The Groove Merchants: Tessie Overmyer Plays Thad Jones

Tessie Overmyer (NSW) features alongside WAYJO’s Wednesday Night Orchestra playing music of late great big band composer and band leader Thad Jones to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Tessie Overmyer is a rising star in the Sydney jazz scene. A fiery young saxophonist with a maturity of playing well beyond her years. In 2020 and 2021, Tessie was selected to play lead alto in the Australian National Youth Jazz Orchestra and plays lead alto with the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra.

Thad’s music combines the swingin’ foot tappin’ sensibility of the Count Basie band with the style and harmonic sophistication of Duke Ellington.

Book your tickets for a night of underground big band excitement in the Fishtrap Theatre!

Life on Land’s Edge | The Bowerbird Collective in Concert

From the creators of Where Song Began ( Limelight Magazine) & Songs of Disappearance (#2 on the ARIA Charts), this performance will take you on an epic journey alongside migratory birds as they connect continents and cultures. A cinematic concert experience, Life on Land’s Edge draws on art, science, and music from across the ages. Spectacular footage and soundscapes set the scene for two of Australia’s most adventurous musicians. Be immersed in one of nature’s greatest stories.
“Spectacular… There isn’t enough space to provide adequate praise” – Limelight Magazine
“It moved me to tears… I left feeling I had been sung to by the country” – Audience member
“…a work of art… a transfixing soundscape” – Sounds Like Sydney
Winner: 2022 Independent Arts Foundation Award for Innovation

About the performers: Simone Slattery (violin/vocals, PhD, Churchill Fellow) and Anthony Albrecht (cello, The Juilliard School) are internationally renowned musicians, specializing on both period and modern instruments, and founded the Bowerbird Collective in 2017 to make art for nature.

The 60-minute performance is followed by a Q&A.
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Concert Program:
Simone Slattery – Invisible Connections (2020)*
Philip Glass – Opening (1981)
Anne Cawrse – Sanctuary (2021)*
Chris Williams – (Codex) on the Flight of Birds (2021)*
Corrina Bonshek – Far Eastern Curlew Lament (2021)*
Corrina Bonshek – Between Sea and Sky (excerpt, 2022)*
Anne Cawrse – Ruddy Turnstone (excerpt, 2021)*
Dai Fujikura – Star Compass (2020)
Gambirra Illume – Wind Birds (2022)*
Vivaldi – Violin Concerto “per Chiareta” in B flat major RV 372a, Andante (c.1720)
Simone Slattery – The Godwit and Curlew (2020)*
* New Commission