Multi-Platinum selling and five-time ARIA award-winning singer and songwriter Katie Noonan returns with jazz trio Elixir to the RPAC stage aat 8pm on April 5.
The performance is part of a Gratitude and Grief national tour to promote the album of the same name. The run of concerts is a collaboration between .Elixir and Australia’s poet laureate Michael Leunig, uniting Michael’s spoken-word poetry with Katie’s angelic vocals and Elixir’s sublime jazz improvisation.
The album, which translates Leunig’s poetry into stunning jazz, has received rave reviews for its unique combination of poetry, art and music.
Elixir is approaching 20 years in the business. Fronted by Noonan with jazz saxophonist Zac Hurren, the trio has enjoyed enormous success along the way including an ARIA Award for Best Jazz album in 2011, 13 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Jazz Chart, and numerous high profile festival appearances. The trio continues to develop new musical opportunities and relationships and seeks to explore the relationship between text and sound and celebrate great Australian poetry.
Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice make her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. The five times ARIA Award-winning and seven times platinum-selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through jazz, pop and classical music.
Her recent releases include collaborating with guitarist Karin Schaupp for their 2017 ARIA winning album Songs of the Latin Skies and the world famous Brodsky Quartet for the acclaimed 2016 album With Love and Fury. She has also enjoyed fruitful collaborations with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and recently with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the premiere performance of Gratitude and Grief.
Zac Hurren is a unique saxophonist, composer and improviser who has shared the stage with Dale Barlow, Scott Tinkler, David Ades, Paul Grabowsky and Simon Barker. In 2009 Zac won the National Jazz Award, he received an ARIA Award in 2011 with Elixir and was a Freedman Fellowship finalist in 2012.
Michael Leunig is one of this country's most celebrated artist/poets. In 1999 he was declared a national living treasure by the National Trust and awarded honorary degrees from La Trobe and Griffith universities, and theAustralian Catholic University, for his unique contribution to Australian culture.
The Gratitude and Grief album has received widespread acclaim since its release.
Tickets are $35–$45 and can be booked on 3829 8131 or rpac.com.au (booking fees are $4.30 by phone and $5 online per transaction).
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