'Sinuous and dynamic...phenomenal skills' Real Time Arts. Jazz violin is often dominated by the gypsy swing of Stephane Grappelli and the jazz rock electric style of Jean Luc Ponty. It is especially exciting when a new voice emerges from this underrepresented genre. Julian Ferraretto's debut album - "Near" is a melodically charged collection of original modern jazz compositions, a dash of folk and some well known standards which together bring a fresh rare sound to the jazz violin. "Growing up in the North Eastern side of Adelaide in a largely Italian Community, I wanted this album to capture some of that story. The ancient beauty of Australia's landscape and the energy and hope of the Italian Migrant Community" Julian is joined by the ground breaking musicians from London's Jazz Scene: Steinway Artist Robert Mitchell on Piano (Panacea) Andy Hamill on bass (4Hero) and Justin Woodward on drums. Why jazz violin? "What attracted me to jazz was the idea of improvisation. Violin is viewed as a difficult and sometimes lofty instrument but it's also incredibly versatile and has a great potential to swing." "I'm very drawn to musicians who have changed the sound of the instrument. In the trumpet you see it clearly in Miles Davis - in violin, I found it in Stuff Smith - a full dirty sound - not pretty at all but swinging so hard you can't help but smile when you hear him play" Julian arrived in London in 2002. Before that he'd already toured with award winning "Aire Flamenco", won multiple awards from The Elder Conservatorium and had his compositions premiered at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts and the Sydney Opera House. Since arriving in London he has appeared all over the continent touring with Eksa, Natacha Atlas and Rebecca Hollweg to name a few. He is also plays with Wigmore Hall's creative ensemble "Ignite"