Geoff Hughes is one of Australia’s leading improvising guitarists, and music educators, with over 25 ears of professional experience of playing and teaching in Australia and overseas. With a strong harmonic sensibility, and an exploratory instinct for tone colour and musical touch, he is a unique voice on the Australian scene.
Since his arrival in Melbourne in 1993, Geoff has performed around Australia with many of the country’s leading artists, as regular sideman with acclaimed singer Michelle Nicolle, and Australian Jazz legend Allan Browne and many others including Paul Grabowsky, Joe Chindamo, Paul Williamson, Jamie Oelhers, Julien Wilson, Nina Ferro, and many others.
He has toured internationally with the Michelle Nicolle 4tet, with performances in Asia and Europe including the prestigious Northsea Festival, recorded 5 CD releases (3 with ABC Jazz) and a live DVD in Korea, recorded 3 CD’s with Allan Browne including his trio CD “the Drop” and the acclaimed “Drunken Boat” for which he co-composed the music with trumpet luminary Eugene Ball. Geoff and Eugene also form the duo “CASMA” which has just released a debut CD on Downstream records ‘Whist” featuring experimental and improvised music. He also records at his home studio for the label and has two more releases pending with Mandala and By a Thread which feature Ronny Ferella, Marc Hannaford and trumpeter Paul Williamson respectively.
Geoff is currently lecturing at VCAM in Aural Studies, Languages of Music and Principal study. He has completed a Masters in Jazz Studies in Holland in 1989 and has also completed a Masters in Music performance in 2007 at the University of Melbourne.