Jon Cleary is one of music’s great anomalies. A Kent raised Englishman turned certified New Orleans music legend after gracefully inhabiting the Crescent City and everything it has to offer over the course of 30 plus years. A Grammy award winning, global touring and studio force, who has graced stages, shared rooms and gained respect from everyone from Allen Toussaint to Tom Jones, Dr. John to Bonnie Raitt, Fats Domino to Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal to BB King, even Brian May to D’Angelo. Jon Cleary quite simply embodies the sound of New Orleans, and throughout the second half of 2019, he takes that experience to stages across the globe on his massive Dyna-Mite World Tour, bolstered by the presence of his long time band, The Absolute Monster Gentlemen.
After another incredible turn at the famed New Orleans Jazz Fest in April, fans in Europe, North … Read More »
German composer, songwriter and musician Hauschka returns to Australia for two very special performances in June.
A pioneer in the field of ‘prepared’ piano music – which involves conjuring an extraordinary range of sounds by placing everyday objects on the strings inside the instrument – Hauschka has most recently enjoyed huge success working in the field of composing for film.
Hauschka’s big breakthrough in the field came with his collaboration with Dustin
O’Halloran in scoring the feature film “Lion” in 2016. Their score went on to be nominated for numerous major awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and BAFTA.
Hauschka signed with Sony music in 2018 and for his first album with his new label – A Different Forest – he does away with his customary instrument preparations to focus on pure unadorned piano. One of the central themes of the album … Read More »
Top Shelf are proud to present the inaugural Australian tour by Estonian folk-tronica duo Maarja Nut and Ruum, who are playing headlining shows in Melbourne and Sydney this March as well as appearances at Womadelaide and Womad New Zealand.
The sound of Maarja Nut and Ruum is the velvet clash of disparate voices from a shared cultural heritage colliding. Nuut is a vocalist and violinist with a love for the old traditional songs of her homeland, while Ruum – whose birth name is Hendrik Kaljujärv – has favoured electronic music since his earliest musical forays.
Yet when creating in unison, the shared aesthetic of Maarja Nut and Ruum forges a beguiling musical interzone: connecting the deep-rooted, intuitive worldview of days past with the hyper-mediated realities and seemingly limitless technological possibilities of the present and future.
Having been drawn together in the summer of … Read More »
Mulatu Astatke is the creator of an entire musical genre, Father of
Ethio-Jazz, and one of Africa’s most influential and enduring musical
Mulatu was at the heart of Ethiopia’s urban music renaissance during
the latter part of the 20th Century. He came to renewed world prominence
through the ‘Ethiopiques’ record series and the soundtrack to Jim
Jarmusch’s ‘Broken Flowers’. Mulatu continues to explore the
relationship between ancient and modern Ethiopian music, receiving
an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in recognition of
Black Jesus Experience is Australia’s premier Ethio-funk ensemble, born
of Australia’s vibrant multiculturalism.
Mulatu and Black Jesus Experience met in Addis Ababa in 2009,
starting an enduring musical friendship.
Mulatu describes Black Jesus Experience as, “My favourite backing
band.” Mulatu and Black Jesus Experience have performed at major
venues and events in Africa, Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand
including Glastonbury, Womad, Bushfire and The United Nations (yes
the UN). Together they won … Read More »
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“I’ve never been nervous about releasing a record before, but this one is different. The rise of global fascism alongside the spreading fire of #MeToo has forged a louder megaphone for all women, and we’re all seeing that radical truth is infectious. I feel more urgency than ever to share the naked truth of my experiences. The kind of stories that I’m sharing on this record – abortion, miscarriage, cancer, grief, the darker sides of parenthood – have been therapeutic and frightening to write. But every time I play them for my friends and fans, the nodding heads of empathy have lit a fire under my ass to record and release them.”
– Amanda Palmer, 2018
Amanda Palmer has announced the eagerly-awaited release of her first solo album in … Read More »
Revered instrumental trio The Necks return to Australia in 2019 for a national tour that includes performances at the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival, Canberra Theatre and a debut performance at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal in Victoria with more major performances to be announced in the new year.
Described by the New York Times as ‘the greatest trio on earth’ The Necks are masters of longform improvisation, with Chris Abrahams (piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass) and Tony Buck (drums) conjuring mesmerising sonic landscapes that slowly evolve and unfold over hour-long sets. No two Necks concerts are ever the same. Every Necks performance is a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown.
From humble beginnings in Sydney more than 30 years ago as a private jamming project, The Necks are now celebrated world-wide, playing packed concerts everywhere from The Barbican in London to the Roulette in New York. Their most recent European tour (October 2018) included … Read More »
FourPlay String Quartet announce east coast shows to launch ‘Wish’:
a powerful, haunting ballad about living in a climate-changed world
Listen (and buy) the tunes and purchase tickets to the shows here:
FourPlay put the ‘eclectic’ back into ‘electric string quartet’ with their second new single, ‘Wish’, a powerful, haunting ballad about living in a climate-changed world. As with June’s rocking new single, Bound, the digital-only release also includes archival remixes of FourPlay songs, and the band will play 5 east coast shows in September to promote it.
FourPlay, who have been wowing audiences around the world for over 20 years with both their radical reinventions of pop songs and their wildly eclectic original material, have often had environmental and political themes in their music.
‘Wish’ takes this to the next step: a haunting ballad with tones of Not Drowning Waving and ‘70s folk protest songs, with powerful lyrics … Read More »
Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar first came to international prominence via his second full length album Nomad back in 2013. The album was recorded with Grammy Award-winning Producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart, earning rave reviews from top media outlets all around the world…
His new album, Deran (2018, Partisan Records), recorded at the King of Morocco’s studio in Casablanca, is Bombino’s strongest and most well-rounded album to date. It earned him a prominent feature in the New York Times and yet another #1 on iTunes and Amazon World Music Charts (his fourth consecutive album to do so).
Bringing people together seems to be one of Bombino’s natural gifts. In Europe, North America, Japan, China, Australia, even most recently, Argentina and Chile, the grainy hypnosis of his horizontal grooves, the virtuosity … Read More »
Award winning Icelandic musician, composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds today announces a run of Australian tour dates. With a live show set to break all the rules, Arnalds will play songs from his and his extensive back catalogue and upcoming ‘fourth official album’ RE:MEMBER, out worldwide on 24th August via Mercury KX.
Kicking off at Brisbane’s QPAC on 27th November, Arnalds will then play the iconic Sydney Opera House and Canberra Theatre, before travelling to Melbourne and Adelaide to play Melbourne Recital Centre and Adelaide Festival Centre.
Arnalds is renowned for his markedly unique sound which he produces by mixing strings and piano with loops and edgy beats and fusing electronica, ambient and pop. His highly anticipated record RE:MEMBER features his new ground-breaking software Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. The custom built software is born … Read More »
For the first time, Ryan West – otherwise known as Rival Consoles – will be showcasing his eclectic and expressive stylings in his very own Australian headline shows. Promising an invigorating display of spellbinding sonic and visual production, intertwining to tell the story of his latest emotive album, Persona has been labelled by The Australian as “An incredibly rewarding listen, due in no small part to how essentially unknowable and timeless it is“. West will bring his captivating show to Australia for three very special shows in November.
Recorded at his studio in south-east London, Persona benefits from Ryan’s exploration of a dynamic production process that combines analogue-heavy synthesizers, acoustic and electric instruments with a shoegaze-level obsession with effect pedals. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name, the project represents an exploration of the persona, the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us, the … Read More »