Brass meets strings melded together with drums creating the unique force that is Collider - an exploration in sound and composition that is as luxuriating as it is challenging, integrating strings and brass merging textures that is rarely heard in a jazz context.
Collider was first formed to perform as part of the Adam Simmons
Retrospective in 2006 and has developed it's own beautiful and unique sound over the last four years. Collider is a band which is co-lead by Adam Simmons and Kynan Robinson. Both Kynan and Adam have built great reputations for both their individual and highly sort after playing styles, featuring in many bands including Aria award winning C.W Stoneking, Ernest Ranglin, Peter Brotzmann, Odean Pope, SkaZZ, Peter Knights 5+2, The Bombay Royale etc. but also for their uncompromising and unique approach to the bands that they individually run. They are
both extremely prolific leading very successful ensembles with
multiple releases such as The Escalators, Adam Simmons Toy Band, Des Peres, En Rusk, The Adam Simmons Quartet and The Creative Music Ensemble.
With Collider they have joined forces to create a sound that is at the
same time luxuriate and challenging. The integration of a string
section adds a textural layer that is rarely heard in a jazz context.
Much of the music for Collider has been composed by Adam and Kynan, though there are compositional contributions from the other members as well, in particular premiering work by Anita and Andrea at the 2007 Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival. Collider has also been presented by the La Mama Musica Series, Melbourne Jazz Coop Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and Lebowskis.
In 2011 Collider presented major new works by Kynan and Adam with a very literary focus. Kynan composed music inspired by the writings of American author Cormac McCarthy while Adam composed work based on the famous children's book Green Eggs and Ham. This sold out concert was presented as part of 45 Downstairs 2011 program.
Adam Simmons - Tenor Saxophone
Kynan Robinson - Trombone
Ronnie Ferrella - Drums
Anita Hustas - Bass
Jason Bunn - Viola
Andrea Keeble - Violin