Vampires invade Blue Mountains

On Saturday, May 15, acclaimed and thrilling world roots-jazz band from Sydney, The Vampires, are due to perform in Wentworth Falls with special guest, award-winning jazz guitarist Ben Hauptmann.

The Vampires: At Kindlehill Performance Space in Wentworth Falls on May 15.

The Vampires: At Kindlehill Performance Space in Wentworth Falls on May 15.

Ben Hauptmann - guitar

Ben Hauptmann - guitar

The Vampires are trailblazers for a new generation of creative jazz talent from Australia, having gained critical attention worldwide by pushing the genre into new realms.

The line-up features Jeremy Rose on saxophones, Nick Garbett on trumpet, Alex Masso on drums, Noel Mason on bass and Ben Hauptmann on guitar. Hauptmann is a winner of the 2011 Freedman Fellowship and 2nd place winner of the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz in 2007.

The Vampires have received nominations for Australia's ARIA awards, Bell Awards, AIR Awards, and were the first instrumental group to be short-listed for the Australian Music Prize. Creating a distinctive sound that is undoubtedly their own, the band has garnered praise from US Downbeat ("phenomenal"), UK Guardian ("seductive genre hopping creativity"), The Saturday Paper ("one of my favourite albums of the year") and All About Jazz ("gold all over").

Two years on from their highly praised work The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke, The Vampires returned with a new offering: Pacifica. Whilst their sixth album sees the Vampires return to the classic chord-less quartet format, the new album is an evolution of the band's sound, leaning further into recording production. The album has been receiving attention worldwide, with comparisons to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

The show is at Kindlehill Performance Space at 8-12 Lake Street ,Wentworth Falls, a heated indoor amphitheatre with pristine acoustics, polished timber floor and earth walls by local architects with off street parking and just five minutes walk from the train station. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start and ends about 10pm. Light snacks and beverages are available. Bookings at musichunter.com.au.