What Katie did next

When Katie Noo­nan and Karin Schaupp met, it was a meet­ing of two kin­dred spir­its, writes Ross Pur­die

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC -

LAST year it was mu­sic from the British Isles and now Katie Noo­nan and Karin Schaupp ( pic­tured) are find­ing in­spi­ra­tion closer to home.

The pair’s de­but al­bum Songs Of The South­ern Skies fea­tures folk, pop and jazz sta­ples from Aus­tralia and New Zealand, rein­ter­preted for Schaupp’s clas­si­cal gui­tar and Noo­nan’s soar­ing voice.

Not con­tent with their own dy­namic genre hop­ping, the pair in­vited guests such as Gur­ru­mul, Claire Bowditch and Chris Cheney to cre­ate a record Noo­nan de­scribes as ‘‘ putting dif­fer­ent peo­ple in dif­fer­ent worlds’’.

The ge­orge and Elixir singer, who hand­picked songs such as Go­tye’s Heart’s A Mess, Ice­house’s Man Of Colours and Nick Cave’s Into My Arms, has his­tory when it comes to shift­ing bound­aries.

‘‘ One of my ob­ses­sions is the blur­ring of gen­res in mu­sic and flip­ping be­tween dif­fer­ent worlds, whether they be jazz or pop or clas­si­cal,’’ Noo­nan says.

‘‘ We as­sem­bled a rather ab­stract group of mu­si­cians to re- imag­ine songs by artists from Cold Chisel to Bic Runga in a to­tally dif­fer­ent way.’’

The part­ner­ship be­tween Schaupp and Noo­nan took root when they were in­tro­duced at a clas­si­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val by com­poser Richard Tognetti.

They bonded over the idea of turn­ing pop into clas­si­cal pieces and toured na­tion­ally with a set of songs from the British Isles, mix­ing Ra­dio­head and Peter Gabriel with El­gar and Brit­ten.

‘‘ We come from dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal places but there is a com­mon­al­ity in that we’re both in­ter­ested in a pure and gen­tle sound,’’ Noo­nan says.

‘‘ We’re also re­ally fo­cused on dy­nam­ics and push­ing the bound­aries of what you can do as a duo.

‘‘ Ul­ti­mately it just felt right be­cause there’s a com­fort­able con­nec­tion be­tween us.’’

Both young moth­ers who were taught by their own ma­tri­archs, Schaupp and Noo­nan were keen to em­pha­sise the con­tri­bu­tion of women to an­tipodean mu­sic over the cen­turies.

The al­bum in­cludes the Pixie Wil­liams’ clas­sic Blue Smoke, the first pop song ever recorded in New Zealand, and Hine E Hine, a folk lul­laby writ­ten by the Maori princess Te Rangi Pai in 1901.

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