I've always loved watching the musical performances held in Brisbane, which inspired me to begin my musical journey. Ever since I started at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, I've been privileged to play more gigs as well as being introduced to the numerous venues of amazing performances by illustrious musicians! Recently, I was given another awesome opportunity to perform at Queensland Performing Art Centre's Green Jam with Anna Kho-tet again, featuring Sophie Min (piano), Matty Cook (bass), Lachlan Hawkins (kit) and myself (vibraphone)! Here are some photos below from that memorable evening!
This was perhaps one of the most thrilling performances I've done so far, which I stepped off the stage smiling as loud as the music that we just played. Beautiful audience members came up afterwards and expressed their gratitude and passion for the music, and in addition a university journalist major even asked to write an article about the band and the Brisbane music scene too! All of these small things that happen in the Brisbane music scene is what keeps this community and culture growing! It makes me appreciate my music making, and feel inspired to work hard and share more! One day I felt inspired to arrange Greensleeves, which you can hear in the video below! Also, how incredibly awesome is the band too - love their music and company! x
There are also other Green Jam recordings on YouTube, which you can check out as well as many more Anna Kho-tet performances to be uploaded soon too! Earlier this year a weekend long concert event called QSOCurrent was held this year featuring various ensembles including Kupka's Piano, Rafael Karlen and Steve Newcomb, Tom Thum, Argo, Sampology, and members of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. As a lucky winner, I won tickets to watch all the concerts. I was also invited by Argo to participate in their performance at Brisbane Powerhouse as a free event between the concerts featuring Tom Thum and Sampology. On top of that there were so many amazing performances during the same time, such as Nicole Lizee and Australian Art Orchesta, Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and Nonsemble. I drove home smiling and feeling inspired by the amount of amazingly talented Brisbane musicians and gorgeous venues, and how lucky I am to be exposed to a wonderful, magical world of art! Also did I forget to mention the gorgeous artwork displayed at Brisbane Powerhouse, as you can see in the photo below of my set up for Argo's MACRO performance.
These are just the few performances and music venues that exist in Brisbane alone, and I could go on and on about this topic. However, I'll leave that to you to explore and begin your exciting journey to immerse in the musical culture and art of Brisbane. As a general view in Australia, Brisbane doesn't seem to have as much as Sydney or Melbourne. However, I am an incredibly proud Brisbane born musician to tell you that Brisbane's music scene is growing and becoming a gorgeous home to many talented artists! I've fallen in love with Brisbane's music scene, and it wouldn't be what it is today without all the beautiful people that shape this community with their passionate voices and expression!
Laugh, Love, Live the Brisbane Music Scene!
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