An eleventh hour blog post with our inimitable cellist Zoë Barry and her partner in life, music and Zalumma Agra; Jed Palmer. Zoë and Jed's composition The Nervous Atmosphere will be performed by TLSQ at our concert TODAY!! It is a stunning piece of music that the quartet feels honoured to perform.There are two things to do: Read our Q&A below with this talented, dynamic duo, Come to one of the performances today to hear their music. The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, shows at 4pm and 7pm. Book those tickets HERE.
When did you first meet and what were your first impressions of each other?
Zoë: We met sometime in the mid nineties in Adelaide. I was recording cello with a band Jed was producing.
Jed: I think we were curious about each other’s versions of being musical. I was self taught, DIY, learning on the job and Zoë was trained and knew exactly what she was doing. I felt it was my duty to corrupt her. Thankfully we have maintained that dynamic throughout our working relationship. I must corrupt Zoë’s process, as inefficiently as possible at all costs.
Zoë: My reality. It’s funny to hear Jed’s thoughts on this. I feel like I corrupt his process, and very inefficiently. When I first met Jed I remember being struck by the way he lived and breathed music, he was so completely driven to be consumed by music, he was hunting. He was musically so ambitious. I feel the same way now. And his drive to make music continues to inspire me now. We started playing in each others’ bands pretty immediately - Bergerac mainly - then moved into composing together for theatre and dance and short films. Many years later we became a couple, had to stop composing together for a few years, and then we starting collaborating together again on a film score a few years ago, and are now are back into it intermittently.
Bree van Reyk hails from Sydney town. She is a percussionist, drummer, composer, sound artist and bloody excellent human being. For our concert on November 26th, 2016, Bree has written a piece called Six Scenes. Bree will also be performing with us on the Vibes. Read on to find out more about what makes her tick musically - to Beyoncé and Beyond!!
To hear the world premiere of Bree's composition Six Scenes come to The Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon on Saturday November 26th - shows at 4pm and 7pm. Book those ticketsHERE.
When did you know that you wanted to be a musician?
When I was 11 I learnt that my drum teacher was called a ‘Professional Musician’ and I figured that was what I wanted to do. I didn’t really think about it again until approximately 3 weeks before my university graduation recital, at which point I realised I wasn’t going to get a ‘job’ and it was probably going to be hard to make any ‘money’ and shouldn’t my parents have encouraged me to pursue something more ‘sensible’? Previously I had wanted to be an astronaut and a mechanic, and I’m hoping to develop some kind of woodworking skills in my old age.
As if this year hasn't been amazing enough already, to top it off Mick Harvey agreed to write us some music! Not only that but he will be joining us on stage to play organ and percussion. Not only that but he also answered some questions for us below.
Either read it first or read it after just make sure that you go and book some tickets now!
The show is this Saturday, November 26th at 4pm and 7pm, at The Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon. Bookings HERE.