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UNPLUGGED: NIRVANA REIMAGINED

UNPLUGGED: NIRVANA REIMAGINED

THE MUSIC OF NIRVANA, REIMAGINED FOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

7 OCTOBER 2017

Tickets on sale now via ticketek.

Kurt Cobain: spokesman for a generation. Nirvana: flagship band of Generation X. No one flinches when you say it.

In the year Kurt would have turned 50, Perth Symphony Orchestra presents a concert event unlike anything seen before in WA. Or anywhere, for that matter.

This isn’t Nirvana with strings. Prepare to witness a fully-fledged orchestra in bloom, transformed for one night into a raging rock beast.

Already regarded as “the orchestra that breaks rules” for their radical reinterpretations of everything from Beethoven to WA’s greatest ever songs at RTRFM and the WA Museum’s flagship event A Moment in Time, Unplugged: Nirvana Reimagined will take orchestral sounds to some heavy, heavy places.

 

 

Using Nirvana’s legendary MTV Unplugged in New York as inspiration, which took place just five-months before Kurt’s untimely death in 1994, PSO will take songs from the concert and from throughout Nirvana’s discography and blow them up.

Imagine About a Girl and Where Did You Sleep Last Night backed by a wall of sound big enough to match the angst in the songs. Picture Smells Like Teen Spirit and Lithium pushing the year punk, alternative and grunge broke through, 1991, into the stratosphere.

Unplugged: Nirvana Reimagined will not only take you back there, it will remind you of music, culture and a generation changing forever.

Joining PSO is award-winning songwriter and the veteran of sold out Nirvana reinterpretations from Melbourne to Perth, Justin Burford. Fresh from a return tour with End of Fashion, one of the greatest voices WA has ever produced will lead the concert alongside conductor Jessica Gethin, and no one nails Kurt quite like him.

Burford and PSO have bandied together to reveal their most ambitious show ever. This is a dream event for the artists and Nirvana fans alike.

Unplugged: Nirvana Reimagined will take place on Saturday October 7th at His Majesty’s Theatre.

HAMMER OF THE GODS

HAMMER OF THE GODS

SATURDAY 20th MAY 2017

CROWN THEATRE PERTH

www.ticketmaster.com.au or call 136 100 (Tickets on sale Thursday 17th November)

 

Mario Maiolo & 96FM Present:

Hammer of the Gods brings classic rock to the Crown Theatre Perth on Saturday 20 May in an epic salute to Led Zeppelin, unleashing a 35-piece orchestra (organised by North Street Music) and powerhouse icons, the Zep Boys, in an exhilarating concert of symphonic majesty, dynamic rhythms and breathtaking vocals.

For 3 decades, the Zep Boys have flawlessly dedicated their careers to the Led Zeppelin catalogue and their intoxicating performances have thrilled legions of fans mesmerised by the hard rock, blues and psychedelic legacy of one of the most influential groups of all time.

Guided by maestro David Polain, Hammer of the Gods is a euphoric, unbridled union of hard core symphony and the ultimate concept band, the Zep Boys (vocals Vince Contarino, guitar Tzan Niko, Bass Warwick Cheatle and drums Bradley Polain), delivering a mind blowing explosion of hits –

Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Immigrant Song, Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love, Celebration Day, Rock and Roll, The Rain Song, Tangerine, Dazed and Confused and more.

Hammer of the Gods is seriously hard and sensual rock played to authentic, thumping scores by a 40 piece ensemble as vocally aggressive as it is orchestrally magnificent.

Don’t miss your Led Zeppelin experience with the Zep Boys, accompanied by a 35-piece orchestra at Crown Theatre Perth on Saturday 20 May.

Tickets are on sale from 9am on Thursday 17 November through Ticketmaster on 136 100 and www.ticketmaster.com.au.

 

 

Music and Light – Brookfield Winter Lights Festival 2016

North Street Music is delighted to present a series of performances that will combine beautiful music from local artists with remarkable lights as part of the Brookfield Winter Lights Festival between the 7th July and 4th August 2016.

Three artists from different genres will perform under the stars in Brookfield Place. Wearing stunning white dresses designed by acclaimed Western Australian designer Jonté, the female musicians will have visuals projected onto their dresses by the incredible projection artists VJ Zoo to reflect the music they perform, creating a remarkable visual and aural entertainment experience.

THE PERFORMERS

DivaLicious | Operatic, July 7th & 28th | 6pm

Coloratura sopranos Fiona Cooper Smyth & Penny Shaw met as members of West Australian Opera and formed the operatic duo DivaLicious, stepping into the spotlight and moving centre stage. Combining opera with musical theatre and popular cross-over songs and teamed with a wicked sense of humour DivaLicious have developed a huge repertoire and created several fully staged theatrical shows.

“DivaLicious – Opera Rocks” has toured throughout WA, was nominated for Best Cabaret 2013 and 2015 and had a highly acclaimed and sold out season at Sydney Opera House.

DivaLicious have launched their own CD, DivaLicious – One Voice; reached the finals of Australia’s Got Talent, made appearances on The Voice and Channel 7’s “The Morning Show”; performed at The Ashes 2014, The Hopman Cup 2013, and many other prestigious corporate events and gala dinners.

“Vocalists Fiona Cooper Smyth and Penny Shaw continue their efficacious musical mix witnessed on TV’s Australia’s Got Talent, presenting their art form and trained voices in an entertaining and easily accessed format.” – Sydney Arts Guide review of DivaLicious- Opera Rocks at The Sydney Opera House.

Sophie Foster | Contemporary | July 14th & August 4th | 6pm

Sophie Foster is an emerging contemporary vocalist quickly establishing a name for herself in the Perth music scene. With an array of influences spanning across 50 decades, Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé and Chaka Khan have shaped the singer Sophie is today.

After commencing her studies at WAAPA in 2012, Sophie immersed herself in the
live music scene, playing with some of the most acclaimed musicians in town.

Presenting a selection of songs from well known contemporary artists, Sophie’s soulful voice and powerhouse performance will not disappoint.

Cathrine Summers – Jazz | July 21st | 6pm

Winning audiences with her undeniable on-stage charisma, sultry voice and playful banter, Cathrine Summers’ reputation as a jazz, soul, contemporary performer of choice for weddings and events in Perth continues to grow.

UK-born vocalist with sell-out Fringe World Festival shows, sold out Ellington Jazz Club shows, headline acts at Kings Park Festival and Perth City New Years Eve plus many other gigs, festivals and functions across WA dishes up a kind of female Michael Bublé meets Adele style of performance.

Cathrine Summers fostered her love of performing right here in Perth, making a name for herself at iconic venues and festivals including Perth International Jazz Festival, Kings Park Festival, Jazz By The Bay, many performances at The Ellington Jazz Club, Crown Casino High Roller functions as well as launch nights, balls and successful residencies at live music hotspots Malt Supper Club, Jazz at the prestigious UWA Club, The Laneway Lounge and many more…

Summers is acclaimed for her live performances with her husky, smooth, yet powerful voice.

“The quality that sets her apart from other singers is that people of all ages feel ‘instantly familiar’ with her and soak up her banter and on-stage charisma.” – The Music Review, Perth.

It’s hard not to compare Summers’ to vocalists Diana Krall or Carmen McRae with a touch of the powerful vocals of Amy Winehouse and Adele. Her soulfulness allows her to effortlessly deliver well-known classics from the 30s and 40s that transcends audiences to a different era.

“Cathrine Summers is all about creating ‘mood’ and brings theatres to life” – The Sydney Standard.

Ground level in front of the Tower 1 foyer, Brookfield Place
Every Thursday – 7, 14, 21, 28 July and 4 August | 6pm

Song Lounge July

Song Lounge is one of Perth’s favourite singer/songwriter showcases where top local artists perform their originals in a unique and intimate setting. Join us to hear them share the stories behind their songs, song writing experiences and hilarious tales from their tours – be taken on a journey with Perth’s finest talent.

Monday July 18th (7 – 10pm) The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Tickets available HERE
$15 Standing/ $20 Seated

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Segers

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Ben Cately

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Robert Hinton The Music of Robert Hinton is a sublime experience in itself–a refreshing and unbiased mix of jaunty acoustic pop, rock and folk, rolled together by acoustic guitar tones and gripping vocal melodies. Delivering passionate performances at every show, Hinton brings a full and warm sound while keeping the mood upbeat with the driving of a stompbox. Robert draws his biggest influence from Iron and Wine, City and Colour, Josh Pyke, Paul Dempsey, Justin Vernon,
Maynard James Keenan and Porcupine Tree. In October 2013 Hinton released his debut album ‘Winter Sun’, and a second release titled ‘Explaining Colour’ in June 2015.

Segers is the moniker of musician, Stacey-Ann Pietersen. After years playing in Sydney bands, Pietersen crossed the country to spend some time at home. Pietersen has since been writing songs, studying and singing; happily, secluded in the Perth hills. 2014 saw the successful independent release of her debut EP ‘Little Lines’. To growing audiences, Segers has been playing shows around Perth, including State of The Art Festival and The Ellington Jazz Club. Her sound has been compared to artists such as Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and Feist, quirky and yearning, yet gentle and hypnotic, a sound that is hard to label. To spend an evening with Segers is to spend a night with a best friend you didn’t know you had, but instantly feel you’ve known for eternity. She has a way of making you feel like she is confiding in you, sharing her dreams and fears, reflecting on the past, and dreaming of the future.

Ben Cately With his unique acoustic blues and roots sound, Ben Catley has honed his energetic stage presence by relentlessly performing around Perth and WA while supporting artists such as Kallidad, Fingers Mitchell Cullen, Jay Hoad, Nick Saxon and Andrew Winton. With an exciting, upbeat live show, expect grooving foot stomps, guitar wizardry, big gritty vocals and an abundance of passion from the English-born Scarborough local.

His new single, What’s Riding, is an undeniable foot-stomper that is as melodic and grooving as it is simplistic. The track is a modern and edgy take on the delta blues that Ben has soaked up and channels effortlessly while maintaining his own unique style.

Bernardine is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist from Perth, Western Australia. She made her music industry debut in 2014 as a soloist and has since developed a full band show and released an LP. Her debut album released May 2015 has been toured in the UK and in metro and regional Western Australia. Bernardine is an advocate for raising mental health awareness and her song ‘Daylight Saving’ featured on the Music Feedback Vol. 7 compilation which shared the message ‘Music talks about mental health, so can you’. In 2016 Bernardine has been performing locally and nationally, July Song Lounge will see Bernardine perform brand new unreleased material.

 

A Moment in Time at Western Australian Museum

To celebrate the Western Australian Museum – Perth and honour its place at the heart of our community ahead of its four-year closure for major redevelopment, Western Australian Museum, RTRFM and the Perth Symphony Orchestra teamed up for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of some of our State’s most iconic songs.

A Moment in Time featured some of WA’s best music being played throughout the Museum.

In the historic Hackett Hall Gallery, five West Australian singers – David Craft, Rachael Dease, Odette Mercy, Timothy Nelson and Mei Saraswati – along with our 20-piece orchestra and an all-star band including Malcolm Clark (Sleepy Jackson, Weapon is Sound) and Jozef Grech (Project Mayhem, Flooded Palace) paid tribute to a hand-picked selection of classic West Australian songs from the likes of Abbe May, The Drones, Felicity Groom, The Stems, Tame Impala and more.

It was an incredible night and Perth Symphony were so delighted to be a part of it.

Photo by Rachael Barrett www.facebook.com/rachaelbarrettphotography

Please check out this amazing review in The West Australian Paper: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/a/31774885/museum-musos-capture-the-moment/ 

Song Lounge June 20th

 

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Song Lounge is one of Perth’s favourite singer/songwriter showcases where top local artists perform their originals in a unique and intimate setting. Join us to hear them share the stories behind their songs, songwriting experiences and hilarious tales from their tours – be taken on a journey with Perth’s finest talent.

Date: Monday June 20th

Venue: The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Time: 7 – 10pm

Tickets: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/song-lounge-june-2/

Madi Henry WAM

Madi Henry is a young 15-year-old girl; whose voice is well beyond her years. She is a talented singer/songwriter who has recently won WAM Song of the Year U14’S category with her song Stronger. She is an up and coming talent to look out for with her heartfelt, emotional performances.

 

 

 

 

Ella E is an up and coming indie-folk artist, who at 16 years of age has already got her foot in the door. A passionate, determined, self-Ella E Cover Photoaware teenager, Ella started writing music at age 12. In 2015 she launched her first EP “Letters I Never Sent” to a sold out audience and in February 2016 was pleased to support Missy Higgins at her Fremantle concert. As a regular at North Street Music’s Song Lounge, she is looking forward to sharing some of her new music with you.

Nyanda J

Nyanda J Jessica Nyanda Moyle otherwise known as ‘nyanda j.’ is a singer songwriter who draws upon a wide array of influences to create her music. Combining pop-orientated melodies, rhythmic guitar playing and visceral vocals to tell and relive stories that are honest and relatable.

 

 

 

 

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Stella Donnelly is currently recording her debut EP at Villanova Studio in Perth and she has decided to give everyone a sneak peak of what is to come.Stella’s conversational and honest lyrics combined with folk and pop sensibilities will be performed in the intimate setting of Perth’s favourite jazz club.

RTRFM and WA Museum – A Moment in Time – June 3rd

To celebrate the Western Australia Museum and honour its place at the heart of the community ahead of its four year closure for major redevelopment, RTRfm, Western Australia Museum and Perth Symphony Orchestra will present a once in a lifetime performance of some of WA’s most iconic songs.

A Moment in Time will feature some of WA’s incredible artists with support from Perth Symphony Orchestra, who are managed by North Street Music. This concert brings the orchestra together with WA’s top singer/ songwriters who North Street Music are proud to support and have worked with in the past few years.

WHAT: A Moment in Time
WHEN: Friday June 3, 7pm ’til late
WHERE: Western Australian Museum, Perth Cultural Centre
Tickets: www.museum.wa.gov.au / 1300 154 181

In Hackett Hall Gallery WA singers David Craft, Rachael Dease, Odette Mercy, Timothy Nelson and Mei Saraswati with the Perth Symphony Orchestra and an all-star band including Mal Clarke (Sleepy Jackson, Weapon is Sound) and Jozef Grech (Project Mayhem, Flooded Palace), paying tribute to classic WA songs from the likes of Abbe May, The Drones, Felicity Groom, The Stems, Tame Impala and more.

The Hackett Hall Gallery will also play host to Western Australia’s first ever performance of a Trautonium – an extremely rare German synthesizer, originally used to soundtrack Hitchcock’s The Birds – courtesy of Perth musician, researcher and archivist Meg Travers, alongside live sets from the high-energy Soukouss Internationale and the mighty Kill Devil Hills.

In the Museum foyer, the Perth Jazz Society will curate four hours of stellar jazz featuring 457, Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, Sarah Ramsey Trio & Ben Matthews.

“The Discovery Centre will be transformed with a fanfare of sonic delights, becoming The Gallery of Glorious Sound – an exhibition of extraordinary instruments lovingly put together by members of Artifactory in conjunction with the Western Australian New Music Archive (WANMA).”

A rambunctious collection of weird, wild and wonderfully exotic instruments will be installed in the display cases for patrons to puzzle over and postulate upon, culminating in a special one-off performance featuring a number of these very special instruments.

Also in the Discovery Centre, patrons can kick back with the green fairy and a classic Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder bar, as RTRFM DJs go head-to-head for a four-hour silent disco featuring El Ritmo vs. Trainwreck, Siamese Dream vs. Bass Check, Disco Science vs. Burn the Airwaves and Rock, Rattle & Roll vs. Black & Blue.

In the Museum’s Dampier Gallery, you can take part in an interactive storytelling experience with the Story Room, celebrating and preserving personal histories of the Museum.

A Moment in Time – a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the Western Australian Museum and WA music.

 

 

WAM Song of the Year winner / North Street Music Collaboration

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We have been celebrating in the office following the announcements of the WAM Song of the Year winners. http://wam.org.au/wam-song-of-the-year-►-201516-winners-announced/
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Gaetan Schurrer, North Street Music’s Technical Director, produced the song “Stronger” by Madi Henry that won her the award for 14 years and under.

Gaetan and Madi were introduced through the incredible artist Ezereve as she was Madi’s singing coach.

Upon meeting with Madi and her mum, they recorded 5 songs over 2 days during the February school holidays. Gaetan then spent a little time on each song producing her vocals, and then started music production. He spent about a day on each song programming drums, bass, strings and synths, and enlisting the help of Rick Webster to record guitars.

A few days into March, they received word that two of Madi’s songs had been selected for WAM Song of the Year. Spending a full day on the production of her song “Stonger” proved invaluable as this was the song that went on to win the WAM Song of the Year ‘School 14 years and under’ category.

Congrats Madi and Gaetan!!

Song Lounge Launch for 2016

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Song Lounge is one of Perth’s favourite singer/songwriter showcases where top local artists perform their originals in a unique and intimate setting. Join us to hear them share the stories behind their songs, songwriting experiences and hilarious tales from their tours – be taken on a journey with Perth’s finest talent.

We launch 2016 with 2016 Toyota Star Maker winner – Karin Page, Kate Gilbertson, B.R Dalton and Elk Bell. Read more about these fantastic artists below..

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Tickets:
$20 table (seated)
$15 bar (standing)

 

Karin Page
Karin Page 2016Karin Page is a singer songwriter hailing from Perth. In May 2014, the songstress took to the road with her partner and spent almost 18 months writing and playing shows all the way around Australia.

Page has just returned home from the Tamworth Country Music Festival in NSW where she was crowned the 2016 Toyota Star Maker. This competition is the oldest running and most prestigious country music competition in Australia. She has played numerous festivals, including Nannup Music Festival, Fairbridge Folk Festival and Boyup Brook Country Music Festival. In 2013 she was a finalist in the Telstra Road To Discovery Competition and that same year she also picked up the “Best New Talent” and “Best Group” award at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.

Soon to embark upon recording her debut album, Karin Page is taking everything she learns from her constant touring schedule and putting it down on tape. Equal parts heartfelt and catchy, Karin Page is making music that is refreshingly honest and intelligent, whilst still being a whole lot of fun.

Kate Gilbertson
Kate Gilbertson 2016With her roots embedded in country and folk, Kate Gilbertson’s debut came in April 2012 when she was selected to support Passenger (Mike Rosenberg, UK) at Fly by Night, Fremantle. Her raw honest sound likened her to a mix of Laura Marling and Australia’s Mia Dyson as the singer songwriter quickly developed a wide Perth fan base.

After completing her studies at the Western Australian Academy of Music, Kate packed guitar on back and spent the most of 2014 playing bars across Europe and Toronto, before the oceans called her back to Northern Ireland, making the town of Belfast her new home. Recent features include: Runner up at Dawson’s Belfast Songwriter’s Competition (2014), feature slot at the BelNash 2015 (Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival), an appearance at Lisburn’s Sunflower Festival in August 2015, appearances with Music Showcase NI and Chordblossom gigs including support for local bands Foreign Affairs (Belfast) and The North Sea (Dublin) in October 2015 .

Her debut EP  Olive Street is available on Bandcamp and will soon be succeeded with her debut album in the coming year.

B.R. Dalton
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Bryan has been playing music around Australia since 2010 playing many bars,cafes and busking in the city malls. Dalton’s debut Lazy Days Ep 2012 and Eastern Lights Ep 2014 were recorded in Fremantle And since has played support shows in Ireland and Australia with Damien Rice, The Coronas, Stu Larsen, & Sam Brittian
“ playing at The Ellington with Stu last year was one of my favourite shows ever it was so relaxed and captivating. I love music that , it creates an atmosphere in which I love to tell stories through song”…

 

 

Elk Bell
elk Bell 2016 v2Folk/pop chanteuse Elk Bell crawled out from behind the couch in 2011. Her debut album, Superfragilistic, garnered rave reviews and serious airplay across her homeland of Australia and far flung USA. Amongst its accolades, it was an RTRfm Feature Album and rated on the CMJ Top 200 Chart in the USA. This collection of musical gems took her to an array of stages including those at the Fairbridge and Nannup Music Festivals, the latter being repeated in 2016.

Elk Bell has been captivated by music for as long as she can remember. A singer/songwriter in the classic mould, she is the latest avatar of a long line of strong, passionate female voices. She draws on a legacy that includes Mazzy Star, Cat Power, PJ Harvey and Sharon Van Etten but combines those sources into a sound that is uniquely her own.

 

 

 

 

A New World – intimate music from Final Fantasy

For the premiere performance in Australia, the producers of Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY present A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, an incredible new concert experience, at “the jewel in the crown of The University of Western Australia,” historic Winthrop Hall.

Friday 12th February
8.00pm – 10.00pm (with 20 minute interval)
Winthrop Hall, UWA
Tickets HERE

The performance features the unforgettable music of Nobuo Uematsu from throughout the FINAL FANTASY video game series as breathtaking live concert arrangements for a top-notch eleven-piece ensemble of musicians. With acclaimed GRAMMY award-winning music director and violin soloist Arnie Roth, renowned piano soloist Benyamin Nuss and members of the Perth Symphony Orchestra, and developed in close collaboration with legendary FINAL FANTASY composer Nobuo Uematsu, A New World joins Distant Worlds as an officially licensed production with the full support of the renowned game developer SQUARE ENIX. It introduces audiences to the rich music from FINAL FANTASY on a personal and intimate scale as yet to be experienced in the land Down Under!

Highlights include:

FINAL FANTASY VI: Decisive Battle
FINAL FANTASY VII: One Winged Angel
FINAL FANTASY VIII: Fragments of Memories
FINAL FANTASY X: Fight With Seymour
FINAL FANTASY XI: Selbina
FINAL FANTASY VII: Those Who Fight
FINAL FANTASY VIII: Force Your Way
FINAL FANTASY IX: Danger In The Forest
FINAL FANTASY X: Zanarkand
FINAL FANTASY XIII: The Promise/Blinded By Light featuring soloists Arnie Roth and Benyamin Nuss
FINAL FANTASY SERIES: Moogle Theme Medley
FINAL FANTASY SERIES: Chocobo Medley