Love is a Temporary Madness

by Vanessa Perica Orchestra

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Spaccanapoli 09:30
Saint Lazare 07:32


Featuring some of Australian's finest musicians, this is the debut album for Australian composer and arranger, Vanessa Perica.

Winner 'Best Jazz Album' at the Music Victoria Awards (2020). Nominee in the prestigious Australian Music Prize and AIR Independent Awards. Winner APRA Art Music Award for Work of the Year: Jazz - 'Spaccanapoli' (2021).

View the promo video by Hayley Miro Browne.


released February 27, 2020


Vanessa Perica - composer, arranger, conductor

Carl Mackey - alto & soprano saxophone
Bernard Alexander - alto saxophone
Jamie Oehlers - tenor saxophone
Julien Wilson - tenor saxophone
Phil Noy - baritone saxophone

Mat Jodrell - trumpet
Daniel Beasy - trumpet, flugelhorn
Ross Irwin - trumpet, flugelhorn
Paul Williamson - trumpet, flugelhorn

Jordan Murray - trombone
Nick Mulder - trombone
Will Pethick - trombone
Joe O’Callaghan - bass trombone

Andrea Keller - piano
Theo Carbo - guitar
Sam Anning - bass
Ben Vanderwal - drums

Grant Windsor - Producer
Carl Mackey, Vanessa Perica - Executive Producers
Grant Windsor - Mixing Engineer
Lachlan Carrick - Mastering and Recording Set up consultant
Recording Engineer - Jarrad Gilson

Recorded 24 and 25 January 2019 at Oakland Recording Studios, Melbourne.

Album Design: Elle Deslandes
Album cover image: Pia Johnson

Live studio image: Hayley Miro Browne

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


"...there's "a new sheriff in town," she's packing heat, and you'd best listen carefully to what she has to say." 4.5 stars - Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

“ incredible album"..."A mighty achievement, and a milestone in Australian music.” - Julien Wilson

“…She is a big talent — still under-the-radar, but probably not for much longer.” - Ted Gioia, author in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal.

“Killer record!!”…”a jazz orchestra for the ages.” - ABC Jazz

“Love is a Temporary Madness signals the arrival of a major new voice in the world of large ensemble jazz. Writing for her namesake orchestra—a big band stacked with some of Australia's top musicians—Vanessa Perica makes some serious waves. If jazz bias and press didn't so clearly favor North America, it's likely that this lauded debut would've drawn even more plaudits.” - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

"Not for nothing is her “band” called the Vanessa Perica Orchestra. And boy do they pack a punch alongside so many attractive melodies, swooping and surging thrillingly, while always finding a way to swing. It’s a fantastic sound – and, just quietly, as capable of more intimate “small” moments as the big sound - it’s seen the album longlisted for the Australian Music Prize..." Bernard Zuel, Music Journalist

4.5 stars “…an ambitious album of great depth…” - Eric Myers, The Australian

"...Perica creates dense, multi-layered works, full of complex shading, that are forever twisting and turning, alternating solid rhythmic foundation with free-flight. At their best, they are brimming with emotional resonance, highlighted by rich sonorities." - Des Cowley, Rhythms Magazine

"Vanessa’s exceptional writing achieves a sensitive balance between involved ensemble composition and providing space for many of the personalities of the all-star band to shine.” - Rafael Karlen, The Music Trust

"The imaginative richness of her orchestral writing is evident in these seven medium-length compositions, characterized by arrangements with generally tight tempi and dynamics in constant development. The reference aesthetic is the incisive modern mainstream of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, combined with the timbrally sumptuous atmospheres of Maria Schneider." 4 stars - Angelo Leonardi, All About Jazz Italia

"...instantly compelling. There is nothing easy about composing and arranging Jazz orchestral charts and few musicians embark on this tortuous path. Thankfully Perica did, and her charts are magnificent." - John Fenton,

…a record of great beauty, beautifully written and arranged and played with skill.” - JAZZIT Magazine


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