RAW: Sessions – Live Music In The Space – Jan 6 -21 Preview

From 6-21 January in 2012, Sessions will deliver an assortment of live music from across the globe and Australia showcasing 18 acts over 11 nights in the Space Theatre. With international acts on their first Australian tours and others returning with brand new shows, Sessions offers a fresh take on music for a diverse range of tastes.

Adelaide Festival Centre Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says, “This fantastic new music season in January will see acts from Sydney Festival, MONA FOMA, Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and some of Adelaide’s best performing in the Space.”

The Sessions season will begin with sounds from the steppes of Inner Mongolia, as Hanggai (CHINA) blends traditional music with modern rock on Friday 6 January.

Fresh from Falls Festival and into the Space on Friday 6 January, Dan Deacon Ensemble (USA) will woo their audience with front man, Dan Deacon, who has proven to be one of the most charismatic performers in electronic music.

Saturday 8 January will begin with an explosion of funk that is sure to blow Adelaide crowds away, as Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (JAPAN) return on the back of their performance at 2010 Adelaide Cabaret Festival to ignite the stage.

Proudly Scottish, Sons and Daughters (UK), will deliver a serving of raw and sensual, primal monochrome rock with a potent undertow of post-punk dance on Wednesday 11 January.

Exhilarating, sensual and soulful, Sueño Flamenco (AUS) will take to the Sessions stage on Thursday 12 January, featuring Adelaide’s Areti Boyaci and interstate guests, Tomas Arroquero and Antonio Soria.

Sessions will also honour some of the musical greats of last century on Thursday 12 January. Together, the Mike Stewart Big Band (AUS) will celebrate the music of Sinatra and Fitzgerald, featuring ARIA finalist Michelle Nicolle and Luke Thompson.

Friday 13 January will leave us feeling lucky when Sessions play some matchmaking with two of SA’s favourites, Caliente Guitar Trio & The Baker Suite (AUS) taking us on a musical journey. Be prepared for a lush landscape of storytelling, melody and guitar wizardry.

For those who tune in late, The Idea of North (AUS) will deliver a stunning array of ARIA winning a Capella in their Radio Show that crosses the sounds of jazz, folk, gospel, pop and classical on Friday 13 January.

Sessions welcomes Australia’s first lady of song, Wendy Matthews (AUS) who will cast us back through her hits on Saturday 14 January, with her show 21 Years Standing Strong.

Speaking of hits, on Wednesday 18 January, Zephyr Quartet (AUS) will deliver a live eclectic mix of Cult Classics by Bjork, Nick Drake, Radiohead, Kraftwerk and more, transcribed for String Quartet.

Sydney Chanteuse Catherine Traicos and Western Australian bass clarinet wunderkind Philip Everall meld classical and popular music in the haunting songs of The Unnatural Congress of Still Beating Hearts (AUS) on Wednesday 18 January.
Asa (FRANCE) will captivate her listeners in an intimate show on Thursday 19 January with her strident voice that tackles serious issues and fuses contemporary soul, pop, reggae and funk.

Founding member of French hip-hop collective Saian Supa Crew, Féfé (FRANCE) returns to Adelaide on Thursday 19 January with a brand new show, guaranteed to get the house jumping.

Julianna Barwick (USA) performs stunning soundscapes, producing the sound of a full choir and orchestra. See her sophisticated loops and hear her exquisite voice on Friday 20 January.

With her spectacular voice, Casey Donovan (AUS) pays tribute to the music of Aretha Franklin, Mama Cass and many more with her show Big Beautiful and Sexy on Friday 20 January.

On the final night, Sessions celebrates the long awaited return of Adam Page (AUS) to Adelaide from New Zealand. This multi-Instrumentalist will captivate his audience with live improvised compositions and endearing charm on Saturday 21 January.

To finish the Sessions season with something out of this world, the ARIA nominated Shaolin Afronauts (AUS) will be performing as an 18 piece Afrobeat ensemble. This final show on Saturday 21 January will take you into a musical journey that stretches from Sahara all the way to Saturn.

Expect the Space to become a new hub of musical treats in January with a relaxed club atmosphere. There will be plenty of space to dance and limited cabaret style seating.

With a happy hour running from 8 till 9pm on any night an artist performs, Adelaide Festival Centre encourages anyone to come and catch the summer vibe in the Space, have a drink and stay around for a set from a Sessions artist.

Full program details available in the Sessions brochure or by visiting www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/sessions
Single tickets can be purchased to any Sessions show or people can book to see four or more shows in the same transaction and enjoy great savings.

Under 30s have the opportunity to get $19.95 Sessions tickets to a number of specific performances by joining Adelaide Festival Centre’s GreenRoom program. Join now at www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/greenroom
Tickets are available from Festival Theatre BASS counter, online at bass.net.au or over the phone (131 246).

What: Sessions
Venue: Space Theatre
FRI 6 JAN– Hanggai (7pm)
FRI 6 JAN – Dan Deacon Ensemble (10pm)
SAT 7 JAN – Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (9.30pm)
WED 11 JAN – Sons and Daughters (9.30pm)
THURS 12 JAN – Sueño Flamenco (6.30pm)
THURS 12 JAN – Mike Stewart Big Band (9.30pm)
FRI 13 JAN – Caliente Guitar Trio & The Baker Suite (6.30pm)
FRI 13 JAN – The Idea of North Radio Show (9.30pm)
SAT 14 JAN – Wendy Matthews (9.30pm)
WED 18 JAN – Zephyr Quartet Cult Classics (6.30pm)
WED 18 JAN– The Unnatural Congress of Still Beating Hearts (9.30pm)
THURS 19 JAN – Asa (6.30pm)
THURS 19 JAN – Féfé (9.30pm)
FRI 20 JAN – Julianna Barwick (6.30pm)
FRI 20 JAN – Casey Donovan (9.30pm)
SAT 21 JAN – Adam Page (6.30pm)
SAT 21 JAN – Shaolin Afronauts (9.30pm)
Cost: Tickets from $19.95
Bookings: Tickets available at BASS 131 246 bass.net.au or at Adelaide Festival Centre

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