Well now, this wee piano concert will be of the utmost enjoyment to those of you keen to hear the largest of furniture items being played on its own. For those less inclined towards something that sounds hideously traditional through its definition, fear not, there is no Mozart, no Mendelssohn nor Billy Joel to be heard. This is an evening of three solo experimental innovations with the piano by Chris Abrahams, Hermione Johnson (NZ), and Monica Brooks.
Chris is best known as being the piano player in The Necks Outside of the group Chris is very busy with numerous other projects, not least of which is performing solo piano concerts. Over the years Chris has performed solo piano concerts in both Australia and Europe – he most recently played at the Bath Festival in the UK. He has released four solo piano albums and hopes to release a fifth later this year. This will be his first solo performance in Sydney for a couple of years and his last Australian gig for a few months.
Hermione is a composer and pianist living in Wellington, New Zealand. In recent times she has improvised with Cor Fuhler, Dave Brown, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and Sean Baxter, appeared solo at Exploritorium in Berlin, the Adam Art Galleryâ€™s Designs for Living Exhibition in Wellington, and Aucklandâ€™s Tea Party. Sheâ€™s also played at the NOW Now, Fredstock, and iiii Festivals.
Monica is a Sydney-based improviser, mostly known for her accordion performances with Great Waitress, Altman/Brooks duo, and Splinter Orchestra. Monica’s piano approach is heavily influenced by daytime soap-opera sound tracks, Australian piano heavy-weights, Alice Coltrane, and large, resonating buildings.
COME ALONG COZ THIS WON’T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN AYE!
It’s 15bucks at the door, 10 for concession. But if you’re skint, I’m happy to haggle.
Paddington Uniting Church
Oxford St, Paddo
p.s. because it’s in a church, they don’t want you to get pissed outside and getting up to strife, so just have a glass or two inside if that’s ok. Thanks heaps.