Two of Australia's finest musical minds, Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky meet in: Meet Me In The Middle Of The Air!
In a rare collaboration, iconic Australian singer/songwriter, Paul Kelly, teams up with internationally renowned jazz musician Paul Grabowsky, to create Meet Me In The Middle of the Air - a musical triumph of heavenly proportions! The two esteemed musicians will be joined on stage by members of the Australian Art Orchestra, Vika and Linda Bull and the Choir With No Name for these unique performances.
The concert event, only performed three times before to sold out crowds, is the centrepiece of the QMF program. The concert will take in four other cities throughout July starting in Melbourne and moving on to Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. Tickets for Meet Me In The Middle Of The Air are on sale Monday May 2nd (*except in Queensland -- where tickets will go on sale on Tuesday May 3rd due to a public holiday) ; please see all ticketing information below.
These remarkable concert events delve into Kelly's spiritually themed songs from his 30 year catalogue including songs such as 'Be Careful What You Pray For', 'God's Hotel' (lyrics by Nick Cave), and the specially written, 'Meet Me In The Middle of the Air'.
Grabowsky, with his sensational arrangements, leads the charge with members of Australia's pre-eminent contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra. Kelly shares lead vocal duties with soulful sister singers Vika and Linda Bull supported in unison by the breathtakingly beautiful backing vocals of the Choir With No Name.
Kelly's biblically themed songs are delivered with sweeping rhapsodies, soaring ragtime jazz and even sassy Cuban salsa. 'God Told Me To' is shaped as a spaghetti western, '48 Angel' hovers in a golden glow while 'Gathering Storm' suggests a New Orleans funeral.
Paul Kelly comments about his selection of songs for the concert,
"I started a list and roped in a few secular hymns under the Mavis Staples, Prince principle - God and Sex are all mixed up. Stacked together they stand as Songs of Praise with 'God Told Me Too' the snake in the pile."
Paul Grabowsky reflects on his arrangements,
"Each song is cast not only for the glorious voices of the Bull sisters and the definitive delivery of the St. Kilda bard (Paul Kelly) but for the musicians who have their own drama and personal poetry to lend to the songs."
The result is an unforgettable night of stunning music of immense power, a testament to Paul Kelly's songbook as one of the richest in contemporary Australian music.
Meet Me In The Middle Of The Air is a rare concert event and it might take some time for two of Australia's greatest musical minds to meet again, to avoid disappointment ensure tickets are secured quickly!
PAUL KELLY & PAUL GRABOWSKY
Meet Me in the Middle of the Air (please see the full cast listing following the ticketing details below)
With the Australian Art Orchestra
Featuring Vika and Linda Bull
and the Choir With No Name
Tickets on sale in Brisbane Tuesday May 3rd.
*Saturday July 23rd -- Brisbane River Stage, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets from Ticketmaster - Tel: 136 100 or Online
Meet Me In The Middle Of The Air
Paul Kelly Music, lyrics, vocals
Paul Grabowsky Arrangements, musical direction
Vika and Linda Bull Vocals
Australian Art Orchestra
Simon Barker Drums
Paul Cutlan Saxophones and clarinet
Iain Grandage Cello
James Greening Trombone
Stephen Magnusson Guitars
Alex Pertout Percussion
Philip Rex Double Bass
Scott Tinkler Trumpet
Erkki Veltheim Violin
Choir with No Name
Brisbane River Stage, Brisbane
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