FGHR

FGHR was formed by improvisatory masters Darryn Farrugia, Leonard Grigoryan, Luke Howard and Ben Robertson in 2003.

Since then they have performed regularly in Australia, charting new territory to create the contemporary masterpieces Stationary (2007) and Going Home (2009). These evocative releases showcase the skill and sensitivities of these seasoned musicians.

Their music is textural rather than improvisational, emphasizing the synergies of group interplay over individual expression. FGHR have appeared at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and on ABC TV Sunday Arts, and perform regularly in Melbourne.

Live, FGHR are joined by drummer Daniel Farrugia, guitarist Ben Edgar and multi-instrumentalist Ross Irwin.

Darryn Farrugia

Darryn Farrugia

Born in Melbourne, Darryn’s twenty year professional career includes live work, tours, recording sessions and television, including nine years as drummer for the popular TV show Hey, Hey It’s Saturday. During this time he has had the opportunity to play behind many leading artists, including Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ernie Watts, B.B. King, Tommy Emmanuel, Renee Geyer, Barry Manilow, Lou Rawls, Olivia Newton John and Randy Crawford.

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Discography

  1. FGHR – Going Home (2009)
  2. Carl Orr – Pitfield Street (2009)
  3. Nina Ferro – Waiting For The Sunset (2008)
  4. FGHR – Stationary (2007)
  5. Freewinder – Shooting Stars (2006)
  6. Ashes Quartet – Meeting (2005)
  7. Marcia Hines – Hinesight (2004)
  8. Logic – The Waiting Game (2003)
  9. Alex Pertout – From The Heart (2001)
  10. Lisa Young – Speak (1999)
  11. Penny Dyer – Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly (1998)
  12. Christine Sullivan – Live at Mietta’s (1993)
Leonard Grigoryan

Leonard Grigoryan

Since 1999 Leonard has toured regularly in Australia and internationally with his brother Slava. In 2001, Leonard appeared on Slava’s ARIA award winning album Sonatas and Fantasies, and was subsequently nominated for their album PLAY.

Leonard has appeared at many festivals including the Darwin International Guitar Festival, Iserlohn International Guitar Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, WOMADelaide, Huntington Festival and the Frankston Guitar festival. He has performed in Africa, Europe, America and Asia.

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Discography

  1. FGHR – Going Home (2009)
  2. FGHR – Stationary (2007)
  3. Slava and Leonard Grigoryan – Impressions (2007)
  4. Slava Grigoryan – Shadow Dances (2007)
  5. Saffire – Renaissance (2006)
  6. Fiona Burnett – Imagine (2006)
  7. Slava and Leonard Grigoryan – Rodrigo Guitar Concertos (2005)
  8. Slava and Leonard Grigoryan – PLAY (2003)
  9. Slava Grigoryan – Sonatas and Fantasies (2002)
Luke Howard

Luke Howard

Luke graduated with honours from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001, where he studied piano with Donna Coleman, Paul Grabowsky and Tim Stevens.

Amongst others Luke has performed with Han Bennink, Phil Gould (Level 42), Slava Grigoryan, Paul Grabowsky, Doug Parkinson, Carl Riseley, the Melbourne Symphony, True Live, Chad Wackerman, and Willy Zygier.

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Discography

  1. FGHR – Going Home (2009)
  2. Al Slavik – Trust (2009)
  3. Michael Story Trio – So You Want More (2009)
  4. The National Living Treasures – Wide Music (2008)
  5. FGHR – Stationary (2007)
  6. Becky Fox – Allure (2007)
  7. Don Banks – Nexus (2007)
  8. Michael Story Trio – Michael Story Trio (2006)
  9. The Daytime Frequency – Sun Opus Is Upon Us (2005)
  10. Liz Flynn – Hush (2005)
  11. Mark Lockett, Paul Van Ross – Live At Spleen (2005)
  12. Slava Grigoryan and Al Slavik – Continental Shift (2005)
  13. Phil Dearing and Blue Train – Drive Coffin Fast (2004)
  14. Glenn Cannon – Leverage (2004)
  15. Still UK – Still (2004)
Ben Robertson

Ben Robertson

Ben has extensive experience in a wide variety of musical settings, with studio credits of over 60 jazz and commercial CD releases. He has regularly featured in Australian film scores, along with television appearances and touring commitments with local and international artists. Ben is a harmonic and listening musician: a great asset to any ensemble both as an improvising soloist and arranger.

Ben’s composition ‘Long Stream’ was recently selected as a finalist for the international Double Bassist magazine competition ‘One Minute Wonders’. The work received its International Premiere in Wells, Scotland, October 2007. His composition ‘Open Land’, for Double Bass and Piano, received the Highly Commended award in the International BIBF competition UK in 2009.

Discography

  1. FGHR – Going Home (2009)
  2. FGHR – Stationary (2007)
  3. Lisa Young – Grace (2006)
  4. Emma Gilmartin – Songe (2005)
  5. Fiona Burnett Trio – Counterpoint (2005)
  6. Tim Stevens Trio – Three Friends in Winter (2005)
  7. Tim Stevens Trio – Nine Open Questions (2004)
  8. Tim Wilson Trio – Sorry Pardon What? (2004)
  9. Joe Chindamo – The Joy of Standards (2001)
  10. David Rex – Dark Side Of The Street (2001)
  11. Lisa Young – Speak (2001)
  12. Joe Chindamo – Good Little Ploy (2000)
  13. Mark Fitzgibbon – Twenty Four Hour Blues (1999)
  14. Joe Chindamo – Anyone Who Had a Heart (1997)
  15. Debra Byrne – Caught In The Act (1997)
  16. Lucas Michailidis – The Journey (1997)
  17. Olivia Newton-John – Warm and Tender (1996)
  18. Geoff Hughes Trio – The Drop (1997)
  19. Peter Jones – Thin Ice (1996)
  20. Matt Kirsch – Translucent (1996)
  21. The Black Sorrows – Harley and Rose (1990)
  22. Doug de Vries – Doug de Vries (1990)
Daniel Farrugia

Daniel Farrugia

Versatility and musicality has made Daniel one of Australia’s in demand drummers.

Currently a key member of internationally acclaimed funk band The Bamboos, Daniel has also performed and recorded with a variety of artists and bands including Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson, Eddie Floyd (US), Eddie Bo (US), Alice Russell (UK), The Quantic Soul Orchestra (UK), Joe Batan (US), Missy Higgins, the Melbourne Symphony, Mia Dyson, Frock, Cookin’ On Three Burners and many more.

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Ben Edgar

Ben Edgar

Originally from Melbourne, Ben began playing guitar at age 13. Following high school, Ben went on to study Jazz at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Ben has had the pleasure to play with many of Australia’s finest musicians including: Missy Higgins, Renee Geyer, Vika and Linda Bull, Tania Doko, James Reyne, Anthony Warlow, John Paul Young, Anthony Callea, Vanessa Amorosi, Shannon Noll, Darren Coggan, Ricki Lee Coulter, Naked Raven, Anthony Warlow, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Don Burrows, Bob Sedergreen, Steve Sedergreen, The Cat Empire, and many more.

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Ross Irwin

Ross Irwin

Ross Irwin is a 25 year old singer, songwriter, trumpet player, composer and arranger from Melbourne, Australia.

He has played, arranged and recorded with many artists spanning right across the Australian and international music scenes including Regurgitator, Thirsty Merc, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen), Diesel, The Black Sorrows, Eddie Floyd, Bonnie Tyler, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Hugh Jackman, Ross Wilson, Alice Russell and many more. Ross also has a number of recording credits including rock, pop and jazz records, TV commercials and film soundtracks. He has worked extensively in the TV industry also, working on such shows as Rove Live, The Panel, Live at the Chapel, Music Max, MTV, The Arias, Video Hits, and many more.

As well as his own projects and bands, Ross also plays with some of Australia’s finest bands including The Bamboos, Washington and The Cat Empire.

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