Was such a blast playing for the Jazz Out West program as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival today - playing groovy tunes for little people and their grown-ups! A stellar band featuring Louise Goh (keys), Tamara Murphy (bass) & Kieran Rafferty (drums). Here we are looking stoked…
3 shows in December at Melbourne’s Paris Cat to finish the year with a bang! On Dec 1st I’m stoked to be part of a brand new project with the Daniel Mougerman Quintet playing the groovy sounds of Herbie Hancock, followed by a show with my own América do Sul band on 15 Dec featuring Tasmania’s brilliant Matthew Boden on piano, and finishing up with the Panorama Brasil All-Stars for a pumping night of samba on 21st Dec! And thank you to the lovely folks at Paris Cat for featuring me on their December poster!!
For all gig details visit the SHOWS page.
DRUMMERGIRL VIDEO COMING SOON - Watch this space! We had an amazing day recording with the Drummergirl Australia team for the new video by César Rodrigues. Featuring some of Australia's top female West African drumming talent: Simone Lang, Anna Camara, Jacqueline Gawler & Juli Black. To keep up to date with news on Drummergirl visit www.drummergirl.com.au
What a brilliant night - such a blast to perform to a sold out audience alongside some of the country's virtuosic purveyors of Brazilian music in such a divine setting as The Salon at Melbourne Recital Centre. Put together by band leader, composer, arranger and drummer Alistair Kerr, Panorama Brasil dedicated the evening to Brazil's great modern poets. A divine group of human beings to work alongside, and an honour to collaborate with the wonderful Diana Clarke and Doug De Vries...
We are most excited to announce Melbourne's first ever Brazil Carnival Boat Cruise party!! Coming up on 4th March 2017, the Boat Cruise Party kicks off aboard the magnificent Victoria Star, the flagship of Melbourne’s charter boat fleet. Departing from the Docklands, we cruise through Acapulco Mexico to Rio de Janeiro Brazil, enjoying the best of Latin America with a touch of Caribbean in a magical tropical experience along Melbourne’s scenic waterways! Fingerfood, 2 levels, samba dancers, a well stocked bar, and some of Australia and New Zealand's top latin bands. MORE INFO OR BOOK TIX NOW
A surprise guest at Paris Cat last night! Comedian Arj Barker and the lovely Whitney, came to check out my gig with Panorama Brasil. A great way to spend my birthday and a pleasure as always playing with some of Melbourne's best Brazilian musos!
Coming up this Friday!! Can't wait to return to Paris Cat Loft to play a show with Panorama Brasil, celebrating the iconic Brazilian musician/composers Djavan & Jobim. This will be my final show for 2016 - come down and soak up the spirit of Brasil with this fantastic ensemble: Alistair Kerr (drums/percussion), Daniel Mougerman (pno), Memo Beltzer (bass), Erica Tucceri (flute) and Alastair Parsons (trombone).
A gig with the sublime Stephen Magnussen & Tom Lee at Eureka 89, Eureka Tower - playing above the breathtaking expanse of the Melbourne cityscape!
Signing CDs at Hong Kong's Audiophile Fare with some of the artists featured on the Bossa Negra album - Paulo Levi (Brazil), Soler (Hong Kong), Joanna Dong and I...
We had a brilliant time launching the album (7 years in the making) to a packed club and then hanging out at Audiophile for a couple of days, signing CDs and mingling with many of the guest artists who appeared on the album, as well as browsing the jaw-dropping array of audio gear at the expo.
To listen or buy the CD, visit the Bossa Negra album page.
Just about to jet off with my trusty soundy Simon Foster, to the ever-lovely Hong Kong to join Singaporean songstress Joanna Dong for the Bossa Negra CD Launch party!! The album has been 7 years in the making and features some of Brazil's finest musicians, as well as international guest artists. I can't wait to thaw out these winter bones and hit the steamy streets of Hong Kong - one of my favourite Asian cities and venue for Coco's Lunch tours as well as my own gigs with wonderful local musicians & itinerant Brazilian artists. Joanna and I will also be signing CDs at Hong Kong's Audiophile fare, as well as squeezing in plenty of shopping at the IFC!
Busy learning the gorgeous songs that will form part of a very special show in July - a tribute to the iconic and prolific Brazilian singer/composer Djavan!! This is a show not to be missed, featuring the wonderful Panorama Brasil ensemble playing arrangements from Djavan's best loved albums. Keep an eye on the Shows page for upcoming info and pencil in 9th July!!
Next week I'm excited to announce I have two really fun shows coming up: Tue March 1st: BRAND NEW BAND ELYSIUM playing at Open Studio featuring myself (voice, effects), Adam Starr (guitar), Anthony Schulz (accordion, piano) & David Haberfeld (electronics) and on Sat March 5th the gorgeous América do Sul band at Paris Cat, featuring Sam Keevers (piano), Christopher Hale (electric bass), Alistair Kerr (drums) and myself. For more info and to make a booking, check out the Shows page...
Extremely cool to have been invited down to Tassie as a special guest for Sixty Jazz Club's 'Dusk Til Dawn' 2 Year Birthday Party along with a heap of other special guests including Hetty Kate; Maria Lurighi & Dameza; and Last Man Standing. This promises to be a night of excellent music-making, improvisational mayhem, fine whisky and all-night jamming with some of Tasmania's top jazz musicians. More info here!
What an amazing week it's been. A live to air with Coco's Lunch on ABC 774 with host Richard Stubbs - on his second last day ever in the studio!! Then a few days later we launched our new single at Bella Union to a packed house and a super enthusiastic audience! It was a blast performing our new show for Melbourne audiences, and treating them to some of the new konnakol flavoured repertoire. Then finishing off with an interview and song live to air on Radio National with Fran Kelly yesterday. Here is the link if you'd like to listen: ttp://www.abc.net.au/…/melbourne-a-cappella-group-…/6923230
STOP PRESS!! Only 2 weeks to go until the Coco's Lunch launch of our new single 'Other Plans'!! We are so excited to be doing a rare show for our homecrowd, and will be performing our new show directed by Noel Jordan, which we premiered at Adelaide Cabaret Festival mid-year. More info here or Buy your tickets here.
My song Palani Princess, recorded with Coco's Lunch on our latest album Blueprint, was recently nominated for Best Song Composed, and I was nominated for Best Female Solo in the same song, for the inaugural 2015 Australian A Cappella Awards!! The winner of the category was Coco's Lunch artist Lisa Young, who scored Best Song Composed for the brilliant new Coco's Lunch single Other Plans. We are really stoked to have received no less than 8 nominations in the awards, with many double Coco's Lunch nominations within the same category, and of course to take home this wonderful accolade. Come and listen to Other Plans here.
Coco's Lunch is releasing our brand new single 'Other Plans'!! Composed by Lisa Young, this amazing composition features the South Indian konnakol Lisa has been studying for many years. Keep an eye on the Coco's Lunch website to see the launch of the single! Coco's Lunch is also on the eve of heading to Adelaide for an invitation to perform at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (curated by Barry Humphries), where we will be releasing the single. We have been working with Australian director Noel Jordan to create a brand new show for the festival, featuring new Indian-konnakol flavoured repertoire. Extremely excited to show off our new moves to Adelaide audiences!!
This coming April I'm looking forward to being involved in a unique new project: 'Starr/Schulz & Friends: Musical Conversations'. Here is what the two brains behind the project say: ‘Musical Conversations’ is a series of monthly collaborative events between Adam Starr, Anthony Schulz and two different artists per month. This exciting project is staged in conjunction with Open Studio. Curated by Adam Starr and Anthony Schulz, the monthly collaborations are designed to explore each artist’s specific and individual qualities in an ensemble setting. Repertoire may range from arrangements to original compositions to conceptual.' Put Wed 29th April in your diary and come down to Northcote's Open Studio to see myself and electronic programmer David Haberfeld combine our creative spheres with these two musicians!! Check out the SSF website or my Shows page for more info.
NEW RESIDENCY!!! I'm performing every Friday night in 2015 at Melbourne's newest members-only rooftop club, with absolutely spectacular views of the Melbourne city skyline... Playing fiery jazz, Brazilian bossa nova, bebop and soul with the Giancarlo Mosca Quartet (GMQ), this band features Giancarlo Mosca (piano), Michael Matthews (bass), Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums) and moi!! Pop on something pretty and join us on the 12th floor. To be put on the exclusive door list for free entry, send a message through the contact page.
Very excited about our new band América Do Sul and our debut performance coming up THIS FRIDAY 17 OCT at Paris Cat Jazz Club!! For nearly twenty years, brilliant Melbourne pianist Sam Keevers together with 2012 Freedman Fellowship Winner Christopher Hale (bass) and Ryan Menezis (drums) have enjoyed a long association through the legendary Melbourne latin-jazz group Los Cabrones - playing music from Cuba, New York and Puerto Rico. I can't wait to join these incredible musicians on Friday for an amazing night of latin-inspired repertoire (OK, and the Pinball Number Count animation song from Sesame Street - it was begging to be transcribed and put on the setlist). Expect to hear irresistible songs from 'Ambrosia', samba, bossa nova, cha cha and other fiery grooves that will ignite your senses! Book tickets now through Paris Cat.
Welcome to my brand new website!! Thank you to the talented Simone Lang for website construction, and a huge thank you to the photo shoot crew who worked hard to weave their magic: Photos by Giuseppe Dante Sapienza, Hair & Make Up by Jamie Richardson, Styled by Aster Denisenko, Clothes by Dizingof, Shoes by Sidewalk Soul & Jewellery by Nine Lives.
Very excited to have had my song Sahara Nights used for a submission for an SBS short film competition promoting the amazing cultural diversity we are blessed with in Melbourne... Please help us win the competition and have this stunning clip shown on SBS (directed by Damian McLindon). If you like it, please LIKE it by going to the link below and using the embedded icons to share and re-post!
take a peak here: http://genero.tv/watch-video/38408
About to head to Adelaide on tour with Christopher Hale's incredible Sylvan Coda project, headlining the Adelaide International Guitar Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Featuring Christopher Hale (bass), Nathan Slater (nylon string guitar), Ben Vanderwaal (drums), Johnny Tedesco (percussion, palmas & dance), Gian Slater (voice), Jacqueline Gawler (voice, percussion), Hannah Cameron (voice) & Julian Banks (tenor saxophone). Christopher Hale's Sylvan Coda.
Just returned from the week-long intensive West African drum and dance camp in California - Camp Fareta. It was truly the most exhilarating experience- 6-7 hours a day of high energy drum tuition and dance classes, delivered by the world's best African drum and dance educators, enjoyed with a crew of amazing Aussie dancers from Melbourne Djembe.
Was blessed to have the opportunity of singing and playing percussion with Christopher Hale’s stunning original 8 piece ensemble Sylvan Coda, supporting the legendary Spanish artist Jorge Pardo at the Melbourne Recital Centre for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. An amazing experience to play such complex music in this acoustic space, and breathtaking to watch Jorge Pardo’s trio from side of stage. To listen to or buy the exquisite Sylvan Coda album, visit Which Way Music.
Just announced! Very excited to be singing in one of 12 international ensembles selected to compete at the Cotai Jazz & Blues Festival 2013 in Macau. I’ll be performing with Brazilian ensemble Bossa Negra, featuring artists from Australia, Singapore and Brazil including legendary bassist/producer Sergio Brandão.
Ambrosia has hit the Top Charts on Rdio streaming site in May 2013! The album has now received over 160,000 plays!
I’m currently collaborating as a lyricist with Brazilian recording artist Paulo Loureiro, who has recorded for Sony and was recently a contestant on The Voice Brasil. Together we have written the songs ‘Lullaby’s End’ and ‘Losing Your Shadow’.
Ambrosia has just hit no. 2 in Hong Kong's 'KK Box' Rock Charts as well as reaching No. 7 in the Jazz Charts (streaming site with over 70,000 subscribers)!! On Taiwan's 'KK Box' (with over 8 million subscribers) Ambrosia also hit the Top 20 in the Rock Charts, along with Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Coldplay & Radiohead!!
The Coco’s Lunch vocal version of On My Skin (from the album Ambrosia) has been featured on Vocal Australia’s ‘GET VOCAL 2012: The Best Of Contemporary Australian A Cappella’ Compilation CD, distributed by USA label A Cappella Records!
My song On My Skin (from the album Ambrosia) has been selected to feature in Australia's first ever Jazz Real Book!! Featuring the work of around 150 Australian composers, the Jazz Real Book will be the first bible of original Australian jazz composition, for use by up and coming generations of musicians. Listen to On My Skin.