NEWS

 
This wonderful cycle is highly inventive and inspiring, accessible to children and adults alike. Very enjoyable and touching!
VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY on Mark Isaacs's piano suite Children's Songs

The work of an artist capable of matching the rich elements of classical composition with the flowing rhythms of jazz . . the product of a splendid musical mind
LOS ANGELES TIMES

Propelled by a winning combination of sharp rhythms and lyrical melodies
NEW YORK TIMES

Isaacs, with every release, has refined his systematic approach to post-modernity jazz to the point that his sound defines what jazz should sound like at the advent of the 21st Century in the same way Joe King Oliver, Satch, and Bix defined New Orleans/Chicago, Basie and Ellington defined the swing era, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie defined bebop and Miles Davis defined everything else 
ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

The great modern Australian pianist/composer is no stranger to Moscow audiences ....pure, crisp and vehement ...I never thought that jazz was still so much alive
MOSCOW TRIBUNE

Isaacs is a master of writing pieces that are both emotionally complex and yet still orderly. Never does an Isaacs composition devolve into inane banging and clanging; this is music composed and performed for the listener, not at them. Wonderfully integrated, thoughtful and intelligent..... providing some of the best on the cutting edge of accessible jazz
ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
 
With each new release Mark finds a new angle of addressing his prodigious talents and I find myself looking forward to seeing what he will come up with next. There is a sophisticated musicality at work that is special and rare. He is a serious musician looking to solve deep questions
PAT METHENY

In many ways Mark Isaacs's personality could be compared with that of Leonard Bernstein - the same boundless energy, enthusiasm for a broad range of music, pianistic skills and passionate concern for the performance bring to mind similar impressions to those I received from the few occasions I was lucky enough to work with Maestro Bernstein
JOHN HARDING Former Concertmaster & Associate Conductor, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

At heart, the work of a full-blooded romantic, though one with plenty of rhythmic vitality
GRAMOPHONE Magazine

“Isaacs’ compositions flood the senses, the pianist playing with a passion that stands out in Australia today” LIMELIGHT Magazine

He morphs the familiar into the unexpected. Great music, whatever genre, is about tension and release. This has it in spades
THE AGE

The world of Mark Isaacs is a strangely compelling place. Passionate, whimsical, joyfully erratic. . sometimes eccentric and always deeply thoughtful . . letting loose, overflowing with ideas
THE AUSTRALIAN
 
Monstrously brilliant....a prodigious group driven by a charismatic genius.... put [Isaacs] in a pair of iridescent orange Converse basketball boots and he becomes a stage demon.... a composer and musician utterly unencumbered by boundaries who has a breathtaking aptitude for making feeling and experience audible
AUSTRALIAN STAGE ONLINE
 
As ever with Isaacs, it is direct, concentrated and free-wheeling, as playful and serious as art can be
AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

Polished, confident and deeply accomplished . . . must rank with the world’s finest
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
 
Seamless in conception, flawless in execution, exuberant in creativity . . . makes extremely complex music natural and accessible
ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
 
The sound came in slivering cascades, like the finest crystal being joyously dashed into a fireplace
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
 
Reflective, contemplative, inspiring calm, contentment, an understanding that there is beauty to be seen, and heard, and felt
CANBERRA TIMES

 

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