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Amanda Palmer

Posted on September 9th, by Jordan in Artists, News, Tours. Comments Off on Amanda Palmer

AMANDA PALMER

Will be touring Australia this summer!

Singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Amanda Palmer returns to Australia for her first ever “An Evening With Amanda Palmer” styled tour incorporating some of Australia’s greatest and most iconic concert venues, a takeover of the Gasometer in Melbourne and her only festival appearance at Woodford.

Following a tumultuous period of change including the birth of her son, the tragic deaths of close friends,  a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and the release of her memoir The Art of Asking, Palmer’s provocative art is captivatingly earnest and subversive as ever. Reaffirming her title as the queen of punk cabaret, Palmer’s love affair with Australia continues as she takes the stage alone, journeying from musical beginnings and fan favourites though to the next surprising chapter;

‘It’s time: I am taking it back to basics,” Amanda Palmer says. “I am going on … Read More »



Tinariwen Australian Tour 2018

Posted on December 5th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Tinariwen Australian Tour 2018

Formed in 1979, Tinariwen have journeyed far and wide in recent years, expanding their audiences across five continents with hundreds of concerts honing their skills to a fine point. Hailing collectively from Adrar des Ifoghas, a Saharan mountain range that straddles the border between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria, the band has throughout this time found themselves exiled from their home desert region due to increasing political instability. As a result of this, they are a musical phenomena of truly universal calibre.

In M’Hamid El Ghizlane – the oasis town in southern Morocco – Tinariwen are heroes for real. So much so that the youth of the area know how to sing their songs in the same way that people in other parts of the world know how to sing the Stones or Led Zep. It was there, in that oasis in southern Morocco, close by the … Read More »



The Necks Touring Australia in 2018

Posted on November 29th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on The Necks Touring Australia in 2018

“Like a vast sound-mass suspended in vibrating, seething stillness, its colour and luminosity changing slowly”
TELEGRAPH, (UK), 5* REVIEW OF LONDON CONCERT

“…Entirely new and entirely now…They produce a post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything sonic experience that has few parallels or rivals…. Their music is a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown.”
THE GUARDIAN (UK)

After one of their busiest years yet in 2017 – which featured the release of their acclaimed double LP Unfold, opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian tour, a successful tour of the US, three European tours, and a huge feature article in the New York Times – The Necks, Australia’s legendary artists-in-resonance, return in February and March to perform a run of east coast dates and mix their new album which is scheduled for release later in the year.

Saturday 3 February
Music By The Sea
Sandgate QLD
Click here for tickets

Sunday 4 February
Riverside … Read More »



Amanda Palmer Releases Anti-Trump Video

Posted on November 23rd, by Jordan in News. Comments Off on Amanda Palmer Releases Anti-Trump Video

Two years after the birth of her son, Amanda Palmer returns to form with her first high-production video since her Kickstarter-record-smashing album Theatre is Evil was released in 2012. Scripted and conceived by Palmer and independently crowdfunded by her 11,000 subscribers on patreon.com, Palmer’s new song is a daring piece of art which is, in her words, “dedicated to the current administration”.

Shooting on location in upstate New York at the iconic sculpture park, Opus 40, Palmer collaborated with a female director (Jordan Rathus), cinematographer (Saro Varjabedian) and choreographer (Coco Karol), in addition to an all-female string quartet and two of her fellow mother-musicians (Zoë Keating and Melissa Auf der Maur, ex-bassist of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins).

In a reversal of the traditional process, Palmer’s idea for the video inspired the recording for the song, and she tapped long-time friend/composer Jherek Bischoff (Strung Out in Heaven, Purple Rain) to join her vision and supply a bittersweet and poignant string … Read More »



Bassekou Koutaye & Ngoni Ba Australian Tour January 2018

Posted on October 28th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Bassekou Koutaye & Ngoni Ba Australian Tour January 2018

“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 »



Jeff Lang – New album release Alone In Bad Company

Posted on January 24th, by Jordan in News. Comments Off on Jeff Lang – New album release Alone In Bad Company

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 »


The Necks Touring with Nick Cave

Posted on January 13th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on The Necks Touring with Nick Cave

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:

JANUARY 2017

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)

Posted on January 10th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI)

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 »


Graphic @ Sydney Opera House Announcement

Posted on September 13th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Graphic @ Sydney Opera House Announcement

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 »


Iceland’s modern master of composition debuts in Australia

Posted on February 19th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Iceland’s modern master of composition debuts in Australia

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 »


Germany’s master of prepared piano returns

Posted on February 19th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Germany’s master of prepared piano returns

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Z4yljYY_c

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

FEB:
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


30th Anniversary tour

Posted on February 19th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on 30th Anniversary tour

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 »


The worlds greatest slide guitarist returns for select shows

Posted on February 19th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on The worlds greatest slide guitarist returns for select shows

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 »



Japan’s masters of funk return!

Posted on February 19th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Japan’s masters of funk return!

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (Japan)

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro. Bit of a tongue-twister, yeah? But there’s nothing complicated about MMK’s super heavyweight funk. Combining the rawest, deepest soulful grooves, the fast and furious energy of rock and roll, and laying it all down in the classiest of funk manners, these six super-dapper gentlemen have been creating a storm around the world with their irresistible new take on how to make people dance.

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro took Australia by storm on their debut tour in 2009/2010 supporting the release of their debut self-titled album, selling out every show on pre sales alone and earning rave reviews for their live performances through performing at Sydney Festival, Peats Ridge & Woodford Folk Festivals, and at their own headline shows along the East Coast, Melbourne and Adelaide.

They made a triumphant return to Australia in 2012 with the release … Read More »



BOMBINO (Niger)

Posted on November 26th, by Jordan in Artists, News, Tours. Comments Off on BOMBINO (Niger)

In conjunction with Modiba

Bombino returns to Australia for a full scale national tour & debut appearance in NZ!

FEBRUARY
25th Perth Festival, WA
27th Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
28th Verrierdale Full Moon Party, Verrierdale QLD
MARCH
1st Railway Club, Darwin NT
5th The Basement, Sydney NSW (Dancefloor mode)
6th WOMADelaide, Adelaide SA
7th Panama Festival, Galconda TAS
8th Golden Plains, Meredith VIC 
9th WOMADelaide, Adelaide SA
11th Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick VIC
12th Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan VIC
14th WOMAD NZ, New Plymouth NZ 
15th WOMAD NZ, New Plymouth NZ

Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad on April 2, 2013. The album was recorded with 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound.

Nomad debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and iTunes World chart and has earned rave reviews from top media … Read More »



Maru Tarang Australian Tour

Posted on December 3rd, by Jordan in News. Comments Off on Maru Tarang Australian Tour

After shows in South Africa, Spain and Scotland, this remarkable collaboration will be appearing at fine festivals and venues across Australia this summer.

By invitation of the RIFF Festival, Australian artists Jeff Lang & Bobby Singh traveled deep into the deserts of Rajasthan to meet Asin Langa & Bhungar Manginyar. A remarkable collaboration commenced which would span genres, continents and styles, titled Maru Tarang, by Divya Bhatia who initiated the project.

With this virtuosic musical conversation we are treated to ancient Rajasthani folk songs refreshed with new flavours via Australian roots, seminal blues by Robert Johnson enriched by Indian flavours; soulful expressions through deep, original and fiery improvisations and compositions…

These artists have developed their music to be all they need to converse, sans a common language… and the conversation is stunningly eloquent.

Their debut album is available for sale instores, online and most conveniently … Read More »



Hauschka (Germany) Debut Australian tour

Posted on September 9th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Hauschka (Germany) Debut Australian tour

Hauschka

The pioneering German composer and experimental musician Hauschka is pleased to announce a five date AU tour for November, 2015 in support of his breathtaking new album Abandoned City. Volker Bertelmann – known best these days as HAUSCHKA – is one of the most recognisable 21st Century proponents of what is known as prepared piano (one whose sound is altered by the insertion of alien objects between or upon its strings, hammers and dampers).
HAUSCHKA studied classical piano from the age of nine and despite nine years of classical training, his interests were never as pure as the tutelage he received. With early public forays in the major label hip hop act “God’s Favourite Dog” and the Drum ‘n Bass quintet called Nonex, HAUSCHKA has always been both instinctive and fuelled by a love of rhythm.

At the turn of the century, HAUSCHAK’s interests … Read More »


Graphic 2015

Posted on August 18th, by Jordan in News. Comments Off on Graphic 2015


Kiasmos tour + Ólafur Arnalds @ Graphic, Sydney Opera House

Posted on August 13th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Kiasmos tour + Ólafur Arnalds @ Graphic, Sydney Opera House

Top Shelf, The Windish Agency, 380 Grad, Erased Tapes & Graphic @ Sydney Opera House are very proud to present the debut tour of Kiasmos in Australia and a one-off specially commissioned show of Ólafur Arnalds for the Graphic Festival.

Ólafur Arnalds debut performance in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House will feature new songs, rareities and seldom played works with new arrangements by Viktor Orri Árnason for chamber orchestra. To round out this special event we are proud to announce that this show will have a suite of new visuals by Icelands cutting edge video artist, Máni Sigfússon. DO NOT miss this one-off show.

Kiasmos & Ólafur Arnalds Australian tour dates:

September

Fri 25th Brisbane Festival http://bit.ly/1HPkGhq
Sat 26th Rosemount Hotel, Perth www.rosemounthotel.com.au
Sun 27th Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden www.waverockweekender.com.au
October

Thurs 8th Jive, Adelaide http://bit.ly/1KY9McS With Special Guests PINES
Fri 9th Melbourne Festival http://bit.ly/1IAK5fg
Sat 10th Ólafur Arnalds @ Sydney Opera House sydneyoperahouse.com/graphic

~One off concert of new works and rareities … Read More »


Marc Ribot – first solo performance in Sydney

Posted on July 21st, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Marc Ribot – first solo performance in Sydney

August 9th @ The Vanguard, Newtown

Tickets via –  http://www.thevanguard.com.au/shows/2015/08/09/marc-ribot/13137

Marc Ribot (pronounced REE-bow) is one of the worlds leading guitarists, composers and collaborators. Well known for his work with the legendary Tom Waits “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985’s “Rain Dogs” (Rolling Stone). He has also worked with many highly regarded artists across the breadth of his career. From Wilson Pickett  & Chuck Berry & Allen Ginsberg in his early days to the likes of Elvis Costello and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss more recently. He’s also been the “go-to” guy for a plethora of artists when recording. He’s graced albums by; Norah Jones, The Black Keys, Beth Orton, Neko Case, Laurie Anderson, Madeleine Peyroux and many many more. He regularly collaborates with T Bone Burnett and works constantly with John Zorn.

Marc has also released over 20 albums under his own name, spanning the genres of jazz, experimental, post-rock, Cuban son and punk. Working … Read More »


Baby et Lulu – New Album & National tour

Posted on April 14th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Baby et Lulu – New Album & National tour

 

“Très charismatic pairing of sexy songstresses” The Australian

“Two lovesick songbirds in a melancholic pas de deux. Superb” Australian Stage

“It is impossible not to be charmed by the hypnotic voices of Baby and Lulu” Arts Hub

‘Lara and Abby combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic.” Alt Media

Baby et Lulu, Australia’s seductive French-language chanteuses, present their sensational new CD, ‘Album Deux’ (‘Album No.2’).

 

A truly magnetic musical partnership which has been seducing audiences since their debut release, much loved artistes Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) have recorded a second selection of classic and contemporary chansons, as well as, for the first time, a number of their own original compositions written in French. Baby et Lulu have enjoyed a new found poetic freedom in writing in the language they both love so much.

 

Produced impeccably … Read More »


FourPlay & Neil Gaiman – London June 5th

Posted on April 14th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on FourPlay & Neil Gaiman – London June 5th

FourPlay String Quartet & Neil Gaiman continue their collaboration this June in the UK, behind closed doors, creating a new project which will see the light of day in 2016.

There will be ONE SHOW ONLY previewing this work in progress, June 5th @ the Leicester Square Theatre. Tix onsale soon.


Neil Gaiman Melbourne & Sydney this January

Posted on December 16th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Neil Gaiman Melbourne & Sydney this January

Neil Gaiman Melbourne
& Sydney this January

JANUARY
Sat 17th: Mona Foma, Tasmania
“The Sleeper And The Spindle”
http://mofo.net.au/program/neil-gaiman/

Sat 24th: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
“The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains”
http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=NEILGAIM15

Sat 31st: City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney
“An Evening With Neil Gaiman”
Presented by Top Shelf & Sydney Writers Festival
http://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/id/1763

On top of his already announced show at Mona Foma, Neil Gaiman will be performing two very different and special shows this January, each with Australia’s eclectic, electric string quartet, FourPlay.

In Melbourne, he will perform “The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains” which was toured in the USA & UK earlier this year, to sell out crowds including Carnegie Hall AND two Barbicans in London.

In Sydney, it will be a night of surprises. Neil and FourPlay will be conspiring to create something … Read More »


Debashish Bhattacharya in Jan – Sydney & Tasmania.

Posted on December 3rd, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Debashish Bhattacharya in Jan – Sydney & Tasmania.

Debashish Bhattacharya in Jan – Sydney & Tasmania.

Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya returns for a brief visit to Australia this January at the kind requests of Sydney Festival & Mona Foma. Debashish is hosting the first festival of slide guitar in India and flies to Australia the morning after it finishes!

January 2015:
Thurs 15th: City Recital Hall, Sydney w/ special guest Jeff Lang (Sydney Festival) http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2015/debashish-bhattacharya
Fri 16th: Rosny Barn, Tasmania (Mona Foma)
Sat 17th: Spring Bay Mill, Tasmania (Mona Foma)
Sun 18th: PW1, Hobart, Tasmania (Mona Foma) http://mofo.net.au/program/debashish-bhattacharya/

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 … Read More »


A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Posted on September 17th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on A Winged Victory For The Sullen

A Winged Victory For The Sullen

In 2011 A Winged Victory For The Sullen introduced themselves to the world with a self-titled album, showcasing their unique
collaboration of ambient guitar drone from Stars Of The Lid member Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and sparse piano tunes by
contemporary classical composer Dustin O’Halloran, winning them fans around the world.

“An immersive, and inevitably cinematic, ambient gem” ★★★★ Mojo

“A Winged Victory’s music, more active than drone and thicker than minimalism, captures movement and freezes it” Pitchfork

In Bologna, Italy, Adam was on tour and playing with the late Mark Linkous & Sparklehorse, on what would be their final European tour. That night Adam invited friend and colleague Francesco Donadello to see the concert, and Francesco’s guest this evening was composer Dustin O’Halloran. Through a strange twist of backstage conversations, a curious friendship began that now has brought forth an offspring of truly curative compositions for … Read More »


Tuba Skinny (New Orleans) Aussie Tour + TWO new albums.

Posted on September 2nd, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Tuba Skinny (New Orleans) Aussie Tour + TWO new albums.

TUBA SKINNY (New Orleans)

Return for their FOURTH Australian tour with two new albums for sale at shows: “Pyramid Strut”, recorded in Tasmania by Chris Townend on their last tour and their new album “Owl Call Blues”. Book fast, their last tour was FULLY sold out. 

The members of Tuba Skinny migrated to New Orleans independently of each other, all with the desire to play music.  They met on the streets and began busking together then travelling around the United States, riding freight trains and making music wherever they would go, originally as the “Dead Man Street Orchestra”. While on tour, hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Though the city was left devastated and flooded, most of them knew, without a doubt, that this was the place that they would call home.

In 2009 … Read More »


FourPlay String Quartet present their new album This Machine & national tour dates.

Posted on August 12th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on FourPlay String Quartet present their new album This Machine & national tour dates.

“Nothing short of magnificent” The Scotsman
FourPlay String Quartet
present their new album
This Machine
& national tour dates.
IN STORES & ONLINE Oct 10th. Distribution via MGM

FourPlay String Quartet return from wowing audiences at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre with their new album, This Machine – the next step in the evolution of the string quartet as songwriters.

Australia’s favourite electric string quartet, FourPlay began life playing mostly covers. This Machine is their first album of 100% original material, and arguably their finest, most intriguing long-player to date.

What’s in store? Epic soundscapes, rock ‘n’ roll ,chainsawing violas, jazz, eastern influences, pop songs.

It’s been eighteen years since the first FourPlay album, and the band has certainly come of age. The four members (brothers Peter and Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenzo Gregorio) have lived their lives together, played at some of the world’s most … Read More »


Nils Frahm

Posted on May 14th, by topshelf in News, Tours. Comments Off on Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm – Australian Tour – October 2014.

Wed 8th: Brisbane @ Old Museum Building: http://oldmuseum.org/?p=2729

Thurs 9th: Adelaide @ The Governor Hindmarsh: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=45683

Fri 10th: & Sat 11th @ Melbourne Festival: www.melbournefestival.com.au/nils-frahm/

Sun 12th: Sydney Opera House: http://bit.ly/1o9U4gg

‘9/10. ‘Be sure to catch Nils Frahm in person, at least once in your lifetime!’ 

POP MATTERS

Following his sold-out Australian debut at Vivid LIVE 2014, German piano-prodigy and composer Nils Frahm returns to the Opera House for a personal performance in the intimate surrounds of the Studio, on Sunday 12 October, 2014.

Inviting audiences to the edge of the stage for a display of poignant keyboard melodies, rippling electronics and highlights from last year’s career-defining live album, Spaces, described as ‘A work of gentle genius’ (The Quietus). This intimate performance will showcase the virtuoso’s unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, led by a restless search for immediacy and … Read More »


Jeff Lang Announces Brand New CD release in May and National Tour June/July

Posted on April 9th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Jeff Lang Announces Brand New CD release in May and National Tour June/July

JEFF LANG
Releases his new album
“I Live In My Head A Lot These Days” on May 16th through ABC/Universal and announces his National Tour through June/July

Media Release

Australian-based musician Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. With a back catalogue of 14 studio albums, Jeff has been feature at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade. Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer in our world.

Jeff Lang’s newest record, “I Live In My Head A Lot These Days” will be released in Australia via ABC/Universal on May 16th 2014.

Throughout his career, Jeff has won numerous awards – the most outstanding would be his three ARIA award wins in 2002, 2010 and 2012 in addition to a further seven nominations. Just last week, … Read More »


Neil Gaiman, FourPlay & Eddie Campbell World Tour

Posted on February 20th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Neil Gaiman, FourPlay & Eddie Campbell World Tour

NEIL GAIMAN 
The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains
Illustrations: Eddie Campbell     Music: FourPlay String Quartet

June 25th: Warfield Theatre: San Francisco
http://www.thewarfieldtheatre.com/events/detail/248155

June 27th: Carnegie Hall, New York
http://bit.ly/M3NwUJ

July 4th & 5th: The Barbican, London
http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?id=16044

In a revolutionary new concept of synchronised multi-media storytelling, Neil Gaiman will read aloud his story The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains.  The renowned artist Eddie Campbell (From Hell) has illustrated the story and FourPlay String Quartet have created an entirely new underscore to the piece.

“It was simply amazing. …it was more than just a reading. It was a performance full of subtlety and nuance… Gaiman kept 2000 people on the edge of their seat.” (S.T.S.O.O.I. BLOG)

Created and performed for a sell out crowd at Sydney Opera House’s Graphic Festival, then repeated a year later for world renowned arts Festival Mona Foma in Tasmania, now by popular demand, these two … Read More »


Hanggai March 2014

Posted on February 11th, by Jordan in Hidden, News, Tours. Comments Off on Hanggai March 2014

Hanggai, from the steppes of Mongolia by way of Beijing, is a crossover band that blends traditional music and rock. The band’s members come from Inner Mongolia which covers a vast portion of China’s north, Xinjiang in China’s far northwest, Qinghai’s Haixi Mongolian Prefecture in northwest China and Beijing, China’s capital which lies far to the east.

Formed in 2004 when Ilchi and fomer band mate Xu Jingcheng re-discovered the beauty of traditional Mongolian music, the band has now grown to seven players, Batubagen (Inner Mongolia), Yiliqi (Inner Mongolia/Beijing), Yilalata (Inner Mongolia), Hurizha (Qinghai), Yin Bao (Inner Mongolia), Niu Xin (Inner Mongolia) and Ailun (Inner Mongolia).

“Hanggai have made the leap from folk phenomenon to crossover pioneers without losing their soul. Built from — and meant for — Mongolia’s wide open spaces, this music will make you homesick for a … Read More »


Olafur Arnalds Australia – February 2014

Posted on February 11th, by Jordan in Hidden, News, Tours. Comments Off on Olafur Arnalds Australia – February 2014

© Marino Thorlacius / Mercury classics

Thursday 20th February  – 8.00pm
Perth Festival – Chevron Festival Gardens

Monday 24th February – 7.30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre

Genre-crossing compositions & a unique musical language

Born 1986 in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbaer, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavîk, composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live-shows.

Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007 he has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to a unique musical language.

Arnalds journey has not been the typical path for classical composers – beginning his music career instead as a drummer for metal bands.

In 2004, Arnalds was asked to write instrumentals for the album of metal band, Heaven Shall Burn. This led to more work in the field … Read More »


THE NECKS – CHANGES TO 2014 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Posted on February 11th, by Jordan in Hidden, News, Tours. Comments Off on THE NECKS – CHANGES TO 2014 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Due to serious injury to a family member, Lloyd Swanton, bassist with cult improvisational band The Necks, is unable to undertake the first leg of their Australian tour in Byron Bay (Feb 7), Brisbane (Feb 8), Adelaide (Feb 9), Perth (Feb 10 & 11). Instead Tony Buck (drums/percussion) and Chris Abrahams (piano) are offering audiences two solo sets for those dates.

Both Chris Abrahams and Tony Buck are acclaimed soloists, each performing and recording in their own right. Chris Abrahams has released eight albums and has performed solo concerts in Australia, US, UK and Europe. His pieces use intense rhythms and beautiful melodies to create an immersive experience for the listener. Tony Buck has been performing solo concerts for two decades and is considered a leading light in the experimental movement in his adopted city of Berlin as well as internationally. … Read More »


Peatbog Faeries (Isle of Skye) Debut Australian Tour

Posted on December 4th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Peatbog Faeries (Isle of Skye) Debut Australian Tour

This legendary band based on the Isle of Skye, have been described as ‘The Future of Celtic Dance Music’. They incorporate many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. This inventive and unique approach always bring to its audience a true flavour of traditional Scottish music whilst offering high octane Celtic dance music – so be prepared to dance!


Babylon Circus touring Australia in January 2014

Posted on November 12th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Babylon Circus touring Australia in January 2014

After four hugely popular studio albums and more than 1,500 gigs from Central Park to WOMADelaide, Babylon Circus are set to release their latest album, Never Stop and make a triumphant return to the Australian stage in a national tour.

While there is no denying the reggae and ska influences in their music… the sound of the Balkans can be heard in the way they use the brass and the idea of mixing the deep bass groove of reggae with the express train of a gypsy brass has to be heard to be believed… (Blog Critics.)

Dancing in the war-torn Middle East, being chased through the streets of Dublin by police and “touring” Russian hospitals after drunkenly tumbling down a staircase: Babylon Circus.. certainly lives up to his French punk-fusion band’s decadent carnival name. (Courier Mail)

Singing in French and English and mixing some raucous punk and … Read More »


BOMBINO (NIGER) Debut Australian Tour

Posted on October 21st, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on BOMBINO (NIGER) Debut Australian Tour

Bombino (Niger)

Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad on April 2, 2013. The album was recorded with 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound.

Nomad debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and iTunes World chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world…

“Utterly, utterly fantastic…” BBC.

“A perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.” Rolling Stone.

Bombino is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa; for centuries they have fought against colonialism and the imposition of strict Islamic rule. During his lifetime, the Tuareg people have fought the … Read More »


Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro announce national tour

Posted on October 22nd, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro announce national tour

Top Shelf & Holiday Revolution Proudly Present…

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (Japan)

New Album: ~ Perfect Times ~

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro. Bit of a tongue-twister, yeah? But there’s nothing complicated about MMK’s super heavyweight funk. Combining the rawest, deepest soulful grooves, the fast and furious energy of rock and roll, and laying it all down in the classiest of funk manners, these six super-dapper gentlemen have been creating a storm around the world with their irresistible new take on how to make people dance.
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro took Australia by storm on their debut tour in 2009/2010 supporting the release of their debut self-titled album, selling out every show on pre sales alone and earning rave reviews for their live performances through performing at Sydney Festival, Peats Ridge & Woodford Folk Festivals, and at their own … Read More »


GRAPHIC 2013

Posted on August 5th, by Jordan in News. Comments Off on GRAPHIC 2013

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS

GRAPHIC 2013

FRIDAY 4 – MONDAY 7 OCTOBER, 2013
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Laaaadies and Gentlemennn…

I am very proud of this years Graphic program. It’s the culmination
of a massive amount of work by Ben Marshall, myself and so many
talented and creative people at Sydney Opera House. In many instances
the artists involved have put hours and hours of work into crafting
new things for you and I cannot wait to see and hear what will unfold
this year. I hope you enjoy this years Graphic.

Featuring the biggest program in the festival’s history,
GRAPHIC’s sixteen specially commissioned works will showcase
legendary figures from the print, pixel and pop worlds, showcasing
these art forms from the stages of Sydney Opera House.

Unlike any other festival in the world, this festival of firsts
includes three world premieres, four Australian debuts and sixteen
Sydney exclusives.

Opening this year’s festival is Emmy Award-winning stop-animation
TV series … Read More »


Ólafur Arnalds

Posted on July 30th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Ólafur Arnalds

Photo by Marino Thorlacius

Icelandic musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds, is proud to announce his debut Australian tour.

Having headlined Reykjavik’s Sonar Festival and emerging as an NPR favourite at SXSW earlier this year, Arnalds has now selected a special run of venues that allow his audiences to get up close to his music. With a deep emotional intensity, his live show is a genre defying experience blending soaring cinematic sounds, dark trip hop and ambient/electronica influences to create an intense and evocative musical language.

“Soaring string arrangements, masterfully minimal, poignant piano melodies and crunchy beat loops” FBi Radio

For Now I Am Winter, the first album to be released through Mercury Classics/Universal Music Australia, was recently named by Fairfax as one of the best albums of 2013 so far. His collaborative use of social … Read More »


Kiasmos Return to Australia!

Posted on February 23rd, by Jordan in Artists, News, Tours. Comments Off on Kiasmos Return to Australia!

Kiasmos Return to Australia!

Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup.

Receiving a rapturous response to a handful of shows in Australia in 2015, they are back to play some major festival appearances and a few carefully chosen side shows.

Listen to Kiasmos HERE

Tuesday 7th March
Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst NSW
http://bit.ly/2lBbYCO 

Wednesday 8th March
Howler, Brunswick VIC
http://bit.ly/2m2JYcm

Friday 10th March
TBC Club, Brisbane QLD
https://goo.gl/j80H0Y

Saturday 11th March
Days Like This Festival, Randwick NSW
http://www.dayslikethisfestival.com.au/

Sunday 12th March
Pitch Festival, Mafeking VIC
http://pitchfestival.com.au/

Monday 13th March
WOMADelaide, Adelaide SA
https://www.womadelaide.com.au/



TEDx Sydney – May 4th @ Sydney Opera House – Music Program Revealed…

Posted on April 11th, by Jordan in News. Comments Off on TEDx Sydney – May 4th @ Sydney Opera House – Music Program Revealed…

This is my fourth year programming the music/performance for TEDx Sydney. It’s always inspiring and this year it has really taken some big steps upwards, firstly by incorporating food into the program and in a major way by being held in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House.

This is… almost… the full music program. Still a surprise or two. Here’s the “official” press release.

TEDxSydney unveils 2013 performer line-up

Annual ideas festival, TEDxSydney, today revealed the Australian performers who will share their music and passions on stage on 4 May at Sydney Opera House – including a unique and exclusive collaboration between globally acclaimed rock musician John Butler and prodigulously talented slide guitarist/singer-songwriter, Jeff Lang.

Also amongst the wide-ranging talent to take the stage are: sublime songstress Kate Miller-Heidke, master percussionist Greg Sheehan, oud virtuoso and composer Joseph Tawadros, new music ensemble Ensemble Offspring, world champion beatboxer Tom Thum, Southern Indian dance specialist Rajeswari Sainath, gypsy/classical violin improviser Veren Grigorov and enigmatic singer, songwriter and performer, iOTA.

The … Read More »


KAKI KING (USA) Launches her new album GLOW and tours AUSTRALIA

Posted on March 4th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on KAKI KING (USA) Launches her new album GLOW and tours AUSTRALIA

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician/artist whose singular work rightly stands out amongst the easily formatted. Over her decade-long career thus far, the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks (spanning Golden Globe-nominated work with Eddie Vedder and Michael Brook on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild to teaming with Carter Burwell on his blockbuster Twilight score), and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours.

Each twist and veer marked the turning of a page, another step forward on a truly exceptional musical path. Beginning with 2002’s Everybody Loves You, King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at … Read More »



Zoe Keating 2013

Posted on February 1st, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Zoe Keating 2013

Zoë Keating (US)

One Woman Orchestra

“… uses live looping to transform solo performances into multipart masterpieces.”
– Electronic Musician

“…sublime minimalist music with a pop sensibility” – San Francisco Weekly
Australian Tour 2013

Thursday 28th February
The Bakery, Perth
www.nowbaking.com.au

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March
Nannup Music Festival
www.nannupmusicfestival.org

Wednesday 6th March
The Famous Speigeltent, Melbourne
www.spiegel.artscentremelbourne.com.au

Sunday 10th & Monday 11th March
WOMADelaide, Adelaide
www.womadelaide.com.au/

Wednesday 13th March
Lizottes, Newcastle
www.newcastle.lizottes.com.au

Thursday 14th March
Lizottes, Kincumber
www.lizottes.com.au

Friday 15th March
The Basement, Sydney
www.thebasement.com.au/

Sat 16th & Sun 17th March
Blue Mountains Folk Festival
www.bmff.org.au/

Monday 18th March
Brisbane Powerhouse
www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

Wednesday 20th March
Byron Bay Community Centre
www.byroncentre.com.au/



VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI)

Posted on February 1st, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI)

VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI)

“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.

Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his … Read More »



Tuba Skinny

Posted on February 1st, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Tuba Skinny

TUBA SKINNY
Direct from the streets of New Orleans!

“Hearing them, it seems they should be very old, but they’re not. I think they’ve fallen from a scratchy old recording or appeared through a magic door. They’re worth hearing. They’re worth driving across the state to hear. (Burlington Press)”

Friday 22nd February

Kantara House, Green Point NSW

www.trybooking.com/CHIH

 

Saturday 23rd February

The Basement, Sydney NSW

www.trybooking.com/CHKE 

 

Sunday 24th February

Secret Music Party, Sydney NSW

Details – steve@topshelf.com.au

 

Wednesday 27th February

Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW

www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au

 

Friday March 1st

Woombye Pub, Woombye QLD

07 5442 1155

 

Saturday 2nd March

Coorabell Hall, Coorabell NSW

www.mullummusic.com

 

Sunday 3rd March

Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

www.trybooking.com/CHIJ

 

Wednesday 6th March

Darwin Railway Club, Parap NT

info@nookeventmanagement.com.au

 

Fri 8th & Sat 9th March

Port Fairy Folk Festival

www.portfairyfolkfestival.com

 

Sun 10th & Mon 11th March

WOMADelaide Festival

www.womadelaide.com.au

 

Friday 15th March

The Famous Speigeltent, Melbourne

www.spiegel.artscentremelbourne.com.au

 

Saturday 16th March

Castlemaine Festival VIC

http://castlemainefestival.com.au

 

Sunday 17th March

The Famous Speigeltent, Melbourne

www.spiegel.artscentremelbourne.com.au

 

Thursday 21st March

Republic Bar, Hobart TAS

www.moshtix.com.au

 

Saturday 23rd March

The Standard, Sydney NSW

www.trybooking.com/CHKG



Neil Gaiman previews his forthcoming Novel, Sydney Jan 25th.

Posted on December 17th, by Jordan in News. Comments Off on Neil Gaiman previews his forthcoming Novel, Sydney Jan 25th.

“Presented by Top Shelf in association with Sydney Writers’ Festival”

An Evening with Neil Gaiman – Jan 25th – City Recital Hall Angel Place in Sydney. 

Neil will be talking and reading from his work, including his next novel for adults, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”.
Each ticket holder will receive an exclusive preview of Neil’s forthcoming novel on the night.

Neil Gaiman is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages.  He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

Gaiman is a New York Times bestselling author of novels for adults and children and an award winning writer and … Read More »


Jeff Lang ARIA win!

Posted on December 17th, by Jordan in News. Comments Off on Jeff Lang ARIA win!

Jeff Lang was halfway home from his French tour when he discovered the good news that he had won this years ARIA for BEST Blues & Roots for his album Carried in Mind. The album was recorded with compatriots: Grant Cummerford, Danny McKenna and Garrett Costigan. Mixed by Colin Wynne & mastered by Jack The Bear, Artwork by Amanda Upton, design by Myf Walker.

“…Dark blues & Celtic stomps, Hendrix inspired flourishes and unique experimentation…Sonic alchemy” – Rolling Stone

“Plaintive vocals, moody acoustic instrumentation, supercharged amplified slide guitar, and of course lyrical depth” – Beat Magazine

Buy the album at your local record store… Or if you prefer download info is here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/carried-in-mind/id495983495

This is Jeff’s third Aria win, his first was for his collaboration album with Bob Brozman (USA) on “Rolling Through This World”and … Read More »


Warsaw Village Band

Posted on December 9th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Warsaw Village Band

The Warsaw Village Band was found in 1997 as a response against the narrow-mindedness of the music scene which they believed was leading to the destruction of human dignity. That is why they turned to their roots in search for musical inspiration by “exploring the folklore and archaic sounds of their ancestors and instincts”.

“Traditional Polish songs, with their cutting vocals and meshed fiddles are the foundation of Warsaw Village Band’s repertory. But while their lineup is primarily acoustic – hand drums, hammered dilcimer, violins, cello – their sensibilities are modern. THIS IS THE SOUND OF GLOBALISATION”THE NEW YORK TIMES

Since their early beginnings, the group has toured the world over countless times, received composition commissions for video games and movie sound tracks, theatre productions and topped the world music charts … Read More »


Chapelier Fou = The Mad Hatter

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Chapelier Fou = THE MAD HATTER

At 27, Chapelier Fou is not only an outstanding musical acrobat on stage; he is also a sonic alchemist able to create a new formula for each track with a rare intelligence to bewilder his audience thanks to his savoir-faire and obvious generosity.

He is the genial electronic fiddler and violin virtuoso, blending beats and glitch with classical instrumentation into a one man orchestra – 100% live onstage. Never before have we witnessed such a great balance between the genres. 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.

On the classical side, his sensitivity, his catchy tunes and the choice of the violin as a central instrument recall altogether … Read More »


Boubacar Traoré (Mali)

Posted on October 9th, by Jordan in News, Tours. Comments Off on Boubacar Traoré (Mali)

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. Hits … Read More »



Graphic 2012

Posted on October 8th, by Jordan in News. No Comments

*Thanks to Animal Logic for the great promo clip!

I’m very pleased to say that Graphic is in its third year at Sydney Opera House. I curated this alongside my friend & colleague Ben Marshall and had a great time doing so. This year we had more access to the bigger venues of the Opera House, which allowed us to commission some really amazing new events & shows.  Each year I marvel at how with a vehicle like Graphic placed at a venue like Sydney Opera House we manage to engage the most incredible people and entities to create new things for the festival each year.

If you don’t know what Graphic is all about, it’s a festival celebrating the artforms of comics, animation, illustration and storytelling. I think this video from our first year sums it up quite nicely:

(Thanks to Regurgitator … Read More »



Rasa Duende

Posted on October 9th, by Jordan in Artists, News. Comments Off on Rasa Duende

Launching their new album ‘Improvisations’

A collaboration between internationally acclaimed musicians Bobby Singh (Tabla), Adrian McNeil (Sarod) and Damian Wright (Flamenco Guitar), Rasa Duende’s first recording “Improvisations” explores meeting points between Hindustani and Flamenco traditions through a deep understanding and engagement with both of these highly expressive music cultures.

The trio explores meeting points between the melodies, rhythms and aesthetic thought that is deeply embedded in both music cultures. Through the primacy of improvisation, the artists respectfully engage with a range of this traditional material, and then arranges it into a new collaborative setting. This approach allows the artists to create a sound that is both fresh and unique but, at the same time, deeply rooted in the tradition and musical sensibilities of these two cultures.

This exciting and tasteful mixing of two rich traditions succeeds in finding melodies and rhythms that are similar to both musics, and works … Read More »



Yasmin Levy (Israel)

Posted on October 8th, by Jordan in News, Tours. No Comments

YASMIN LEVY (ISRAEL) + BABY ET LULU  

LIMITED CAPACITY SEATED SHOW @ THE FACTORY THEATRE SAT. NOV 17TH. 

After selling out the Sydney Opera Houses Concert Hall on her last tour… don’t miss this very intimate and limited capacity show.

“A young Israeli singer with an exquisite and passionate vocal style and a bravely original musical mission…”  – The Guardian (UK)

Yasmin Levy, born on December 23, 1975 in Jerusalem, is an Israeli singer-songwriter of Judeo-Spanish language and music.  She embarks on a 500 year old journey of Ladino musics and fuses it with Arabic and Flamenco styles.

Yasmin tours Australia on the back of her new album, Libertad. On this album, She has taken the passion of Flamenco, and complemented that with the emotional tones from the world of her ancestors, that of Turkish music.  It is this fusion of flamenco guitar, embellished with … Read More »



Zoe Keating Australian Tour

Posted on August 23rd, by Jordan in News, Tours. No Comments

One-woman orchestra, Zoë Keating (USA), headline shows in Australia – May/June 2012 + Dual album release May 18th.

Media Release – March

For the first time in late May and early June, Melbourne, Sydney, the Blue Mountains & Adelaide will be graced with a one woman show like no other by San Franciscan Zoë Keating, a one-woman orchestra who completely transcends this world with her music.

Zoë Keating performs by using a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music.  Throughout the US and Europe, Zoë is known for both her use of technology – which she uses to sample her cello onstage – and for her DIY ethic which has resulted in the sale of over 45,000 copies of her … Read More »