MEL&NYC

new york sounds

Regina Spektor
A Very Special Solo Performance
Sun 8 Jul, 8pm After a long six year wait, New York's Russian born indie iconoclast Regina Spektor will finally return to Hamer Hall for a special solo performance - performing songs from across her entire career including her breakthrough album Begin to Hope and most recent Remember Us to Life - for one night only. Performer Regina Spektor Cost $85–$129 Venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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EXO-TECH Wed 18 Jul, 8pm An evening of cutting-edge contemporary music making waves through the New York music scene with the ecstatic musical communion of large ensemble collective EXO-TECH led by art-pop visionaries Kimbra and Sophia Brous, alongside New York artists Yuka Honda with EUCADEMIX, Dave Harrington Trio, and more. Performers Sophia Brous, Kimbra, Dave Harrington, Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto), Jeremy Gustin, Danny Meyer, Spencer Zahn and more Cost $35 Venue State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Rockwiz Salutes New York Fri 20 Jul, 8pm From Irving Berlin and Frank Sinatra to Patti Smith and The Ramones, New York City has long been a breeding ground for influential music and the backdrop to some of music’s most memorable moments. The RocKwiz gang host a one-night-only salute to the City That Never Sleeps. Hosts Julia Zemiro, Brian Nankervis, The Orkestra and a cavalcade of special guests Cost $79–$129 Venue State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Bang On A Can All-Stars Tue 28 Aug, 7.30pm Formed in 1992 and based in New York City, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognised worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member ensemble has forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performer Bang on a Can All-Stars Cost $55–$65 Venue Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt Street, Southbank
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NGV Friday Nights From 15 Jun, 6–10pm NGV Friday Nights returns with exclusive late-night access to MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. Discover over 200 key works, rarely seen outside of New York, by artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman. With a line-up of international and home-grown acts presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, experience art, music, bars and dining inspired by the city that never sleeps. NGV Friday Nights continues every week during MoMA at NGV, 15 Jun – 5 Oct. Cost $13–$37 Venue NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Nocturnal: Harlem @ Melbourne Museum Fri 3 Aug, 7–11pm Melbourne Museum transforms into New York City’s most captivating cultural precinct, Harlem. More than just a party, Nocturnal is Melbourne Museum’s monthly after-dark live music event, combining the best live music performances with talks by scientists and collections curators, and late-night gallery openings. This special MEL&NYC edition of Nocturnal features the soulful sounds of The Rakiem Walker Project, direct from NYC, projections of iconic Harlem people and places, and a menu inspired by the vibrant cuisine of the area. Performer The Rakiem Walker Project
Cost $20–$35
Venue Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
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Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir Sun 10 Jun, 11am Raise your spirits up with the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir as they bring their powerful strains of gospel and soul to the heart of Melbourne. An uplifting way to spend your Sunday morning, this free all-ages event at Southern Cross Lane, directed by Phil Heuzenroeder, will explore the genre that has helped shaped the careers of many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. Put some soul in your Sunday! Performers Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir Cost Free Venue Southern Cross Lane
121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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MAMBO! Jams with Bernstein Sat 2 Jun, 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1pm Let’s get rowdy! Children aged 0-5 years, and their carers, love to explore and play with MSO in these musical workshops with presenter Karen Kyriakou. Performers Karen Kyriakou; Musicians of the MSO Cost $15 Venue Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre
120 – 130 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
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MSO @ NGV: The Life and Times of Leonard Bernstein Sat 18 Aug, 2pm If Leonard Bernstein were alive in 2018 we would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year, so the MSO is bringing his artistic legacy to life through their Bernstein Celebration. Join conductor, pianist and former Leonard Bernstein student Bramwell Tovey, and other experts from the world of music and art, as they discuss the life and times of the peerless 20th century composer. Includes performances of works by Bernstein. Cost Free, bookings essential Venue NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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MSO @ NGV: Modern Music Mon 6 Aug, 6.30–7.30pm Be taken on an intimate journey through the development of modern music and art as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra musicians perform a repertoire inspired by the periods represented in MoMA at NGV. Cost $48-$60 Venue NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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MSO @ NGV: Leonard Bernstein: The Gift of Music Sat 18 Aug, 3.15–4.45pm Enjoy the story of Leonard Bernstein in Leonard Berstein: The Gift of Music (2007), a film documenting his life, career and legacy, ahead of the MSO’s final Bernstein Celebration concert to be held in Hamer Hall at 7.30pm. Cost Free, bookings essential Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Bernstein Classics Wed 15 Aug, 7.30–9.30pm Vivacious, danceable, exciting, intimate, life-enhancing, uplifting, elevating. Part of the MSO’s Bernstein Celebration, this program investigates Bernstein’s musical roots through his mentor Aaron Copland, the music of Gustav Mahler with whom he identified, and the Jewish faith. He based the impressive last movement of his First Symphony on the Lamentations of Jeremiah, and the Book of Psalms provided the texts of his life, embracing, joyous Chichester Psalms. The MSO is thrilled to welcome Bramwell Tovey to Melbourne for this celebration. As a young conductor in 1986, he was asked to step in to conduct the opening night of a Bernstein Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra. Performers Bramwell Tovey, conductor; Nicholas Tolputt, countertenor; Liane Keegan, contralto
Cost $70–$130 Venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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MSO Side-by-Side Sat 2 Jun, 7.30–9.30pm The MSO will team up with the young stars of the Australian music scene when we present the West Side Story suite, and more! This performance, in celebration of what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, is the ideal way for families to discover the best in classical repertoire, with young artists side-by-side with the MSO.

Led by MSO Cybec Assistant Conductor, Tianyi Lu, and featuring students from Melbourne University’s Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) and the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, this program features the latest commission from MSO’s Cybec Young Composer in Residence, Ade Vincent, and Elgar’s Cello Concerto, performed by rising Australian star cellist, Eliza Sdraulig. This evening of toe-tapping music will begin, and end with two of Leonard Bernstein’s most famous works, guaranteed to have you dancing in your seat.
Performers Tianyi Lu, conductor; Eliza Sdraulig, cello; featuring Masters students from Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and young talent from Melbourne Youth Orchestra Cost $35 Venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Southbank
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Madeleine Peyroux Sun 10 Jun, 7.30pm Renowned for her seductively expressive "smoke and whisky" vocals, and hailed as the successor to blues icon Billie Holiday, French-American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux delivers highly personal interpretations of jazz standards, blues and original works, infused with folk, country and gospel. Her meteoric rise from busking in Paris's Latin Quarter as a teenager, to the global success of her second solo album Careless Love in 2004, has seen Peyroux gather a broad family of devotees, providing an enticing entrance into the world of jazz for curious newcomers and aficionados alike. Peyroux will lend her languid, elegant, sensuous voice to original pieces and masterful interpretations of songs from artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles. Performers Madeleine Peyroux and band Cost $79–$119 Venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Gretchen Parlato flor Sat 2 Jun, 7.30pm Hailed as the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson, Gretchen Parlato is the kind of artist that comes along once in a generation. Her 20-year career has seen her work with powerhouses of the contemporary jazz world, including Wayne Shorter, Kenny Barron, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock. Renowned for her subtle, yet masterful command over her vocal instrument, sultry, sensual vocals dominate her performance. She fuses jazz with undertones of African and Brazilian beats to create a distinct and intoxicating contemporary jazz aesthetic.This modern-day enchantress of song is not to be missed. Performers Gretchen Parlato and band
Cost $61–$79 Venue Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt Street, Southbank
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Close Encounter: Gretchen Parlato Sat 2 Jun, 1pm Experience a close encounter with the world’s leading jazz artists in our free series of intimate conversations, live demonstrations and inspiring workshops. Vocalist Gretchen Parlato is hailed as the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson. Renowned for her subtle, yet masterful command over her vocal instrument, sultry, sensual vocals dominate her performance. In Parlato’s words “my voice is my instrument” and she aims to perform “in an emotional way that speaks to every listener”. Delve into the mind of this extraordinary performer in an inspiring close encounter. Speaker Gretchen Parlato
Cost Free, bookings essential
Venue The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Christian McBride’s New Jawn Sat 9 Jun & Sun 10 Jun, 7pm & 9.30pm Legendary jazz bassist Christian McBride will make an Australian premiere with his exciting new quartet, New Jawn. Acknowledged as “one of the best jazz bassists in the world” (New York Times) this five-time Grammy Award-winning artist and giant of the contemporary jazz scene will deliver an unforgettable musical encounter. McBride is one of the most in-demand and recorded bassists of his generation, with over 25 years of performing with the likes of Sonny Rollins, James Brown, Diana Krall, Sting and The Roots. He consistently combines his deft musicianship with an innate showmanship and ability to communicate to an audience with irrepressible joy. Fans of McBride’s other collaborations will love New Jawn for its unusual two-horn, no-piano lineup (reminiscent of the classic Ornette Coleman quartet). Comprising some of the most forward-thinking jazz artists on today’s scene, New Jawn features trumpeter Josh Evans, saxophonist Marcus Strickland and drummer Nasheet Waits. Performers Christian McBride’s New Jawn Cost $79–$89 Venue The Jazzlab
27 Leslie Street, Brunswick
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The Others Sat 9 Jun, 7.30pm Some of the greatest festival moments arise from the joy of free-spirited musical cross-pollination. The Others is one of these rare gems, laden with surprise and improvisational magic.“The Others” features three giants of Australian music – trumpeter James Morrison, composer and pianist Paul Grabowsky and Spiderbait’s Kram on drums. Showcasing the unique musical personality of three artists at the height of their craft, The Others is a wild tour-de-force of Kram’s immersive rock drumming, and Morrison’s blistering trumpet, all tempered and woven together by the prodigious talents of Grabowsky on piano. Performers The Others: Paul Grabowsky (piano), James Morrison (trumpet), Kram (drums) Cost $51–$69 Venue Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt Street, Southbank
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Regurgitator, Seja & Mindy Wang performing the Velvet Underground & Nico with the Orbweavers Fri 29 Jun, 8pm Last year marked the 50-year anniversary of this seminal album release. What better way to celebrate than hearing one of Australia’s most iconic indie music groups reimagine the influential album which fused together pop melodies and avant-garde sounds. Experience a faithful but fresh reinvention of one of the greatest albums of all time – a love letter from one set of enduring eccentrics to another. COST $55 VENUE Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre More Info James Morrison Motown Experience Fri 8 June, 5–9pm Mercedes me Melbourne invites you to join us for a Motown Experience with legendary jazz musician, James Morrison. Join James and his band for a feel-good evening of party songs including hits from James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder - guaranteed to get you dancing. COST $20 VENUE Mercedes me Store Melbourne, 525 Collins Street More Info RocKwiz Salutes New York: Contestant Selection Event Thu 28 Jun, 6.30–8.30pm Come along and see if you have what it takes to be on the RocKwiz panel!

In advance of RocKwiz Salutes New York presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Renegade, the RocKwiz team are doing something they've never done before.

Three weeks before the show Brian will run his trademark contestant selection Kwiz on music and arts related to New York and a whole lotta (NYC) Million Dollar Riffs. The four brightest and brainiest contestants will be selected to be part of the live show RocKwiz Salutes New York on 20 July, winning a double pass to the show or an excellent RocKwiz merchandise pack for those already holding tickets.
COST Free, bookings essential VENUE Great Hall, NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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