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Interview with Jennifer Kingwell on The Lotus Eaters

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A multi-sensory performance
An accomplished musician, Jennifer Kingwell grew up playing piano and is a classically-trained pianist. She was previously in a band called The Jane Austin Argument. She is also a writer, a performer, a composer and a broadcaster. Earlier this year, she released The Lotus Eaters, a six track EP, her first solo recording.

Jennifer Kingwell, The Lotus Eaters, Melbourne Fringe Festival
Jennifer Kingwell- The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters is one of Kingwell's performances at this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival and is part of a new mini-hub of Fringe activity at the Abbotsford Convent.

"The EP takes its title from a chapter in Homer's The Odyssey when Odysseus comes to an island where he discovers lotus eaters and so that is the inspiration for the track and the name of the EP. It's about avoiding temptation, exploring aspects of addictions and apathy. It's accompanied by an exhibition of artworks created by my friend Hershel and I am also going to be accompanied by The Silo String Quartet who are a wonderfully talented group and am very excited to be joined by them and to be exploring the music through the artwork as well."

The Lotus Eaters is an exciting blend of music, cabaret, theatre and visual art. Audiences can expect a performance that is imbued with mythology, literary references, a rich sonic scenery and spectacular mixed media artwork.

Kingwell says that the public should expect beauty and darkness, two themes that she hopes to explore in this show and which she trusts will shine through.

A big influence for Kingwell is Russian pianist Shostakovich. Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer also influence the artist in the way she understands performance and interaction with the audience.

When asked about challenges faced while working on the album, Jennifer says that the challenges were being worked through while writing the songs.

"The songs themselves come out of my personal challenges that I had faced and a lot of them are about those experiences. When it came time to making the actual album though, it felt quite cathartic. It was a release and it wasn't really challenging, it felt like all that hard work had been done. In terms of putting it on the stage though, I think that the greatest challenge was scheduling two of my most ambitious projects within two weeks of each other."

The artist is currently planning a 2015 tour.

The Lotus Eaters
Abbotsford Convent: Industrial School

2-4 October 2014

9.00pm (55min)

Full Price: $25.00
Concession: $20.00
Group: $15.00
(per person for 4)

To book tickets and for more information on the show, visit the website.

To visit Jennifer Kingwell's website, please click here.
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When: 2-4 October 2014
Phone: 03 9660 9666
Where: Abbotsford Convent: Industrial School
Cost: $15-$25
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