Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 07/03/2021
It’s about to get crunchy in here.
What: Intermode is an exciting and daring collaboration between Taikoz and the Sydney Improvisers Composers Kollectiv Orchestra. It’s a genre-melding project that invites both ensembles into unknown terrain, a meeting place to create shared sounds, motion and form. It will take the audience on a journey full of sonic colour and resonance – at once surprising and exciting.
Why: Some of the most aggressively pretentious people from uni are gainfully employed doing f*** all. What a surprise.
9) Powerhouse Late: Romance Was Born
What: Powerhouse NSW Creative Industries residents Romance Was Born will work with artists to saturate the Powerhouse in Australiana kitsch. The beloved fashion duo will program the Museum’s theatre spaces with their past fashion parades, favourite film clips and video works, whilst DJs and performers weave between the exhibitions.
Why: The line between dementia-riddled hoarding and contemporary art turns out to be the venue.
8) Fleetwood Mac: Orchestrated
What: Experience Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits – Dreams, The Chain, Everywhere, Tusk, Rhiannon, Landslide, Go Your Own Way, Little Lies, Big Love, Seven Wonders & more as performed by a 24 Piece orchestra conducted by George Ellis. Special guest vocalists are Tania Doko (Bachelor Girl), Karise Eden, Prinnie Stevens and Mark Williams (Dragon). Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits brought to thrilling orchestral life at the State Theatre.
Why: You know what ‘Dreams’ was missing? A flugelhorn.
7) The Music of Queen: Orchestrated
What: Bohemian Symphony is an Orchestral Tribute to one of the biggest stadium-rock bands in the world, QUEEN. A 24 Piece Symphony Orchestra Conducted by internationally-renowned George Ellis will perform Queen’s Greatest Hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, I Want to Break Free, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Somebody to Love, Another Bites the Dust and more. Featuring Special Guest Vocalists iOTA, Virginia Lillye and Glenn Cunningham.
Why: Why listen to the meticulously crafted music you know when you can listen to 25 people butchering it?
6) Live at the Great: Bach and Mendelssohn
What: Treat yourself to a multi-sensory experience under the starry vaults of Sydney’s landmark Great Synagogue. Featuring the monumental Bach D minor Partita performed by soulful violinist Ben Adler. Your host, conductor Vladimir Fanshil will personally guide you through the music to reveal its inner secrets. Then savour the joyous Mendelssohn third string quartet as Ben is joined by his energetic Quartet.
Why: A place of worship and Baroque music? It’s the perfect marriage of two things you have to pretend to respect in order to be able to function as a moderately intelligent middle class person…both in one convenient night!
5) Chandon Ladies Day
What: The curtain goes up for opening day of the 2021 Longines Golden Slipper Carnival, Chandon Ladies Day – Sydney’s Pink Raceday supporting the McGrath Foundation. The annual Pink Fashion Lunch is the feature social event on Chandon Ladies Day. Host Samantha Armytage with talk to a special Women of Influence Panel featuring Director Rachel Griffiths and Actress Sharon Johal, there will be a stunning fashion runway while one of Australia’s most popular recording artists and performers Christine Anu performs exclusively. Chase Kojima from Sokyo will be overseeing the menu. On the track Australia’s finest fillies and mares compete in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic. DJs, pop-up bars, Autumn Fashion Stakes competition, premium hospitality experiences and Sydney’s most exciting street food vendors create an unforgettable atmosphere.
Why: Mark the beginning of a harrowing economic nosedive with the sport of kings.
4) James Morrison & Emma Pask: Live
What: James Morrison is renowned as one of the finest jazz players Australia has ever produced. Perhaps best known as a trumpet virtuoso, his showmanship extends to playing tuba, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, double bass, guitar and piano during his stellar international career. When Emma Pask last performed at the City Hall in 2007, Morrison described her as “The greatest gift to Australian jazz vocals in the last decade.” He spotted her while giving a high school concert when she was just 16. She sang with his band that night and their musical collaboration has entertained audiences around the world for more than 20 years. Experience them both live at this celebration of a brand new conservatorium.
Why: Technically, you’ll have seen Jim Morrison live in concert. You don’t have to mention the trumpet
3) SIMA Presents: Hilary Geddes’ Upstream, Down River
What: In-demand guitarist Hilary Geddes premieres a new work Upstream, Down River, commissioned by TURA New Music’s No Borders program. Hilary has drawn on her own experiences growing up on the Murrumbidgee River, and field recordings taken from the Nepean River, to create a sonic solo guitar work that reflects on themes of water as a connecting force, and its importance as a precious resource.
Why: Better listen to this before it becomes a solemn paean to the before times when water was not the legal property of Amazon.
2) Now You Hear Her: Love Letters to Great Women
What: Celebrate International Women’s Day at the launch of Now You Hear Her with a diverse program of music by great women ranging from Aunty Marlene Cummins’ tribute to the rich legacy of Aboriginal jazz and blues women such as Georgia Lee with ‘Down Under Blues’ to Rainbow Chan’s reimagining of the Weitou folk songs of her matrilineal line, with hip-hop explorations from Z’Eadala and Finnish composer Saariaho in between.
Why: Your fill of social conscience for the month. After this you can go back to ignoring everything that does not directly impact you.
1) Freyja Garbett Trio & Keyna Wilkns: Live
What: Keyna Wilkins is a restless artist. An adventurous soloist, equally brilliant as a pianist and flautist. She is a leading musician-composer who performs her own unique compositions and improvisations often with loop pedal and projections. Inspired by their shared collective love for music and nature, the Freyja Garbett Trio ft Lucy Clifford on electric bass and Liam Hogan on drums, masterfully blend jazz improvisation, hip-hop, neo-soul, afrobeat, reggae and funk into their own cohesive style. Experience both these incredible acts live.
Why: Pretend as though music didn’t hit creative bedrock years ago.