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

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.

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Career Development Panel – The Funding Landscape

In the final Career Development Panel, Panelists include facilitator Andrew Tuttle (APRA AMCOS), Steven Richardson (Creative Partnerships Australia), Adam Simmons (Independent Artist) and Chloe Turner (Creative Victoria VicArts) delve into the sometimes-daunting world of grants, fundraising and philanthropy.

Presented in association with APRA AMCOS and Arts Centre Melbourne.

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David Jones and Friends

Melbourne’s award-winning David Jones is often described as one of the most musical drummers in the world. 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.

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Direct from Italy: Vince Abbracciante

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.

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

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The Holly Moore Sextet

Moore debuts music commissioned as part of the Take Note program, the gender equity & artist development initiative established by MIJF to celebrate female and gender diverse leaders in jazz.

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

The Australian Art Orchestra’s ‘Pathfinders’ and MIJF’s ‘Take Note’ join the 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)

Presented in association with The Australian Art Orchestra

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Paul Grabowsky AO (Solo)

Paul Grabowsky is one Australia’s most distinguished artists.

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.

This performance is proudly supported by Australia Post.

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Direct from the US: Taylor McFerrin feat. Marcus Gilmore

Taylor 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

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

Tthe 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.

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Nat Bartsch’s Lullaby Project

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.

Performing her Forever, and No Time at All album which was released in 2018 by ABC Classic.

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Career Development Panel – Old Media, New Media

Working in music? This panel explores the differences and opportunities in old and new media and how to make the most of them.

Facilitator, Dean Worthington hosts Lior Albeck-Ripka (Hear Them Holler), Michael Dwyer, Paige X. Cho (Bolster), Sarah Guppy (Gig Life Pro)

Presented in association with APRA AMCOS and Arts Centre Melbourne.

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Kathleen Halloran Trio

Guitarist Kathleen Halloran has put together an eclectic jazz trio driven by a fun and fierce approach to improvised music. complemented by the versatile and inspiring Darryn Farrugia on drums, and rounded out by bassist Kim May’s work in the lower registers. their sonic palate is a broad one but always accessible.

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Solomon Sisay

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.

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Direct from Italy: Federico Casagrande

Jazz guitarist Federico Casagrande has released 11 records and has toured extensively throughout  the world. Casagrande is 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

Andrea Keller’s award-winning ensemble Five Below throws music into a new light, 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.

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Chindamo Meets Chindamo: Joe and Olivia

Pianist Joe Chindamo performs alongside his daughter Olivia Chindamo in a fuse of 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

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

The Sugarfoot Ramblers are a collective of Melbourne based musicians with a shared love of trad jazz. 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

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.

Facilitated by 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

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

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

A creative and surprising violinist,  Luca Ciarla  performs an acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation.  This unique solo performance streamed directly 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

STOCK have harnessed a decade of collaboration, literally hundreds of live gigs, to craft bold, highly interactive music with a distinctly Australian accent. STOCK will take you on an epic sonic adventure.

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Kate Ceberano

Multi ARIA-award winning artist Kate Ceberano has earned her place as one of Australia’s favourite voices. 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

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 new original compositions and never before played material.

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

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Late Night Set: Kaiit

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 a full list of our partners click here.

For These Digital Times May 30 press release  click here.

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