Gigs and concerts

Frances Madden: “I am very grateful for every day”

“There are times when the magic flows, when the musos are all in the right place together and when you get that wonderful ‘virtuous cycle’ going with the crowd, who are loving being there, loving what you are doing and that just takes you to another level. It doesn’t always happen like that, but when it does, you feel like you are absolutely doing what you were born to do.”

Mike Nock – Serious Fun Making History

Mike Nock explains that “We’re learning the original arrangements as a starting point to play the music from our current perspective. This is turning out to be a bigger challenge than I originally thought, but I’m finding it an incredibly interesting process and a huge journey of self-discovery, as the music contains most of the concepts I’ve spent my lifetime exploring ever since. It may be true one can never go home again – but maybe that’s because we really never leave it!”

SMADJ BRINGS MIDDLE EASTERN JAZZ FROM PARIS TO MELBOURNE

Tunisian born French oud player and producer SMADJ brings you an extraordinary fusion of middle eastern music via Paris. [From the Press Release] Jean-Pierre Smadja, aka SMADJ, has  a passion for two things; music and technology. Raised by Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, SMADJ professed an early obsession with jazz and Arabic music …

Will Vinson: “Australia produces excellent jazz musicians”

“It will be great to reunite with one of my earliest musical collaborators, Steve Newcomb. On that night, the performance will be like two old pals catching up after a few years, each one filling the other in on what they’ve been up to (in this case, musically) in the intervening time.”