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Sat, 21 May 2016

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Filed under: classical music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 2:24 pm

The brilliant Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is in Townsville from July 29 to August 6. It’s the 10th under Piers’ Lane’s Artistic Directorship. It’s now acclaimed internationally. There’s a full and fantastic program with great artists (6 of the 35 artists this year are making their Australian debut no less), but I thought one which may interest you is this – DON JUAN. Created by two insanely talented artists in Tama Matheson and Karin Schaupp……

Scandalous and Steamy
Don Juan set to be a showstopper at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music
Karin Schaupp + Tama Matheson

Don Juan is a stunning theatrical and music collaboration that explores the life of one of the most magnetic and seductive fictional heroes in Western literature – Don Juan – alongside the equally outrageous real life of his creator – Lord Byron.

Created and performed by acclaimed actor/director Tama Matheson and internationally renowned guitarist Karin Schaupp, the steamy worlds of Don Juan and the scandalous life of Lord Byron (Matheson) merge. Brought to life by Schaupp through the evocative Spanish guitar music of Turina, Pujol and Tarrega, Byron and Juan become reflections of each other and it grows increasingly difficult to tell where fact ends and fiction begins. As Byron himself famously put it, ‘truth is strange, stranger than fiction.’

Set to be one of the highlights of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Don Juan made its world premiere in late 2015. The concept was born when Karin Schaupp saw Tama Matheson performing in a production with the Camerata of St John in Brisbane. She was captivated, and suggested they collaborate. From this, they workshopped their favourite writers, composers and all the ideas in between. Don Juan was the result; and audiences love it.

“Don Juan investigates the extraordinary the life of the poet, Lord Byron – one of the most scandalous, irreverent, and witty figures in all of literary history – by delving into the depths of his great comic poem, Don Juan. The poem, which is largely autobiographical, becomes, in this production, a conduit into Byron’s life, tracing the parallels between the controversial poet and his magnificent creation; the result of which is a hilarious evening of scandal, shock, delight, sadness, and lyricism – suffused throughout with some of the most beautiful and affecting music in the guitar repertoire performed by the international acclaimed, Karin Schaupp,” said Matheson.

Don Juan is unique in form, with music and words carrying equal weight in the production, each one commenting on, and uplifting the other, to create a totally original theatrical evening.

“The result is a profound and hilarious entertainment, which gives a deep insight into the mind of genius, and the response of a great man to his time.

“With some of the most beautiful English ever penned, some of the most shocking and funniest episodes in all literature, and a collection of the most beautiful music written for the guitar, Don Juan is a heady mix of theatrical delights that will leave the audience glowing with excitement and passionate inspiration.

Don Juan will be performed on Saturday August 6 at 2.30pm at the Townsville Civic Theatre.
“Karin Schaupp’s playing is so perfect, so complete, that it seems like a miracle.” Badische Zeitung Germany
“Don Juan was a tour-de-force for both Karin Schaupp and Tama Matheson.” 4MBS-FM

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is extraordinary, not just as a leading musical event in Australia, but for its place on the world calendar; artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates. It will be the 10th under the leadership of acclaimed Artistic Director Piers Lane AO.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music
29 July – 6 August 2016 | Townsville, North Queensland
www.afcm.com.au | Facebook | Twitter | #afcm16


Filed under: pop music, electronic music, folk music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs, General — site admin @ 2:21 pm

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival and APRA AMCOS present
The Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St in Collingwood over two evenings.
Tuesday 5th July and Tuesday 12th July
The Song and Stories nights offer a genuine insight in to the craft of song writing from 20
different perspectives in various stages of artists’ careers. Some of the participants are
still in high school while others have been writing and performing music for more than
four decades. The focus of the night is essentially is the song-writing process and the
stories that inspired something which then goes on to have a life of its own.
Each evening will features ten songwriters delivering a total of 30 songs over two sets.
Some of the songwriters generally play solo while others will be performing without their
band behind them for the first time. Five musicians will be on stage at the same time,
taking a turn to introduce and play a song in three rounds.
This is the second year that the Songs and Stories series is part of the Leaps and Bounds
Music Festival. The format proved to be popular with both audiences and performers last
year and its return anticipated. Programmed as an early week event on a Tuesday, the art
of listening is not overly commanding, especially when presented with some moving and
entertaining preludes to songs and melodies. A sense of camaraderie also unfolds on
stage between the songwriters during the rounds as anecdotes, heartaches and laughs are
Appearing over the two weeks are the following Melbourne based songwriters who have
a rock, indie, pop, folk, electronic and country musical persuasion including Alice Sky,
Amaya Laucirica, Arun Roberts, Ben Mastwyk, Ben Salter, Bob Harrow, Brooke Russell,
Charm of Finches, Chris Pickering, Elizabeth Barker, Emily Ulman, Fiona Lee Maynard,
Gareth Ed Lindsay, Jack Howard, James Henry, Jim Lawrie, Lachlan Bryan, Laura
Imbruglia, Liam Gerner and Quang Dinh.
Tuesday 5th July and Tuesday 12th July
at the Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St in Collingwood
Doors 8pm
Set 1: 8.20pm - 9.10pm
Set 2. 9.30pm - 10.20pm
Ben Mastwyk
Ben Salter
Brooke Russell
Charm of Finches
Elizabeth Barker
Gareth Ed Lindsay
James Henry
Lachlan Bryan
Liam Gerner
Quang Dinh (Naked Bodies/Little Red)
Alice Skye
Amaya Laucirica
Arun Roberts (Dirt Hand)
Bob Harrow (Immigrant Union)
Chris Pickering
Emily Ulman
Fiona Lee Maynard
Jack Howard
Jim Lawrie
Laura Imbruglia
Tickets on sale from www.thegasometerhotel.com.au
Tickets $12+BF (for one show) or $20 +BF (for both shows, presale only)
Or $15 at the door on the night if available.
Media queries please contact Karen@karenconradpublicity.com or ring 0400 527 365.


Filed under: jazz music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 2:16 pm

Piano jazz trio Refraction will launch their highly anticipated second
release ‘Inerrant Space’ at Bennett’s Lane on 19 May at 8pm.
Drawing inspiration from the sensibilities of pop lyricism and melody, Refraction
melds the various colours of contemporary jazz composition and improvisation
together into a compelling musical soundscape. Centred around drummer and
leader Chris Broomhead’s compositions, the trio celebrates the sanctity of
simplicity, upholding the primacy of a song’s melody while leaving space for
collective ensemble interaction and improvisation.
The band draws inspiration from influences Tord Gustavsen, Esbjorn Svensson,
Robert Glasper and Weather Report with original pieces that hold a clear vision
that makes the journey the very destination the music is seeking.
Their live performance has been perfected at Melbourne venues including The
Paris Cat, Bennetts Lane (including a three-week residency), Uptown Jazz Cafe
and Open Studio.
‘Inerrant Space’ features 10 new contemporary jazz compositions all written by
Chris Broomhead, pianist Brenton Foster (Max Savage, Independent) and
double bassist Jordon Tarento. It was recorded at Burwood Sound Studios,
Melbourne over two days in December 2015 and engineered by Allan
Neuendorf and Chris Broomhead , edited and mixed by Chris Broomhead
and mastered by Lachlan Carrick.
Refraction – ‘Inerrant Space’ Album Launch
•ticket purchase includes a copy of the new album and CD Baby download
Thursday 19 May, 8pm
Bennetts Lane, Melbourne
$18 General Entry

Jay Power UK Tour

Filed under: Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 2:14 pm

Australian soul singer Jay Power and her award-winning band grace UK stages this Summer.
Combine slick beats and sassy vibe with vocal prowess and Jay Power is what you get. It’s no surprise that Jay’s abundance of sass caught the attention of a capella group The Sons Of Pitches who were keen for Power to bring her raw, uplifting soulful show and souring vocals to their tour. After hearing her empowering debut album “The Missing”, the winners of Gareth Malone’s BBC2 TV’s primetime hit show “The Naked Choir” invited Jay Power to perform her stomping show on an exclusive selection of sold out dates in June.

“I’m really excited to be coming back to the UK. I’m playing some fantastic festivals and venues and I’m really looking forward to connecting with audiences there. The UK has such an incredible Soul scene, it’s such an exciting prospect to play in a country with that kind of Soul pedigree, I can’t wait.” - Jay Power

Jay’s latest album “The Missing”, is the kind of music the soul singer is known for – with ravenous grooves and vocals that just fly out the speakers. Her mesmerizing live show combines dashes of urban beats, hints of funk and splashes of neo soul. Along with her power packed live performances, Jay Power’s reputation as an Australian act to watch is well and truly justified. A finalist for South Australian Female Artist of the year 2015, Jay Power has previously supported Australia’s mother of soul Renee Geyer numerous times and has recently shared the stage with the likes of Z-Star (UK) and Hollie Smith (NZ).

“Sexy and sleek. If you like soul, wrapped in pop, driven by funk and laced with Hip-Hop, then this show is for you.”
Beat Magazine

Jay Power lands on UK soil for a selection of dates this June & July including sold out shows with The Sons Of Pitches:

22/06 The Bedford Live, London

23/06 Gateshead, Sage

24/06 Lowry, Salford

26/06 Town Hall, Birmingham

27/06 City Hall, Sheffield

01/07 The Albion, Hastings

02/07 The Blue Zucchini, Tetbury

06/07 The Brunswick, Brighton

08/07 Sisters of Blues & Soul Festival, Todmorden

An Evening With Reese Witherspoon

Filed under: Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 2:10 pm

An Evening With Reese Witherspoon benefiting the incredible charitable work of Save the Children.
This is an exclusive and unique experience that includes red carpet arrival, a night of stars and celebrities, dinner, and drinks, hosted by guest MC Ann Peacock in Melbourne, and Channel 9’s Catriona Rowntree in Brisbane and Sydney.
July 12, 2016
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
July 14, 2016
Dockside Pavilion
July 16, 2016
Peninsula, Docklands

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