oliver Lutz on bass, Fabian Arends on drumset and the prodigious Philipp Braemswig on four of the tracks on guitar. A more simpatico quartet of musical explorers is difficult to imagine; and evident throughout is Stapleton’s dedication to serious musical discipline. On the track 13th Floor an up-tempo Stapleton establishes the active conversational sound of the trio with the guitarist, the pianist often writing long lines which the other players follow while weaving in and out.The standout ballads Rialto and Departures are compositional gems, with the improvisation sufficiently songlike, melting into the melody, and showcasing Stapleton’s high distinction skills
The trio and guest guitarist deliver the sound of modern creative music, attaining a beauty and personality too rarely heard in contemporary jazz, with impressive playing and solos from Lutz throughout and the impeccable restraint and technique of Arends on drums
"Mirrors" launch: foundry 616 august 29th
After studying tertiary music and Jazz Piano in Weimar and then Cologne in Germany, Louis is now based in Sydney, performing and composing across a range of formats and genres such as jazz, funk, pop and electronic music. In 2013 the Louis Stapleton trio won the Sparda Jazz Award and headlined the final night of the Dusseldorfer Jazz Rally. That same year his trio also won the Young Munich Jazz prize.
This special evening at Foundry will treat you to an array of music he composed during his time in Germany and some more recent compositions. The CD “Mirrors” was recorded in Cologne Germany and features some of Germany’s finest young players all of whom are band leaders in their own right. It spans an array of colours and emotions and acts as a musical journal of Louis’ studies and personal growth in Germany, both spiritually and musically.
On the evening you’ll be able to purchase hard-copies of the album and all digital purchases made prior will be released on Bandcamp
Tim Firth – Drums
Carl Morgan – Guitar
Dave Groves – Bass
Louis Stapleton – Piano/Composition
Don’t miss this great lineup and exciting new music!
General – $15.00 incl booking fee
Concession – $10.00 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show $33.00 incl booking fee (guarantees a table and includes $18 of house drinks)
Dusseldorf - Steinway Jazz Pianist award
May 2014 - Louis Stapleton was awarded 1st place in the Dusseldorf - Steinway jazz piano competition.
Young Munich Jazz Prize
November 2013, The Louis Stapleton Trio has been awarded 1st Prize in the Munich Young jazz Award
Audi Jazz Festival - Balloni - Hallen
September - 2013 - Friday 6th 19.30 - 21.00
Louis Stapleton Trio - with Fabian Arends and Oliver Lutz -
Sparda Jazz Award
The Louis Stapleton Trio with Oliver Lutz and Fabian Arends has just won 1st place in the Sparda Jazz Awards and will be playing at the Dusselldorf Jazz Rally May 17-19 check the website for details
31st August - 12pm - Jake Barden Quartet with Louis Stapleton - Rococo Stage 31st August - 7.30pm - Jake Barden Quartet with Louis Stapleton - Maroochydore Piano Bar 1st Sept - 1.30pm - Jake Barden Quartet with George Washingmachine - NV Catalina River Cruise
Brisbane Jazz Club
24th August - 7.30pm Jake Barden Quartet with Louis Stapleton
Broadbeach Jazz Festival
18th August - Northern Surf Parade Stage - 8am - 10am Jake Barden Quartet - featuring Louis Stapleton The TC's at Novotel , Goldcoast - Jake Barden Quartet with Louis Stapleton special guest appearance from Liam Burrows.
I am currently teaching at this music school each Wednesday afternoon: http://www.musikschule-spicks.de/kontakt.html
Forum Kultur präsentiert: Jazz in Heppenheim
Jazz in Marstall - Wednesday 6th March 2013 Kurmainzer Amtshof - Heppenheim Christian Seeger Quartett feat. Louis Stapleton
Crossing Paths album - 2011
See the Music page for more details.