These Digital Times

These Digital Times is a free, online music festival presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

On the last Saturday of May, June and July, performances from some of the best in Australian and international jazz and contemporary music were live streamed direct living rooms all over the globe in high definition from ALV Studios in Melbourne.

Although the series is now complete, you can still access each performance via this page. We won’t ask you for any personal or credit card details except if you’re donating directly through our website.

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Saturday 25 July

“It is my pleasure to welcome audiences to These Digital Times. It is a testament to the versatility, resilience and passion of musicians and those that bring them to the stage that even in these difficult times we can find a way to continue to enjoy live music.”

– Michael Tortoni, Artistic Director Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Junkadelic Brass Band
– 11:30 AM –

A jazz workshop for the whole family.

For These Digital Times, the Junkadelic Brass Band will lead a workshop in DIY music-making for children filmed in their Perth rehearsal space.

The Junkadelic Brass Band combine a smoking hot brass section, deep-rooted soul vocals, and a funk loaded percussion section using recycled DIY instruments.

The group draws on strong influences from New Orleans street music and big bands such as the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Band, combining traditional “secondline” grooves with horn parts reminiscent of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone.

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Career Development Panel – The Funding Landscape
– 12:00 PM –

The funding landscape is evolving rapidly and can be difficult to navigate. In the final Career Development Panel, our experts delve into the sometimes-daunting world of grants, fundraising and philanthropy. Our panel of industry insiders will provide advices on current opportunities, managing feedback, budgets and writing a successful application.

Panelists include facilitator Andrew Tuttle (APRA AMCOS), Steven Richardson (Creative Partnerships Australia), Adam Simmons (Independent Artist) and Chloe Turner (Creative Victoria VicArts).

Presented in association with APRA AMCOS and Arts Centre Melbourne.

This event is free, however registration is essential.

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David Jones and Friends
– 1:00 PM –

Melbourne’s award-winning David Jones is often described as one of the most musical drummers in the world. While his technical mastery is astonishing, his focus is always on creating beautiful music that defies genre through improvising in the moment.
For this performance, Jones has invited his friends Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Evri Evripidou (six-string bass and effects) to join him in a free-flowing borderless, tantalizing exploration of new territory.

Individually these three masters possess their own intuitive sense of colour and texture, with a wide spectrum of sounds to draw upon.

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Direct from Italy: Vince Abbracciante
– 2:30 PM –

Italian Vince Abbracciante is a rising star of the accordion, with a remarkable technique and a deep feel for the blues and swing. His live performance melds these influences in a genre-crossing venture that delves deeper into the enigmas of psychedelic jazz music. In this master’s hands, the accordion transcends its distinctive sound to take on a di erent voice entirely. Abbracciante’s accordion music is by turns moody, ethereal and gripping.

This performance is proudly supported by the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne.

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The Holly Moore Sextet
– 3:45 PM –

Saxophonist Holly Moore is an exciting young musician emerging as a leader in Australian jazz. Moore will debut a new suite of music commissioned as part of the Take Note program, the gender equity & artist development initiative established by MIJF in 2019 to celebrate female and gender diverse leaders in jazz.

Moore leads a three-piece horn section with Paul Cornelius (tenor saxophone) and Niran Dasika (trumpet) alongside Kade Brown (piano), Robbie Finch (double bass) and Luke Andresen (drums). Drawing on European jazz and post-bop influences, their sound is lush, grand and dynamic.

This performance and the Take Note program is made possible by the Kestin Family Foundation, the Robert Salzer Foundation and the many individuals who have supported the program through private giving.

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Roundtable Discussion: Pathfinding – Leadership Programs in Improvised Music
– 4:30 PM –

Pathfinding – Leadership Programs in Improvised Music

How do emerging improvising musicians build sustainable careers in Australia’s unique arts and culture sector? What opportunities are available to them and what skills to they need to succeed? Join recipients of The Australian Art Orchestra’s ‘Pathfinders’ and Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s ‘Take Note’ program for a conversation on leadership and professional pathways in improvised music.

Martel Ollerenshaw (Director of Arts & Parts Ltd.) will facilitate a discussion with Claire Cross (Associate Producer – Take Note), Aviva Endean (AAO Pathfinder – 2018/2019), Reuben Lewis (AAO Pathfinder – 2019/2020), Peter Knight (Artistic Director – Australian Art Orchestra) and Hadley Agrez (CEO – Melbourne International Jazz Festival) on the opportunities available for emerging artists in this field as well as open the floor to a broader dialogue on the aspirations and potential for this sector beyond 2020.

Presented in association with The Australian Art Orchestra

This roundtable is free, however registration is essential. Please register below.

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Paul Grabowsky AO (Solo)
– 5:30 PM –

Paul Grabowsky is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor – and is one Australia’s most distinguished artists. He has worked with jazz luminaries Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin; written scores for over twenty films in Australia, the UK and the US; won seven ARIA awards; and has toured extensively both nationally and overseas.

He established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians with such bands as his own trio and sextet, the Wizards of Oz and as musical director for singer Vince Jones. This reputation has never wavered.

In a rare solo performance, this master pianist will revisit his album ‘Solo’, released in 2014 by ABC Jazz. Featuring all the hallmarks that have made him one of the world’s foremost jazz instrumentalists and composers, the album is a richly complex work of art from an artist at the height of his musical prowess.

This performance is proudly supported by Australia Post.

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Direct from the US: Taylor McFerrin feat. Marcus Gilmore
– 7:00 PM –

Taylor McFerrin and Marcus Gilmore have a lot in common. The two artists both have an impressive musical lineage – McFerrin is the eldest son of vocalist and classical conductor Bobby McFerrin, Gilmore the grandson of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes – and both are part of the thirty-something year old set working on the improvisational foundation of jazz and creating music with a 21st century, often technologically-infused aesthetic.

This performance is proudly supported by the US Consulate General Melbourne.

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Barney McAll: Precious Energy
-8:15 PM –

Grammy nominated, ARIA winning composer/pianist/keyboardist Barney McAll will premiere new material from his forthcoming album, Precious Energy.

Spurred on by the wild success of his two recent singles “Precious Energy” and “Sweet Water” , the final concert of the online Festival series will feature vocals from Rita Satch and Belle Bangard, Australia’s tenor titan Julien Wilson, and a rhythm section that includes Hiatus Kaiyote’s Paul Bender and Leigh Fisher on drums to take you on a wild ride of psychedelic jazz, electronica and improvisation.

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CANCELLED – Erica Tucceri: Vacilando

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this performance cannot go ahead as planned and has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Erica Tucceri is an improvising flutist, composer and producer who sits at the cutting edge of Melbourne’s music scene. Best known to audiences for bringing the flute to the front with Billy Davis, WVR BVBY and Z*F*E*X, she has recorded and toured across Australia and internationally.

This performance will be the live premiere of Erica’s first release in over four years and features live visuals from Dotahn Caspi creating a cinematic backdrop to this exciting new work. Inspired by her musical travels across the US, UK and Europe, her new release is sample-laden, lush and rhythmic.

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Nat Bartsch’s Lullaby Project
– 10:30 AM –

Nat Bartsch is a multi-award-winning Australian pianist and composer who creates lyrical, ethereal work that explores the space between classical and jazz genres.

Most recently Bartsch has become well known for her Lullaby Project, which, during early motherhood, saw Bartsch translate her gentle aesthetic into music with purpose – a suite of lullabies designed to soothe babies to sleep, but also be meaningfully enjoyable for adults. After interviewing music therapists, Bartsch composed a series of pieces with tempos similar to a mother’s heartbeat, gentle sounds, simple melodies and harmonies, ostinatos and repetition. The album – Forever, and No Time at All – was released in 2018 by ABC Classic and will be re-interpreted by a jazz sextet for the forthcoming release, Forever More, due out in July this year.

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Career Development Panel – Old Media, New Media
– 11:00 AM –

Working in music? This panel explores the differences and opportunities in old and new media and how to make the most of them. Featuring a discussion by experts in their field, the panel will cover online communities, media relationships and putting them together to help musicians and those working in music build their professional profile and navigate the media landscape.

Our facilitator, Dean Worthington, is an arts-sector veteran with over 10 years’ experience working with arts organisations large and small. He currently runs marketing and business development consultancy George and Bill which specialises in working with artists and small to medium businesses in arts, culture and entertainment.

Also bringing their expertise to the panel: Lior Albeck-Ripka, co-founder of artist and events agency Hear Them Holler; music journalist, Michael Dwyer; Paige X. Cho, Senior Music Strategist at Bolster, a digital and creative agency specialising in music, events and entertainment; and publicist and marketing professional Sarah Guppy, Director at This Much Talent and Business Development Manager at Gig Life Pro

Presented in association with APRA AMCOS and Arts Centre Melbourne

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Kathleen Halloran Trio
– 12:00 PM –

Guitarist Kathleen Halloran has put together an eclectic jazz trio driven by a fun and fierce approach to improvised music. Featuring the melodically rich guitar stylings of Halloran, complemented by the versatile and inspiring Darryn Farrugia on drums, and rounded out by bassist Kim May’s work in the lower registers. With influences ranging from Pat Metheny to the Brad Mehldau Trio to Maceo Parker, their sonic palate is a broad one but always accessible.

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Solomon Sisay
– 1:30 PM –

Saxophonist Solomon Sisay is a world-class musician who shot to fame after being the chosen saxophone player for Axumite Band, a legendary outfit in Ethiopia. Now based in Melbourne, his star has continued to rise both locally and internationally. His debut album Sitota has quickly become a staple on community and national radio across Australia. Written by Solomon and fellow Ethiopian artist Nhatty Man, Sitota (meaning gift in Amharic) is a tribute to the Ethio-Jazz tradition and is a fitting salute to the saxophone’s role within Ethiopian Jazz.

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Direct from Italy: Federico Casagrande
– 3:30 PM –

Jazz guitarist Federico Casagrande began the study of classical music in Italy at an early age. He has released 11 records as leader or co-leader and has toured extensively throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Casagrande is an understated gem of European chamber-jazz – a six-string poet that has all the tools available to continue becoming of the singular voices in contemporary guitar.

This performance is proudly supported by the Italian Cultural Institute.

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Album Launch: Andrea Keller’s Five Below
– 5:00 PM –

Andrea Keller’s award-winning ensemble Five Below features two bassists, drums, guitar and piano, and reimagines a score of Keller’s compositions – throwing the music into a new light through an intense process of deconstruction, exploration, and musical innovation. Melding acoustic sounds with electronics, pedals and effects, the music of Five Below draws from an eclectic array of styles including doom, western art music, minimalism and contemporary jazz – producing a unique and arresting voice in Australian jazz.

Launching their second album and debut studio release, Life is Brut[if]al, this all-star line-up led by pianist/composer Andrea Keller also features Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Sam Anning (double bass), Mick Meagher (electric bass), and James McLean (drums). Scott McConnachie (sax) will be joining the band for this special, one-off performance.

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Chindamo Meets Chindamo: Joe and Olivia
– 7:00 PM –

Australian virtuoso pianist Joe Chindamo is routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world and as a composer has earned international acclaim for his concertos, chamber music and film soundtracks.

Performing alongside Joe is Olivia Chindamo, his daughter, a stunning vocalist and performer in her own right. Usually based in New Yok, Olivia was the first vocalist to win the prestigious Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (2016) and has toured internationally with the likes of James Morrison (AUS) and Willie Murillo (US). Her music endeavours to fuse jazz history with a contemporary sensibility and a love of improvisation.

This performance is proudly supported by Australia Post

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Direct from the US: Joey DeFrancesco
– 8:00 PM –

Organ jazz had all but gone into hibernation until Joey DeFrancesco reignited the flame with his distinctly modern approach and vintage Hammond organ.

Raised in Philadelphia, DeFrancesco began playing at four years old, quickly joining his father “Papa” John DeFrancesco at gigs and winning over legendary players like Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones with his natural musical talent and enthusiasm.

The five-time GRAMMY Award-nominee has played with Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Diana Krall, Arturo Sandoval, James Moody, Elvin Jones and Joe Lovano just to name a few and continues to dominate the instrument as no one of his generation has.

This performance is proudly supported by the US Consulate General Melbourne.

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The Sugarfoot Ramblers
– 9:15 PM –

The Sugarfoot Ramblers are a collective of Melbourne based musicians with a shared love of trad jazz. After spending time in New Orleans, Travis Woods and Daniel Berry decided to form this band to explore the classic traditional jazz repertoire. Their live set at These Digital Times features Travis Woods (trumpet), Chris Vizard (trombone), Brennan Hamilton-Smith (clarinet), Louis King (banjo), Howard Cairns (bass) and Daniel Berry (drums).

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MIJF Career Development Panel – Surviving & Thriving
– 12:00 PM –

The music industry is a wonderful place to be and work, but it’s not without its challenges. This panel discusses issues of mental health and wellbeing in the music industry and how artists can stay creatively vibrant – and healthy – when the industry and world around us is constantly changing. Please note, registrations are essential. Facilitated by musician and arts worker Holly Norman –– the panel invites Xani Kolac (independent artist and activist), Luke O’Connor (Industry Relations and Partnership Manager at Support Act), Tracy Margieson (Head of Program at the Arts and Wellbeing Collective), and psychologist Chris Cheers to talk all things music, mental health and wellbeing.

Presented in association with APRA AMCOS and Arts Centre Melbourne.
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Teeny Tiny Stevies
– 1:30 PM –

The ABC Kids favourites will perform all their jazziest tunes, plus all their crowd pleasers. 2020 is a big year for the band with the release of their highly anticipated third album Thoughtful Songs For Little People just around the corner.

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Flora Carbo
– 3:00 PM –

Saxophonist Flora Carbo is quickly becoming one of the most exciting young artists in Australian jazz. In a brand new trio, Carbo is joined by brother Theo Carbo on guitar and bassist Sam Anning to draw on a shared joy and curiosity for creating and improvising.

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Direct from Italy: Luca Ciarla
– 4:00 PM –

A creative and surprising violinist, Luca Ciarla  easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than fifty countries around the world. This unique solo performance will be streamed direct from Italy.

This performance is proudly supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and Violipiano Music.

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Julien Wilson’s STOCK – Album Launch
– 5:00 PM –

STOCK have harnessed a decade of collaboration, literally hundreds of live gigs, to craft bold, highly interactive music with a distinctly Australian accent.  Featuring Julien Wilson (saxes and effects), Craig Fermanis (electric guitar), Christopher Hale (bass guitar) and Hugh Harvey (drums/percussion), STOCK will take you on an epic sonic adventure.

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Kate Ceberano
– 7:00 PM –

Multi ARIA-award winning artist Kate Ceberano has earned her place as one of Australia’s favourite voices with a career spanning 35 years, seven Platinum and seven Gold albums. With 27 albums to her name, she is the most prolific Australian female recording artist of this era. In her live performance for These Digital Times, Ceberano will perform songs from her many forays into jazz throughout her career.

This performance is proudly supported by Australia Post.

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Direct from the US: Gretchen Parlato & Mark Guiliana
– 8:30 PM –

Mesmerising vocalist Gretchen Parlato and internationally acclaimed drummer and composer Mark Guiliana welcome you into the living room of their Los Angeles home for a duo voice and drums/percussion performance. Repertoire includes material from Parlato’s past projects as well as new original compositions and never before played material selected especially for this concert.

This performance is proudly supported by U.S. Consulate General Melbourne.

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Late Night Set: Kaiit
– 9:30 PM –

ARIA award-winning vocalist Kaiit’s honeyed vocals and fierce rhymes make her a formidable talent in the Australian jazz and neo-soul scene. With a voice that crosses musical boundaries, Kaiit’s music draws inspiration from idols Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill and SZA – but her sound is thoroughly ‘Melbourne’.

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For These Digital Times May 30 press release  click here.

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