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Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Wanderlust is just down The Street

Jacqui Douglas

Wanderlust can be a powerful lure as the capital cools.

Fortunately, Canberrans needn’t stray too far to melt the icicles – The Street Theatre is gearing up to another jam-packed itinerary of musical wanderings, to power you through the first days of calendar winter. June at The Street continues to push the boundaries of live jazz, with stages set to showcase innovative programming from local and international performers.

Check in on June 1 with Yotam Silberstein, who fronts a powerful quartet in his Australian entrance en route to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The illustrious Israeli guitarist loves “playing without knowing exactly what’s going to happen” – the unanticipated moments that make live jazz a thing of exhilaration. Silberstein beckons the audience in; their energy and response will be all the more central to the music unfolding in the intimate performance space The Street is known for.

Satoko and Natsuki. Credit: Bryan Murray

Satoko and Natsuki. Credit: Bryan Murray

Acclaimed Japanese musicians Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura also come equipped to broaden horizons, with their performance of the Fukushima Suite on June 2. Their offering will be sweeping and poignant; the music speaks to Fujii’s experiences of “fear, despair, distrust, mercy and hope” in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Fujii and Tamura will be joined by the Sirens Big Band, an Australian, predominately female groove machine bursting with a fusion of contemporary jazz, reggae, hip hop and African and Latin rhythms. Bassist Jessica Dunn leads this super-collective of 17 musicians, and with composer and pianist Satoko Fujii showcase the innovation and strength of women in jazz in an “unpredictable, creatively wild and uncompromising” performance.

Sirens Big Band. Credit: Pling

Sirens Big Band. Credit: Pling

And for those partial to a chaser, June 2 goes back-to-back with a performance from Sydney quartet The Vampires, turning The Street into a jazz TARDIS packed with global sounds and flavours. Treat your ears to a wealth of collaborative influences – particularly the group’s recent tour with Lionel Loueke, acclaimed Blue Note Records guitarist and rhythmic master. The Vampires saxophonist and composer Jeremy Rose described the collaboration in transformative terms; beyond technical prowess, Loueke “wasn’t afraid to take risks and really push the music”.

The Vampires

The Vampires

Just when it couldn’t get any more hip, Canberra audiences will get to hear The Vampires in action with one of our own; ANU alumni Ben Hauptmann. The Canberra prodigy gets a rave review from Rose, as “the perfect guitarist, tasteful, virtuosic, an amazing sound, funky, and can pull out all the stops when the music requires it.”

All of the above in the space of just 48 hours – and plenty more still in the oven to get you through the coming weeks. June at The Street will feature a killer line-up of ingenious and inventive musicians –  watch this space for a special appearance from Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp, who will transport audiences with their take on Latin jazz and the iconic songbook of South America.

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Swap Skyscanner for a night at The Street this winter – but get in fast, before the good seats sell out.

the essentials

YOTAM SILBERSTEIN QUARTET: Thursday 1 June. Find more details here.

SAKATO FUIJI AND NATSUKI TAMURA + SIRENS BIG BAND: Friday 2 June. Find more details here.

THE VAMPIRES: Friday 2 June. Find more information here.

SONGS OF THE LATIN SKIES: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June. Find more information here.

JEFF LANG: Friday 16 June. Find more information here.

THE NECKS: Sunday 18 June. Find more information here.

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Jacqui Douglas

Jacqui briefly entertained the notion of becoming a drummer. Fortunately, singing, writing and drinking coffee generally required less coordination. Best known as one-third of vocal trio Kaleid, Jacqui loves all things live music and dreams of opening her own venue. Her New Year’s resolution? Talk less, and say more. More about the Author

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