Category: Life is a Cabaret 2018


2017_02_13--11_01_37--9704.jpgAustralian keyboardist and composer Jacob Abela is a soloist and chamber musician specialising in the new music field. Jacob is Australia’s leading voice for the Ondes Martenot, a French keyboard instrument which predates the synthesiser. Jacob is a founding member and co-director of new music outfit Rubiks, who have enjoyed critical acclaim for their contribution to Melbourne’s contemporary music scene.

Jacob also performs regularly with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared with renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Offspring, Argonaut Ensemble (BIFEM), Speak Percussion, 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).

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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.

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Hi, My name’s Miranda and I’m the founder and artistic director of 3 Shades Black.

I’m a classically trained double bassist, musician, producer, and educator. My performance interests move from historically informed period performance through to improvisation, and I am passionate about bringing experimental musical concepts to a broader audience, and integrating improvisation and experimentation into music education.  Increasingly, my work includes social justice and activism; through creating music for protests, to community music direction, and working with diverse members of our community.

Aside from 3 Shades, I am Musical Director of Riff Raff Radical Marching Band;  led the street bands for Serenading Adela, and was co-director with Jane York of the Sing4equality project, which culminated in a 20,000 strong choir singing for marriage equality. I’m also one half of: “Octave Pussy” electro-acoustic drum and bass duo with Nat Grant; the artistic collaboration Fine Fine Small Mountain, who in 2015 spent 7 months living and working in rural China, and toured east coast Australia in 2016;  and with Leah Scholes: The Flying Tapirs, the tastiest theatre-music duo you’ve ever met. I am a core member of BOLT ensemble, Scottish Baroque group the Evergreen ensemble, Genesis Baroque, and The Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble. In non musical spheres: I keep the hotel room blog “Why won’t the windows open?” and a highlight of 2017 was playing a “lesbian avenger” in the Taylor Mac ’24 hour decade history of popular music’ at the Melbourne Festival!

 
As a double bassist, I earn my keep freelancing in groups such as the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Opera Australia regional touring Orchestra, Australian Romantic Classical Orchestra, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and any ensemble doing suitably amusing projects. I teach at ‘Crashendo’ el sistema string program in Laverton with Erica Rasmussen, as well as a studio of private students.

I studied at VCASS, the VCA, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; and the Hartt school of music in Hartford, Connecticut, with teachers including Steve Reeves, Diana Gannett, and Robert Black.

My interests have always veered towards the experimental and fun. Steve Rush, Professor at UofM taught me about bringing laughter to classical performances, and the new set of challenges that arise when you mix artistic genres with a sense of humour and levity.  3 Shades Black is dedicated to making experimental music and performance accessible and transparent to a new audience. Taking high-falutin’ artsy concepts and framing them so everyone can appreciate how awesome they are.

Not such a big ask, surely.