Ally Electronic Press Kit

About Ally

ALLY is global music at its most passionate and innovative with music drawn from Afro-Peruvian, Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and Andalusian traditional rhythms paired with a modern jazz aesthetic and spoken word. The ensemble combines the skills of Peruvian, Brazilian and jazz artists currently living in Sydney. Their aim is to produce spectacular, trailblazing original music that straddles both Latin and jazz soundscapes.

In 2022 ALLY was a featured group at Boom! International Festival of Percussion held in Sydney alongside Cuban-based Caribe, acclaimed Taiko ensemble Taikoz, percussionists Nacho Mena, Fritz Hauser and more. In 2021 they performed and undertook panel discussions for the Sacred Music Festival. They have opened and closed Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival in 2019 and 2020 to full houses. The group have performed for the Australian Latin-American Business Council and the Peruvian Embassy in celebration of Peruvian composer Chabuca Granda in 2020. During 2021-2022 ALLY toured extensively in southern NSW to venues in Nowra, Shoalhaven, Kiama, Blue Mountains and Wollongong. In 2022 they performed interstate with sell-out shows in Melbourne at Paris Cat, Canberra’s Belco Arts and Devonport Jazz Festival. ALLY released their debut album Drum Junk in July 2022 garnering an ARIA World Music nomination.

Musicians Include

Two-time winner of Australia’s National Grand Poetry Slam Brazilian Australian poet Dai Moret

Saxophonist/composer Gai Bryant (Elio Villafranca, Jim McNeely)

Sensational trombonist James Greening (Lou Reed, Maria Schneider, the catholics)

Peruvian Australian percussionists Giorgio Rojas (Burn the Floor, Ursula Yovich) and Julio Candela (El Orqueston, Felix Valdelomar)

Pianist Daniel Pliner (Watussi, Monsieur Camembert)

Bassist Harry Birch (Holopeak).

... an important work in moulding and propagating crucial rhythmic tradition to help ensure its relevance for generations to come.

Josh Underhill

Dingo Magazine Spring Issue 2022

... astonishing virtuosity, textual density and distinctiveness.

Prof. John Whiteoak

Routeledge Companion (UK)

... a fascinating amalgam of styles and cultures.

Jessica Nicholas

The Age April 22, 2022

ALLY Drum Junk

ALLY's new release Drum Junk features a blend of Peruvian and Brazilian rhythmic styles with jazz harmony and spoken-word from Brazilian-Australian Dai Moret. Original Latin Jazz pieces inhabit the same joy-filled universe as a Latinized Thelonious Monk composition!

Out now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Deezer, Amazon Music and Tidal

Tracks/Music styles

  1. Lando Afro-Peruvian lando
  2. Sphere’s That Don’t tangos (Flamenco)
  3. Drum Junk Peruvian festejo
  4. Jelly Bean waltz
  5. In a Monk’s Dream Bulerias (Flamenco)
  6. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat danzon/funk
  7. Cuba Peruvian festejo
  8. Esperanzando  Brazilian Baião
  9. The Last Pirata Brazilian Maracatu