Amanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter, playwright, pianist, filmmaker, and blogger who simultaneously embraces and explodes traditional frameworks of music, theatre, and art. She first came to prominence as one half of the Boston-based punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, earning global recognition for their wide-ranging theatricality and inventive songcraft. Her solo career has taken her to new heights, including such groundbreaking works as the fan-funded THEATRE IS EVIL, which made a top 10 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its 2012 release and remains the top-funded original music project on Kickstarter. In 2013 she presented “The Art of Asking” at the annual TED conference, which has since been viewed over 10 million times worldwide. The following year saw Palmer expand her philosophy into the New York Times best seller The Art of Asking: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Let People Help, which is … Read More »
ABBY DOBSON & LARA GOODRIDGE
“There’s a joie de vivre to this album of songs… sung in French and often in unison or harmony. C’est tres bon.”
Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald
‘With blithe spirit, old material is made new, yet again” Alistair Jones, The Australian
“Dobson and Goodridge had the seated audience eating out of the palms of their hands… and pranced off stage to the sounds of a standing ovation” The Drum Media
“It is impossible not to be charmed by the hypnotic voices of Baby and Lulu” Arts Hub
“Baby et Lulu, a couple of unabashed Francophile chanteuses, put on a show that leaves their audience feeling as
refreshed as a bottle of sweet white wine rather than Cabaret’s standard night on the red” AussieTheatre.com
“They have a tongue-in-cheek rapport and their voices blend beautifully as they roll out hits…Dobson’s French adaptation of her hit … Read More »
“Babylon Circus, French blenders of ska-punk chanson, funk, afro-beat and dancehall reggae, with a healthy dollop of Eastern European folklore, are set to rouse the crowd with their multi-lingual chicanery, improvised comedy and big-top energy. This 10-piece big band have been zigzagging the globe with their epic and infatuating sonic spectacle.” (Sydney Festival)
Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. It is the key instrument for the griot culture. Unlike the kora whose history goes back only a few hundred years, the ngoni has been the main instrument in griot storytelling going back to the 13th century during the days of Soundiata Keita, the founder of the Mali Empire. The repertoire Bassekou plays is Bambara music from the region of Segu. Bambara music is pentatonic in nature and as close to the blues as you can get in Africa. Over the years Bassekou has collaborated with many musicians from his homeland Mali and internationally. Bassekou was one of the key musicians on Ali Farka Toure’s posthumous album release ‘Savane’ having also previously toured with Ali Farka Toure, stunning audiences worldwide as … Read More »
Performer, percussionist, composer, instrument maker, collaborator, curator, record label owner, raconteur…
Ben has been instrumental in the creation, development, touring, recording and establishment of groups such as The Bird, Circle of Rhythm, The Tom Tom Crew, Scotch & Soda, Sediment, Pablo Percusso, Taikoz, Groovelands and The Crusty Suitcase Band, Dha,… to name just a few of his endeavours.
Initially known as one of Australia’s well admired, respected and hardest working drummers, Ben has cut his teeth racking up thousands of gigs across the globe and studying with some of the worlds leading instrumentalists. Years of honing his skills has seen Ben’s artistic vision continually evolving, searching out new horizons and challenges from electronic forms to orchestral composition.
Initially composing works for short films and dance, Ben’s body of work in the past years has extended to encompass live filmscores, mixed media projects and … Read More »
The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around theworld as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st. Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s (including Jimmy Carter, who leads the group today), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world.
Touring throughout the South during the Jim Crow era of the 1940s and 1950s, the Blind Boys flourished thanks to their unique sound, which blended the close harmonies of early jubilee gospel with the more fervent improvisations of … Read More »
Born and raised in England, Bobby spent a great deal of his childhood in Mumbai studying at Sangeet Mahabharati, an institute of music started by the great tabla maestro Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. Recognised with a great talent at a young age, Bobby became a student of Ghosh’s senior disciple Aneesh Pradhan, now one of the most sought after tabla players in the world. Through Aneesh’s guidance, Bobby was nurtured into a mature and internationally renowned tabla player, both in traditional Indian classical music and cross cultural genres, and is renowned throughout Australia and internationally for his work with acts that straddle the divide between tradition and modernity. Now a resident of Australia, he still spends most of his time between India and Australia. Regularly playing alongside cultural icons like Sarangan Sriranganathan, Bobby also lends his flavour to the organic … Read More »
Boubacar Traoré (Mali)
Debut Australian tour….
Boubacar Traoré (Aka Kar Kar) carries within him all the beauty of African blues. A diamond among the jewels of Mandingo music, he shines with the dark glow of exceptional purity. Only his voice can blend Niger and Mississippi river with such moving authenticity. His unique, inimitable, self-taught guitar technique owes a great deal to his kora influences, but its shades and phrasing also suggest the great black bluesmen of the deep South: Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and others.
Back in the 60s when the euphoria of African independence reigned, the 20-year-old Boubacar Traoré was Mali’s Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. He was the first to play Mandingo-based music on electric guitar, long before his junior, Ali Farka Touré.
In those days, Malians would wake to the sound of Boubacar’s poignant voice and saturated riffs. … Read More »
Omara “Bombino” Moctar, whose given name is Goumour Almoctar, was born on January 1, 1980, in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the northeast of Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which belongs to the Kel Adagh Tuareg federation. His father is a car mechanic and his mother takes care of the home, as is the Tuareg tradition. Bombino was raised as a Muslim and taught to consider honor, dignity and generosity as principal tenets of life.
The Tuareg, known amongst themselves as the Kel Tamasheq, have long been recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert – as a people of grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation. They are a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa and for centuries have fought against … Read More »
At 26, Chapelier Fou is not only an astonishing musical acrobat on stage; he is also a sonic alchemist able to create a new formula for each track with a rare intelligence and to bewilder his audience thanks to his savoir-faire and obvious generosity.
“… magic and mystery are present on each note” (D-side)
”An unbelievable cleverness, sensitivity and freshness” (Cultzine)
He is the genial electronic fiddler and violin virtuoso, blending beats and glitch with classical instrumentation into a one man orchestra – 100% live onstage. Under the stunningly fresh and powerfully catchy melodies, hides multiple-layers of beauty… the nature of which can only be grabbed when listened to closely.
”A thousand and one electro arrangements, all perfect” (SLR)
On the classical side, his sensitivity, his catchy tunes and the choice of the violin as a central instrument recall altogether his elder brother Yann Tiersen … Read More »