C1 Seeds of Life

  • April 28, 2023

    11.00am - 12.45pm

  • National Arboretum

    Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek, Canberra, ACT 2601

  • General Admission $60.00 ,

    Concession $54.00

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Presented in partnership with Ausdance ACT and Australian Dance Party

Marking ten years of the National Arboretum Canberra and 20 years since the devastating Canberra bush fires.

A solo recital in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion and a musical walk amongst the gardens, culminates in a new site-specific performance by Canberra’s own Australian Dance Party with music by Dan Walker.

Festival artists include the Djinama Yilaga choir, rising star clarinettist Oliver Shermacher, and Flora and Theo Carbo for a celebration of life and new growth.

 

Artists

Djinama Yilaga choir

Oliver Shermacher, clarinet

Theo Carbo, electric guitar

Flora Carbo, saxophone

Miroslav Bukovsky, trumpet

John Mackey, saxophone

Ashlee Bye, choreographer

Ashlee Bye, dancer

Yolanda Lowatta, dancer

Patricia Hayes-Cavanagh, dancer

 

       

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  • April 28, 2023

    11.00am - 12.45pm

  • National Arboretum

    Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek, Canberra, ACT 2601

  • General Admission $60.00 ,

    Concession $54.00

Buy Tickets Now

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Artist Donald Nicolson

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Listed among Australia’s best classical performers by the ABC in 2019, harpsichordist, organist and pianist Donald Nicolson is a prominent figure in performance and research of the music of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe, and in high demand as a keyboardist, composer, and arranger. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Donald commenced harpsichord studies with Douglas Mews at Victoria University, and subsequently at the Royal Conservatorium, The Hague with early music legend Ton Koopman. There he focussed on the performance of sixteenth-century English virginal music and the seventeenth-century French clavecin school. Donald graduated with a PhD in Musicology at the University of Melbourne in 2018, submitting a thesis that focussed on the relationship between seventeenth-century French social history and the keyboard preludes of Louis Couperin. An avid reader of the classics and ancient rhetoric Donald teaches historically-informed performance practice at the University of Melbourne, and gives regular talks and lectures on music and history.

Artist Australian Dance Party

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Australian Dance Party is a collective of contemporary dance artists creating joyous, bold and urgent site-specific dance work in Canberra and beyond. We harness the universality, power and playfulness of the human body to connect to the ordinary and extraordinary spaces around us, inspiring thinking, feeling and action in today’s world. Through a focus on creative practice, we are creating and presenting new work, developing and sustaining careers for dance artists in our region. And we have fun….it’s a Party!

Artist Flora Carbo

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Flora Carbo is a Melbourne based saxophonist who is quickly becoming one of the most exciting young artists in the Australian jazz scene. Having studied with Julien Wilson, Melissa Aldana, Jeff Clayton and Scott McConnachie, Flora has performed extensively in Melbourne and around Australia and at festivals including Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival and the Stonnington Jazz Festival. Recently completing a Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) at the University of Melbourne, she has worked with world renowned artists including pianists Barney McAll and Andrea Keller, as well composing and playing with The Rest Is Silence, AAALTO and the Flora Carbo Trio (who released their debut album ‘Erica’ in 2018). In May 2017 she won the prestigious James Morrison Scholarship at the Generations in Jazz Festival, in 2016 she was selected as one of the 10 finalists in the National Jazz Awards. Flora was nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2019 and 2018 and as a finalist for the Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2019 Australian Jazz Bell Awards. In 2018, Flora toured internationally with the ‘Company 2’ circus production ‘Scotch and Soda’ and participated in the 2019 Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music in Banff, Canada. Flora’s sophomore recording ‘VOICE’ was released in April 2020.

Artist Theo Carbo

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Theo Carbo (b. 1999, Melbourne, Australia) is a guitarist, composer, electronic musician, producer and sound engineer. Growing up as an astute student of jazz, Theo’s proficiency as a guitarist has seen him working in groups of Australia’s most important improvising musicians including Barney Mcall, Andrea Keller, Sam Anning, Nadje Noordhuis, Joseph O’Connor and Paul Williamson. A keen philosopher of music and a student of composition at the Victorian College of the Arts, Theo has recently been developing a broader practise which involves elements of experimental composition, electronic processes, solo and ensemble improvisation and studio engineering. "Theo is a naturally gifted artist with a unique and refined take on things. His musical maturity is a great argument for the collective unconscious" - Barney Mcall