Relax and enjoy a rich tapestry of sound, that blends world and jazz music, featuring classical guitar, tabla and grand piano. Listening to the rhythms of "Sound Embassy" will be an enjoyable way to spend your lunch hour at this concert. You can catch it on Tuesday 24th July from 12 noon to 1 pm.
Sound Embassy (image by May Cross)
I first saw Sound Embassy as part of Anywhere Theatre and what a great choice it was. It was the first of three Friday Night Concert series which celebrated creativity, community and diversity. It was held in the beautiful Dome Lounge of the Museum of Brisbane in City Hall which set the ambience. It was an intimate show with less than 40 people and felt more like enjoying friends (some very talented ones) playing in your home. This concert is again at the Brisbane City Hall but in the main auditorium this time - an indication of how their popularity has grown. And best of all? It's absolutely FREE as part of the hugely successful Lord Mayor's City Hall Concert Series. For further details see the Brisbane City Council website.
Anthony Garcia (image by May Cross)
The trio consists of Brisbanites Dheeraj Shrestha (tabla percussionist), Tnee Dyer (jazz pianist), and Anthony Garcia (classical guitarist). Individually, they are all accomplished musicians; together they are magic.
When I heard them play, surprisingly it was their first live performance playing together. They had played together on radio as well as having taught and workshopped together before but that was their inaugural concert. I knew that we would be seeing more of them soon as they were so brilliant, and now they are playing in the gorgeous auditorium, which holds over 1,500 people. Dheeraj Shrestha has played in the auditorium on drums before, but not with his trio.
The first piece I heard was called "Belonging" and was composed for the BrisAsia Festival 2018. It was a gentle, meditative tune to get the audience relaxed. All their numbers (except the encore) were original pieces or improvised music. The next piece was a love song and featured the tabla and Nepali folk drums. It reminded me of my trekking days in the Himalayas of Nepal, Dheeraj's homeland. The artists blended Eastern and Western music with skill and beauty, and led the audience on a spiritual journey. "Temple" written by Anthony followed, which pulled together the different styles and cultures of the three artists. Then came a lovely story about music and lunch and "Five Fishes" with its beautiful harmonies. Then an Espanola piece featuring Anthony's guitar solos.
Beautiful Brisbane City Hall Auditorium (image by May Cross)
The encore was a song which everyone recognised but not like we had ever heard before (I won't spoil the surprise as they are sure to play it for us on the 24th). The variety of tempos and styles was evidence of their passion for music. My only criticism? It was too short. I am sure you will agree with me when you hear them that one hour is not long enough. You'll yearn for more. See you there.
Audience at Lord Mayor's Concert Series (image by May Cross)