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Sun, 4 October 2015

Woodford Welcome Orchestra Project Audition Call Out

Filed under: classical music, Auditions, Gigs, General — site admin @ 3:10 pm

Woodford Welcome Orchestra Project
Audition Call Out
Come and join the Woodford Folk Festival as the festival celebrates it’s 30th birthday. You are invited to be part of a 40 piece orchestra and perform with 4 x aria award winner Katie Noonan. Performances will be held on the Sunshine Coast and in the WFF Welcome Ceremony in front of an amphitheatre audience of 10,000.

All are invited to audition for the Welcome Orchestra which will consist of local Sunshine Coast community members of all ages and skill levels. The Welcome Orchestra will perform music composed by Andrew Veivers - acclaimed composer, director, musician. The event will feature a Festival Song composed by Katie Noonan.

Flamenco Fire - Viva Sevilla The Golden Age of Flamenco

Filed under: acoustic music, world music, contemporary music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 3:08 pm

Flamenco Fire - Viva Sevilla
The Golden Age of Flamenco
Cremorne Theatre - QPAC (Southbank)
28 January - 6 February 2016
Flamenco Fire returns to QPAC with Viva Sevilla – The Golden Age of Flamenco! Directed by composer / guitarist Andrew Veivers and featuring dancer Francesca ‘La Chica’ Grima, singer Olayo Jimenez and percussionist Andrej Vujicic - direct from Spain - performing alongside Australia’s finest flamenco artists - dancer Simone Pope, singer Clara Domingo, guitarist Kieren Ray and violinist Shenton Gregory. Viva Sevilla is a beautifully crafted show that reveals the flamenco art form in all of its guises. From contemporary festive dances to heart wrenching traditional songs, to fiery guitar ensemble pieces, Flamenco Fire will transport you to España……¡Olé!

Folk Horizons Queensland Multicultural Centre

Filed under: world music, contemporary music, Live Music Venues, Gigs, General — site admin @ 3:07 pm

Folk Horizons
Queensland Multicultural Centre (Kangaroo Point)
2 October 2015
A night of Eastern-European Music!

The beautiful vocals of Innessa and Anastasiya will leave you mesmerised. Innessa and Anastasiya are two renowned Eastern-European singers with extensive experiences performing locally and internationally. Eastern-European Folk songs will be performed by Innessa and her 4 piece band in a traditional yet fresh style, followed by Anastasia’s rendition of Folk Songs in a modern, up-beat style.

There will be Special guests, dancers and other surprises! Come as early as 5pm to have a drink and to try delicious european Pirozhki (pies) before the Show!

Turn Up! Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference

Filed under: Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 3:05 pm

Turn Up! Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference
Nambour Civic Centre
14 October 2015
Turn up, switch on and tune in as music industry achievers share their keys to success
Turn Up, the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and Scenestr are calling on musicians and music industry personnel from the Sunshine Coast region and Greater South East Queensland to come together to connect, network, listen, learn and be inspired at the 2015 Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference. Now in its second year, Turn Up is fortunate to have received the support of The Regional Arts Development Fund, APRA/AMCOS, the Sunshine Coast Council and the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance to make this music industry conference happen in the region, meaning that Sunshine Coast musicians and musically minded people don’t have to travel to be able to access music-specific conference content.

Earthless Elder USA Aus Tour Dates

Filed under: rock music, CD Launches, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 3:01 pm

LIFE IS NOISE is proud to announce the local supports for next month’s massive Earthless & Elder tour.

Kicking off the first night of the tour at the Rosemount Hotel in Perth on October 22 will be PUCK. Fresh off a national tour in support of their riffgasmic single “Take the Day”, Puck are cut from the same cloth as venerable stoner rock trailblazers as Kyuss, balancing muscular riffs and bombast with nuanced songwriting, explosive crescendos and irresistible melodies. This is the kind of band you’ll be able to see on the small stage for only so long.

Perth – The Rosemount Hotel – October 22, 2015
*Selling Fast - Melbourne –The Corner – October 23, 2015
*Almost Sold Out - Sydney – Newtown Social – October 24, 2015
Sydney - Hermann’s Bar - October 25, 2015
Brisbane – Crowbar – October 26, 2015


A Concert for David Marama

Filed under: roots music, Fundraising, performance art, Gigs — site admin @ 2:55 pm

A Concert for David Marama aka Mr Clean @ Howler on 11th October
The Melbourne music family and African communities come together for a massive concert to celebrate David Marama’s brilliant contribution to live music in Melbourne. The event features The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Ray Pereira’s Afro-Lankan drum ensemble and the township jazz sounds of the Royal Swazi Spa with all proceeds donated to Marama as he recovers from a recent illness.

Highly regarded and well respected in the community, David is an accomplished multi-award winning artist originally from Malawi/Tanzania and has performed alongside some of the world’s best musicians in Africa and Australia. With an illustrious career spanning over more than three decades, his distinctive and ubiquitous guitar playing style can be heard on many fine African recordings.

Hosted by award winning journalist Santilla Chingaipe (SBS News), the soiree will commence with a sensational Afro-Lankan drumming performance led by percussion maestro Ray Pereira, followed by the laid back township jazz flavoured sound of Royal Swazi Spa. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will then take the stage as the final act for a grand performance reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s sound, followed by some of Melbourne’s greatest DJs, keeping the dance floor pulsing for the rest of the night!

Doors open at 4:00pm and tickets are available TODAY from http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/a-concert-for-david-marama-aka-mr-clean/80126Don’t miss out on this huge night of African music and a chance to celebrate and support one of Melbourne’s most influential African musicians.

Sunday Oct 11th
Howler, Brunswick
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
The Royal Swazi Spa

plus DJs Manchild (PBS-FM)
Chris Gill (RRR)
Systa BB (RRR)
Mpaphi Nfandizo (Botswana)

For those who can’t be with us for this very special show, private donation information will be announced soon. If you could help spread the word about this excellent musical event for David/Mr Clean we would be very grateful.

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

Filed under: Theatre, Gigs, General — site admin @ 2:52 pm

This October (10-24) at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre, Brink Productions presents the world premiere season of The Aspirations of Daise Morrow - a new work based on a short story by Australian writer and Nobel Prize recipient, Patrick White, featuring a cast led by Paul Blackwell and Kris McQuade - two of the country’s greatest theatre actors - and with live music by Zephyr Quartet.

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is Brink’s theatrical reimagining of White’s acclaimed Down at the Dump - transformed into a raw, immediate and unexpected performance experience - while retaining all of the writer’s language, wit, scathing insight and wonderful humour.

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is a ‘word for word’ piece, intimately presented in Brink’s immersive style with the performers working around the audience within an installation resembling a cemetery. White’s Australian vernacular and wit is formidably embodied by a stellar cast which teams Blackwell and McQuade - together on stage for the first time since 2009 - with two emerging Adelaide actors, James Smith and Lucy Lehmann.

Audiences at The Aspirations of Daise Morrow will enjoy an original score composed and performed live by Zephyr Quartet, one of Australia’s most innovative contemporary string ensembles, while sitting under the haze of an Australian sky created by Tony Award winning lighting designer Nigel Levings. Set and costume design is by Michael Hankin, whose recent theatre credits include Belvoir Street Theatre’s Angels in America and The Glass Menagerie.

WHAT: The Aspirations of Daise Morrow presented by Brink Productions in association with Adelaide Festival Centre
WHEN: 10-24 October, 2015
WHERE: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
TICKETS: From $38+fees, book at bass.net.au or 131 246 DURATION: 1hr 15mins (no interval) - suitable for ages 15+

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