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HERE @ ANNANDALE CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE

HERE is a concept of a collaboration of artists that is a concert of lost lockdown intimacies, a meditation on identity, locality and reconnection in the wake of isolation. These ideas are conveyed through music, words and visuals. During COVID-19 lockdown artists were isolated and needed to find a way to practise their craft, connect with other artists and then emerge from lockdown.

HERE is the result of a group of artists made up of musicians, composers, a poet and a visual artist applying their talents to a project encompassing connection, transition and physical places in a moment of time. Existing and new works of poetry and music were integrated into a cohesive concert experience.

The innovative music has its genesis in the classical tradition but with modern sensibilities. The highly skilled performers were Tristan Coelho on piano, Alicia Crossley on a variety of recorders, Emily Granger on the harp, and Andrew Smith on tenor and soprano saxophone. Nicole W. Lee performed her own poems and poems by Mkhululi Mabija and Sybil Kempson and visual artist Charlotte Fetherston provide images linking the music and poems. Continue reading HERE @ ANNANDALE CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE

LIVE CONCERT LAUNCH FOR ‘CROSSOVER’ ALBUM ‘FIKA’

Composer Alice Chance

FIKA, the critically-acclaimed new release by Elysian Fields (Australia’s only electric viola da gamba band) will have its official live launch with two performances on Sunday 1 November at Mary’s Underground, Circular Quay (formerly The Basement) as a proud participant in the Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival.

The ten-day festival starting 30 October also features live music from Mahalia Barnes, Gai Bryant, Melody Riviera and many more, as well as Brazilian bossa-nova singer and nylon string guitarist Anna Setton streaming in from São Paulo.

Other festival venues include Foundry616, Joynton Ave Creative Centre, the Australian Institute of Music and Venue 505.

At the launch concert, Elysian Fields will also give the first public performance of “Shadows” by celebrated young Australian composer Alice Chance – highlighting the classical-jazz crossover as well as women composers at a women’s jazz festival. Continue reading LIVE CONCERT LAUNCH FOR ‘CROSSOVER’ ALBUM ‘FIKA’

EVEREGREEN ENSEMBLE SNOW IN SUMMER INDEPENDENT THEATRE

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A most enchanting concert, strikingly combining Baroque and contemporary musical styles. Evergreen Ensemble’s SNOW IN SUMMER at the Independent was part of the theatre’s delicious Prelude in Tea series and launches their CD of the same title. Some of but not all the tracks of the CD were played in the concert.

Evergreen Ensemble combines three female musicians from Melbourne – Shane Lestideau (baroque violin), Samantha Cohen (theorbo and baroque guitar), Claire Patti (Celtic harp and voice) together with Sydney viola da gamba virtuoso Jenny Eriksson. There was wonderful, intense rapport between the ensemble who obviously greatly performing together.

The concert began with the pulsating Twist Ye, Twine Ye & Blooms Like Stars .Twist Ye, Twine Ye was learnt by Lestideau, from the great Australian fiddler, Chris Duncan. It forms the introduction to Blooms Like Stars which was composed over the famous La Folia ground bass.It is an aching lament , led by the violin , with ominous rumbles on the electric viola da gamba. Continue reading EVEREGREEN ENSEMBLE SNOW IN SUMMER INDEPENDENT THEATRE