After a remarkable year in which The Necks got a symphony orchestra improvising behind them in a concert hall down a Polish salt mine, performed a double bill with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, received the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music, played on album releases by Underworld and Swans, and performed in a Finnish church carved out of solid rock, The Necks are back touring Australia to promote the release of their 21st album, Three.
Seeing The Necks in concert is an experience like no other. Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton – these three master musicians, who take to the stage with nothing prepared in advance – set out investigating a humble musical notion and then over the course of pieces which sometimes go for an hour or more, conjure textures and aural illusions that … Read More »
French pop folk superstar Tété is returning to Australia for the first time in 7 years to celebrate the release of his seventh, and latest album ‘Fauthentique’.
Be it fake news, conspiracy theories or lies from public figures, the news keeps reminding us that these distortions of reality are now part of our daily life.
Tété’s new album comes as a reverse question to this unforeseen present: “How can one be sure about one’s perception?”
Hence the “Fauthentique” concept, the expression being French for “falsely authentic”. The recording comes across as a sort of melodic make-believe odyssey, built upon organic programming. Falsely naive. Falsely acoustic. Fauthentique.
Tété released his first album in 2001 and by the arrival of his third album in 2006, he had achieved huge success in France was seen touring Japan, UK, the US, Canada and Australia.
Tété’s never stopped since then … Read More »
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 »
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 »