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JAZZ • WORLD • POP

THE PICK OF

SUMMER’S

BEST

mUSIC Melbourne Recital Centre is the place to hear the best of summer’s touring artists.

Joshua Redman • Brad Mehldau • Jane Birkin Angélique Kidjo • Amiina


AMIINA Sigur Ros’ acclaimed string section has developed into the exceptional Icelandic sextet Amiina who come to Melbourne for a very special performance. With a plethora of instruments and found objects including strings, glockenspiel, theramin, bells, harp and electronics, you’ll be taken on a journey as Amiina creates beguiling soundscapes and majestic songs.

‘Listening to the album is one thing, but hearing-and seeing their music executed live is unforgettable.’ Irish Times Media Media partner partner 3 3 Triple Triple R R Wednesday 18 January 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets $55 / $45

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Brad Mehldau

Joshua Redman

JOSHUA REDMAN/ BRAD MEHLDAU DUO Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau are two of the most brilliant, acclaimed and era-defining jazz musicians of their generation. Both have remarkable and instantly recognisable musical voices: Mehldau’s chiselled sound is a fusion of Romantic virtuosity with the freewheeling spontaneity of jazz and the energy of rock, Redman is a lyrical musician of imagination and refinement. Individually both are critically and commercially acclaimed and when  they play together sparks will fly. Expect to rediscover standards, original cuts and pop and rock tunes recreated in the  hands of two masters

Saturday 21 January 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets from $50

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PENGUIN CAFÉ In the words of pop music luminary Brian Eno, Penguin Café is ‘eccentric, charming, accommodating, surprising, seductive, warm, reliable, modest and unforgettable’. Arthur Jeffes, son of Penguin Café Orchestra founder Simon, has breathed new life into the beloved ensemble, assembling a talented bunch of musicians to keep the spirit of PCO alive. Creating a heady mix of global sounds that is at  once familiar and new, Penguin Café’s music has lent its quirky energy and offbeat loveliness to films like Napoleon Dynamite, TV commercials and programs and radio theme music.

Monday 5 March 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets from $60

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KIMMO POHJONEN Mind-blowingly original, Finland’s Kimmo Pohjonen defies the limitations of conventional music making with unprecedented ingenuity and extravagance. Kimmo presents his extraordinary sound and light show combining extreme compositions with live electronic effects and a powerful stage presence with a defiantly cyber-punk aesthetic. See and hear one of the most innovative musicians in the world in an immersive, unpredictable and unforgettable surround-sound-enhanced experience.

‘Pohjonen was simply amazing... a solo star.’ The Guardian (UK)

Thursday 8 March 8pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets $55 / $45

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HERMETO PASCOAL & GRUPO Hermeto Pascoal, charismatic composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and musical visionary comes to Melbourne for  the first time with his intoxicating blend of jazz, rock and Brazilian  music. Described by Miles Davis as ‘one of the most important musicians on the planet’. Nicknamed the ‘Sorcerer’, Pascoal is as likely to produce a piece for kitchen utensils as improvised solos on keyboard or flute, making joyous, magical sounds inspired by the nature and people of Brazil.

Presented by arrangement with the Adelaide Festival Friday 9 March 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets from $55

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DIEGO GUERRERO Singer, guitarist and producer Diego Guerrero looks beyond convention and history to fuse the passionate music and songs of  flamenco with Afro-Cuban rhythms and the added spice of contemporary jazz. Born in Andalusia and now living in Madrid, Diego is recognised as a ground-breaking young innovator, twisting  strains of tango and copla, salsa and jazz into flamenco, yet  remaining faithful to the purity of the music’s essence.

Saturday 10 March 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets $55 / $45

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LE TRIO JOUBRAN ASFÂR Celebrated virtuosos of the ud (or oud), Le Trio Joubran create superb music that embodies the great richness of Palestinian culture. Magnificent improvisations and rich subtle melodies are teased out on uds by brothers Samir, Wissam and Adnan, who are joined on percussion by Youssef Hbeisch. Between musical ecstasy and sumptuous silence, Le Trio Joubran carry their audience from  elation to melancholy. Their celebratory performances are overflowing with emotion and their Melbourne debut will take your  breath away.

Thursday 15 March 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets from $45

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JANE BIRKIN SINGS SERGE GAINSBOURG Chanteuse, star of film and stage, style icon and darling of the French new wave, Jane Birkin pays tribute to her mentor and former lover in a rare concert appearance: Jane Birkin sings Serge Gainsbourg. For  more than a decade she was muse to the legendary French singer, songwriter and enfant terrible Gainsbourg. Many of his songs  were written specifically for her (with that voice in mind) and  given that they are mostly about love — love of her and with her  — Jane sings them with a very real, if understated, passion. Media partner 3 Triple R Presented by arrangement with Maggie Gerrard Sunday 18 March 7pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets from $60

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SHIVKUMAR SHARMA Shivkumar Sharma creates hypnotic, mystical and beautiful music that transcends time and cultural traditions. As a celebrated santoor player (a Kashmiri instrument similar to a dulcimer), Shivkumar produces a complex web of mystical sounds from the ancient 100-string instrument. In this special concert Shivkumar is joined by  tabla virtuoso Yogesh Samsi and Takahiro Arai on  tanpura  (drone). ‘Astonishing artistry.’ The Age This performance is presented with support from the Government of Victoria, Arts Victoria and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Wednesday 21 March 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets $50 / $40

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EDDI READER – THE SONGS OF ROBERT BURNS Widely recognised as one of Britain’s most thrilling and affecting contemporary performers, Eddi Reader never fails to bring her trademark depth of emotion and passion to her performances. In  this  Australian exclusive, renowned singer-songwriter Reader brings her acclaimed project showcasing poet and lyricist Robert  Burns’ best-loved songs to Melbourne. ‘Put one of Scotland’s finest singers, most celebrated songwriters, and best orchestras together and the result was always going to be special.’ The Sunday Mail, Scotland Friday 30 March 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets from $65

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ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO An extraordinary singer and storyteller, Angélique Kidjo is one of the  greatest forces in African music. With a joyous stage presence, richly powerful voice and a dramatic past, Kidjo is an icon. Her Melbourne concert is essential for anyone interested in the way music can shape and be shaped by history. Sharing the bill is musician-activist Vusi Mahlasela whose songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future.

‘Africa’s premier diva.’ Time Magazine

Thursday 5 April 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Tickets from $55

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Andrea Keller

SALON DELIGHTS THIS  SUMMER ANDREA KELLER Three-time ARIA Award-winning jazz pianist Keller is acclaimed for her original ensemble The  Andrea Keller Quartet. In  this  concert, Andrea plays solo, performing originals standards and her compelling arrangements of Wayne Shorter originals from her 2007 solo album Footprints.

ENERGY THROUGH MATTER Melbourne Prize for Music 2010 award-winning drummer David Jones showcases his artistry in an intimate solo concert. Drawing on his experiences travelling to the East, he combines Eastern metaphysics and sacred rhythms with the mesmerising showmanship of a drumming maestro. A visual and aural feast  to inspire all music lovers.

Friday 10 February 7.30pm, Salon Tickets $35 / $25

Saturday 18 February 3pm & 7pm, Salon Tickets $35 / $25

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Riley Lee

THINK, DANCE, IMAGINE, FLY ‘Grand Master’ of shakuhachi Riley Lee comes to Melbourne for a rare collaboration with Imogen Manins, Tony Gould and  David Jones. Drawing on their collective and diverse knowledge of music from around the world, the four musicians will weave melodic lines and layer musical textures while exploring music that will be at times meditative and haunting and at other times lively and energetic.

CHOPIN – THE FIRST JAZZ PIANIST When Australian jazz legend Joe  Chindamo plays the classics he doesn’t merely ‘jazz them up’, but expands the musical language of the original in such a way that preserves the integrity of the composer while creating a  new music. In this concert, Joe  brings Chopin to life in a way in  which he has not been heard  before.

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 March 7pm, Salon Tickets $45 / $35

Friday 16 March 8pm, Salon Tickets $35 / $25

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