Nat Bartsch’s Lullaby Project
A Bratetich/Lattuada performance showcases a guitar duo of formidable technique performing an exciting fusion of jazz/latin/classical/flamenco styles.
The duo debuted at the Melbourne Concert Hall in 1992 in front of 4,500 people, in what was meant to be a one-off performance. But the overwhelming response and the musical chemistry between them dictated they continue to perform,
Robert Bratetich, Mario Lattuada guitars
Nat Bartsch is a Melbourne-based pianist and composer, whose work focuses on blending classical and jazz influences to create reflective, ethereal music. Nat has composed for and leads her own jazz ensemble, Nat Bartsch Trio, for many years. In 2015 she composed a series of chamber music commissions and collaborating with fellow pianist Luke Howard to create a postclassical-influenced album, Hometime. In 2017 Nat became a mother, and decided to compose and record a suite of lullabies , again co-produced with Howard, entitled Forever, and No Time At All (released on ABC Classics). Influenced by music therapy research, the music is intended to relax babies to sleep, but equally importantly, to relax and soothe the parents.
Nat now translates this project into a jazz quartet format with Robbie Melville (guitar), Tom Lee (double bass) and Ronny Ferella (drums).
Luke Howard solo piano
Australian Music Prize twice-longlisted composer Luke Howard has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6) and his music as “an ambient masterclass” (Musos’ Guide), but no words can fully capture the potency of Howard’s enthralling compositions. A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion. Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating.
Eugene Ball-Louis Armstrong Project
Louis Armstrong remains one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. While renowned for his formidable virtuosity, it is his exuberant, charismatic approach to music that is arguably his most significant legacy. Far from a ‘tribute’ show, this concert will embrace and extend upon Louis’ much-loved and less-known repertoire, and seek to capture his joyous, rambunctious spirit. Widely regarded as among Australia’s leading improvisers, Eugene Ball, Ronny Ferella, Geoff Hughes and Tom Lee have been making music together for over twenty years. They look forward to developing their relationship further through the music of Louis Armstrong.
Eugene Ball trumpet/arrangements
Geoff Hughes guitar
Tom Lee acoustic bass
Ronny Ferella drumset