Trio bring trickery

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The Great Southern’s David Rastrick Trio will take their impressive show to the stage on Thursday, July 13 as part of the Harbourside Concert series at Albany Entertainment Centre.

Master of many things musical David Rastrick plays in a host of bands in many styles — his own bands such as Jazztrix (jazz), Rastatrix (reggae) and Soul Porpoise (soul/funk) — and as a session musician with many artists and groups.

Calling Torbay home, Rastrick is a regular performer in Albany and, despite often showing his face in front of familiar crowds at the venues in town, he said this show presented new opportunities.

“I’m excited to be involved in the Harbourside concert series, as it’s an opportunity for the group to present their music to a listening audience,” he said.

“For that same reason, it’s also more challenging than a bar-style show, in that the front person has to work a little harder to get that relaxed vibe in which the performers play best and the audience has most fun ... and my jokes are really bad.”

Rastrick said he had made sure he paid his dues, learning though study, working hard and by busking when he was first on the music scene.

“It was the get-rich quick scheme that seemed to take forever,” he said.

“But seriously, I’ve been lucky to have opportunity to play with very many gifted and hard-working musicians, playing in my own bands or as a session musician for other people’s bands — mainly throughout WA.”

Rastrick practises for six to eight hours a day, rehearses with bands often, writes music and still has found the time to work on his current project — a new-world jazz album.

“My favourite thing about performing is being in a focused environment, where everyone is working to create the best music they can, co-operatively,” he said.

Tickets for next Thursday’s concert, also featuring Trevor Jalla, cost $32 and are available via Ticketek. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start.

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