“The best rock’n’roll band in the world” – THE INDEPENDENT
“Album of the Year & African Artist of the Year” – BBC RADIO 3 AWARDS, 2008
9/10 “Ba Power feels like another dramatic leap forward and a further landmark in the integration of African tribal rhythms and western rock’n’roll” –UNCUT
Malian legend Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni Ba are one of the most exciting acts in African music today, and Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce their return to Australia in 2018 with appearances at Sydney Festival and their first Victorian headline shows at Howler in Melbourne on Thursday 18 January with support from the Senegambian Jazz Band and the Meeniyan Town Hall on Saturday 20 January.
As one of the world’s best ngoni player (an ancient form of lute), Kouyaté’s no traditionalist: he plays as if it were a rock instrument, adding electric guitar effects like distortion and wah-wah pedals. Kouyaté’s band Ngoni Ba (in the Bambara language “ba” means both “strong” and “group”) is fronted … 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 »
Jeff Lang releases his brand new Album ‘Alone In Bad Company’ Out February 24th, 2017 and announces national tour March – June.
In a career spanning twenty- five years and at least as many recordings, Alone In Bad Company is Jeff Lang’s momentous new album which presents the most organic union of Lang’s talents and influences yet. Released through ABC Music on February 24th this year Alone In Bad Company is filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies demonstrating that, Lang is nothing if not a lover of song.
The first single from the album is ‘Burnside’ which immediately highlights Lang’s proficiency as one of Australia’s best guitarists with rapid fingerpicking and guitar work. Each song on the album is rendered such that an alternative approach is unimaginable and each time Lang steps up to solo, his hard-won style is unmistakable – fluid but with an edge-of-the-seat recklessness.
Acoustic fingerpicking, slide … Read More »
We are very pleased and proud to announce that we have been invited to open for the legendary Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on five dates of their January Australian tour. What a blast this will be!
Dates are as follows:
Sun 15th – North Gardens, Ballarat
Fri 20th, Sat 21st – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Wed 25th: Riverstage, Brisbane
Fri 27th, Sat 28th: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
As this is a very exclusive event, these will be the only Necks dates for this tour.
But the great news is that we will be back in Australia/NZ in June, when we will do a whole heap of different events to what we normally do in our new year antipodean touring period. More details soon.
VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI)
Australasian Tour 2016-2017
“The Hendrix of the Sahara…” All Music Guide
“Vieux Farka Toure’s group is the best fucking rock band in the world” – Don Was (Producer: Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan)
“Mali has a new guitar God, and his name is Vieux Farka Toure” – FADER
Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006.
Fresh off opening the World Cup and bringing down houses on 4 continents last year, Vieux Farka Touré is poised to become Africa’s preeminent axe-man. Vieux Farka Touré’s career in music would never have happened if his illustrious parent, African blues legend Ali Farka Touré, had his way. Ali felt that the music business was a harsh place to work and preferred that Vieux enlist in the army. But young Vieux, destined for … Read More »
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS
A festival celebrating the art of graphic storytelling, illustration, comics, animation and music
Friday 4 November – Saturday 5 November 2016
As Graphic enters into it’s 6th edition, it continues to champion and draw light on the worlds leading (and underground) artists from the worlds of comics, music, animation and film. It’s a privilege to work on this unique event with my co-curator Ben Marshall and the Sydney Opera House team.
Every year when programming Graphic we are lucky enough to have multiple moments when we get the chills. Hair standing on end, adrenaline coursing through our system in the realisation that something very special is coming together. Something new and never before seen. A new act of artistic creation, an idea being brought to life or something that has been years in the making coming to fruition.
We’re very proud … Read More »
Jóhann Jóhannsson (Iceland)
We are very happy to welcome Jóhann to Australian shores for the very first time. Jóhann has been making a SERIOUS stir in the composition world with his soundtrack to the film Sicario receiving an Oscar nomination, his second year in a row after last years nomination for his score to The Theory of Everything. As well as writing for film, Jóhann writes for dance and performs his own musical scores live.
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music, which frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations, has been quietly bewitching listeners since he released his first genre defining solo record Englabörn in 2002. Although mostly instrumental, Johann´s work often involves complex narratives, which often deal with man´s relationship with the world of machines and decaying and obsolete technology.
Jóhann joins us briefly in Australia, working with Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet to present his score … Read More »
We are proud to present the return of Germay’s prodigiously talented master of the prepared piano, Hauschka.
Direct from Germany comes Hauschka, the worlds foremost exponent of the prepared piano. By placing tins, gaffa tape, bottlecaps, ping pong balls and more inside the piano and adding effects, Hauschka transforms the instrument into an electronic orchestra. Hauschka is currently co-composing the score for the US-production Lion together with Dustin O’Halloran. With numerous collaborations in the art and orchestral world and many new works prepared and underway, Haushcka never ceases to amaze with his beautifully crafted, multi-faceted artistic output.
See Hauschka’s prepared piano on NPR here:
And the press said….
Mesmerising” The Guardian
“Hauschka’s hauntological painting conjures up textured moodscapes and modernist collages. Inspired concept, superlative execution” Uncut 8/10
Wed 24th @ Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth with The Necks: http://bit.ly/1lfJhqZ
Thurs 25th @ Venue 505, Sydney with Chris Abrahams (The Necks): http://bit.ly/1PmRxxu
THE NECKS – AUSTRALIAN TOUR
The Necks – Australian Tour 2016
Legendary improvising trio The Necks mark thirty years of creating groundbreaking music with an Australian tour that includes Perth International Arts Festival (performing with German experimental pianist Hauschka), an intimate show at MONA, an improvised performance with the entire Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Ilan Volkov at Adelaide Festival, a late morning gig at Golden Plains Festival as well as performances at The Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre (including a rare, up-close insight into their creative process via an ‘In Conversation’ event), Canberra, Brisbane and regional NSW shows in Newcastle and first time performances in Coffs Harbour and the Blue Mountains.
From unlikely beginnings as a band experimenting privately with no intention of ever performing in public, The Necks have gone on to achieve extraordinary worldwide acclaim for their unique way of making music. Masters … Read More »
Debashish Bhattacharya (India)
Debashish Bhattacharya is considered, by many, to be the most accomplished slide guitarist alive today. His guru, Brij Bhushan Khabra, is considered the father of Indian classical guitar, indeed he was the first artist to play Hindustani classical music on slide guitar. In 1933 slide guitar came from Hawaii to India (Kolkata ,hometown of Debashish). Debashish learned Hawaiian guitar in early childhood, creating his unique technique and was considered a genius when he was ten. His further studies with Pt Brij channeled his knowledge into a mastery of the instrument with a direct emotional connection.
Debashish Bhattacharya is considered, by many, to be the most accomplished slide guitarist alive today. His guru, Brij Bhushan Khabra, is considered the father of Indian classical guitar, indeed he was the person to introduce the guitar, via Hawaii, to India. Debashish is his direct disciple and has channeled his … Read More »