Maggie Ferguson (Knife in the Boot)

The Phoenix Collective is returning with Maggie Ferguson (OzTango), PCQ, Dan Russell and Dr Edward Neeman (Juilliard/ ANU) and super star Jacqueline Dark (Helpmann Award winning internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, principal with Opera Australia and cabaret artist). Also worth noting, two new Sydney venues on the bill; Christ Church St Laurence and Mosman Art Gallery plus two new concert series: eight lunchtime concerts at the wonderful Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross and four concerts at Tattersalls Club, Sydney. 

The Collective’s  first concert of 2021, ‘Knife in the Boot’, features Maggie Ferguson, founder of TangoOz and a legend in her own right. With Maggie on bandoneon, Edward Neeman on piano, Isabella Brown on Double Bass and PC director & violinist Dan Russell. The Ensemble will explore early and traditional works from the birthplace of Tango, Buenos Aires and works by the father of Nuevo Tango, Astor Piazzolla.  

Performances will take place in the following venues :-

5th March, Canberra: 6pm and 7:30pm, Wesley Music Centre 

6th March, Sydney: 2:30pm, Hunter Baillie in Annandale 

7th March, Central Coast: 2:30pm and 4pm, Greenway Chapel 

8th March, Kings Cross: 12:30pm, Wayside Chapel (only for Wayside Chapel members)

25th March, Sydney CBD: 6:30pm, Tattersalls Club 

The concert series is the initiative of Artistic Director, Dan Russell, and have also been made possible and funded by Judith Neilson AM (White Rabbit / Phoenix Central Park).  

 A bit about The Phoenix Collective: 

PC began in 2018 as an initiative of well-known violinist, Dan Russell. A means to play high art music with exceptional musicians that share similar views musically, artistically and emotionally. In just 3 years we are playing concerts in 3 cities, unique core venues and several additional projects, recordings, music society performances and workshop engagements.

With two new live concert series soon to be announced and an ever-increasing recording and external project workload, Phoenix is rising. Programs include the virtuosic flair of Italian Baroque, the simplicity of Folk Music, French Impressionism, the intense emotions of Romanticism, Contemporary, Classical, Experimental, Jazz crossover and the meditative calm of Minimalism.