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Loose Change

Loose Change - Live At The Grainstore - 1987

Recorded at the Grainstore on King Street in Melbourne Australia on Tuesday, September 8th 1987 by the amazing percussionist Virgil Donati and Loose Change. The Grainstore was the stomping ground for some great musicians like Virgil , Tommy Emmanuel and top Aussie session guitarists like Simon Patterson, Jack Jones, and Geoff Wells. Virgil has worked with many of the greats including Planet X, Tony MacAlpine, Derek Sherinian, Michel Polnareff, Joel Hoekstra, Soul Sirkus and Scott Henderson and is one of Australia's more notable musical expats along with artists like Frank Gambale. This is killer instrumental fusion from a great 80's Australian fusion band. Loose Change finish the show with a brilliant version of Steve Morse's "Cruise Missile". Potent stuff by expert musicians. The Age newspaper of September 4th, 1987 in an article entitled "Jazz At The Grain Store" said that "Live recording of Loose Change on Tuesday Sept. 8th. This will be a rare opportunity to witness one of Australia's best jazz fusion bands record a live album direct to digital. The band features the masterly talents of Joe Chindamo Keyboards, Mark Domoney on guitar, Virgil Donati on Drums and Steve Hadley on Bass". This album was originally issued on vinyl in 1987 and reissued on the Vorticity label in 2004. VHR by A.O.O.F.C. Check out the brilliant and masterful "Gambale, Donati, Fierabracci Made In Australia" album @ GAMB/DON/FIER/MIA [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 119 Mb]
Speaking about Australian music, has anybody any info on Simon Patterson's "Developmentals" album? Many thanks - A.O.O.F.C


1. Slaves (V.Donati)
2. Magnetic Hell (V.Donati)
3. Fat Pig Jig (M.Domoney)
4. Studio Politics (M.Domoney)
5. Celebration (J.Chindamo)
6. Surface Tension (M.Domoney)
7. In A Space (J.Chindamo)
8. Blistered Lips (J.Chindamo)
9. Modern World (M.Domoney)
10. Cruise Missile (S.Morse)


Mark Domoney - Guitars
Steve Hadley - Bass
Joe Chindamo - Keyboards
Virgil Donati - Drums


Virgil was born and raised in Melbourne Australia. From the time he could barely utter a word, he keenly observed the regular band rehearsals his father held in the house. Virgil’s interest in music and instinct for rhythm had been apparent to his parents for some time. They began considering a musical path for him, and one month prior to turning 3, he found himself sitting behind his first real drumset. Joining his first rock band and signing with his first major label at age 15 was surely the right choice for the young drummer. The band was called `Taste’. This was to give Virgil his early experiences in the studio, with three releases by the band. The relentless touring also allowed him to cultivate and improve his skills where it counts – on stage.At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour and focus on music, and has since devoted his whole life and soul to his art. The motivation has been his endless and restless pursuit to express himself through his playing. At age 19 Virgil traveled to the U.S. to further study drumming, and also took classes in composition and arranging. Returning to Australia at age 21 his career was alight. He was in demand playing many genres of music, including jazz, rock, pop, theatre and studio work. He also worked with many visiting artists, including jazz pianist George Cables, vocalist Mark Murphy, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland, Melissa Etheridge. His next taste of commercial success came in the early 90’s with Southern Sons. The band reached double platinum with their debut album. At the same time, throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s, Virgil’s interest in progressive music was exploited with several bands he initiated, most notably Loose Change, and later, On The Virg. In 1996 Virgil uprooted and relocated in the U.S.A., in an attempt to expand onto the world stage. It has since proved to be a very rewarding and productive time. Recording and touring with the likes of Planet X, Steve Vai, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Josh Stone, and many others, he continues to push the limits of the instrument to astonishing new levels. © 1997 - 2011 Drummerworld.com - Bernhard Castiglioni - Switzerland - all rights reserved http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Virgil_Donati.html

1 comment:

A.O.O.F.C said...


p/w is aoofc