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Katie Noonan jazzes it up with WAAPA students

Tuesday, 09 April 2019

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Thanks to the generous support of Brigid and Ronald W. Woss AM of the Woss Group of Companies, WAAPA’s Jazz students will be the fortunate beneficiaries of Katie Noonan’s love of musical collaborations, as they perform alongside her in two concerts at WAAPA in April.

Katie Noonan in Concert takes to the stage of the Geoff Gibbs Theatre on ECU’s Mount Lawley campus on Thursday 11 and Saturday 13 April at 7.30pm.

The concerts will comprise songs that feature Noonan with the WAAPA Jazz students in a number of different ensembles. Think timeless classics such as The Beatles’ hits Yesterday, Long and Winding Road, Eleanor Rigby and Blackbird brought to vivid life thanks to Noonan’s soulful voice – an instrument of extraordinary beauty and versatility – backed by the energetic and highly skilled WAAPA students.

“To me, Katie is the highest example of a modern artist – she effortlessly crosses genres, tells unique stories and can hold anyone’s attention through her originality,” says Jamie Oehlers, WAAPA’s Coordinator of Jazz and multi-award-winning saxophonist. “I’ve known Katie a long time and there is not a single instance where I’ve seen her perform and haven’t been left absolutely spellbound.”

Katie Noonan first received widespread acclaim as the angel-voiced vocalist fronting indie-pop band, george, who broke through in 2002 with their chart-topping debut album, Polyserena. Since then, for more than 20 years, Noonan has taken audiences on sublime excursions through jazz, pop and classical music.

Highlights of Noonan’s extensive resumé include her ARIA-winning album Blackbird, featuring re-imagined Lennon and McCartney songs; her acclaimed 2016 collaboration with the famous Brodsky Quartet, With Love and Fury; and three albums with classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, including Songs from the Latin Skies, which won the 2017 ARIA Award for Best World Music Album.

Noonan is currently on tour with her jazz trio Elixir, completed by her husband saxophonist Zac Hurren, performing Gratitude and Grief, a collaboration with Australian poet and cartoonist Michael Leunig that premiered at the Sydney Opera House in November 2016.

But for two nights at WAAPA, Perth audiences can enjoy the extraordinary talents of Katie Noonan as this multi-faceted vocalist leads the best of Australia’s young jazz musicians in an exciting program of hit songs.

"Working with different generations of artists is essential to every musician. Life is a continuous journey where the elders teach the young, but then the young teach the elders in return. True artistic innovators constantly look to the past as well as the future.Every experience teaches you something you need to learn and working with young up and coming artists is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your learnings and be inspired by the new wave of talent and in this spirit I cannot wait to work with the 2019 WAAPA students!"

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Katie Noonan in Concert performance web page.

Katie Noonan’s visit is generously supported as part of the WAAPA Visiting Artists program by Brigid and Ronald W. Woss AM of the Woss Group of Companies.

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