Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Spinoff @ Monash University

https://www.monash.edu/mlive/whats-on/events/spinoff/

In Spinoff Vince Jones is joined by one of Australia’s finest vocalists Megan Washington and a 20-piece jazz orchestra. Together they revisit the sounds of the 1940s as rebooted in the 1990 television series Come In Spinner. The album of the series, featuring classics like Man I Love, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, You Go to My Head and I’ve Got You Under My Skin, broke sales records around the country. This time around, MLIVE has commissioned composer and arranger Steve Newcomb to create all new arrangements in a night that promises to blast fresh and surprising energy into beloved jazz standards.

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May
21
5:00 PM17:00

Lynette Irwin - Benefit Concert @ Brisbane Jazz Club

http://www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au/#event|lynette-irwin-benefit-concert|1142

Come and celebrate the Queen of Brisbane Jazz – Lynette Irwin! The very best jazz musicians in Australia are coming together to throw a party for their dearly loved Lyn – as a big thank you for her years of tireless work for our music community and also to help make smiles and raise funds for Lynnie in her time of ill health. Between them, these artist have sold 7 x platinum album sales and won 6 ARIA awards, 2 National Jazz awards, 3 National Bell Awards, 3 Lord Mayor Fellowship Awards, 2 Freedman Fellowships, the Montreux Jazz International Vocal Award, an Apra Art Music award, a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship winner and 4 Qld Music awards! Rest assured it will be a great night and all the money goes to an awesome woman who has supported us all so much over the years.

TICKETS

All Tickets $30 + $1 Internet ticket fee Members + $2 Internet ticket fee Non Members (gst included) 

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Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Nerissa Campbell Band @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/12-april-2018-nerissa-campbell-band-perthnew-york/

On tour throughout April & May, Australian-born, USA-based Nerissa Campbell brings an intimate show that spans 15 years of original music to her home shores. In her debut Brisbane performance she’ll be joined by Steve Newcomb -piano, Luke McIntosh -bass, Aaron Jansz -drums at Doo-bop Jazz Bar on April 12th.

Nerissa Campbell’s music weaves its way through somber pop-ballads, bluesy folk songs, moody instrumentals, and a lyricism full of thought and space. She has developed a unique and deeply personal writing and performing voice – immersed in the jazz tradition, but strongly forging her own direction. The blues is in her wistful and melancholy voice, but it plays hide and seek with space and sound, creating a depth of feeling beyond the obvious. She creates a fine blend of styles dipped in a smoky batter of late night living.

A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she has called New York home since 2001, performing at well known haunts such as 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, Fat Cat, Le Poisson Rouge, Zinc, & Rockwood Music Hall. A long term member of NY’s Balinese Gamelan Dharma Swara, she has also been the feature vocalist in post-metal band, A Storm of Light, and was the recipient of an Australian Arts Council New Works grant for her album, After The Magic, a project that explores the use of Balinese Gamelan, a jazz trio, fleeting guitars and moody instrumentals.

Nerissa has performed at Basilica Soundscape (Hudson NY), Festival Centro (Bogota Colombia), Roadburn Music Festival (Tilburg, NL), Singapore Arts Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival (Stanford, USA), Perth International Arts Festival (Perth, AUS), Asymmetry Festival (Wroclaw, PO), as well as at clubs throughout Europe, USA, Canada, & Australia. Her music was featured in ‘Freddy’s – the Documentary’ (screened at Brooklyn International Film Festival),  ‘Stranger Love’ (original music performed as part of Eva Minemar & Tony Lepore’s play). She has been a part of performative literary readings, modern dance pieces, off-Broadway plays, and a 32-piece orchestra.

Campbell has released four albums under her own label, Crooked Mouth Music: Paint Me Orange (2003), Musings of a Telescopic Tree (2009), Blue Shadows (2012), and After The Magic (2016).

The Talent

Nerissa Campbell - voice
Steve Newcomb - piano
Luke McIntosh - bass
Aaron Jansz - drums

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

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Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Libor Šmoldas Quartet @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/16-march-2018-libor-smoldas-quartet-cz/

Czech guitarist presents his original music, modern yet energetic and accessible jazz, backed by a local rhythm section featuring piano, bass a drums.

Libor Smoldas is one of Europe’s top jazz guitarists.  Besides leading Czech and European musicians he has worked, toured and recorded with international stars such as bassists Jay Anderson and George Mraz, drummers Jeff Ballard and Adam Nussbaum, organists Sam Yahel, Ondrej Pivec and Brian Charette and legendary saxophonist Bobby Watson.
Libor’s concert activities include four continents, most  European countries, USA, Australia, China, cities like New York, Brisbane, Washington DC, Dublin, Denver, Sydney, Beijing, Istanbul, Milan, Melbourne, Berlin and London including the world’s most prestigious jazz clubs such as Pizza express, Smalls, Iridium, Blue Note, Dear Head Inn, and Bennetts Lane.
Libor has released multiple albums both as a leader and a sideman.
Still so young, at age of 35, Libor is widely considered to be one of the best jazz musicians in the Czech Republic and a leading representative of his generation. Critics appreciate his smooth, melodic approach backed by apparent love of jazz.

“Europe’s rising young jazz star “
– All About Jazz, USA

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Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Alfredo Lopes Quartet @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/28-february-2018-alfredo-lopes-quartet/

Alfredo Lopes (saxophones and flute) and Tiago Schardong Pires (guitar) have been playing together for almost ten years now. Together they play Brazilian compositions ranging from musica popular brasileira, samba, bossa nova, baiao and choro; tastefully with melodic, harmonic, rhythmic sophistication and a cool control of dynamics.

Alfredo Lopes, sax
Steve Newcomb, piano
Helen Svoboda, bass
Lachlan Hawkins, drums

 

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

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Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

ENSEMBLE TRIVIUM PRESENTS LOCALLY SOURCED

Flute Monika Koerner
Bassoon Nicole Tait 

Featuring:
Clarinet Nicholas Harmsen
Percussion Nozomi Omote

Robert Davidson Bond Over Triads
John Parker The Novice’s Guide to Change
Steve Newcomb Suspended Belief
Thomas Green Imaginary Dances
Rafael Karlen Trio in a Four Parts

SUN 3 DEC 2017 3.00PM

QSO Studio, South Bank

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TICKET PRICES
General Admission $45*
Concession $40*
Student $30*
*A $6.95 fee applies per transaction

Locally Sourced brings together some of Brisbane's most virtuosic classical and jazz musicians for a diverse and colourful program of new compositions to engage, inspire and provoke.

Presented by Ensemble Trivium, Locally Sourced will take you on a journey through traditional harmonic landscapes to less explored terrain and from the highs of rhythmic intensity to states of lyrical meditative calm.

With works inspired by fiction, dance and explorations of states of change, expect a vibrant, visceral and virtuosic afternoon of exhilarating new chamber music from some of Brisbane's finest including Monika Koerner and Nicole Tait (Ensemble Trivium), guest artists Nozomi Omote and Nicholas Harmsen, composers Robert Davidson (Topology), John Parker (Trichotomy), Steve Newcomb, Rafael Karlen and Thomas Green. Featuring outfits by fashion designer Sharka BosakovaLocally Sourced is a feast for the senses that is not to be missed!

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Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Tim Sladden Quintet @ Doo-Bop

Joined by some of Brisbane’s finest musicians, Guitarist and songwriter Tim Sladden presents a night of original compositions and standards.

The Talent

Tim Sladden: Guitar, Vocals.
A.J. Hall: Bass.
Steve Newcomb: Piano.
James Sandon: Sax
Chris Vale: Drums

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

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Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Julien Wilson Quartet @ Doo-Bop

For this special show Julien will be reconnecting with Steve Newcomb and playing for the first time with the young rhythm team of McIntosh and Jansz. They will perform a selection of Wilson’s originals from his two quartet albums, This Is Always and This Narrow Isthmus (both released on his own Lionsharecords label). This Is Always, ostensibly a collection of standard jazz ballads, won an unprecedented three Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards in 2014. The following album, This Narrow Isthmus focussed on more upbeat, swinging, original material. Lionsharecords have also released an album by Julien’s long standing trio with Steve Grant and Stephen Magnusson, David Ades final recording from New York, and John Scurry’s debut album.

Julien performs regularly in a range of jazz styles from New Orleans through the avant garde and is featured on award winning albums by Barney McAll, Stu Hunter, Jonathan Zwartz, Kristin Berardi & Ben Salter. He has performed and recorded with Allan Browne, Charlie Haden, Bernie McGann, Kurt Elling, Hermeto Pascoal, Mike Nock, James Carter, Jim Black, Archie Roach, Gavin Bryars and AVENTA, Paul Kelly, Hugh Masekala, Brian Wilson, TrueLive, Paul Grabowsky, Thirsty Merc, Vince Jones, 12ToneDiamonds, Ishish, Festa, SNAG, Assumptions and the AAO, MSO & SSO.

The Talent:

Julien Wilson
Steve Newcomb
Luke McIntosh
Aaron Jansz

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

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Oct
30
7:30 PM19:30

West End Composers Collective @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/30-october-2017-monday-sessions-west-end-composers-collective/

The 10-piece West End Composers Collective began in 2003 as a monthly gathering of some of Brisbane’s creative improvising musicians, composers and arrangers to workshop original compositions and new and exciting arrangements. Their name stemming from the vibrant Brisbane suburb that allowed them to establish a presence.

West End Composers Collective has since released two studio recordings featuring original material, performed at many well known Jazz Festivals and toured nationally across Australia. Composers that contributed to their debut album “Downstream” include Laura Kahle, Isaac Hurren, and Kristin Berardi. Their follow up album “Driving Hat” focused on the works of saxophonist Rafael Karlen, and also featured vocalists Megan Washington and Hannah Macklin. Musical direction has been shared over the year between Laura Kahle, Steve Newcomb, and Rafael Karlen. The personnel that have rotated through the ensemble are a who’s who of players and composers on the Brisbane music scene.

Their appearance at Doo-bop will be their first in 2017, and the first in a few years. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear original small/large ensemble music played by some of Brisbane’s finest.

Shannon Marshall – Trumpet
Mikael Strand -Trombone
Mark Spencer – Alto Sax
Rafael Karlen – Tenor Sax
Joe Roberts – Baritone Sax
Kayleigh Pincott – Voice
Toby Wren – Guitar
Steve Newcomb – Piano
Owen Newcomb – Bass
Joe Marchisella – Drums

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm [TICKETS]

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Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Phil Noy Quartet @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/26-october-2017-phil-noy-quartet-melbourne/

For one night only Melbourne Alto saxophonist Phil Noy presents a selection of Hard bop and Bebop era classics presented in an acoustic quartet format. Accompanied by Brisbane’s finest instrumentalist  Steve Newcomb – Piano, Luke McIntosh – Bass and  Aaron Jansz Drums.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

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Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Miles, Bebop & Beyond @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/21-october-2017-miles-bebop-beyond/

The John Mackey/Miroslav Bukovsky/Steve Newcomb Project celebrates the music of Miles Davis. This collaboration, “Miles, Bebop and Beyond”, pays homage to the magic of the music of Miles Davis, drawing from classic albums such as Kind of Blue and the classic quintet of 60’s Miles.

Aria award winning trumpeter and composer, Miroslav Bukovsky, celebrated pianist and composer Steve Newcomb, and the Coltrane inspired tenorist John Mackey, lead the group on this Miles Davis excursion!

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

 

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Restrung 2017: Rafael Karlen, Steve Newcomb + Strings
Aug
18
9:00 PM21:00

Restrung 2017: Rafael Karlen, Steve Newcomb + Strings

https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2017/08/18/restrung-2017-rafael-karlen-steve-newcomb-strings/

PRESENTED BY RESTRUNG PRODUCTIONS

In acclaimed album The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered, composer and saxophonist Rafael Karlen seamlessly draws together elements from jazz and Western Art music through skillful composition and tasteful improvisation. 

The inventive and lyrical playing of pianist Steve Newcomb and saxophonist Rafael Karlen is showcased soaring over the beautiful musical environments and colourful string textures of the Rosenberg String Quartet.

VENUE: Turbine Platform

TICKETS: FREE

Part of Restrung 2017

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Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Joshua Hatcher Quartet @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/25-july-2017-joshua-hatcher-quartet/

Tickets from $10

Sitting in for Chris Poulsen in Joshua Hatcher Quartet @ Doo-Bop.

Joshua Hatcher: Saxophone
Steve Newcomb: Piano
Helen Russell: Double Bass
Nathan Goldman: Drums

This long-running group’s music is built around melodies and grooves infused with the echoes of last century converging with contemporary improvisations to create music that’s familiar yet entirely new. This performance will feature selections from their album ‘Now and Then’, as well as their favourite vocal standards and some more recent original compositions that challenge these four improvisers to develop new avenues of musical interaction.

Doors open at 6pm.

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Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Joshua Hatcher Quartet @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/29-june-2017-joshua-hatcher-quartet/

Tickets from $10

Sitting in for Chris Poulsen in Joshua Hatcher Quartet @ Doo-Bop.

Joshua Hatcher: Saxophone
Steve Newcomb: Piano
Helen Russell: Double Bass
Nathan Goldman: Drums

This long-running group’s music is built around melodies and grooves infused with the echoes of last century converging with contemporary improvisations to create music that’s familiar yet entirely new. This performance will feature selections from their album ‘Now and Then’, as well as their favourite vocal standards and some more recent original compositions that challenge these four improvisers to develop new avenues of musical interaction.

Doors open at 6pm.

 

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Jun
24
6:30 PM18:30

John Hoffman Quintet

http://www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au/#event|john-hoffman-quintet-3|686

Very excited to be appearing at the iconic Brisbane Jazz Club with John Hoffman Quintet. 

Featuring Elly Hoyt – vocals. Steve Newcomb – piano. Owen (OJ) Newcomb – bass and Lachlan Hawkins – drums – all Ex-Cons from Old Conservatorium. Award winning Elly Hoyt has one of the best voices in Australia and overseas with a wonderful band of friends playing melodic standards from jazz to Latin to Broadway plus some originals. So please come. You will enjoy a lovely night of music. Promise.

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Members $20 / Non Members $30 / Members concessions $15 / Non Members concessions $25 / Students under 18 $10 + $2 Internet ticket fee (gst included). Max group of 8

 

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Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Berardi & Newcomb @ JMI LIVE

http://www.jazz.qld.edu.au/2017/05/03/berardi-newcomb-play-berardi-newcomb-thu-150617/

$10 entry
Main set from 8pm
Open jam sessions from 6pm-7:30pm and 10pm-late
licensed bar ~ all ages

Berardi & Newcomb play Berardi & Newcomb

The duo will present an all originals concert, reinventing their older songs and presenting some new ones as well.

Kristin Berardi, originally from the country town of Koumala in North Queensland, is a one of Australia’s first calls when it comes to Jazz Singing. Her accolades include winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition in 2006, supporting Al Jarreau and George Benson at Montreux Jazz Festival 2007, winning the National Freedman Fellowship 2007, receiving two National Australian Bell Awards for the Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2010& 2012, winnning the the National Jazz Award for Voice at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (2012), and being one of five finalists in the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards for Jazz.

Steve Newcomb is an Australian pianist and composer equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of arranging that explores the realm shared by jazz and new music. He maintains an active solo career and shares the stage with a multitude of artists, performing in various styles and making “music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music” (Sydney Morning Herald).

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Kavita Shah Quartet @ Melbourne Jazz Festival
Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Kavita Shah Quartet @ Melbourne Jazz Festival

http://melbournejazz.com/program/kavita-shah-quartet

Kavita Shah has combined her multi-cultural background (she's of Indian descent and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French) with her wide-ranging musical tastes to create a unique and ambitious sound. She has toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including performances at the Jazz Standard, Duc des Lombards, Blue Note, Kennedy Center, Art Basel Miami, Winter Jazz Festival, and Rochester Jazz Festival.  

“Breathtakingly beautiful.” DOWNBEAT

“Ambitious and daring.” JAZZWISE UK

Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time.
Bookings:  uptownjazzcafe@email.com Tickets: http://www.uptownjazzcafe.com/

 

 

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Jun
3
7:30 PM19:30

Kavita Shah Quartet @ Brisbane International Jazz Festival

http://qmc.org.au/events/bemac-brisbane-international-jazz-festival-presents-kavita-shah/

BEMAC & Brisbane International Jazz Festival presents Kavita Shah

As part of the 2017 Brisbane International Jazz Festival, BEMAC and BIJF have partnered to co-present an evening of exceptional cultural and musical diversity at Queensland Multicultural Centre on Saturday, June 3.

An international legend praised for her amazing dexterity for musical languages and a local ensemble that unites cultures in an explosive mixture of sounds where tradition, improvisation, musical arrangement and world-class performers weave a thrilling fusion of string quartet, Indian and western percussion make up this double bill with is undoubtably one of the highlights on the festival calendar. is one of the highlights on the festival’s calendar.

Performing live is vocalist and composer Kavita Shah, a native New Yorker of Indian descent, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French. Kavita incorporates in-depth knowledge of diverse cultural traditions into her jazz-based repertoire, placing eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another.

Raised in Manhattan, she studied classical piano from age 5 and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center from age 10 as a member of the Young People’s Chorus of NYC.

Tickets $33 full price, $26 concession and $20 for students under the age of 25.

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May
28
5:00 PM17:00

Kavita Shah & Steve Newcomb @ Perth International Jazz Festival

Brookfield Place (Perth)

2.00pm - 3.00pm  Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura (Japan) with the Mace Francis Orchestra

3.30pm - 4.30pm  MaxMantis (Switzerland)

5.00pm - 6.00pm  Kavita Shah (USA) with Steve Newcombe (QLD)

6.30pm - 8.00pm  Tal Cohen 'Gentle Giants' cd launch featuring Greg Osby (USA)

8.30pm - 10.00pm  Jo Lawry (NYC)

 

Tickets:

$45 general
$40 student concession
$120 weekend pass - includes all performances at Brookfield Place and The Palace - Friday 26 May to Sunday 28 May. 

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May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Peter Morris
Soloist: Linley Chai

Ginastera       Harp Concerto
Lutoslawski   Chain 3
Newcomb      A path on which to travel

Peter Morris conducts a contemporary orchestral program featuring the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the newly-formed Contemporary Studio Orchestra. Symphonic works will include Ginastera’s Harp Concerto featuring student soloist Linley Chai, Lutoslawski’s Chain 3 and new works by Queensland Conservatorium student composers. The Contemporary Studio Orchestra will present the world premiere of A path on which to travel by Head of Jazz, Steve Newcomb in addition to other exciting collaborative works.

Adult $33
Concession $21.50
Student/Group $11.50

#Free ticket restrictions apply

Tickets via https://www.qtix.com.au/qcgu/event/cso_philharmonic_fusions_17.aspx

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May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Steve Newcomb Orchestra @ Brisbane International Jazz Festival

http://qmc.org.au/events/brisbane-international-jazz-festival-presents-densonbaartz-quartet-steve-newcomb-orchestra/

Brisbane International Jazz Festival presents a Double Bill featuring Denson/Baartz Quartet and The Steve Newcomb Orchestra.

Denson/Baartz Quartet features the superb line-up of three acclaimed Australia jazz women alto saxophonist Martha Baartz, pianist Louise Denson and double bassist Helen Russell. Together with maestro drummer Aaron Jansz. This inspiring quartet features beautifully crafted new works by Baartz and Canadian born Denson covering a diverse range of styles from tango, bolero and ballads, to fast swing and samba. This evenings performance will be recorded for an album release in late 2017.

The Steve Newcomb Orchestra (SNO) is a large chamber jazz project realising original and diverse works that evolved during Newcomb’s doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music, New York. The orchestra features the unique instrumentation of harp, string quartet, four winds, voice and jazz piano trio performing works from Steve’s album “Caterpillar Chronicles”.

Newcomb is equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of arranging that explores the realm shared by jazz and new music in various styles making “music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music” (Sydney Morning Herald).

His work in the field of jazz has seen him write for Stefon Harris and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, the world renowned Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands), vocalist Roberta Gambarini, as well as numerous collaborations involving Jazz Orchestra and soloists. His chamber ensemble collaboration "Eternal" with Chris McNulty earned critical acclaim.

He has written for a wide array of musical artists, from Ben Folds, Ben Lee and The Panics in the pop world, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the classical world and has collaborated with Australian vocalist Katie Noonan on many projects, including the ARIA award winning album “First Seed Ripening”.

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