Friday, 02 September 2016
With acclaimed emerging talent such as Tim Minchin, Triple-J Unearthed Artist of the Year Meg Mac, 2016 Tamworth Toyota Star Maker winner Karin Page and 2013 Telstra Road To Discovery winner Helen Shanahan amongst the alumni of WAAPA’s Contemporary Music course, it makes you wonder what other talent is bubbling away just under the surface.
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Allens present RADIO ACTIVE, the annual Contemporary Music showcase in the Geoff Gibbs Theatre at Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley on Thursday, 8 and Saturday, 10 September. RADIO ACTIVE offers audiences the perfect opportunity to discover the stars of tomorrow today! RADIO ACTIVE features a diverse repertoire covering all musical bases from pop to rock, R ‘n’ B to soul and funk classics in a spectacularly produced concert with a huge cast of talented young musicians and singers.
This amazing group of talented contemporary music students will be directed by highly acclaimed WAAPA staff members; award-winning Australian Session Drummer Ric Eastman (Human Nature, WASO, Thelma Houston, Lee Konitz, Ernie Watts and the Jazz Australia Big Band), Course Coordinator for Contemporary Music Mike Eastman, and in-demand singer/recording artist (Top 10 in the Australian Songwriting Awards, Runner up International Song Contest and Semi-Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest) and WAAPA’s Head of Contemporary Vocal Studies, Matt Allen.
Musical Director and Coordinator of WAAPA’s Contemporary Music program, Mike Eastman is very happy with how this annual project has grown. “The concert series has been a huge success for the past six years, not only building the audience year on year and adding performances, but also seeing a fantastic increase in applications for our various courses. We just returned from a sold out performance at the Albany Entertainment Centre where there is a great deal of interest in WAAPA and its various programs.”
“Compared to a run-of-the-mill pub gig where there are plenty of places to hide while belting out a rocker, in RADIO ACTIVE the students must rely on their vocal and musical talents to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.” Mike is excited about the diverse selection of songs that will be presented on the night, ranging from current hits by the likes of Adele and Gotye to older classics by artists like Queen, Prince and Kiss.
In this fully produced concert WAAPA celebrates 50 years of radio hits as over 40 students make these much–loved classics their own in a spectacularly produced show with WAAPA’s amazing lighting and sound students taking over all production duties.
For all venue and performance details, please visit the RADIO ACTIVE performance web page.