TRISK

Nick Abbey - Chris Foster - Daniel Susnjar

Instrumental grooves. High-Energy Improvisation. Unique musical interpretations.

TRISK takes influence from genres as diverse as hip-hop, jazz, rock, pop, folk, R&B, and world music. Fuelled by their fiery musical rapport, TRISK presents high-energy and spontaneous performances featuring original compositions and imaginative re-workings of popular songs, often in collaboration with singers, hip-hop artists, and other guest instrumentalists. 

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Nick Abbey

Upright and electric bassist and composer Nick Abbey has become an integral fixture of the jazz and contemporary music scenes in WA since arriving from Melbourne in 2006. 

As a performer, Nick has appeared with the likes of international luminaries George Garzone, John Scofield, Paul Bollenback, Alex Norris, Jim Pugh, Howard Levy, and Troy Roberts, as well as local legends Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, James Morrison, and Graham Lyall. Amongst others, Nick is currently an active member of Abbey|Foster|Falle, Det Nopsus, Hip Mo Toast Big Band, Hammer 9, Johannes Luebbers Dectet, Paul Grabowsky's Perth Sextet, and The Fix

Recently, Nick had the honour of competing as a finalist at the National Jazz Awards, travelling to the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in November 2015 to perform with some of Australia's best musicians. Nick's compositions have also repeatedly drawn accolades, including the WA Music Industry's Jazz Song of the Year 2014 for a new TRISK tune entitled Charon. This is Nick's third consecutive receipt of this accolade, with tracks from Abbey|Foster|Falle's Brotherhood album previously taking it out in 2012 (Maelstrom) and 2013 (Avina)

Nick has toured nationally and internationally (including Singapore, China, France, and Italy), has featured on over a dozen recording projects, and has recently commenced Ph.D studies at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, focusing on rhythm and extended techniques of the upright bass.  

Chris Foster

In-demand pianist and keyboardist Chris Foster has performed with internationally acclaimed artists including Terrell Stafford, Ronald Carter, Frank Foster, Ed Partyka, Ernest Ranglan, Ian Hendrickson-Smith and Dave Guy (Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings), and James Morrison, and has featured regularly at many of Perth’s popular live music venues.

Chris balances performing and teaching commitments with writing and recording for his original bands and other local artists, including the likes of Catherine Noblet, The Fix, and the multi-award-winning Johannes Luebbers Dectet. Chris is heavily featured on the collaborative Abbey|Foster|Falle trio record Brotherhood, comprised of all-original compositions inspired by the music of Brad Mehldau, Avishai Cohen and Robert Glasper and Clare Fischer.

Along with his involvement in the jazz scene, Chris has been focussing a great deal of creative efforts on a Hip-Hop project led by Scott “Optamus” Griffiths (Downsyde). The band Optamus released and toured nationally with their debut solo album (co-produced by Chris) to sell-out crowds, including the record-breaking attendance at the 2011 Future Music Festival. The single “Lookaround” features on Triple J and was nominated for WAMI Song of the Year. Through his involvement with Optamus, Chris has played alongside Adelaide Hip-Hop group The Funkoars, Perth MC Drapht (appearing on the hit singles “Sing It” and “Good Morning” from the album The Life of Riley), Ghostface Killah from legendary US Hip-Hop group Wu-Tang Clan, Sean Price, and Brother Ali.

Daniel Susnjar

Drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator Daniel Susnjar has performed and recorded with world-class artists including Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Grusin, Pharrell Williams, Steve Miller, Joshua Redman, Sam Rivers, Gary Burton, Danilo Perez, Take 6, Arturo Sandoval and Dave Douglas, to name a few.

Daniel performed on the Grammy-nominated album “An Evening with Dave Grusin,” won the 2010 Downbeat Student Award for Best Collegiate Large Ensemble, and won the 2009 ABC Limelight Award for best jazz performance. He was nominated for the Freedman Fellowship Award in 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2014 Western Australian Music Industry Award for Best Jazz Musician.

In April 2014, Daniel released his critically-acclaimed debut album Su Su Nje, and returned to New York City in October 2014 to produce, perform and compose for Peruvian trumpeter Gabriel Alegria’s 10th Anniversary Afro-Peruvian Sextet album featuring bass legend Ron Carter. To promote the release of the album, Daniel will be touring the USA with the sextet in April 2015.

From 2008-2013, Daniel earned both his Doctoral and Masters degrees from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is now recognised internationally as an expert in the field of Afro-Peruvian Jazz. During this time, he performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and at high-profile venues throughout NYC and Miami. Additionally, he has toured throughout the USA, Caribbean Islands, Peru and Australia.