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Two of Australia's foremost female jazz musicians play spellbinding original tunes

Femina

Two of Australia’s foremost female jazz musicians, Fem Belling and Mina Yu, have been masterminding more ways to make music together.

Drawing from their native cultures of South Africa and Korea, the duo’s musical storytelling is unique in spirit. Enjoy the joyous company of these two friends as they bring their instinctive flair to original tunes for piano, violin and vocals. The artists’ intimate and charmingly playful style exudes over every song – you won’t want to miss a beat.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Munro explores inspired repertoire from two Romantic masters and a new work of his own

Ian Munro

Ian Munro is one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, in demand as both a performer and composer. His gifted range and sensitivity at the piano makes him a great partner to even the most emotionally complex repertoire.

Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Songs Without Words’ are short pieces that take us straight to the heart of his lyrical world. Sergei Rachmaninoff likely gleaned a lot from Mendelssohn’s technique, and it shows in Moments musicaux, which shares the nostalgic theme of Mendelssohn’s songs. Moments musicaux is not heard nearly as often as Rachmaninoff’s preludes or Etudes-tableaux but is equally remarkable.

Ian’s Sonata No.2, ‘Moscow 1986’, transports us to the last days of Soviet Moscow, in the historic year of the Chernobyl disaster, after which the world would never be the same. Ian’s intimate knowledge of both his music and instrument will convey the inner depths of this compelling new work with us.

PROGRAM
Felix Mendelssohn
Songs Without Words, Op.19b

Serge Rachmaninoff
Moments musicaux, Op.16

Ian Munro
Sonata No.2, Moscow 1986 – world premiere

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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A mesmerising adventure into live looping, pop, jazz and electronics

XANI

One violinist becomes a full orchestra in a stunning concert featuring live looping and electronic effects.

XANI brings us along for mesmerising adventures into the spaces between pop, jazz and electronics. XANI’s colourful live sets, sometimes completely improvised, are distinguished by daring instrumental parts, pedals and effects that contrast beautifully with the warmth of her pop-styled vocals.

Fusing contemporary techniques with a classical instrument, XANI performs original songs and improvisations influenced by the likes of Björk, Camille, Kraftwerk, Battles and trance music.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Entrancing, cinematic pop songs songs that float over you like a daydream

Nir Tsfaty & Invictus Quartet

Nir Tsfaty is joined by Invictus Quartet for the world premiere of his new collection of poetic, cinematic pop songs.

Influenced by 20th-century classical music and alternative British and French rock/pop, Nir’s works are infused with an atmosphere of mystery and desire. Moving from intimate, chamber moments to symphonic, emotional peaks, his entrancing songs float over you like a daydream.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Timo-Veikko Valve & Aura Go play three of Beethoven's revolutionary cello sonatas

Timo-Veikko Valve & Aura Go

Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve and pianist Aura Go are two of Australia’s finest artists and collaborators. Their performance offers us an opportunity to enter a special kind of imaginative dialogue with Beethoven, and to inhabit the remarkable worlds of these creations.

PROGRAM

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.2 in G minor Op.5

Anton Webern 00:26:16
Complete Works for Cello and Piano
Cello Sonata
Two Pieces
Drei kleine Stücke Op.11

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.4 in C Op.102 00:36:35
Sonata No.5 in D Op.102 00:52:13

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Traditional Australian music transformed into dreamy chamber works of rebellious beauty

Bush Gothic & Partridge String Quartet

Bush Gothic and the Partridge String Quartet breathe new life into the Australian songbook.

With her ethereal voice and exquisite violin, Jenny M. Thomas is the enchanting new face of Australian folk music. Leading her band Bush Gothic and guest ensemble the Partridge String Quartet, Jenny dusts off traditional songs about bushrangers, dingoes and shipwrecks, fashioning them into dreamy chamber works of rebellious beauty.

These familiar tunes have surely been sung countless times ‘round campfires and on the goldfields. They are now just as fitting for the concert hall.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Experience the meditative magic of Nat Bartsch's Forever More

Nat Bartsch

Pianist and composer Nat Bartsch is known for her soothing lullabies, beloved by parents and their young ones. Her elegant distillations of peace, more ethereal than of this world, are meditative magic.

ARIA-nominated album ‘Forever More’ sees Nat re-interpret her lullabies for jazz ensemble, presenting a new way to enjoy her contemplative music in concert. In a jazz setting, Nat and her band have the space to improvise on her original creations, building and shaping their meanings in real-time. This creates an even more thoughtful and reflective listening experience.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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From Ravel to Granados, the duo share their favourite pieces of music

Slava & Sharon Grigoryan

Antonio Vivaldi
Cello Sonata in A minor, RV 43

Sérgio Assad
Jobiniana No.4

Maurice Ravel – arr. S. Grigoryan
Pièce en forme de habanera

Anne Cawrse
Grounded

Enrique Granados – arr. S. Grigoryan
Five Tonadillas

Mark Summer – arr. S. Grigoryan
Julie-O

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Full of ethereal worlds to explore, come experience the waking dream that is Luluc

Luluc

Luluc
Emerald City
All the Pretty Scenery
Hey Hey
Sculptor
Kids
Spring
Small Window
Weatherbirds
Out Beyond
Spider
Cambridge
Dreaming
Tangled Heart
Gold On The Leaves
Screw Ups
Daydream
Moon Girl
Star

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Jackie Borstein pays tribute to some of the greatest female jazz composers of all time

Jackie Bornstein

Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour, Willard Robison
Don’t Smoke in Bed

Kay Swift & Paul James
Can’t we be friends?

Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog Jr.
Don’t Explain

Dolores Duran & Antônio Carlos Jobim
Estrada do Sol

Flora Carbo
Berlin Coffee Map

Jackie Bornstein
Don’t Tell Her

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Rubiks Collective showcase works by new music luminaries

Rubiks Collective

Bianca Gannon
Our House Is On Fire – world premiere
2019 Pythia Prize winner

Holly Harrison
Frogstomp

Nicole Lizée
Softcore – Australian premiere

Akari Komura
In the language of the bloom – world premiere
2020 Bouman Fellowship winner

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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The Benaud Trio play Beethoven, Lang and a sporting favourite

The Benaud Trio

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Trio in G, Op.1 No.2

David John Lang
The Tied Test

Brian Laurence Bennett
New Horizons

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.