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Songbird Hayley Jensen has wowed millions of listeners and live music lovers for over a decade. From when she first captivated our hearts on Australian Idol ’04 or blew us all off our chairs on The Voice ’14 & at the thousands of other performances both nationally & internationally. Sydney based, Albury born Country songstress grew up on a property outside Canberra where she became a household name. Best known for her haunting ballads juxtaposed alongside emotive powerhouse vocals, her…Find out more »
In demand as a sideman for such luminaries as Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller, George Coleman, David Sanborn, Paquito D’Rivera and John Patitucci, Israeli ex-pat guitarist Yotam Silberstein is making waves globally with his precision bebop lines and fleet-fingered improvisations. Leading an all-star quartet, his Australian debut in Canberra (en route to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival) will showcase original compositions incorporating Brazilian, world, blues and traditional influences. From the age of 21 when Yotam won the coveted “Israeli Jazz Player…Find out more »
The Vampires are renowned for their unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae, exotic Balkan and all-out funk-laden Afrobeat. Combined with risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue and emotion, the band defies genres and has wrought a style of their own. The band has enjoyed success from critically acclaimed albums and extensive touring over the past ten years, including a sold out Australian tour, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane Jazz Festivals, and Love Supreme, Edinburgh, Glasgow and…Find out more »
Internationally acclaimed musicians, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura meet one of Australia’s ‘treasures,’ the Sirens Big Band to perform Fujii’s extraordinary Fukushima Suite and other works. Fujii and Tamura separately and together are two of the most original voices in contemporary jazz today. Their music spans many genres, blending jazz, contemporary classical, rock, and traditional Japanese music into an innovative synthesis instantly recognisable as theirs alone. As one journalist wrote of Fujii’s big band compositions “filled with sweeping…Find out more »
Songs of the Latin Skies Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp have an intuitive musical connection. Their collaborations to date have earned them widespread praise and their latest co-creation, Songs of the Latin Skies, once again promises to enchant national audiences. Together they journey through the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango, interpreting work by Gilberto Gil, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more. Renowned for breaking down genre boundaries, Katie Noonan’s technical mastery…Find out more »
Differences between us are often the most surprising points of connection. A few years ago, Adriano Cortese was living above a shop on a street filled with bars, cafes and restaurants, in Melbourne. One night he decided he wanted to meet some new people so he walked onto the street and introduced himself to strangers walking past. This was the beginning of a night filled with intense personal dialogue and shared intimacy. This work is based on this event and…Find out more »
Built on the animation of images from Shaun Tan’s new book, a fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, alien objects and weird animals. It is in this place that our hero Aki makes his home. The Arrival is a fusion of Tan’s beautiful, surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, haunting music and fine acting. The challenges, humour and adventures of arriving in a new country resonate with any arrival….a new school, a…Find out more »