Saturday 30 August - 8.00pm
Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd,
the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood
phone the Shop 4751 5171
In keeping with their aim of featuring new Australian
composition, the Live at the Village August 30th concert is the world premiere
of “The Child Ballads”, by Andrew Robson.
Andrew brings to life English and Scottish folk songs, for which only
the text has survived through the famous 19th century collection of Francis
This all star ensemble featuring Mara Kiek (voice and drum),
Steve Elphick (double bass) Llew Kiek (guitar and bouzouki), and Robson himself
(saxophones) has a long history of playing together in the Mara! ensemble, melding
folk music with contemporary jazz.
Andrew Robson, described as “one of Australia’s most vital
saxophonists” by John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald, is well known for his
work with Australian jazz greats Mike Nock, James Morrison, Sandy Evans group,
Paul Grabowsky sextet, the Australian Art Orchestra, to name but a few.
A prelude to The Child Ballads is a duo performance by Paul Cutlan and
Gary Daley whose musical connection has strengthened in the past two years as
they have played together in Gary’s quartet Bungarribee and also with James
Greening’s acclaimed ensemble “Greening from Ear to Ear.” The
musical kindred spirits are driven to discover musical treasure through
improvisation and interaction. On August
30 they will be reimaging some jazz classics and other music from around the
"The Child Ballads" is scheduled for one only performance – for Live at the Village, Springwood.
This unique opportunity to hear new
work by an acclaimed Australian musician is also the final of three recent
composition projects by Andrew Robson.
In July he presented a lecture at the University of Cambridge on his
previous work “A Day at the Fair” based on folksongs collected by Percy
Grainger. The triptych forms part of his
work for a PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium.
MEDIA CONTACT: MARY TRAVERS