(2019) Michael Pignéguy, Salamander & The Awakenings Ensemble: Forgotten Memories Live & Remixed release spans countries, genres, cultures & generations, across x 8 tracks. The idea to revisit this track, co-written by Paula Graham, came from Michael hearing the remixed version broadcasted over the internal music system at Sydney's ICC event centre in 2018. This was all the more surprising in that the remixed version titled Memories Forgotten was a promotional only release and never available commercially. The original version from the critically acclaimed album Adapt, by Salamander (Micheal, Nathan Winterfloods & Pete Jeavons) was sung by Paula Graham and is somewhat ageless, jazz funk, still sounding fresh to this day. The extended EP also features live versions by Malaysian singer - Evelyn Feroza & Singaporean singer - Alemay Fernandez, in addition to the aforementioned remix, by now defunct Production duo Craine & Physics + the instrumental version Produced by Dale Barlow, that appears on the album Pure. All tracks have been remastered for this release by Trilby Temperley who also mixed the new live tracks.
Other artistic contributions include Takeshi Ohbayshi (keyboards), Tim Stocker (Sax), Ben Poh (Bass), Pete Jeavons (Bass), Mathew Jodrell (Trumpet), Tom O’Halloran (keys), Simon Jeans (Guitar), Russell Holmes (Piano), Nathan Winterfloods (Production)
Artwork by Stuart Craine
(2019) Michael Pignéguy & The Awakenings Ensemble: Global Rhythms Live At Vivid
Global Rhythms, Live At Vivid captures some of the energy of the Australian, Vivid Festival show, held in June this year, including most notably, the natural, tribal like combination of Michael & percussionist Georgio Rojas riding the show from start to finish. Also the first occasion the two of them had shared a stage. All x 4 tracks are originals written by Michael, one a co-write with Singaporean vocalist Alemay Fernandez that harks back to the joyous grooves of the Acid Jazz era, when performed live, with hints of disco. A first outing for this track on these shows, while also now debuting as a commercial release & a taste of more to come. Also featured are Evelyn Feroza (backing vocals); Steve Barry (Keyboards); Nish Manjunath (Saxes); Nick Henderson (Basses); Giorgio Rojas (Percussion); Dave Panichi (Trombone); Yutaro Okuda (Guitar) with Michael Pignéguy (Drums), across x 4 tracks culminating in just under a x 24 minute stint of live energy, also acting as a taste of what an audience can expect from Michael live, skirting across genres & continents, delving into his vast influences that span decades
Mixed & Mastered by Trilby Temperley
Artwork: Stuart Craine
(2019) Michael Pignéguy & The Awakenings Ensemble feat' Evelyn Feroza & Q Sound: My Funny Valentine LIVE
to further highlight the ongoing artistic relationship that has built over the last couple of years, Michael now releases a live version of My Funny Valentine, featuring dynamic Malaysian vocalist Evelyn Feroza. As she always does in the live forum, Evelyn gives it everything she’s got and again, in typical form, makes it her own. Marques Young (Q Sound) also features on Trombone again on this version, as do musicians,
Travis Tan (Bass)
Wee Lern Chng (Keys)
Chee Seng (Guitar)
Scott Murphy (Alto Sax)
Michael Pignéguy (Drums)
My Funny Valentine live, now adds & completes the trilogy, with Samantha De Lune’s versions, both the percussion mix & full length original all available
Cover Art: Stuart Craine
(2019) Michael Pignéguy & The Awakenings Ensemble feat' Samantha De Lune & Q Sound: My Funny Valentine
a modern take on a classic, while still respecting the sensibilities of the original, My Funny Valentine is intentionally based in the art of current music styles, contrasting somewhat with the original. Samantha De Lune's (Malaysia) relaxed vocal delivery hums along gracefully, seemingly adding a personal connection to the lyrics. Also featured alongside Samantha is trombone player - Q Sound / Marques Young (U.S.) who adds another beautiful enhancement again, to the track. Recorded between Qatar, Malaysia & Australia, other musicians include - Enrick Adam (France) - guitar, Steve Richter (Australia) - percussion, Robo Jupiter (Malaysia) - keyboards & Travis Tan (Malaysia) - bass
Production: Michael & Trilby Temperley
Arrangement, drums & programming: Michael
Mixed & Mastered:: Trilby Temperley
Cover Art: Stuart Craine
(2019) Michael Pignéguy & The Awakenings Ensemble featuring Evelyn Feroza: Just Out Of Reach Live
This new version captures Evelyn Feroza live in Malaysia in 2018 very much stamping her identity onto the original recording, specifically released to compliment her style.
Q Sound / Marques Young - trombone
Wee Lern - piano
Travis Tan - bass
Chee Seng - guitar
Scott Murphy - sax
Michael - drums
Mastered by Trilby Temperley
Cover Art: Stuart Craine
(2019) Michael Pignéguy & The Awakenings Ensemble feat' Aysha Amani: So Far Out Of Reach (Coco Varma Remix)
Well in sync with Michael’s ever-growing multi-cultural reach, Earthtribe (U.K.) founder and pioneer of the London Asian Underground Scene - Coco Varma has added to what has become a trilogy, with his drum & bass version of Just Out Of Reach, fittingly given a new title - So Far Out Of Reach. Based on the Aysha Amani original, Coco’s versions (edit & full length) in turn, have taken the track to somewhere else entirely. So Far Out Of Reach is now performed live on Michael's tours
Cover art: Lezanne Swart & Stuart Craine
(2019) Michael Pignéguy featuring Anton Davidyants & Oleg Polyanskiy: Mega Jam
Michael + Anton (Russia) and Oleg (Ukraine) met collectively for the first time in Hamad International Airport (2014) on their way to a show in Eritrea, Africa, initiated by Jazz At Lincoln Centre. The trio had never performed together before, prior to that show. Oleg & Michael were already known to each other, through work they had been doing at The Qatar Music Academy, including Oleg performing with the Awakenings Ensemble. Oleg & Anton had become acquainted through a mutual contact in Thailand - renowned guitarist, Jack Thammarat
The George Gershwin classic Summertime (the basis for MegaJam) had already been a staple in the Awakenings Ensemble repertoire, both live & recorded, thus becoming the obvious choice of focus for this multi-country studio session & radical reworking project, by Michael.
Anton Davidyants (Bass), Oleg Polyanskiy (Keys), Michael Pignéguy (Drums, Synthesizer, Arrangement, Production), Mixed & mastered by Trilby Temperley.
Phil Douglas perfectly captures the classic nature of the original composition, with his retro video treatment & edit, also worth a look on the YouTube page
Cover Art: Stuart Craine
(2016) Michael Pignéguy & The Awakenings Ensemble feat' Aysha Amani: Just Out Of Reach
Michael & Trilby Temperley have collaborated with songwriter Aysha Amani (The Amani Consort) to create Just Out Of Reach. Recorded between Qatar & Australia, this neo-soul / jazz track also features contributions from Guitarist - Enrick Adam (France), Ney - Yassine Ayari (Tunisia) & Horns - Chris Coull (UK). Just Out Of Reach also features on the continuous soundscape-album Les Trois Scenes (2016)
Covert Art: Stuart Craine & Lezanne Swart
(2016) Michael Pignéguy: Les Trois Scenes
is a seamless soundscape, taking an endless journey through the musical life of Michael Pigneguy, effectively the soundtrack to his recording years to date. Drawing from all his artistic influences - Latin, world, Arabic, funk, soul & jazz, melding them into a fitting, continuous, journey of highlights spanning more than 60, non-stop minutes.
Artists / Musicians featured include: Michael Pigneguy (Drums, production, keyboards, virtual bass & horns); Baian Reda (oud); Trilby Temperley (production); Noura Sadaka (vocals); Nabil Amarshi (double bass); Chris Coull (harmon trumpet); James Beard (guitar); Anthony Mutharajah (electric bass); Aysha Amani (vocals); Enrick Adam (guitar); Yassine Ayari (ney flute); Chris Coull (trumpets); Nathan ‘floods’ Winterflood (production, vocals); Sian Brown (vocals); Matthew Jodrell (trumpet); Chris Greive (trombone); Carl Mackey (tenor sax, saxophone); Simon Jeans (guitar); Peter Jeavons (acoustic bass, electric bass, production); Paula Graham (vocals); Jeremy Greig (trombone); Iain Robbie (percussion); Tom O’Halloran (keyboards); Paul Tanner (percussion); Hassan Moataz (cello); Chris Pattishall (Piano); Philip Kuehn (Acoustic Bass); David McGregor; Chris Greive (trombone); Russell Holmes (piano); Marcus Dengate (electric and acoustic basses)
(2014) Michael Pignéguy Quartet: Au Privave
brings together an all-star line-up on this snappy quartet album. Michael's characteristic combo arrangement chops are as evident as ever but this time there's a higher percentage of non-orginal material compared to his larger MPS (sextet) recordings which kicked off his career. His rhythmic re-invention of Miles Davis' Four as well as his insightful presentation of Charlie Parker's Au Privave and the standard Beautiful Love sit marvellously alongside Michael's new original compositions. The stellar performances by the accomplished international line up that Michael has assembled for this recording deliver the intent of these musical ideas perfectly. Musicians: Michael Pignéguy (drums), Matthew Jodrell (trumpet & flügel horn), Chris Pattishall (piano), Philip Kuehn (acoustic bass)
(2011) The Awakenings Ensemble: Speak
Bringing together musicians from diverse regions of the globe to create new music is a great passion for The Awakenings Ensemble’s leader - Michael Pignéguy. Capturing the unbridled energy of live performances in Australia and introducing the wizard-like production knowledge of cutting edge producers, then inviting international guests to spend time in the studio, culminated in the release of the debut album SPEAK. This album was recorded in Doha, Dubai, Melbourne and Perth, the musicians who open their souls through the music, hail from Australia, the Ukraine, Lebanon, Tunisia, England, Syria, the USA, Italy, Canada and Egypt.
PRODUCED BY: Michael Pignéguy and Trilby Temperley. PERFORMERS: Michael Pignéguy, Yassine Ayari, Tom O’Halloran, Baian Reda, Simon Jeans, Oleg Polyanskiy, Paul Tanner, James Beard, Noura Sadaka, Carl Mackey, Hassan Moataz, Chris Coull, Jeremy Greig, Cat Hanson, Peter Jeavons, Melody A.K.A. Myla Morestyles, Iain Robbie, Nabil Amarshi, George Oro, Able8 A.K.A David Di Paolo, Tamás Marschall, Dmitri Torchinsky, Matteo Gaspari.
(2004) Salamander: Adapt
Salamander was the combined brainchild of Michael Pignéguy, Pete Jeavons and Nathan Winterflood and has grown from its creators' passion for not only jazz and hip-hop, but also funk, drum'n'bass, nu-jazz and world music. In addition to the three founding members, Salamander perform live with vocalist Sian Brown, while also drawing from a pool of other talented Australian-based musicians. Salamander has performed around Australia as well as in Italy.
PERFORMERS: Michael Pignéguy, Nathan 'floods' Winterflood, Peter Jeavons, Sian Brown, Paula Graham, Carl Mackey, Chris Greive, Lo-Key Fu, Trilby Temperley, Matthew Jodrell, Mike Cartwright, Jeremy Greig, DJ Armee, Neil Craig, Tom O'Halloran, Simon Jeans
(Recorded 2003 / Released 2014) CYO'Connor Jazz Suite in Four Movements, Fremantle International Jazz Festival Ensemble.
This four movement work was commissioned for the opening of the 2003 Fremantle International Jazz Festival in Perth, Western Australia, featuring an all-star mixed ensemble of 27 performers. The subject of the commission was the iconic and tragic figure Charles Yelverton O'Connor who changed the course of WA future with his daring engineering projects. The incredible inaugural performance was recorded live and the work has become a study work for secondary music students in Western Australian schools.
Composer and Arranger: Michael Pignéguy, Conductor: Grant Windsor, Saxes: Virginia Mayhew (soprano), Carl Mackey (alto), Jamie Oehlers (tenor), Roger Garrood (baritone + tenor and flute), Brass: Matthew Jodrell (trumpet), Damien Maughan (trumpet), Jordan Murray (trombone), Kieran Hurley (bass trombone), Strings: Jessica Ipkendanz (violin), Stephanie Deen (violin), Kathy Corecig (viola), Peter Grayling (cello), Rhythm Section: Tom O’Halloran (Piano and Synth), Peter Jeavons (Acoustic and Electric Basses), Simon Jeans (acoustic electric guitar), Glenn Rogers (nylon string guitar), Paul Tanner (Marimba, Vibes, Congas, plus auxilary percussion, Chris Tarr (Multi Percussion, Congas and Auxiliary percussion), Michael Pignéguy (Drum kit), Chorale: Sopranos Christina Gronborg, Gosha Slawomirski, Altos Ngaire Greenwood, Courtney Pitman, Tenors Simon Holt, Paul Whitley, Basses James Clayton, Callon Dellar. Sound Mixing and Live Recording: Lee Buddle, Sound production: Triple A, Fold Back: Guy Smith, Technical Co-ordinator: Adam Richards
(2003) Michael Pigneguy Sextet: Tableaux
This double album package brings together the complete MPS Live debut album with the group's favourite tracks from the PURE double album featuring and co-produced by Dale Barlow of Art Blakey Jazz Messengers fame.
Musicians: Michael Pignéguy (drums), Dale Barlow (saxes), Carl Mackey (saxes), Chris Greive (trombone), David MacGregor (trumpet), Russell Holmes (piano), Peter Jeavons (acoustic bass), Marcus Dengate (acoustic and electric basses)
(2000) Michael Pignéguy Sextet featuring Dale Barlow: Pure
Australian sax icon Dale Barlow features on and co-produced Pure, the sextet's second album. Barlow's experience performing with the incredible Art Blakey Jazz Messengers is evident on this fine double CD which was recorded with only two stereo pairs of microphones harking back to the techniques used on many classic jazz albums. The group continues to push the boundaries of composition and arrangement in this format with many fine originals by Michael, Chris Greive, Peter Jeavons and Dale Barlow. Musicians: Michael Pignéguy (drums), Dale Barlow (saxes), Carl Mackey (saxes), Chris Greive (trombone), David MacGregor (trumpet), Russell Holmes (piano), Peter Jeavons (acoustic bass).
(1998) Michael Pignéguy Sextet: Live
This dynamic debut album of the Michael Pignéguy Sextet was recorded live at the Greenwich Club in Perth, Western Australia where the group performed regularly leading up to the recording. One of the primary aims of the group was to showcase original compositions exploring the many possibilities of the classic sextet format across acoustic jazz and Latin genres The results speak for themselves on this dynamic and extremely inventive albumMusicians: Michael Pignéguy (drums), Carl Mackey (saxes), Chris Greive (trombone), David MacGregor (trumpet), Russell Holmes (piano), Marcus Dengate (acoustic and electric basses)