The Duck

Blue Bossa
Time After Time
Sweet Emma

The Duck’s musical style does not fall into any one category. They play songs dating back to early traditional jazz, through
mainstream, swing and blues to bebop, rock and funk, yet all stamped with the Duck’s own unique style. The group’s
repertoire consists of instrumentals as well as vocals and is interspersed with many original Duck songs, some of which
have become favourites of their fans and regular audience members.

The Duck’s line-up consists of some of Australia’s most renowned and talented players, all stars in their own right.
They come together to provide dynamic and varied performances received equally well by audiences in all age

Greg Foster - Trombone and Harmonica.
Stephan Schafer - Saxophones, Flute and Clarinet.
Rodney Ford - Drums and Vocals.
Emile Nelson - Electric and Acoustic Basses, and Vocals.
Bill Risby - Piano, Keyboards.
Bill Risby Greg Foster Stephan Schafer Emile Nelson Rodney Ford

GALAPAGOS DUCK appears in the pages of many jazz history books and has received awards both in Australia and internationally. With its unique approach and extraordinarily wide popular appeal the group has become a household name all over this country and has had a significant influence on young musicians over the years through its many recordings, volumes of original music scores, performances in night-clubs, in concert halls, on TV, in jazz festivals, in various movies, with dance groups, and in a variety of other settings and also particularly through its frequent school concerts and workshops all over the country and overseas.

Over the many years of Galapagos Duck's life there has been the occasional change in the group's lineup but The Duck prides itself on being able to choose from the finest talent Australia has to offer. The present lineup is no exception. All are respected performers and music writers who in combination, still being mostly long-time members, are able to maintain The Duck's unique flavour, versatility and wide popular appeal which has always been the hallmark of the group.

The Name: naturally enough the most commonly asked question is "Where did you get the name?" The inspiration came from Spike Milligan and was somehow derived from one of his comedy sketches involving the auctioning of a "Giant Galapagos Turtle upon wheels with clockwork revolving eyes". The connection between this and a jazz band and a duck may seem a little tenuous, however it is a fact that Spike, the creator of most of the lunacy of the Goon Show, a jazz musician himself, became a friend and admirer of the band during his many trips to Australia, and has even appeared on national TV with the group. Spike said "Galapagos Duck are the sort of group which play the sort of music, which if you haven't heard them for four years, and hear them again, they're still ahead. They play the music, man. And they play it great." Spike, a keen conservationist and ecologist, wrote the words to one of the songs on the Duck's Endangered Species Album, "Poor Little Bustard" (Music by Bob Egger, a former Duck member).

Galapagos Duck has toured extensively throughout the world including England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, India, Sri Lanka, China, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, New Zealand and the USA. On its travels The Duck has appeared in many of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. Apart from those in Australia others include the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz Yatra Festival in Bombay, The American Musexpo in USA and the Singapore International Jazz Festival. Much of its national and international touring has been with the assistance of Musica Viva Australia and under the auspices of the Australian Foreign Affairs Department.

One visit to Kuala Lumpur was to perform The Duck's original music score with Comscapes Malaysian Dance Company, a dance suite locally choreographed, which raised thousands of dollars for the World Wildlife Fund, Malaysia. The band has embarked on similar ventures in Australia, writing original scores for The Australian Ballet Company, The Aboriginal and Islander Dance Company and for dance performances in movies and in The Australian Bicentennial TV Spectacular.

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