Joining the cast of ‘Pigalle’ at the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent (Hyde Park) for three-week run Sydney Festival 8-27 January.
It’s that time of year again, joining my amazing expat Aussie musicians in Vienna for our annual charity Xmas concert in collaboration with the Australian Embassy in Austria. This year, proceeds will go to the Verein Notruf Beratung für vergewaltigte Frauen und Mädchen, a counseling service for victims of sexual violence – a fantastic cause. See you there at Christ Church Vienna – Jauresgasse 17-19, 1030 from 7pm, 12 Dec.
In collaboration with The Hot Box Girls International and Opera Moderne, looking forward to presenting “L’Opera Burlesque” with members of The Freestyle Orchestra at the Weingut Esterhazy tonight!
Featuring aerial, acrobatic and fire performance as well as wine tasting – will surely be a fun night! Join us 6 December, 19:30 in the Kalandahaus at Esterhazy Wein!
Unbelievably excited to be back with Nigel Kennedy and his Orchestra of Life as concertmaster for two very special concerts in Vienna and Paris this week. Program includes numbers from the recent ‘Kennedy meets Gershwin’ CD as well as his new composition ‘The Magician of Lublin’, based on the book of the same name.
Stoked to be joining my favourite peeps at the English Session Orchestra on 21 November for the James Taylor Quartet album launch ‘Soundtrack from Electric Black’ at Cadogan Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival!
A night of top music ahead, info and tix here.
Looking forward to making our Vienna International Buskers Festival debut this Sunday 9 September, 9pm at Spot no. 4! Our new street show featuring all our usual antics- fire, acrobatic, aerial performance combined with a mix of classical, balkan and electroswing. We are especially excited as this is the only time fire performance is allowed on the streets of Vienna!
More info on the festival website here.
It’s happening! The Freestyle Orchestra venture into the Austrian Alps this weekend for ‘ORCHESTER am Berg’ – performing a concert on top of the Riesneralm in Donnersbachwald (1900m high)! Cable cars and instruments and equipment oh my! More information about our mountain mission here.
Honoured to be playing with The Freestyle Orchestra at the last Mosaïque for a while.. so join us tomorrow night at Turnhalle im brick-5 for everything from Stravinsky to modern composers – we will be premiering excerpts of Chloé Charody’s ‘Tale of the Firebird’ as well as accompanying the incredible Sonia Anfiloff- Soprano in some Stravinsky children’s songs.
In addition, young dancers from the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien choreographed by The Forsythe Company member, Esther Balfe, offer a visual homage to Stravinksy’s groundbreaking work with ballet!
This concert brings to a close our mini-marathon of events with The Freestyle Orchestra – 6 different shows in 6 different venues in 6 weeks! So lucky to work with such an amazing and flexible group of awesome musicians!
Beyond excited to take the stage with The Freestyle Orchestra tonight for the first of our music/aerial/fire shows for the International Storytelling Festival Austria at the Schauspielhaus Graz! Over the next 2 days we present an all-Australian program of staged works by Ross Edwards (excerpts from ‘Maninyas’) Chloé Charody (‘Dance of the Firebird’ and ‘Phoenix’ caprice) and Daniel Masmanian (‘fire is mine ears’). So grateful to these amazing composers for all their beautiful support (so important when creating something new!) and for trusting us with their incredible music. Working with living composers rocks!
Our next festival dates:
26 May – Brucknerhaus, Linz
1 June – Museumsquartier, Vienna (open air)
2 June – Passionsspielhaus, Bad Schönau
What a great privilege it is to have played on this album with the great Nigel Kennedy and amazing musicians Howard Alden & Rolf Bussalb (guitars), Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska (cello), Tomasz “Insomnia” Kupiec (bass), Alicja Smietana & Sonja Schebeck (violins), David Heath (flutes).
Released today! 🙂
Cannot wait to take the stage with the Vienna crew of The Freestyle Orchestra at Bohème Sauvage Vienne Nº10 – 5. Mai 2018 – Palais Palffy this Saturday night – putting a Freestyle spin on some 1920’s classics, it is gonna be one hot night (and my first time performing with fire in a Palace)!!
More info and tickets here.
Interesting times in Germany, playing my first project with Stegreif Orchestra – “#freebrahms”. The orchestra plays from memory without a conductor and incorporates free improvisation and staging into their shows. More info here.
Performances this tour:
21 April – Konzerthaus, Berlin (premiere)
22 April – Resonanzraum, Hamburg
26-28 April – Podium Festival, Esslingen
Stoked to be playing in celebration of Concerts for Vienna‘s Airbnb launch at the gorgeous Salon RAZUMOVSKY this Saturday 24 March! My fellow Aussie, the awesome Kate Louise Oostelbos has curated a program full of musical gems, each a little tribute to Vienna and the culture it supports. More info here.
Very special vibes at RAK studios, London this week, recording with Nigel Kennedy for his upcoming album. So honoured to be a part of this project! More to come!
Cannot wait to perform with The Freestyle Orchestra for our Vienna debut at Mosaïque!!! Going carnival with “Phat Tuesday” on February 13th at Brick-5, this varieté-style program celebrates excess in all its forms in a final hurrah before Lent rears its dreary head.
Musically, Chanda VanderHart is throwing together a little bit of everything, from the silky tones of soprano Sarah Marie Kramer and seductive sounds of bass Malte Roesner all the way to numbers including dancers, acrobatics, fire, burlesque, magic, costumes and aerial artists from The Freestyle Orchestra and L’Opera Moderne.
The show is moderated by Mama Burlesque herself, Rebecca Greenstein, so expect the unexpected and a whole lot of fun surprise! Musical numbers about gold, gambling, and love-gone-wrong span classical song from Mozart contemporary Vicente Marin y Soler all the way to modern, electroswing creations and DJ Paul Stadler keeping it hot after hours. It’s going to be a weird, wild party!
I will be performing violin and fire as well as an aerial routine and playing/dancing Roxanne with the amazing Roberto Martinelli. See you there!
Looking forward to be returning as concertmaster with Johannesgasse Solisten for this program exploring music from pan-American composers, including four Austrian premieres.
Featuring Attillia Kiyoko Cernitori as cellist/conductor, should be a fun one!
25 January, Antonio Vivaldi Hall, Johannesgasse 8 Vienna.
Stoked to be back at Concerts for Vienna for the 2017/18 season launch ‘Ein Fest der Musik’ on November 26, joining incredible artists Kate Louise Rafferty, Alfredo Ovalles among others in the home to art and history that is the beautiful Salon Razumovsky, Vienna.
“The Sculptor’s Studio” premieres this week at the Australian Circus Festival!!! Shot over a week-long residency in Carrara, Italy in July in collaboration with Candy Stripe Circus, Studio Alnassar and members of The Freestyle Orchestra, together as The Marble Circus.
“A 20 minute black and white short film that takes you on a beautiful whimsical journey through the mind of an Artiste using circus, music, art and love”.
Showing at both the Premiere and Gold shows on 13 and 16 November!
More info and trailer here.
Excited to be joining the London Musical Arts Orchestra for their project ‘Music in Motion’ which aims to explore how movement can enhance communication of the music to an audience. Awesome team and interesting rehearsals so far!
Looking forward to our sold-out show at Les Jardins Musicaux classical festival tonight!!
We will be playing in the beautiful ‘Grange Aux Concerts’ hall, this time including fire and aerial performance as well as our usual fusion of classical music with modern circus. 🙂
With a cool range of music and styles and a good dose of Australian repertoire (including the official premiere of ‘The Muthafukaz’ by Chloé Charody) …will be a fun one!
Excited to deliver an Aussie injection to the International Storytelling Festival Austria!
Performing brilliant solo violin works by Chloé Charody (‘The Phoenix’) and Daniel Masmanian (‘Fire is in mine ears’) as part of the ‘MQMagicStories’ program which explores all different ways of telling stories – with and without words. 🙂
Privileged to work with such an amazing team, and alongside incredible artist from around the world! MuseumsQuartier Vienna main square from 19:30!
Always such a pleasure to share the stage as ‘Harlequin Phoenix’ with the amazing, inspiring, strong women of The Hot Box Girls Wien / Vienna 🙂
Back in September!
Representing Australia on violin and double bass at the “World Museum” in Heldenplatz Vienna tonight! A musician from each continent plays solo improvised music depicting their homelands in unfinished rooms of the museum as guests wander through, before assembling all together in concert at the end. Beautiful concept by Mr Paul Gulda.
(‘Flower soldier’ costume originally created for my 2014 performance of Ross Edwards’ ‘Maninyas’ in Vienna – referencing Ken Done and Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior and evoking for me the colours and images of the Australian bush and wildlife).
The Freestyle Orchestra take the stage for the Venice Biennale tonight!! Super proud that 5 of the 8 pieces we will present are by Australian composers, including the brilliant Nigel Westlake, Chloé Charody and Daniel Masmanian. If you don’t know their music already, check it out – seriously amazing. 🙂