Category: Life Is A Cabaret


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Australian pianist/keyboardist Jacob Abela is a soloist and chamber musician specialising in new music. Based in Melbourne, Jacob is a core member of contemporary art music outfit Rubiks Collective, who have enjoyed critical acclaim for their contribution to Melbourne’s music scene.
As a pianist, Jacob performs regularly with leading Australian ensembles, including performances with Ensemble Offspring, Speak Percussion, Victorian Opera, Argonaut Ensemble (BIFEM), and Synergy Percussion. Festival credits include the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (USA), Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Metropolis New Music Festival, ISCM World New Music Days, Sydney Festival, and Mathemusical Conversations (Singapore).
Recent projects include a tour to Europe with Rubiks in July/August performing a program of newly-commissioned and existing Australian works, the world premiere of TARZAN with Vienna-based experimental theatre company God’s Entertainment, and a solo recital at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music 2018.

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Kelsey James is more than just your typical jazz singer from Melbourne. She is also the first Australian to have composed music for Sesame Street!

Vocally, she has explored traditional and popular jazz, gypsy swing, punk rock, indie pop and ensemble singing. Her live performances are spontaneous, sensitive, and passionate. Her compositional abilities support her live improvisation, and her original music has featured in award winning advertising campaigns and films.

She has performed in venues across Melbourne and around Australia and the UK, including IGGF (UK, with the Remi Harris Trio), White Night, The Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, MONA, and OzManouche Jazz Festival.

 

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Georgina Darvidis is one of Melbourne’s most versatile and adventurous young artists. Beginning her musical study exploring theatre and classical vocal technique lead to major roles with The Melbourne Theatre Company and The Victorian Opera Company. After completing a Bachelor in Improvised music at The Victorian College of the Arts, she began to investigate more traditional jazz styles as well as free improvisation and cross disciplinary compositional forms. This lead to mentorships with acclaimed practitioners Shelley Hirsch and Theo Bleckmann in New York and Canada.

Georgina’s recent projects include performing in the premier original vocal theatre work “Permission to Speak” presented by the Chamber Made Opera company, features with the Australian Arts Orchestra, guest artist with the Rubiks Collective and completing a collaborative commission with the Bennetts Lane Big Band and the Penny string quartet.