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WAAPA’s rising stars shine in The Songbook Sessions

Wednesday, 04 September 2019

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The Edith Spiegeltent at ECU Mount Lawley will be buzzing with emerging talent on Wednesday, 11 September and Thursday, 12 September as WAAPA students take to the stage for their annual Contemporary Music Artist showcase, Songbook Sessions.

More than 30 of Western Australia’s finest young musical talents will present original and unique versions of classics in a range of formats including solo, duo, trio, full band and even full vocal choir renditions across the two nights.

WAAPA’s strong Contemporary Music program has consistently produced formidable talent – as demonstrated by national stars such as Tim Minchin and Meg Mac, through to more recent up-and-comers like Dulcie, Blake Rose and Sydnee Carter.

Vinnie Crea, Coordinator of the Music Artist program and Music Director of Songbook Sessions, is looking forward to showcasing the exciting talents of his current cohort of students.

“The Music Artist students gain immense benefit from collaborating in an extremely talented, ‘hand picked’ cohort. The real-world, hands-on preparation for this show is totally relevant to their professional working life as performers,” says Crea.

When it comes to an artist’s success in the music industry, Crea believes that mastering the art of simplicity is key.

“Keeping it simple is so important, yet so hard to manage. Too many artists overcomplicate their songs or music and it becomes inaccessible to a mainstream audience,” he says.

With only a few weeks until The Songbook Sessions hits the stage of The Edith Spiegeltent, Crea hopes that “audiences take away an impression of a show presented by passionate and creative artists united in their enthusiasm and potential”.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Songbook Sessions performance web page.

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