My debut with the Song Company is now just over one week away, when we present a Czech-inspired program with ARIA award-winning pianist, arranger, and improvisation artist, Andrea Keller. A 'wizard' at the keyboard, it will be an exciting collaboration in a style of music that I haven't oft had the chance to perform. In a significant anniversary for Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith we also perform a selection of his contemporary vocal works.
Fittingly, Canberra is to be the location of my official Song Company debut. My first encounter with the Song Company professionally was at the Canberra International Music Festival, after having been invited to be a Sprigis-Woods-Smith Young Artisit at the 2014 Festival. Similarly, the day I learned of my successful audition to join the ensemble, I was due to fly to Canberra for ANU's L'Orfeo season. I cannot wait to travel south next weekend. Canberra has many special musical memories for me, and I look forward to creating many more over the course of 2015.
And in what I suspect will continue to be a year of firsts, I also make my debut at the Sydney Opera House (!) in the beatiful acoustic (and harbour views) of the Utzon Room. Who could have imagined when I began my singing journey almost a decade ago that I would be performing in one of the world's most recognisable cultural landmarks at the age of 25?
Dreams do come true.
Andrea Keller, raised in Sydney and now based in Melbourne, is one of the most original personalities to emerge on the Australian jazz scene over the last decade.
A poet at the keyboard and a magician with her regular band, Andrea Keller’s work often takes its starting point from a classical source, more often than not triggered by a family story. Andrea has now set her sights on The Song Company family for a program that combines Janáček, the touchstone of all Czech music, with Martin Wesley-Smith.
The concert is rounded off with songs by the inimitable Iva Bittová, and a number songs by Andrea Keller written in Prague during the beautiful spring of 2002.
Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
and nursery rhymes
Martin Wesley-Smith (b. 1945)
Selection of songs
Songs from Prague