Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble

Adam Simmons – conductor, woodwinds
Gideon Brazil – saxophones, flute
Cara Taber - saxophones
Sam Boon - saxophones
Paul Simmons - saxophones, flute
Gemma Horubry – trumpet
Gavin Cornish – trumpet
Bryn Hills – trombone
James Wilkinson – trombone
Howard Cairns – bass
Miranda Hill – bass
Hugh Harvey – drums
Niko Schauble – drums
Nat Grant – percussion
Diokno Pasilan – percussion
Carmen Chan – percussion
Leah Scholes – percussion
Pete Lawler – space drums
Christine Crawshaw – costumier


This is one of Adam’s most ambitious projects, bringing together an outstanding array of artists. The Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble (ASCME) first performed in 2004 at the Sydney Opera House for the Freedman Awards (which resulted in a Special Award from the Freedman Foundation for Adam). Since then the group has performed at the inaugural Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, recorded by ABC FM at the Half Bent Music Festival, Festival Of Slow Music, Wentworth Arts Festival, Lebowskis and Western Suburbs Musicians Co-operative.

The group is flexible in line-up but the aim is always to bring together musicians from the diverse range of contacts that Adam has made through his years of playing, in a way to make music that is meaningful and communicative regardless of genre. Artists that have previously performed as members of ASCME include: Wang Zheng-Ting, Gerry Hale. Andrew MacGregor, Niko Schäuble, Graham Lee, Andrew MacGregor, Tony Hicks, Gary Butler, Valanga Khoza, Phil Bywater, Anita Hustas, Eamon McNelis, Nadje Noordhuis, Graham Barker, Andrew Ogburn, Peter Knight and James Wilkinson, Mark Shepherd and more.

"What was extraordinary about this performance was the fact that it was completely improvised… The results were so fluid and moving that it was almost inconceivable that this was the case." – Kim Jirik, Catalyst


Creative Music Ensemble

Art as Mystery (excerpt) (3:01)