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1 Strength and Light 9:02 By Diane Peters

2 Green Tea 6:02 By Diane Peters

3 Jason Man 8:24 By Ben Carr

4 Love Dust 5:43 By Diane Peters

5 Picasso's Weeping Woman, Part 1 2:31 By Diane Peters

6 Picasso's Weeping Woman, Part 2 5:09 By Diane Peters

7 Duo in Seven 5:28 By Diane Peters and Mark Simmonds

8 Mother Song, Part 1 1:03 By Diane Peters

9 Mother Song, Part 2 0:57 By Diane Peters

10 Mother Song, Part 3 5:33 By Diane Peters


Tracks 1, 2, 3,10 recorded at ABC Studio 345. Southbank . Melbourne Australia May 2000.

recorded and mixed by Mal Stanley.

Tracks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. recorded at Newmaket Studios Nth Melbourne Australia September 2000.

recorded and mixed by Ben Hurt.

Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Dex Mastering.

Photography- Tim Mc Neilage.


Diane Peters - Harp and Vocals

Mark Shepherd - Double Bass

Rajiv Jayaweera - Drums

James Wilkinson - Trombone

Ben Carr - Saxophone

guest : Cam Mc Allister -Trumpet ( track 2 )



four star review / WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN REVIEW/ ARTS , JAN 28, 29 2001.

The harp may seem an incongruous addition to a Jazz ensemble,

but once this recording begins , such preconceptions cease to be an issue .

Melbourne band led by Diane Peters on harp and vocals, eschews dazzling solos packed with bravado in favour of sensitive interaction between the musicians. The compositions unfold effortlessly with a nod to Dave Holland and Kenny Wheeler, and peter's predominantly lyric-less vocals soar in the same space as Norma Winstone's. Saxophonist Ben Carr drives the tunes ahead with the help of inventive trombonist James Wilkinson, before unleashing the inspired flourishes of Peters' harp. Intelligently concieved, delicately arranged and deliciously executed, Archaeopteryx is a thoughtful and satisfying statement worth hearing.

Ashleigh Wilson


Diane Peters’ Archaeopteryx CD of Original works for Jazz harp and band.

Australia.1998-2004 Archaeopteryx - an original jazz group of Harp/vocals-Diane Peters; Bass-Mark Shepherd; Drums Rajiv Jayaweera; Saxophone-Ben Carr; and Trombone-James Wilkinson. They performed in Melbourne from 1998-2004 with an international tour of Holland;Belgium and France in 2001 after the release of Diane Peters’Archaeopteryx, with an invitation to play at the 5th European harp symposium, Amsterdam 2001.Archaeopteryx performed at the SA art gallery in conjunction with Jazz Action in 2002 and the Harp society of South Australia. Archaeopteryx performed at Melbourne venues such as The Continental; The Planet Cafe/Make it up Club; Bennets Lane Jazz Club;Chapell off Chapell; La Mamma Music and the opening series of Ecco Music initiated by Diane Peters at Fitzroy gallery. The Archaeopteryx cd project was born from an invitation by Mal Stanley and Jazz Track to record at the ABC Studios in Melbourne. With distrubution later organised by New Market Music.

Diane Peters currently live works , plays , and composes , in Italy , where she is involved with many musical endevours. 


"Atmospheric pieces characterised by lush textures and shifting time signatures..." - The Age, Jessica Nicholas  2000

"The harp might seem an incongruous addition to a jazz ensemble, but once this recording begins, such preconceptions cease to be an issue..." - Weekend Australian- Ashleigh Wilson


James Morrison chose music of Diane Peters’Archaeopteryx for his Australian Jazz in flight show on QANTAS Airlines. “...In the 21st century Jazz is a mature art form; hence, its very seldom that something new, fresh and individual comes along. Of course unusual instrumentation can achieve this to an extent, but this doesn't garnet anything more than a different sound......unique in its conception and execution. Diane has captured that elusive blend of paying homage to the past while giving the listener something new.” - James Morrison.

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