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Tamara Kuldin: “I love being a storyteller!”

Tamara Kuldin: “I love being a storyteller!”

" I think my stage persona is just a more magnified version of myself. It's important for me that the audience feel connected and involved. I don't just want to sing 'at' them. I like having a bit of a chat...and yes, sometimes the chatter does get a little cheeky, but I don't think the audience mind! If the audience are at ease, relaxed and happy...then so am I! It's also about the songs. Each song has a story...I love being the storyteller." Read More »

Roxy Coss: “The lack of female representation in Jazz is hurting us all”

Roxy Coss: “The lack of female representation in Jazz is hurting us all”

"My role, my job, is to make the best music I can possibly make. Be the best me, create the art I am supposed to put out into the world. I hope this will serve as a positive example for younger female musicians, because right now they don't have very many examples to follow. I also hope this serves as an example to my male counterparts and younger male musicians of what a successful female musician can look like." Read More »

Cookin’ on 3 Burners: “we’ve always wanted to make the best music that we could”

Cookin’ on 3 Burners: “we’ve always wanted to make the best music that we could”

Few band names can be as accurate in describing their sound and overall attitude as ‘Cookin’ on 3 Burners’. Melbourne’s sizzling organ trio has been handing out grooves for two decades now, with no intention of slowing down. Just before hitting the stage of Howler, where they’ll perform alongside Craig Charles (a legend in his own rights), the trio’s organist, ... Read More »

REVIEW: Daniel Susnjar – Moth To A Flame

REVIEW: Daniel Susnjar – Moth To A Flame

To listen to Daniel Susnjar's 'Moth To A Flame' one would expect these eight densely arranged, complex and exceptionally recorded pieces to have taken a year or two to get to this level. In fact, the album was done and dusted (bar a little extra later dusting in WA and Miami) in 24 short hours. Read More »

REVIEW: Twentieth Century Dog – Bone

REVIEW: Twentieth Century Dog – Bone

The Twentieth Century Dog is big on rhythm too – with two drummers and a percussionist, as well as having a bass-player as leader, it is inevitable that there will be grooves of all flavours, and rhythm games running through the music like pulsing veins. Funk, Afro-beat, jazz: all booty-shaking but mind-bending at the same time. Read More »

James Mustafa: “The Melbourne Big Band Festival will celebrate the diverse, inspiring and kickass large ensemble scene of Australian music”

James Mustafa: “The Melbourne Big Band Festival will celebrate the diverse, inspiring and kickass large ensemble scene of Australian music”

"The big band orchestration is genius. The instrumentation of five saxes/woodwind, four trombones, 4-5 trumpets and a four - piece rhythm section results in literally countless and millions of different compositional formulas that will never be exhausted, even if every composer in the world was to write for the next thousand years." Read More »