For a FREE online Music Festivall presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, take note of Saturday 27 June 2020 from 10.30am to 10.30pm and tuck Saturday 25 July 2020 away in your diary. These dates belong to the last Saturday of each month (Jun & Jul) when you'll be able to access performances from some of the best in Australian and International Jazz and Contemporary music live streamed direct to your living room in high definition from ALV Studios in Melbourne. SEE HERE to watch Live and HERE for the full PROGRAM for June. Please take note that some events on the day require registration.
You'll be able to access each performance via THE PROGRAM page and all performances are FREE; however, you can DONATE directly through the WEBSITE. As a not-for-profit organisation, MIJF depends on donations from individual supporters such as you, especially now when the entertainment industry is doing it tough. See here for all the FAQs which will also direct you to Facebook; another platform from where you can access the performances.
The June event kicks off at 10.30am with Nat Bartsch's Lullaby Project for an hour. A multi award-winning Australian pianist and composer, early motherhood found her translating her gentle aesthetic into music with purpose. This gave birth to a suite of lullabies that not only soothed babies to sleep, but was also meaningful and enjoyable for adults. Doing her research through music therapists, compositions with tempos similar to a mother's heartbeat in gentle sounds, simple melodies and harmonies were tapped on and an album (Forever, and No Time at all) was released in 2018.
Nat is followed by a Career Development Panel that explores the differences and opportunities in old and new media and how to make the most of them. Presented in association with APRA AMCOS and Arts Centre Melbourne, you need to REGISTER for this event that begins at 11am and runs for an hour. Experts in their field will cover all subjects that'll help musicians and those working in the music industry navigate the media landscape and build their professional profile.
From 12pm onwards, the lineup is as follows -
12pm - Kathleen Halloran Trio - look forward to a broad sonic palate with the melodically rich guitar stylings of Halloran, complemented by the versatile and inspiring Darryn Farrugia on drums, and rounded out by bassist Kim May's work in the lower registers.
1.30pm - Saxophonist Solomon Sisay is a world-class muso and shot to fame when he was chosen for Axumite Band, a legendary outfit in Ethiopia. Calling Melbourne home, his star continues to rise. This is a tribute to the Ethio-Jazz tradition and a fitting salute to Sisay's role within Ethiopian Jazz.
3.30pm - Jazz guitarist Federico Casagrande direct from Italy is an understated gem who has toured extensively throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The performance of this six-string poet with all the tools for the singular voices in contemporary guitar is proudly supported by the Italian Institute of Culture.
5pm - The award winning Andrew Keller's Five Below features two bassists, drums, guitar and piano, and reimagines a score of Keller's compositions. Deconstruction is the catchphrase in melding acoustic sounds with electronics, pedals and effects; producing a unique and arresting voice in Australian jazz. SEE HERE for their merchandise.
7pm - Joe Chindamo & Olivia Chindamo are a father and daughter team performing alongside each other. Australian virtuoso pianist Joe and the stunning vocalist and performer Olivia's (usually based in New York) performance is proudly supported by Australia Post. A composer and one of the best jazz pianists in the world comes together with music improvisation that endeavours to fuse jazz history and contemporary sensibility. SEE HERE for merch.
8pm - Joey DeFrancesco, direct from the US, reigniting organ jazz with his distinctly modern approach and a vintage Hammond organ. A five-time GRAMMY Award-nominee, Joey continues to dominate the instrument as no one of his generation has. This performance is proudly supported by the US Consulate General Melbourne and you can BUY MERCH HERE.
9.15pm - The Sugarfoot Ramblers, a collective of Melbourne based musicians with a shared love of trad jazz will take the night out with a classic traditional jazz repertoire. This collective features Travis Woods (trumpet), Chris Vizard (trombone), Brennan Hamilton-Smith (clarinet), Louis King (banjo), Howard Cairns (bass) and Daniel Berry (drums) and you can get their MERCH HERE.
A solid lineup for the event, if you'd like to catch up on the MAY EVENT it's still available to view for a limited time. You'll find performances from Multi ARIA-award winning Kate Ceberano, ARIA award-winning vocalist Kaiit, a Career Development panel and more. Be sure to stay in touch via the given links for the upcoming JULY event to follow.