74 musicians; 4 hours of non-stop music; 1 stage; $10,000 raised for Wildlife Victoria
“Music is definitely the best tool that we have to bring peace and form bridges among cultures and nations, joining us together as one whole family.”
To say that drummer Kyrie Anderson and bassist Alana Dawes create a firm backbone that allows singer and bandleader Kate Fuller to shine, singing with clarity and confidence, would be an understatement.
A dream team of the vibrant Melbourne Jazz Community responded to Fem Belling’s call to arms, donating their time, talent and inspiration to heal the wounds and help Wildlife Victoria in its life-saving work.
We often talk about Melbourne’s vibrant jazz scene – well, here’s the thing: Tamara Murphy is one of the pillars of the scene, a wonderfull bassist and a restless explorer. So, it’s no surprise that one of the finest albums to come out – in any genre – in 2019 bears her name on it …
Of Deities and Demons grew directly out of AAO Artistic Director Peter Knight’s meeting with drummer and Baliphonics leader Samudi Suraweera during a visit Knight made to Sri Lanka. The conversations and the friendship that grew between these two musicians led to the idea of meshing the experimental inclinations of the AAO with the yak bera (demon drum), and other traditional instruments of Sri Lanka.
We are happy to present guitarist Leigh Collins’ just released video, ‘Sketches’ – a tune of his debut album, ‘Here’s Why’.
Elysian Fields’ truly unique instrumentation – voice/violin, saxophones, electric viola da gamba, piano, bass guitar and drums – allows us to explore similar sonic landscapes and in the process blur the boundaries between chamber music, jazz and world music.
This summer, MONA is hosting a marathon of sorts. Forty-two days of free live music on the lawns at the museum, from 20 December 2019 to 31 January 2020.
“I want to write and perform music which inspires and challenges me, the other musicians, and the audience. I think that has stayed the same and hope that we can achieve this on some level.”