Delay 45 is a unique emerging Australian jazz voice, featuring close collaborators Tom Avgenicos, Roshan Kumarage, Dave Quinn and Ashley Stoneham. Together, they move fluidly between structure and spontaneity to create an immersive listening experience. The group have quickly gained recognition among peers, critics and audiences for their debut release Big Ears. Sydney Morning Herald described the group as a “bold new chapter in Australian jazz”.
Delay 45 were recipients of Sydney University’s ‘George and Margaret Henderson Scholarship’ which assisted them in an international tour of Europe where they performed and were mentored by the some of the world’s finest musicians including Ralph Alessi, Matt Mitchell and Dave Binney.
Delay 45 have been playing together since they were in high school. Together, they conceptualised Delay 45 after solving a logistical issue they faced at a concert whilst studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Having strict time restrictions meant that they had too much material for their allocated time slot. The band decided to segue songs and use composed material as a stimulus for collective improvisation, creating natural and interactive improvisatory moments that inspired a larger idea.
Delay 45 have been invited to perform at some of Australia's leading festivals and programs including the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Sydney Improvised Music Association's (SIMA) Jazz:NOW Wired and Great Southern Nights. Delay 45 recently recorded their 2nd album Flux, set for release in 2021.
Delay 45 moves beyond tired jazz forms, making way a more fluid and interconnected listening experience. The inherent connection between the performers is integral to their sound, and their shared improvisational language creates a truly unique voice amongst Australia’s most notable ensembles.