The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years.
The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal. The Blind Boys of Alabama have also appeared on The Tonight Show, … Read More »
Joep Beving is one of the most listened-to pianists of our current age. Pronounced ‘Yoop’, the Dutch musician is a towering figure in the streaming world – and in real life too, thanks to his two-metre build, wild hair and striking visage. He has become a one-man success story – writing, recording and releasing his debut album Solipsism, which has surmounted over 140 million streams. Beving released the second installment to Solipsism, Prehension, in 2017. Understated, haunting and melancholic, its delicate melodies soothe the soul.
Beving’s album from 2018, Conatus, is a collaborative album, with several artists reworking his earlier compositions. His upcoming album, Henosis, will be released in April 2019 and is the third in the Solipsism – Prehension trilogy.
These Australian concerts will see Joep performing mostly solo piano, featuring pieces from Solipsism and Prehension. www.joepbeving.com
Shows and Tickets
Saturday 7 March
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Palmer’s third solo LP, There Will Be No Intermission is the multi-faceted artist’s most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all.
Somber yet exultant, There Will Be No Intermission presents still more dimensions to Amanda Palmer’s already voluminous talent, once again confirming her as a master songwriter at the height of considerable power. This one-of-a-kind artist has miraculously moulded humour, tears, confession, and naked personal pain into a matchless piece of work that could very well have been morose and gloomy but is, instead, deeply relatable, healing and inspiring.
The touring show itself will feature Palmer on solo piano and ukulele, with no band accompaniment; a night of graphic, honest, and funny storytelling with songs that Palmer claims will be her “most human and vulnerable … Read More »
German composer and pianist Nils Frahm has today announced his return to Australia and New Zealand debut for late November-December 2019.
Nils Frahm also announces the release of Encores 3, out on 20 September 2019 — the third and final installment of his Encores series. The three EPs will be available as one full length release titled All Encores featuring 80 minutes of music on 18 October, to follow his masterful 2018 album All Melody.
Whilst Encores 1 focused on an acoustic pallet of sounds with solo piano and harmonium at the core, and Encores 2 explored more ambient landscapes, now Encores 3 sees Nils expand on the percussive and electronic elements in his work.
“The idea behind All Encores is one we had from before All Melody; to separate releases each with their own distinct musical style and theme, perhaps even as a triple album. But All Melody became larger than itself … Read More »
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 »
THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION INSTORES ON MARCH 8, 2019
Listen to Drowning in the Sound
“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 »