Kuo and Campbell met when both were studying at the Australian Institute of Music and their friendship has led to various creative collaborations and now the two celebrate their mutual passion for the music and style of the big band era with ‘The Swing Set’, featuring many of their friends including the incomparable talents of guitarist Tim Lockwood, drummer Dom Cabrera, bassist Callum Eggins and singer Holly Summers-Clarke.
Campbell’s innovative arrangements bring a contemporary edge to traditional formats and material. His work has been described by teachers and mentors as ‘intelligent and intensely creative’. Tim Lockwood will also be contributing to the arranging bringing a new harmonic touch to the classics. Jaslyn Hall, writer for Limelight Magazine describes Julian Kuo’s performance saying, ‘Julian’s enchanting voice floats and conjures images of a young, romantic Frank Sinatra’ – a fitting image indeed.