Blueprints & Vignettes

Steve Barry

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Blueprints & Vignettes is the third album from leading Sydney based pianist-composer Steve Barry.

A product of Barry’s PhD in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Blueprints & Vignettes reflects his parallel interests in jazz, free improvisation and 20th century classical music. The album dances between intricate compositions and free improvisation in an exploration of harmonic hues and the spontaneous re-imagination of pre-set structures, reflecting an eclectic palate of influences ranging from Paul Bley to Elliott Carter.

Joining Barry are longstanding collaborators Jeremy Rose (alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Max Alduca (bass) and Dave Goodman (drums). Beautifully captured at Sydney’s Sony Studios by Ross A’hern, the album marks a distinctive contribution to Barry’s growing output.

Barry maintains a busy schedule composing, teaching and performing across Australia, New Zealand and more recently Japan. He is the co-founder of Orbiturtle, an artist-run initiative dedicated to curating new collaborations between artists from across the Asia-Pacific region (recent projects include a recording with koto player Michiyo Yagi in the Joganji Buddhist temple in Osaka). Barry has also accumulated a growing list of awards and nominations, including a Bell

Award, 2nd in the National Jazz Awards and a finalist in the APRA Professional Development Awards. An album of works for solo piano, also products of Barry’s PhD studies, is set for release 2018.


released January 19, 2018



...dazzling in his harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, swtichback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama.
— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Like his piano playing, his writing is mature, smart, purposeful and intelligently varied and developed. He and his colleagues present a robust, tight ensemble sound, with a combination of energy, swing and assurance that invite repeated listening.
— Adrian Jackson, Rhythms Magazine
“...equally convincing building irresistible momentum into convoluted rhythms, or shaping the wistful melody of Ambulation with the softness of a watercolourist.
— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald