An Evening with SAMMY J.
Nov
30
to Dec 30

An Evening with SAMMY J.

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SAMMY J

**** PG (Parental Guidance Recommended) - Contains Mature Themes

Former Peninsula Grammar student Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer and musician. A proud nerd, he abandoned his law degree to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. You may have seen him on TV, at a festival, or as one half of the man/puppet duo Sammy J & Randy. 

As a solo act, Sammy J won the Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has since performed in Edinburgh, Montreal, and every major Australian comedy festival. His album “Skinny Man, Modern World” received an ARIA nomination for Best Comedy Release, and he gained a national following with his satirical take on Australian Politics, Sammy J’s Playground Politics”.

As part of the duo "Sammy J & Randy” with puppeteer Heath McIvor, Sammy received the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Their acclaimed live shows have taken them from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End, and in 2015 they were handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to appear in his Montreal Gala. Their musical sitcom, “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane”, premiered on ABC TV in 2015, and has since launched on Netflix UK and NBC’s Seeso in the USA.

As a composer, Sammy J has written countless comedy songs for stage and screen, and scored the incidental music for “Ricketts Lane” and “Sammy J’s Playground Politics”.

Away from the comedy world, Sammy J’s MC skills have seen him host award shows, interview politicians, and inject much-needed humour into corporate events. He regularly runs workshops in schools, and his writing has appeared in multiple publications. 

Sammy J is a proud Ambassador for the mentoring service Big Brothers Big Sisters, and travelled to South Africa with Randy as Oxfam ambassadors in 2014 to witness Oxfam’s work firsthand.

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Luke Howard
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Luke Howard

http://www.lukehoward.com/

“Luke is one of Australia’s most stunning jazz pianists, combining incisive intelligence, formidable pianism and relentless passion with a congenial manner and infectious enthusiasm for music in all its forms.” 
Dr Donna Coleman

Luke studied classical piano as a child before graduating with honours from the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2001 he was awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship through which he studied with Paul Bley and Fred Hersch. In recent years he has opened for Benjamin Clementine and Ben Frost, and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills. Luke was twice a finalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and was in 2007 a finalist in the Melbourne Music Prize. He also won the 2012 Bell Award for Jazz Composition of the Year, is a frequent performer at the Melbourne Recital Centre (where he twice co-presented the Festival of Beautiful Sound), and has performed at festivals such as The Great Escape, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Bigsound. Local artists with whom he regularly works include Ben Abraham, Nat Bartsch, Leonard Grigoryan, Lior, and Gian Slater. He is currently co-producing ‘The Final Hour’ (a work by composer Stuart Greenbaum), as well as a solo piano record for Nat Bartsch. Luke’s music has a global reach, with his composition ‘Portrait Gallery’ receiving more than 1.35 million plays on Spotify, and synchronisation licensees including the Royal Australian Navy. He has played on well over fifty recordings and has released several albums of his own (see attached discography). Luke has also written music for several short films, and played on many film scores by other composers such as Cezary Skubiszewski. His music has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, July 2013), “cinematic in its approach” (The Age, October 2009) and “a welcome balm for weary souls” (The Age, February 2009). Luke divides his time between Europe and Australia. In 2013 he released the Australian Music Prize long-listed record ‘Sun, Cloud’. Luke’s score to ‘Where Do Lilacs Come From’ won Best Music for a Short Film at the 2014 APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards. He was a recipient of a 2015 PPCA recording grant, through which he recorded his second solo album ‘Two Places’. Other recent records include ‘Ten Sails’ (with Brooklyn-based trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis) and the photo book/EP ‘Two & One’. Luke has has works commissioned by the Grigoryan Brothers, the Hush Music Foundation, Plexus, and the City of Melbourne. He has recorded frequently at both Rainbow Studio (Oslo) and Greenhouse Studios (Reykjavík). Luke is represented by Secretly Canadian Publishing, and is an Honourary Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts – School of Contemporary Music.

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HORNS of LEROY
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

HORNS of LEROY

HORNS of LEROY

Inspired by the flavours of New Orleans to Fitzroy, this punked-out seven piece raucous street band take brass band music to a whole new level. From humble beginnings, the band has evolved from playing the streets of Melbourne to some of the biggest festivals and stages across the country.

Taking sounds from a number of musical influences, their debut record will be a fresh culmination that highlights all there is to dig about this band.

Whether you love them for their New Orleans inspired street parties or their raucous stage shows, Horns of Leroy always deliver and have earned themselves a reputation to match.

Ben Harrison & Travis Woods – Trumpet

James Macaulay & Nick Pietsch – Trombone

James Mustafa – Sousaphone

Daniel Berry & Tim Clifton – Percussion

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Trinity College Choir
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Trinity College Choir

Trinity College Choir

Trinity College Choir is acclaimed for its collaborations with the world’s leading musicians and in particular for its performances of Bach, which have included the St Matthew Passion with Jeremy Summerley in 2011, and the St John Passion with Stephen Layton in 2012, and Jonathan Grieves-Smith in 2014.

The Choir has undertaken eight international tours, visiting England, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Baltic States and Russia, Canada and the United States.

The Choir is a champion of new and old music, and enjoys a special advocacy for new Australian repertoire much of it written especially for the Choir. Recent performances including music by Gabriel Jackson, Richard Mills, Daniel Riley, Arvo Pärt, Brett Dean, Eriks Esenvalds, Owain Park, Lachlan McDonald, Sir John Tavener, Pawel Lukascewski, David Briggs, Joseph Twist, Calvin Bowman and Nigel Westlake, and in 2013 on his first tour to Australia the Choir performed with Eric Whitacre.

The Choir comprises students studying a wide range of subjects, many of whom are resident at Trinity College, but with others drawn from Monash or Swinburne University, the Victorian College of the Arts or RMIT, and other centres of tertiary education.

 

Mr Christopher Watson Director of Music.

Mr Watson, at present the Director of Music at St Edmund Hall in the University of Oxford, will commence in January 2017.  An internationally acclaimed tenor and choir conductor, he has more than twenty-five years of experience in church music. His distinguished career includes several years as a Lay Clerk in Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, and Westminster Cathedral Choir, London, and he is a longstanding member of The Tallis Scholars and Theatre of Voices, with whom he won a Grammy Award in 2010. With composer John Duggan he established the chamber choir Sospiri in 2006. To date Sospiri has produced eight CDs, to critical acclaim.

Mr Watson has established a world-wide network of eminent musicians and has organised and led many international choir tours, including for St Edmund Hall and Sospiri. He is delighted to have the opportunity to join Trinity College and the music community of Melbourne, and welcomes the challenge of leading the famous Choir of Trinity College and inspiring and organising more performances of fine music in all parts of the College.

The College is also pleased to announce that Mr Sam Allchurch, alumnus of Trinity and the Trinity Choir, has been appointed to conduct the Choir in semester two, 2016.  Mr Allchurch holds an Honours degree in Music from Melbourne, and a Masters in Music (Choral Studies) from Cambridge, where he held a prestigious Gates Scholarship.  For the next few months he will divide his time between Trinity and his role with Gondwana Choirs in Sydney.  The Trinity Choir is already singing splendidly under his teaching and direction.

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Lachlan Redd
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Lachlan Redd

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Lachlan Redd

 Lachlan Redd graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York in 1999, a student of Phillip Kawin, with a Masters degree in piano performance, as a scholarship holder and a recipient of the Queen’s Trust for Young Australians.  His undergraduate degree was from the Australian National University, obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree with first class Honours. He was awarded The University Medal in 1997. In 2001 & 2002 Lachlan held a full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music, where he obtained extensive tutelage from Frank Wibaut (UK) and Aquiles Del Vigne (Brussels).  In 2003 he was appointed Nancy Curry Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, where he currently holds the position of Assistant Organist. In addition, Lachlan is organist to the Chapel Choir at Melbourne Grammar School and is on the piano staff of Scotch College.   Over the last ten years Lachlan has been invited to participate in some of the world’s most important piano competitions including: Scottish (1998), Leeds (2000), Rachmaninov (2002) & Bechstein (2006).  He has twice been awarded the Bach Prize at consecutive Australian National Piano Awards. He won First Prize at the Fourth International Youth Music Festival Virtuosi of the Year 2000 Competition, held in St Petersburg. This culminated in a performance with the Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra in the historic Marinsky Theatre. He was a finalist in the inaugural ABC TV Quest Competition and won the 1996 Keyboard Finals of the Young Performers Awards, appearing on ABC TV in the grand finals of both events. That year, aged 22, he replaced Bruno Leonard Gelber, without rehearsal, in two performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.   Since then, Lachlan has appeared as both recitalist and concerto artist for the ABC in simulcasts on ABC TV and ABC Classic FM. He has appeared with most of the ABC orchestras, including the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Queensland Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras and with leading conductors including Vladimir Verbitsky Michael Halasz, Nicholas Braithwaite, Janos Furst and Yan Pascal Tortellier.   He has been invited to festivals and performed in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Belgium (with orchestra), Austria, Germany & Russia. 

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THE TWOKS
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

THE TWOKS

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THE TWOKS

http://thetwoks.com/

 

The Twoks are Xani Kolac (electric violin/vocals) and Mark Leahy (drums). The Melbourne-based duo have been making violin and drums dance music together for the past four years. With influences ranging from Sigur Ros, Kate Bush, Phoenix, Leonard Cohen to Pat Benatar, this duo is an eclectic mix of dark and bright. The Twoks have played St Kilda Festival (MEL), DARK MOFO (TAS), The Falls Festival (Byron Bay), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Port Fairy Folk Festival and a stack of other gigs, clubs, parties and cities. Recently, The Twoks opened for Clare Bowditch and Adalita’s “Winter Secrets Tour” as well as for 2Cellos at The Palais. The pair have released a bunch of recordings, including an LP of half an hour’s worth of instrumental improvisations. The duo have worked with producers, Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Andy Bull) and Andy Baldwin (The Cat Empire, Haerts) and Xani Kolac was nominated for the AUReview award for Best Live Instrumentalist in 2014.

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Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow

Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow

http://timmcmillan.net/

Tim McMillan has been performing his unique style of acoustic guitar based music for over a decade. His lively performances, sense of humour and ability to inspire the audience have made him a popular live artist throughout Europe, where he spends a large part of the year.

Joined by violinist Rachel Snow the duo perform a distinctive mix of styles including fingerstyle guitar, Celtic rock, folk and jazz. Tim and Rachel have become quite used to entertaining all kinds of audiences with their music - filled with hilarious tales of life in the Australian bush, athletic guitar stunts and melodic songwriting.

In his home country Australia, Tim has won numerous awards including the Maton Young Guitarist of the Year and Cole Clark Guitar Award (for Best Instrumentalist), and was voted by Australian Guitar Magazine as one of the top 25 guitarists of 2015.

The past years have seen Tim sharing the stage with guitar legends Al Di Meola, Dominic Miller (Sting), Metallica’s Rob Trujillo and Phil Campbell of Motörhead. Most recently Tim and Rachel have toured Europe with 90’s rockers Ugly Kid Joe with Tim also joining them on acoustic guitar for the duration of the tour.

 

Tim is currently endorsed by Cole Clark Guitars.

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TRIO ELTRI (USA)
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

TRIO ELTRI (USA)

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Eltrí Trio

James Ackley is a multi-­‐time nominated Grammy artist and has performed across Europe, Asia, and the Americas as a soloist with numerous orchestras, and as a recitalist and clinician.  On a tour through South America, Venezuelan critics named James “…one of the best trumpet players in the world today”, and the Hartford Courante has called James “spellbinding” and “a true artist”.  James received his BM from Baldwin-­‐Wallace College Conservatory and his MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with James Darling and Michael Sachs of the Cleveland Orchestra.   He  has  performed  with  the  Moscow  State  Radio  Symphony,  Mexico  City  Philharmonic,  American  Ballet  Theater  Orchestra,  Dayton  Philharmonic,  Charlotte  Symphony,  Charleston  Symphony,  Waterbury  Symphony,  Bogotá Philharmonic, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others.  His first solo CD, Recital Music for Trumpet, was released in 2006 and his second CD, Lírico Latino with collaborative pianist Rebecca Wilt was released in 2007.  Since then, James has produced ten more recordings as a soloist and chamber musician.  He  presently  holds  the  position  of  professor  of  trumpet  at  the  University  of  South  Carolina.    James  is  Yamaha  Performing Artist and under Andes International Management.

Charles  Saenz has developed a reputation as a performer who is equally versed in a variety of musical idioms. A  review of his most recent recital tour describes his playing as “seductive subtlety” and having “perfect agility and character”. “Charles plays with confidence, accuracy, and wonderful musicianship”. Mr. Saenz has performed with such  ensembles  as  the  Toledo  Jazz  Orchestra,  the  Toledo  Symphony,  the  Tower  Brass  Quintet,  the  Sinfonia  da  Camera of Illinois, The Champaign-­‐Urbana Symphony, the Illinois and Nebraska Brass Quintets, and the Omaha Big Band.  He  is  active  as  an  adjudicator/clinician  and  has  presented  master  classes  in  Illinois,  Michigan,  Alabama,  Oklahoma,  Nebraska,  Wisconsin,  Iowa,  South  Carolina,  and  New  Mexico.    An  active  performer  at  international venues, Mr. Saenz has presented recitals and master classes in China, Inner Mongolia, Thailand, and Brazil. Other performances  include  the  Burgos  Chamber  Music  Festival  in  Burgos,  Spain  and  the  Exploring  Brass  Ensembles  workshop  in  Kalavrita  and  Athens,  Greece.  In  2011,  he  was  a  featured  artist  at  the  Fifth  International  Trumpet Festival of China held in Shenyang, China. Of this recital, the International Trumpet Guild wrote, “Saenz has superb control of the instrument and performs with astonishing sensitivity with regard to phrasing, dynamics, and nuance. It was well worth crossing an ocean to hear!” In January 2012, he was featured as a soloist at the annual conference of  the  New  Mexico  Music  Educators  Association.  Other  recent  recital  engagements  include  the  University  of  Cincinnati College-­‐Conservatory of Music, Wright State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Saenz is the recipient of various awards including first prize in the 1994 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition. He is associate professor of trumpet and coordinator of brass and percussion at Bowling Green State University. Prior to his BGSU appointment, he was on the faculty of the University of Nebraska Omaha where he served as coordinator of brass studies and instructor of trumpet. Saenz holds degrees from New Mexico State University and the University of Illinois.

Pianist Solungga Liu has enjoyed an active career as a soloist and collaborator in venues across four continents. A dedicated  performer  of  new  music,  Liu  has  performed  music  by  many  composers  of  our  time,  including  the  Lutoslawski  Piano  Concerto  with  Ossia,  Steve  Reich’s  The  Desert  Music  and  Tehillim  with  Alarm  Will  Sound,  and Meandering River and Three Braided-­‐River for solo piano by Robert Morris (both are dedicated to her).  With AWS Liu has recorded two CDs of Reich’s major works, and a recording of Meandering River has been released by Albany Records.  In  addition,  Liu  premiered  Gregory  Mertl’s  Piano  Concerto  with  the  University  of  Minnesota  Wind  Ensemble,  conducted  by  Craig  Kirchhoff.   Commissioned  by  the  Barlow  Endowment  for  Music  Composition,  this concerto was written for Liu and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble and she has recorded it for INNOVA Records. This album will be released in 2017.  Liu’s commercial release, The Pleasure-­‐Dome of Kubla Khan: Piano Works of Charles Tomlinson Griffes (Centaur), was praised as having, “excellent sound, sensitivity and beguiling color” by  the  American  Record  Guide  and  “thoughtful  interpretations”  by  the  prestigious  Clavier  Companion.   Of  it,  the  Seattle Post-­‐Intelligencer wrote, “This is an excellent recording. Liu has done justice to this sometimes overlooked body  of  work  with  her  playing,  as  she  pays  tribute  to  a  unique  and  evocative  composer.”    Liu  has  concertized  throughout  the  globe,  including  the  USA,  Canada,  Austria,  Romania,  Brazil,  China,  Taiwan,  Malaysia,  Singapore, Thailand  and  Hong  Kong.  Her  major  performances  include  Ravel’s  Concerto in G Major  with  Taipei  Metropolitan  Orchestra, a collaborative recital with Paul Merkelo, Principal Trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, the Goethe Center in Bangkok, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Thailand International Mozart Festival, and a chamber concert with new music ensemble Open Gate at Carnegie Hall.  Liu  holds  degrees  from  the  Eastman  School  of  Music  and  is  Associate  Professor  of  Piano  at  Bowling  Green  State  University, Ohio, USA. 

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Benaud Trio
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

Benaud Trio

The Benaud Trio is one of Australia’s finest ensembles. Formed in Melbourne in early 2005, pianist Amir Farid, violinist Lachlan Bramble, and cellist Ewen Bramble have established themselves as formidable performers of the standard repertoire, works by Australian composers and music with a pop/jazz influence.

Apart from their regular appearances at Melbourne Recital Centre and Elder Hall, the Benaud Trio have performed in major international festivals in Adelaide and Perth and for Musica Viva in Hobart and Melbourne. They have given concerts in many regional centres including Ballarat, Castlemaine, Mount Barker, Port Fairy,

Flinders and Mount Macedon and have also played live on the ‘Today Show’, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the 2006 Boxing Day Test and at the launch of the Steve Waugh Foundation in Sydney.

The Benaud Trio were winners of the Piano Trio Prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition and were resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts in July 2006. The Benauds were Musicians-in-Residence at 3MBS FM from 2007 to 2009 and recipients of the 2013 Contemporary Masters Performance Award at Melbourne Recital Centre. In November 2015 they were Ensemble-in-Residence at the inaugural Adelaide Chamber Music School.

The Benaud Trio’s repertoire now spans more than 60 works from Haydn to the present day. They regularly commission new music from prominent Australian composers including and are well known for their outrageous pop-inspired encores, specially arranged for then by Nicholas Buc.

The Benauds and have two acclaimed albums available on Melba Recordings and are audience favourites on ABC Classic FM

 

view more at www.benaudtrio.com

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Hetty Kate with Grayson, Farrugia & Sherlock
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Hetty Kate with Grayson, Farrugia & Sherlock

British new wave, pop and rock with a jazz sensibility.

After the success of the Grayson, Farrugia and Sherlock 2015 original instrumental release ‘Wolf & Hound’, jazz vocalist Hetty Kate has invited them to collaborate with her for a new project exploring and combining transoceanic and disparate musical genres. Drawing from an eclectic collection of British new wave, pop and rock, the group reinterpret and reharmonise this iconic music with a jazz sensibility. Expect David Bowie, The Eurythmics, A Flock of Seagulls, Tears For Fears and more.

The hammond organ jazz trio is a rarity on the Australian musical landscape. Consisting of the classic Hammond B3 organ together with a Leslie cabinet, drums and guitar, the trio allows an open sound that gave equal weight to each musician, allowing a freedom not often found in larger ensembles. The colours and space within are the perfect conduit to deliver a beautiful, yet uncommon, presentation of the music that shaped a generation.

 

Hetty Kate - Voice

James Sherlock - Guitar

Ben Grayson - Organ

Danny Farrugia - Drums

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Romantic Inspiration - TPS Presents STAFF SERIES featuring MEGAN SMITHIES
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Romantic Inspiration - TPS Presents STAFF SERIES featuring MEGAN SMITHIES

Romantic Inspiration

A concert of Brahms and Kats Chernin for clarinet, cello and piano featuring out very own TPS Staff Member Megan Smithies.  Joined by the Paul Jenkins (clarinet) and Caroline Almonte (piano) this evening will a fantastic evening of true chamber music. 

Program:

Songs Without Words- Elena Kats-Chernin

Trio No 5 for clarinet,cello and piano- Johannes Brahms

Russian Rag- Elena Kats-Chernin.

Megan Smithies-cello

Megan is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts having studied with with Marianne Maxwell, Tania Hunt  and Nathan Waks, After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Melbourne University, Megan spent a number of years in Sydney, performing with ensembles as diverse as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia of Sydney and the Seymour Group. On her return to Melbourne, Megan played with the Melbourne Symphony and as a permanent member of the State Orchestra of Victoria. She appeared as a soloist with the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto. She has vast experience as a member of the Australian Pops orchestra and played for musicals such as Cats, The Wizard of Oz, and The Phantom of the Opera, With a keen interest in chamber music, Megan played as a member of the Goossens String Quartet in Sydney, the Southern String Quartet in Melbourne as part of the Musica Viva In Schools Program and The Macedon Trio. Megan is a founding member of the Peninsula Chamber Musicians and performs regularly with their large ensemble as well as affiliated smaller chamber music groups in the Peninsula area. She is also on the executive committee of the Peninsula Music Society which brings artists of international standing to the area.  Megan has wide experience as a teacher and currently teaches cello and directs string ensembles at The Peninsula School in Mt Eliza.

Paul Jenkins-clarinet

Paul is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and holds a Masters in Music and Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University. He studied primarily with Kate Stockwin and Ian Morgan but has also performed in master classes and taken further study with Robert Schubert, Phillip Miechel, David Thomas, David Griffiths and Paul Champion. As a clarinetist, Paul has performed with many ensembles including Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Opera Orchestra, Grainger Wind Symphony and 'scratch orchestras' for special projects. As well as clarinet, Paul performs frequently on instruments from the flute, saxophone and oboe families for musical theatre, chamber ensembles and community orchestras. Paul is founder and current Vice President of Peninsula Chamber Musicians Inc and has a passion for seeing a reinvigoration of community music on the Peninsula. He currently teaches woodwind at Padua College.

Caroline Almonte-piano

Melbourne-born pianist Caroline Almonte has won numerous awards, has recorded and produced for the ABC and, alongside her performance commitments, teaches piano at the University of Melbourne. She has performed in Europe, the US, China, Japan, Canada and South America, and at the Edinburgh Festival, Teatro Colosseo series, and major festivals in Australia. She has played under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Reinhard Goebel, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Richard Mills, Benjamin Northey, Tadaaki Otaka, David Porcelijn and Markus Stenz. Her chamber partners have included, among others, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yvonne Kenny, Ian Munro, Li-Wei Qin, Merlyn Quaife and Miki Tsunoda, her partner from Duo Sol. Engagements in 2014 have included Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performances with violinist Daniel Hope in Sydney and Melbourne, and the Dunkeld Festival of Music with the Australian String Quartet. In 2013 she gave a Musica Viva recital tour, performed with Bernadette Harvey and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and was soloist in the SSO’s presentation of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, narrated by Dame Edna Everage. She also appeared with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra on the Hush Music Foundation’s album, The Magic Island. Caroline Almonte studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing postgraduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York

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The Grubs
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Grubs

http://www.oscarneylandmusic.com/the-grubs/

The Grubs are a Melbourne based New Orleans style trad jazz band, with an emphasis on bringing a larrikin, Australian approach to the music. Expect a raucous set of New Orleans party music, transported to Fitzroy - with a focus on collective improvisation, syncopated dance rhythms and general rowdiness. The band is a classic Dixieland septet featuring Vocals, Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone, Banjo, Double Bass and Drum Kit

The debut EP from the group is available as a physical CD or as a download at bandcamp here - https://thegrubsjazz.bandcamp.com/releases

Reuben Lewis - Trumpet

Josh Kelly - Clarinet

Chris "Wave" Vizard - Trombone

Matt Hayes - Banjo

Oscar Neyland - Double Bass

Daniel Berry - Drums

Jess Palmer - Vocals

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Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes

Words on The Mountain (and Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes)
by Gareth Hipwell (Country Update/Rolling Stone)
Once in a blue Tasman moon, the damp, limey backstreets of Melbourne produce a songsmith of singular integrity and vision; an artist who is readily able to articulate, in profoundest detail, our most familiar concerns – be they personal, generational, or universal. Paul Kelly, Nick Cave, Archie Roach – each emerged, fully formed, from the fertile proving ground of the Victorian capital. Standing alongside them in the slow-turning screws of Northcote rain is Lachlan Bryan – attended, as ever, by long-time companions The Wildes.
The second studio outing from the re-branded Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – their first with ABC Music – The Mountain is a landmark recording from one of the country’s most versatile collectives.
An expansive offering, The Mountain is a lyrical and musical expression of resignation falling short of capitulation; of living with doubt without being enfeebled by it; of finding stillness in the face of the constant, pressing urge toward motion.
Since emerging in 2009 as the songwriting force behind The Wildes’ much-lauded debut Ballad of a Young Married Man, Lachlan Bryan has been a consistently compelling presence on the local alt. country-Americana landscape. Much-admired 2012 solo debut Shadow of the Gun was an album of striking immediacy and pathos, cementing Lachlan’s reputation as one of the world’s premier composers.
 The Mountain builds on the tearaway success of the most recent Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes offering, the Rod McCormack-produced Black Coffee (2013). That album debuted at the No. 12 spot on the ARIA Australian Albums Chart, peaking at No. 4 on the ARIA Country Chart and netting the group the 2014 Golden Guitar for Alternative Country Album of the Year, as well as The Age Music Victoria Award for Best Country Album, and the Australian Independent Music Award for Best Group. Both infectious single ‘Black Coffee’ and brooding murder ballad ‘309’ (with Bill Chambers) became instant radio favourites.
A tireless touring outfit at home, Lachlan and The Wildes have established a formidable reputation on the U.S. live circuit, racking up dozens of dates across multiple trans-American tours. Journeying overland from Oklahoma to Texas, Arkansas to Missouri, Tennessee to Louisiana, the band has crossed paths with Steve Earle and John Hiatt, performed at the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and supported The Alvin Brothers, The North Mississippi Allstars, and Joan Armatrading. On Australian soil, Lachlan and band have graced the stages of the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster, and appeared at Australia’s premier annual roots fixture, Bluesfest.
Produced by Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, The Mountain was tracked over two fertile days at Toyland Studios in Northcote. Each of the album’s twelve tracks coalesced with telling organicity.
“The main criteria for us with the studio, the way we record, is to have good isolation rooms, because we like to record live – to track everything together,” Lachlan says.
 Joining Lachlan, drummer Mat Duniam, bassist Shaun Ryan, and guitarist Damian Cafarella in the studio were legendary session player James Gillard (Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers), pianist Ben Grayson (The Bamboos), and pedal steel player Seamus O’Sullivan (Ruby Boots, Bakersfield Glee Club).
The Mountain is Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes at their careworn, uncluttered best. Lacquered throughout with nostalgic guitar parts straight out of the Sun Records playbook, the album traverses dancehall rock’n’roll, heartworn alt. country-Americana, and freewheeling rockabilly.
 Co-written with much-decorated U.S. songwriter Kim Richey – who lends backing vocals to the track – album opener ‘Afraid of the Light’ is an instantly recognisable Lachlan Bryan confessional supported by a soft country strum and plaintive pedal steel.
I looked outside and wished it was rainin’. I don’t care for the blue sky here at all.’
The rain and shadowy alleys of ‘Afraid of the Light’ are all-too-familiar inspirations – as Lachlan explains.
“I moved back to Melbourne during the making of The Mountain. I feel there’s definitely a lot of Melbourne in this album. Even in the instrumentation – we predominantly stuck to Melbourne musicians for the first time in a couple of records.”
The quiet Victorian streets of Lachlan Bryan’s imagination open inevitably, irresistibly, onto ever-widening roads, highways and byways, drawing the songsmith out into the wild dark beyond the sudden borders of town. If Black Coffee spoke to a single preoccupation or obsession, it was to a helpless fixation on the open road.
Unlike those surveyed on Black Coffee, though, the long roads ofThe Mountain ultimately lead to a very real place – a destination of notorious fixity in terms of both geography and reputation. For Lachlan and band, New Orleans, Louisiana is a city livid with the damp heat of inspiration.
The Big Easy is a ubiquitous presence across the length of The Mountain, writ in stirring organ and, in something of an innovation for the band, several bold and brassy horn parts. The famed jazz capital lives and breathes in languorous Bourbon Street fever-dream ‘Dugdemona’, and swinging Dixieland-inspired closer ‘Gin and Tonic’.
Gin and tonic, whiskey or chartreuse, the only drink I should rethink is the drink I drink without you.’
“New Orleans has become our ‘home ground’ when we’re in America,” Lachlan explains. “Because we’ve now spent more time there than anywhere else in the States, it’s also the place we’ve encountered the most music. That was really influential in the writing process for The Mountain.”
If shimmering Southern soul flavours are the ‘black cat bone’ to the voodoo potion that is The Mountain, piano-anchored centrepiece ‘The Mountain’ is the still-beating heart.
There are mountains that you talk about, and mountains that you climb. And I was only twenty when I made my way up mine. When I climbed the mountain I had nowhere left to go, but down around the mountain to the valley far below.
It’s a sobering reflection on the distances travelled in youth, and a clear-eyed survey of all that lies ahead.
“I feel it doesn’t matter what we do in life, we all still come to that endpoint and say, well, now what?” Lachlan says of the track.
True to form, The Mountain bristles with Lachlan’s unique observations on those finer details that, together, add up to a fully-rounded picture of life in all its immensity.
It took me a day-and-a-half to get your perfume out of my car,’ he sings on pedal steel-embossed country shuffle ‘The Secret I’ll Take to my Grave’.
Underscoring his versatility as a wordsmith, Lachlan’s irreverent streak undeniably shines on tracks such as the rustic ‘A Long Way to Fall’.
A heart like yours takes time to break, but I’m workin’ as fast as I can.’
An established fixture of the band’s live set, freewheeling rockabilly cut ‘The King and I’ offers a lighthearted glimpse into the life of a much-travelled Elvis impersonator.
These days it’s just a backin’ track and a broken down PA. And there’s a woman in Deniliquin gets a quarter of my pay.
“I originally wrote ‘The King and I’ imagining a fairly ‘camped up’ Elvis-type arrangement,” Lachlan explains. “We tried all kinds of ways of arranging it for the album, but we definitely ended up going back to that kind of ‘Sun Records’ sound. If you want to keep the Elvis comparison, it’s definitely much more early Elvis than fat Elvis!”
At once ambitious and restrained, literary and irreverent, The Mountain is a genre-spanning document of Australian songwriting at its thrilling, heartbreaking, captivating best.© 2016 Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes. All Rights Reserved.

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ARCADIA QUINTET
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

ARCADIA QUINTET

"...A festival highlight. Bursting with sonic potential...
 - Sydney Morning Herald


"...A gripping account of intricate gestures and sparky rhythms..."
- Sydney Morning Herald


"...particularly impressive..."
- citynews.com.au

The Arcadia Quintet was formed in 2013 by five like-minded young Australian musicians who shared a love of playing together and a passion for wind chamber music.

Kiran Phatak, David Reichelt, Lloyd Van’t Hoff, Matthew Kneale and Rachel Shaw played together in various combinations for a number of years as members of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and as students at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). During that time they developed a belief that, as wind musicians instinctively breathe together and are capable of creating an enormous variety of sound worlds, the wind quintet is an outstanding chamber medium that can rival the very best string quartets. They are excited about sharing this with their audiences.

In November 2013 the Arcadia Quintet won First Prize in the ANAM Chamber Competition for their performance of György Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet. They were awarded a Fellowship at ANAM shortly afterwards. 2014 saw them embark on a non-stop succession of concerts, tours and education programs. Highlights included performances and a residency at the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui, NSW, tutoring at the South Coast Music Camp, a three-concert series at ANAM as well as performances at the Melbourne Festival and the Kew Courthouse.

2015 is shaping up to be just as busy, with upcoming performances at the University of Melbourne and the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. Arcadia’s ambitions for the years to come involve exploring their passion for Australian music through commissioning works from young Australian composers; engaging with contemporary Australian, and international audiences through concerts of exciting and relevant wind quintet repertoire; and continuing their commitment to education by touring regionally with their education programs.

The Arcadia Quintet members have been chosen as the first Musica Viva FutureMakers musicians. FutureMakers is the national chamber and ensemble music organisation’s exciting and prestigious new artist development program, dedicated to empowering leading young virtuosi to become Australia’s the next generation of outstanding musical performers and flexible and curious artistic and entrepreneurial leaders and creating new pathways, attitudes and conventions. The holistic program is under the guidance of Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey. The group‘s two year fellowship commences in September 2015.

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ROSS IRWIN
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

ROSS IRWIN

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ROSS IRWIN with Danny Farrugia (from Angus & Julia, Missy Higgins), Ben Edgar (from Gotye) and Ryan Monro (from The Cat Empire)

Ross James Irwin has cemented himself as a kind of musical mastermind in Australia. As a multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, he’s been a go-to guy for Paul Kelly, Passenger, Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Pyke, Thelma Plum, Seth Sentry, The Paper Kites, Brooke Fraser, Gossling, You Am I, Washington, The Cat Empire, and The Bamboos, as well as working with international music legends Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen), Suzi Quatro, Belle and Sebastian, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Stax legend Eddie Floyd, Ben Elton, Patrick Watson, and that’s just to name a small few. As a large-scale composer and singer/songwriter, he has an almost iconic underground status, having a slew of live shows all across the country under his belt, as well as having music and songs featured on numerous films, documentaries, and Australian TV shows.

His status in the jazz world is equally impressive, having played with many great local and international musicians such as Harry Connick Jr., Bill Watrous, Gordon Goodwin, James Morrison, Alan Vizutti, Wyclyffe Gordon, Leroy Jones, Emma Pask, Jim Pugh and Joe Bataan.

Having explored and played in over 300 cities across 35 countries, Irwin marries his experience of exploring the world to his music. The result is a vast and multi-colored musical landscape with many dark twists and turns melded with brilliant moments of euphoria. His three individually unique releases, “The Hunting Road” (2011), “Wasted” (2013), and “The Wild” (2015), are unmistakably the sign of an amazingly talented and enigmatic artist.

 

 

“Surrounded by instruments, Irwin gives anyone considering jumping on a loop station in the near future instant clinical depression. Roscoe James Irwin is the real deal” – Glenn Waller: themusic.com.au

 

“An immensely talented artist” – The AU Review

 

“Roscoe James Irwin is clearly one of Australia’s most talented multi-instrumentalists” – Leah Phillips: The Ripe / TV

 

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STAFF SERIES featuring GUIPRAVO DUO
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

STAFF SERIES featuring GUIPRAVO DUO

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Guipravio is a versatile music duo from Melbourne consisting of Jenna Roubos an Operatic Vocalist and Anthony McGarrigle a Classical Guitarist.

Guipravio's interpretations of Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and Latin create a unique and entertaining atmosphere you won't want to miss.

Jenna and TPS Staff Member Anthony, formed Guipravio duo whilst completing their Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of The Arts and have been recipients of numerous awards; including winner of the Bendigo Guitar Competition, the National Liederfest receiving the Henkell Brothers award, the Goethe- Institut Australien Award, The Robert Salzer Foundation Scholarship, Ian field Memorial award, and Jean Brunning People’s choice award. They have played extensively throughout Melbourne and given numerous recitals for the German National Liederfest of Victoria, The Musical Society of Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Team of Pianists.

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