08 Nov Thursday – SIWJF – Andrea Keller ft. Vince Jones
Thursday 8th November, 8.30pm
In the second concert of the 2018 Festival, “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds”, Andrea Keller performs her critically acclaimed work Still Night, a song-cycle combining poetry with original music in a beautiful meditation on grief and loss.
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Andrea Keller’s Still Night: Music in Poetry Featuring Vince Jones (USA/Australia)
“Both exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving … its effect on the audience was galvanizing and palpable.” – Iain Grandage, Artistic Director, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
Described as having “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds”, Andrea Keller has been dedicated to performing and composing contemporary, improvised music since the release of her first album in 2000. Keller was the first ever winner of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship for Jazz in 2001 and tonight’s concert is brought to Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival with the support of the Freedman Foundation.
Her critically acclaimed work Still Night is a song-cycle combining poetry with original music. Written by Andrea specifically for the individual voices in her ensemble, the music reflects the themes of death, grief and loss with sensitivity, engaging audiences in a conversation on these vital themes.
The text—that spans time and place—includes work by tenth-century Japanese poet Izumi Shikibu and contemporary Australian poet, dancer and filmmaker Richard James Allen, as well as more familiar writers such as Keats, Whitman, Yeats, Proust, e. e. Cummings and Dylan Thomas.
After hearing Still Night, Roger Mitchell wrote in Ausjazz Blog that the work was “totally absorbing … a journey to places that I needed to explore”.
It was a sentiment echoed by Jude Gun, Executive Producer of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts Asia: “Studying the faces around the room … each member of the audience had clearly yielded in some way to Keller’s exquisite musical palette and selected passages of text.”
A band made up of Australian jazz maestros, including the incomparable Vince Jones, will join Andrea.
ANDREA KELLER – Piano
VINCE JONES – Voice
GIAN SLATER – Voice
JULIEN WILSON – Tenor Saxophone & Bass Clarinet
STEPHEN MAGNUSSON – Guitar
Sydney-based art-folk virtuoso Bonnie Stewart, aka Bonniesongs, performs ethereal music – her lilting vocals floating over gentle peaks of acoustic and electronic instruments.
“This is clever chamber folk with a playful edge that centres around Bonnie’s ethereal voice … Enchanting listening.” Paul Gough, Tonedeaf
Music for lovers of atmospheric shifts in feeling and distinctively airy vocals.
BONNIE STEWART – Drums, Percussion & Vocals
FREYA SCHACK-ARNOTT – Cello
NOAM YAFFE – Violin
Date: 8 November 2018
Start time: 20:30
End time: 11:30