Peter Knight’s Fish Boast of Fishing

Australian trumpeter-composer Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his eclectic approach, which integrates jazz, world music and experimental traditions. Well known to Australian music-audiences, he is the leader of several of his own projects and appears as a soloist in a wide range of settings. He also composes for theatre and film and has created sound installations. Peter joins Listen/Hear Collective with a unique project 'Fish Boast of Fishing' which brings together some of Australia's leading exponents of improvised, experimental and 'new' music in a work that explores the point where composition and improvisation intersect.

Inspired by the poetry of E. E Cummings, Fish Boast of Fishing features Peter Knight – trumpet/laptop, Adam Simmons – contrabass clarinet, Erik Griswold – prepared piano, Vanessa Tomlinson – percussion, Frank DiSario – double bass and Joe Talia – drum kit/electronics. Peter describes the development of the project in the following way:

The initial motivation for the project developed out of a desire to compose a suite of works integrating the improvisatory language of the players comprising the ensemble. It develops a mode of expression that draws on genre and idiom without being defined by either, and compositional structures that create space for each of the players.

As a performer and bandleader Peter appears internationally, with recent highlights including high profile performances with his group Way Out West at Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and Veneto Jazz Festival. In 2009 Way Out West also toured Korea and Japan including concerts at Takatsuki Jazz Festival. Recent solo (trumpet and laptop) performances include the Banff Centre of the Arts (Canada) and KuLe for Labor Sonor (Berlin); in 2009 he also appeared as part of Erik Griswold’s Wide Alley at the Auckland Festival and Sydney Opera House.

Peter is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. In 2009 he won (with Way Out West) the Bell Award for ‘Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year.’ In 2008 he was nominated for the APRA Awards, ‘Jazz Composition of the Year.’ In 2007 he was awarded the Rolston Music Fellowship by the Banff Centre for the Arts, which enabled him to take up a composer’s residency in October 2007. Peter’s work has also been supported by grants from The Ian Potter Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Alan C. Rose Trust, Australia/Korea Foundation, Australian International Cultural Council, and The Myer Foundation. He was the 2005 recipient of the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (VCA).

Peter has released six albums of his compositions in the last eight years with ensembles including Way Out West, his eponymously titled quartet, and the 5+2 Brass Ensemble. His releases have received international acclaim: “Honest, inventive and original.” Hour Magazine Montreal. “Combines different styles seamlessly, [and] succeeds where so many other world music fusion groups fail.” Vancouver Sun. “An unusual and beguiling sound.” Cadence Review (New York). “Quietly forceful.” The Age.

In addition to the projects he leads, Peter has performed and recorded with a diverse range of local and international artists including: Adam Simmons, Adrian Sherriff’s ‘Oynsemble’, Hugh Fraser Quintet (Canada), Quinsin Nachoff (Canada), Kate Neal’s ‘Dead Horse Wind and String Ensemble’ (composition commission), Misinterprotato, Grand Union Orchestra (UK), Allan Browne, Ren Walters’ ‘This Ensemble’, Giorgio Magnanensi (Italy), Christian Pruvost (France), Erik Griswold’s ‘Wide Alley’ and ‘Ecstatic Music’ projects, Scott Tinkler, Stephen Magnusson, The Violent Femmes (USA), Spiderbait, You Am I, The Saints, and reggae star Horace Andy (Jamaica/UK).

Peter holds a Masters of Music Performance (VCA) and is currently completing a doctorate at Queensland Conservatorium where he is on full scholarship. He lectures part-time at NMIT and VCA.




Fish Boast of Fishing is…


Peter Knight:  Trumpet and Laptop Electronics

Adam Simmons:  Contrabass Clarinet

Erik Griswold:  Prepared Piano

Vanessa Tomlinson:  Percussion

Frank DiSario:  Double Bass

Joe Talia:  Drum Kit and Electronics




Fish Boast of Fishing (Listen/Hear Collective)
Residual – Peter Knight and Dung Nguyen (Parentheses Records)
The Effects of Weather – Way Out West (Jazzhead)
Old Grooves for New Streets – Way Out West (Jazzhead)
All the Gravitation of Silence – Peter Knight Quartet with Stephen Magnusson (Jazzhead)
Invisible Cities and Other Works – 5 + 2 Brass Ensemble (Rufus Records)
Footscray Station – Way Out West (Newmarket)
Between Two Moments – Peter Knight Quartet (Newmarket)



Honest, inventive and original.” Hour Magazine Montreal. 

Combines different styles seamlessly, [and] succeeds where so many other world music fusion groups fail.” Vancouver Sun.

“An unusual and beguiling sound.” Cadence Review (New York).

Quietly forceful.” The Age.

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