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.