Keep­ing posted on emerg­ing mu­si­cians

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

ANY­ONE vis­it­ing Postal Hall at the re­stored State Build­ings on a Thurs­day evening this win­ter has prob­a­bly en­joyed a lovely mu­si­cal sur­prise.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Mark Cough­lan, of Shen­ton Park, has cu­rated a se­ries of pop-up mu­si­cal per­for­mances on the mez­za­nine level fea­tur­ing UWA and WAAPA stu­dents and young pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian grad­u­ates.

Cough­lan said Adrian Fini, whose com­pany re­stored State Build­ings, had in­vited him to en­hance the cul­tural am­bi­ence of the build­ing dur­ing win­ter.

“He thought I might be able to help him do that while en­cour­ag­ing and giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to young, tal­ented stu­dents and some emerg­ing young pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians,” Cough­lan said.

“We keep the times flex­i­ble but it’s Thurs­day evenings where we catch peo­ple af­ter work and also as they come in to have a pre-drink be­fore go­ing to one of the many restau­rants in the venue.

“They stop, spin around and ini­tially won­der where it’s com­ing from; Postal Hall has gor­geous, warm acous­tic and the mu­sic floats across the ceil­ing and fills the whole room.”

Cough­lan, who has worked at UWA and WAAPA and is on the WA Youth Orches­tra board, said the groups of three to eight per­form­ers were not only en­hanc­ing the am­bi­ence but gain­ing valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m very much in­volved in nur­tur­ing young mu­si­cal tal­ent in WA; this was another way of do­ing some­thing like that,” he said. “They have to learn to be ver­sa­tile and per­form in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions with dif­fer­ent reper­toire.

“Whether they are in Perth Concert Hall, Govern­ment House Ball­room or State Build­ings, it’s all an im­por­tant part of learn­ing how to be a per­former and do­ing your best in lots of dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments.”

The pop-up per­for­mances are part of Toast to Win­ter at State Build­ings and are on un­til the end of Au­gust.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d457100

Kieran Lynch, artis­tic di­rec­tor Mark Cough­lan, Cate Tweedie, of Shen­ton Park and Emily Schinkel.

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