Calvert George Trio
HCG trio improvises their compositions in real time by controlling
melody, harmony and rhythm together, thus assuring a constant creation
of original themes - the general effect is one of exploration in a
ritual journey from an Australian point of view.The trio has had two
overseas tours, they have been together since 1994.
to a sample.
Howley (Piano &Voice)
as a classical musician (cello) He formed the Royal George Hotel
jazz band Sydney 1960. Travelled overseas 1960-67 during which he
performed improvised music with various musicians from different
In 1964, with
Daevid Allen (Gong Band). John Howley staged a musical happening
in Majorca's main art gallery, he is also an established painter
with works in major Australian and overseas collections. Howley
formed the group Stillborn Frog in 1991, leading to the formation
of the Howley Calvert George Trio in 1994.
Calvert - tenor and soprano saxophones
Musician extraordinaire, powerfully lyrical
saxophonist with a plaintive and seductive sound, Calvert rejects
categorization and is concerned mainly with the spirit and meaning
four years starting in the 70's, he studied improvisation in London
with Maggie Nichols and John Stevens. Between 1976 and 1980 he was
a member of the critically acclaimed, freely improvising
band John Stevens Away. During the 1990's extensive tours followed
in Britain, Europe and the USA, with cult bands Mothergong and Gong.
Since 1994 Robert has pursued his passion for collective improvisation
within the Howley Calvert George Trio, which, in 1998 and 1999 toured
Poland.Robert made his first recording with the British progressive
rock band Catapilla in 1970 and since then has been recorded with
just about every group he has played with.
George - drums
Robert George has been playing drums since
the 1970s, he has also invented a computerized device that sets
out and measures a players timing, which compliments a life long
interest playing in free time. For him the approach to improvisation
inspired by soundscapes is important.
has acquired exceptional professional skills as a working drummer,
and like most serious drummers, Robert has included in his interests
a great love for Jazz drumming.Robert George has played in a number
of modern jazz and new music combos, as well as rock groups. For
this musician the trio has been a marvelous means to apply some
of the timing
skills he has been developing in freeform music.