Tim Pledger, (leader of Bohjass/Bohjass Upas Militia/Sandwich
Jesus) is a regular performer with his band ‘The Boys’ and has appeared at Wesley Anne on many occasions over the past decade. ‘The Boys’ play a variety of styles within the classic jazz format of Clarinet/Saxophone, Double Bass and Drums.
The music delves into modern swing jazz with touches of free jazz and improvisation with a solid grounding in the blues. As a leader Tim has produced over a dozen recordings of original music and his bands have played at all of the major venues and festivals with his music being played on most Australian major radio stations including ABC FM, 3RRR, 3PBS and 3MBS, as well as International Stations. Over the years many of Melbourne and Australia’s finest musicians have played in Tim’s musical settings. For more information, to listen to recordings, and to watch Tim’s video clips please check out
music music music…. nourishes my heart.. i love to play and write and especially feel good when others feel nourished from my music too… that is all xx
Zeke Ruckman AKA Ziggy Zeitgeist has quickly become a staple on the Melbourne scene. Re-locating from Sydney in the beginning of 2013, Zeitgeist has been busy with various projects including instrumental hip-hop gurus ‘30/70’ and the free improvising group ‘Ricochet’. Zeitgeist presents for this Wesley Anne residency a very special celebration of the great American songbook in a Jazz trio format. Exploring new concepts of improvisation with repertoire ranging from New Orleans folk songs to the free jazz and post bop eras.
Ed has spent much of 2014 in the UK, where he followed up radio airplay with a spot on stage at the world famous Troubadour Club in London where Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello and Adele have all performed.
It’s been an amazing ride for the 20-year-old who spent time growing up between London, Hong Kong and Sydney. He describes his style as an eclectic mix of alternative folk/soul with
musical influences as broad as Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard, Vance Joy and Matt Corby.
Ed combines a dark, yet powerful voice with highly accomplished piano skills and a level of songwriting maturity that goes well beyond his age.
The highly regarded AU Review described him as a husky voiced piano man par excellence….a voice that would melt butter (AU Review, April 2014)
\After attracting attention from several labels in the UK, Ed returns to Australia in early 2015 to release his brand new single ‘Sparrow and Seed’, accompanied by an East Coast tour.
antechamber is a monthly gig of experimental music, taking place at the wesley anne. rather then represent a particular stylistic agenda, the curatorial aim for these performances is to bring this diversity into closer proximity—to see how the context of one practice may alter when it coalesces with another.
david brown and dur-e dara may respectively be described as veterans of improvised music. their creative interaction began in 1978, with the quartet ‘false start’, also featuring james clayden and david tolley.
the phonetic orchestra is a 10 piece ensemble that represents, at times, a vastly different approach to group improvisation. having recently undertaken a series of workshops and recordings with jim denley, the group has entered into a new phase in its collective practice.
phonetic orchestra: jenny barnes, reuben lewis*, jon heilbron, callum g’froerer, michael mcnab, jon smeathers, brett thompson, andy butler and simon charles.
Grain of Truth is a comedy podcast with a difference, recorded live at The Wesley Anne. Under the vague pretence of an academic quiz, Grain of Truth challenges some of Melbourne's cleverest comedians, improvisers and academics to respond to ridiculously absurd questions, scenarios and topics. Whoever wins the most points wins the coveted Grain of Truth prize.
Chairing the panel is Melbourne comedian, writer, improviser and creator of the show David S. Innes (Innes Lloyd, The Impro Box, This Can't End Well). Runs for approximately 90 minutes with a ten minute break in between.
"Cancel all plans for the first Saturday of the month. We don’t give a s**t even if it’s your nan’s 90th birthday – you have to go and see Grain of Truth instead. This is goddamn hilarious." - **** Beat Magazine