PO­ETRY IN MO­TION

In a newly an­nounced Bleach* Fes­ti­val per­for­mance, Grat­i­tude and Grief com­bines the an­gelic voice of Katie Noo­nan with her jazz trio Elixir and the po­etry and thoughts of Michael Le­u­nig

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHERSON

The words of an Aus­tralian philoso­pher and poet will be brought to life by an an­gelic ARIA-award win­ning singer as part of a cap­ti­vat­ing per­for­mance in this year’s Bleach* Fes­ti­val.

Tick­ets are now on sale for Katie Noo­nan’s Grat­i­tude and Grief al­bum tour, comb­ing the tal­ents of her jazz trio Elixir with the lit­er­ary works of Michael Le­u­nig for a mag­i­cal night of spo­ken po­etry and mu­sic.

Per­form­ing on the Gold Coast April 18, the in­ti­mate show will be staged un­der the Spiegel­tent as part of the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture and arts.

Unit­ing Michael’s po­etry with Katie’s divine vo­cals and Elixir’s sub­lime im­pro­vi­sa­tion, the Grat­i­tude and Grief al­bum and shows have re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim for its seam­less trans­la­tion of Le­u­nig’s po­etry into stun­ning jazz.

Fronted by Katie and ac­com­pa­nied by sax­o­phon­ist Zac Hur­ren, folk jazz trio Elixir are ap­proach­ing 20 years in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

The band have en­joyed great suc­cess with an ARIA Award for Best Jazz Al­bum in 2011 as they seek to ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween text and sound with Aus­tralian po­etry.

Katie’s tech­ni­cal mas­tery and pure voice makes her one of Aus­tralia’s most ver­sa­tile and beloved vo­cal­ists.

The five time ARIA Award­win­ning songstress first re­ceived wide­spread praise as the singer of in­die-pop band Ge­orge, since tak­ing au­di­ences on in­spir­ing jour­neys through jazz, pop and classical mu­sic.

Her re­cent re­leases in­clude col­lab­o­ra­tions with gui­tarist Karin Schaupp for their 2017 ARIA win­ning al­bum Songs of the Latin Skies, as well as the in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed Brod­sky Quar­tet for the 2016 al­bum With Love and Fury.

Katie has also worked more re­cently with the Syd­ney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra for the premiere per­for­mance of Grat­i­tude and Grief.

Sim­i­larly, Zac is a truly unique sax­o­phon­ist, com­poser and im­pro­viser, mak­ing this a sen­sa­tional mu­si­cal pair­ing. Grat­i­tude and Grief with Katie Noo­nan and Elixir per­forms on April 18 as part of the Gold Coast Bleach* Fes­ti­val. Tick­ets on sale now at $49 per per­son at ka­tienoo­nan.com

Pic­ture: MICHELLE G HUNDER

The leg­endary Michael Le­u­nig (left) has col­lab­o­rated with mu­si­cians Zac Hur­ren, Katie Noo­nan and Stephen Mag­nus­son.

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