Celebrate live music again at Peach Black Gallery with their Spring Collective series on the weekend of October 16 – 18 2020. The events, curated by Cadencia Productions and supported by the City of Sydney, will host three stunning, intimate, and diverse concerts over the three days. You can see 11 musicians bring their unique style to the stage framed by the artwork of gallery owner Matteo Bernasconi in a COVID-safe environment.

Opening night, Friday October 16th, features the moody psychedelic folk-rock vocals of Lulu Ilanda. Lulu a rising songstress in the Sydney music scene, accompanied by spirited guitarist Victor Jesus, will perform her honest and emotive original pieces.

The second set is Colombian duo Carlos Arango and Angela Rosero, two artists hailing from nationally acclaimed Cumbia orchestra – Cumbiamuffin. The duo, who have been performing side by side for more than 10 years, have a natural chemistry and sense of fun as they move seamlessly between Boleros, Argentine Zambas, Bossa Novas and Cumbias.

Saturday night presents a fusion of world and classical music with The Byron Mark Quartet. Byron Mark’s latest project explores the possibilities of combining a traditional string quartet arrangement with piano, cajon and tabla. After many tours and performances with flamenco ensembles around Australia, Byron has developed a strong passion for flamenco rhythms, and is using this knowledge to craft unique compositions that, although are inspired by flamenco palos, are coloured with Latin and Jazz rhythms and harmonies.

For our Peach Black weekend series, Byron is performing his compositions with Maharshi Raval (India) on tabla; Anna Murakawa (Brazil) and Yuhki Mayne (Japan/Australia) on violins, and Byron on piano/cajon. Together, the ensemble promises a captivating live performance with passion, improvisation, and surprises.

On Sunday 18 October in the afternoon The Marais Project will perform the last concert of this series. This performance will be a celebration of music for the viola da gamba inspired by Marin Marais, the great French virtuoso viola da gamba performer and composer. The group, founded by renowned viola da gamba performer Jennifer Eriksson in 2000, will perform the work of baroque giants Monteverdi, Handel and Purcell. As a special treat the concert will conclude with Folk Music from Sweden. The line-up features Susie Bishop (Soprano and Violin) and Tommie Andersson (Theorbo).

For our most formal concert of the weekend, organisers have teamed up with local pastry chef Gabriela Gonzalez from Sweet Lights, to provide delicious and aesthetically beautiful sweet treats to serve with the music.

Following their sold-out series in 2019, Peach Black had planned a year of events that supported visual artists, musicians and dancers through exhibitions and events. Covid 19 saw the gallery’s doors close for 8 weeks and all events cancelled. Thanks to the City of Sydney, the gallery has been able to employ musicians and industry staff to bring a Covid – safe event to the gallery, in what will be a truly diverse weekend of music, art and food.

Opening in February 2019 Sydney artist Matteo Bernasconi has turned Peach Black into high-profile creative space for the community.  Cadencia Productions is making a name for itself in Sydney as a leading world music producer and promoter – presenting sell out shows such as Ay Pachanga and Tango Poema.

Event Information:
Peach Black Gallery, 97 Regent Street Chippendale
Dates: October 16, 17 and 18
(Friday and Saturday) Doors: 6pm Concert: 6.30pm – 7.30pm (Sunday) Doors: 1.30pm Concert 6:30pm
Tickets: $40 – $50 (include drinks and nibbles) available at peachblackgallery.com/events/

Featured photo : The Marais Project