World Music @ the j: "Stringmansassy"
Sat 7th July: 7pm for 8pm, $20 / $15
It is fair to say that Stringmansassy have become one of Australia's most highly regarded performance duos. They are refined and sophisticated performers and unique arrangers of every musical genre, transcending their roots of jazz and folk to create a music that has been described as spellbinding, enthralling and passionate. As a performance duo they expand the expected realm for guitar and voice, proving that it is possible to create an astonishing musical atmosphere with a small ensemble. "For those lucky enough to join them, the visit is wonderful….even the laws of physics are subject to subtle manipulation in Stringmansassy's world" (Andrew MacLean 10/11/2003).
Lovers of music in all its forms, Kacey and Aaron's performances retain elements of their influences: Bobby McFerrin, Maria Joao, Ralph Towner, Ella Fitzgerald, Sting, Tuck and Patti, Middle-Eastern & Celtic traditional music. And yet, they create a "world of their own, in which 'passion' flows like an electric current and each nuance of music is played with conviction and belief" (Andrew MacLean: music-culture.org.au 10/11/2003).
Aarons swinging improvised acoustic solos, walking bass lines, counterpoint melodies, harmonies and percussive guitar style cleverly suggests a full band which accompanies Kasey's incredible four octave vocal range. The infusion of traditional jazz styles and contemporary Australian sounds is performed exquisitely, with grace and maturity cultivated over years of touring.
Stringmansassy have been touring extensively for the past three years. Their live performances continue to astound audiences at some of Australia's finest music venues and festivals including: a sold out show at the Powerhouse in Brisbane, The Basement and The Vanguard in Sydney, Tilley's in Canberra and Bennetts' Lane in Melbourne, Norfolk Island and Valley Jazz Festivals, Folk Alliance Convention, Valley Fiesta and "The Spiegeltent" for the Queensland Festival of Music.
On an international level, stringmansassy are fast gaining a reputation for their rich tapestry of unique and contemporary Australian music. Following performances at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Kacey and Aaron performed repeatedly at World EXPO 2000 in Hannover and returned to Germany with performances throughout the country from Hamburg to Munich, Koblenz to Berlin and even included a gig in Vienna, Austria on their tour.
They played several times in Japan and have released 'Dragonfly' and 'Beautiful Day' there in 2006.
For information and bookings please contact the j: www.thej.com.au
or call 5455 4455