SATURDAY 3 AUGUST 2019 – 2 Acts
$60 full price, $50 members + concession
Doors open 6pm
ACT 1 – 7pm to 7.40pm
Velvet Pesu is an independent singer/songwriter, musician and visual/performance artist. Her idiosyncratic vocal resonance is deeply rooted in jazz, gospel, world rhythms and ancient folksong traditions. It is her aim to unify diverse concepts, transcend borders, overcome adversity and connect communities by providing a glimpse into the ephemeral nature of human expression, fragmentation of perception and the interconnected nature of all.
‘It is difficult to say where Velvet’s art begins and where Velvet the artist takes over; as a performer she is well aware of the role of the artist’s body as the locus of the work itself. She often uses personal adornment as a means of further eroding the boundaries between her own body and that of sculptural materiality; whether bedecked in the jaws of some large fish as a clavicle-ornament, or wrapped and daubed, Velvet uses her own body as an instrument through which to channel sounds and responses that are integrally woven into the meaning and fabric of her performances.’ Pat Hoffie
ACT 2 – 8pm to 10.30pm
RHIANNON (USA) / LAURENCE HOBGOOD (USA)
“THE TWO OF US” PREMIERE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
A fabled underground figure in vocal jazz, Rhiannon turns improvisation into performance art. TIME OUT NEW YORK
Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation and storytelling to audiences for over four decades. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women jazz ensemble Alive! to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra to her groundbreaking solo and ensemble performances, Rhiannon has paved a unique path as an independent artist.
Grammy-winning pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and Yamaha artist Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a dynamic career. Well known as musical director for singer Kurt Elling from 1995-2013, Hobgood co-produced ten of Elling’s CDs, each Grammy-nominated. Hobgood won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Jazz Record receiving one of the coveted statues for his work as producer.
“Rhiannon is incredibly brilliant and fun”. BOBBY McFERRIN……”
“One of the finest pianists out there. Period.” JAZZ TIMES