Abel Cross


“Abel Cross is in the forefront of the new generation of double bassists in Australian creative music. He produces a glorious sound on the instrument, already has sophisticated technical command of it, and displays equally sophisticated musical instincts as an improviser.” - John Shand, Author of Jazz: The Australian Accent and jazz critic for the SMH

Abel (BSc, BMus) has worked as a professional musician, composer, and teacher since graduating the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2007.  He is a dedicated ‘genre-hopper’, writing and performing with his own original contemporary music projects, and as sideman with a diverse range of musical luminaries from Australia and abroad. In recent years, Abel has grown to take a keen interest in new media project development and performance, which he continues to pursue.

Sideman Collaborations
International – Han Bennink, Peter Brotzmann, Shoji Hano, Tony Malaby
Australian – Dave Ades, Warwick Alder, Eddie Bronson, Cannibal Spiders, Paul Cutlan, Andy Fiddes, Matt Keegan, Bernie McGann, Nadine Pita, Jeremy Rose, Royal Headache, Phil Slater, Holly Throsby, Scott Tinkler

Festival Appearances
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Jazz:Now Festival (Sydney Opera House)
Bellingen Jazz Festival
Bellingen Global Carnival
The nowNow Festival (Sydney)
The Valley Jazz Festival (Brisbane)

Bundanon Trust (2009) – Development of graphic scores and recording of second album for 3ofmillions

Kinetic Energy Theatre Company (2011) – Score for Empire
Penguin Plays Rough (2011) – Score for Dress Sexy at My Funeral on PPR iPhone application