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In August (AU) and September (USA), I will be releasing two new CDs on my own Asynchronous Records. The first is a recording by my long-time Sydney quartet, Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators and the second is a recording of my most recent silent film score - for Lotte Reiniger's 1926 silhouette animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed. More on these two to follow shortly.

I had also taken a break from public performance in order to focus on some composing and writing projects since the beginning of 2018. That break came to an end in June with two performances of Wordless! at the Philharmonie de Paris on June 17th. The performances were warmly and enthusiastically received by the French, as reflected in this review in the French newspaper Liberacion.

This is the last week of performances of the Darlinghurst Theatre Company's production of Hilary Bell's adaptation of Molière's The Hypochondriac at The Eternity Theatre. Don't miss this hilarious and outrageous comedy - great acting, direction and production by all, with songs by myself and sound design and additional music by Maria Alfonsine. Book online

"If, like Hilary Bell, it is laughter and music that makes your heart sing in the theatre, you'll find it in stacks in this fast-moving, bedpan-infested adaptation. Bell has found the words that transport Molière's characters into a more contemporary satirical frame. Turner and his cast have realised them in a production that is, in his words, a "larger than life world full of farce, farts and fraudsters."
Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers
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So, see below for upcoming gigs. More to follow, as well as more information on the new CD releases.



Monday, 16 July 2018. 7.30PM $12 only!
Foundry616 presents:

The Greasy Chicken Orchestra

20s/30s jazz, featuring the music of Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington, performed by some of Sydney's best players! An early start on a Monday night and great fun for all! Our first performance after a 6 month sabbatical!

Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
Peter Farrar: alto saxophone
Tim Clarkson: tenor saxophone
James Loughnan: baritone saxophone
Peter Dasent: piano
Tim Rollinson: guitar
James Greening: sousaphone
Nic Cecire: drums

Foundry616
616 Harris St
Ultimo, Sydney, Australia
Phone 02 9211 9442
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Saturday 4 August 2018. 8PM
SIMA presents:

Phillip Johnston & The Coolerators

The album launch for our new CD, Diggin' Bones (Asynchronous Records)

Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
Alister Spence: organ
Lloyd Swanton: bass
Nic Cecire: drums

The Sound Lounge @The Seymour Centre
Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St
Chippendale (Sydney)
phone: +61 (2) 9351 7940
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