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Travelling Tales - Adam Simmons & Arcko Ensemble

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Adam Simmons, one of Australia's most prolific and varied artists, is proudly presenting the Melbourne premiere of 'Travelling Tales,' his latest musical suite at fortyfivedownstairs from 7 to 10 December 2017 (4 performances only).

This very special live music event will see Simmons perform a rapturous avant-garde jazz-classical suite accompanied by a 20-piece world-class Arcko Ensemble, conducted by Timothy Phillips.

Simmons composed and first performed 'Travelling Tales' for the 2013 PiraeusFestival in Athens, Greece, with the IntrartiOrchestra. The work comprises of musical vignettes inspiredby his worldwide travels, love of Japanese shakuhachi music,and profound belief in the usefulness ofart.

It will be the third in his acclaimed 'The Usefulness of Art' concert series. Comprising five concerts over two years, 'The Usefulness of Art' series was inspired by a Rodin quote and is the driving force behind Simmons' formidable musical career.

The first two concerts elicited rapturous praise from critics and audiences alike. The Age Classical Reviewer, Clive O'Connell, wrote, "At a time when really adventurous musical events are rare, this night was a breath of fresh air, leaving you elated with its accomplishment."

Des Cowley, Australian Book Review, described the second concert as, " a triumph in every way," and the Daily Review's Shane Murphy said, "If the usefulness of art is to make one happy, then Simmons went a long way to doing so."

A virtuoso player of saxophones, clarinets, flute and shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Simmons stretches the boundaries of modern composition and infuses a sense of wonder and playfulness into musical art forms better known for their gravitas.

His performances are not so much 'concerts' as staged auditory spectacles - drawing audiences in to share in the uniquely communal power and euphoria of his music and art.

Revered by his peers, lauded by critics and adored by audiences, up to now Simmons has been somewhat of an unsung hero on the Melbourne music scene. But that's all about to change as he is currently co-directing a killer line-up at the latest Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, is artist-in-residence for FOMA MONA 2018 and recently won a spot in the Australia Council's prestigious Arts Leaders Program.

For 'Travelling Tales', Simmons chose to work with Timothy Phillips and the Arcko Ensemble not just because of their virtuoso playing but also their focus on Australian works and composers. With a 20-piece string orchestra and conductor, Simmons will be playing tenor and soprano saxophones as well as bass clarinet. Continuing the theatrically-inspired theme for his concerts, the musicians will be wearing costumes designed by Christine Crawford.

Don't miss this spectacular live music experience in Melbourne. 'Travelling Tales' - Adam Simmons & Arcko Ensemble will be held at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000 from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December 2017, 7.30pm each night except Sunday matinee at 3pm. Concert duration: 60 minutes.

Tickets are now on sale through or by calling 03 9662 9966. Tickets are priced $35 full and $30 concession. Early bookings are advised as places are limited.

For more information on Adam Simmons & Arcko Ensemble and to make a booking, please visit

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When: Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December 2017, 7.30pm each night except Sunday matinee at 3pm. Concert duration: 60 minutes.
Where: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Cost: $35 / $30
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