In conjunction with the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government, Artist Bookings is proud to present Melbourne's finest big string musicians performing originals and reinterpreted classics throughout Melbourne's iconic laneways. Check out the calendar for more information and the map for locations.
This FREE event, The Big Strings Festival runs from 16 to 30 January 2021 at various times (as per above image), and locations, and is a showcase of some incredible performers. Head on down and show your support while you enjoy the entertainment. Individually, the locations are at -
Enjoy performances on Saturdays from 2-6pm and on Sundays from 11am-1pm. Kicking off the first event on 16 Jan from 2-4pm you'll find The Smashing Evos - Double Bass, Violin, Guitar Mandolin at 22 Brown Alley, performing celebration music with poetic pop/world music-driven originals. If you head to 14 McKillop Street, you'll hear interpretations of traditional Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music by Bridge - Double Base and guitar duo. Rutledge Lane on the other hand has Vanessa on Harp in a flamenco fantasy, a varied programme of dance music from around the world. She is a captivating performer with an extraordinary international performance history.
At 11 Bank Place, you'll find Monty Duo - Double Bass, Guitar. Monty and Patrick will be reinterpreting pieces made famous by the great pianist Bill Evans. Reimagined for double bass and guitar, these pieces are known for there incredible sense of beauty and will showcase the melodic and harmonic sophistication that this duo are known for. For Invictus Strings - Classical string Ensemble, you need to head to 11 Cohen Place. Highly acclaimed, this sought after quartet are a young and vibrant ensemble praised for their luminous and blended sound. So many to choose from, and this is just the first half of the first day of performances.
The second half from 4-6pm will have Bridge performing again at 14 McKillop street, and Vanessa on Harp, back on Rutledge Lane, but this time, she'll be performing Rock to Romance. Have you ever heard AC/DC being played on a harp? Or maybe even Queen? Harpist Vanessa McKeand will entertain you with favourite pop songs from the last 4 decades and exquisite interpretations of popular romantic classics.
There's a change of performers at 22 Brown Alley for the latter half. Vardos - Double Bass, Violin, Viola. Driven by wild violin, chased by viola and massaged by double bass, Vardos play European Folk and Romany music learnt in Hungarian Gypsy camps. This is exciting, challenging, delightful music best heard live. One performance only – don't miss out! Monto Duo are back, but have moved to 18 Olivers Lane for this second half of the program and have moved away from a Bill Evans tribute. This time it's a love letter to the swinging bebop and hard bop styles of music, as Monty and Patrick play music by the greats of early jazz. All this, just on day one. It's going to be tough to choose which location to be at, with so many exciting performers to experience. Be sure to check out the calendar of events for the rest and the best; and performances that you'd love to experience.