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"This play is based on a
a tribute to earlier writers
and an acknowledgement
of the suffering."
Vriend bringing friends to next gig
Ann Vriend and the Rooster Davis Group will perform at Smith's Alternative in March.
Canadian songstress Ann Vriend is no
newcomer to Australia, but fans will
get a fresh flavour from the artist as
she shifts from an intimate solo style
and instead plays in Canberra with her
Vriend, who considers Australia her
second home, said she was thrilled to
get back to Smith s Alternative on
March 17 and gig in the warm weather
with her full band the Rooster Davis
I m excited to have the friends I ve
made over the years to finally meet my
band and show them what I do when
I m not playing solo, she said.
"We are a trio, but it s kinds of an
unusual instrumentation set-up. I ve
got a hand organ player Rooster Davis,
who also plays all the bass lines with
his left hand, so we don t have a guitar
bass player. Then we have a drummer,
Peter Henderson, and me on keys.
The gig will celebrate the release of
her new album Those Records, which
due to its style seemed very obvious
to put out on vinyl".
My album is very retro-sounding
and has a lot of samples that were
made on vinyl in the first place, she
said. It s a very DJ-friendly and
While much of the early disco era
was basted in bass guitar, the beauty of
Vriend s live show for audiences is
seeing how the trio achieves such rich,
groovy disco sounds without it.
"People are always shocked the
three of us can deliver so much sound
and cover so much ground," she said.
"To make it all work as just the three
of us we each have a lot of duties."
Copies of Those Records will be
available at her live shows on standard
black vinyl, but also in a limited-
edition run of 100, on which Vriend
put her personal stamp in a
spontaneous experiment with the
hand-made vinyl company in Calgary.
"It s two colours, white and black,
mixed at once so each one has its own
unique marbled pattern, she said. "As
far as I know, I m the only one that
asked them to pour in two colours at
Hear and get your hands on
Those Records at Ann Vriend's
show from 9.30pm on Thursday,
March 17, at Smith's Alternative, 76
Alinga Street, Civic. Tickets $20 at
ALBUM: SYNTHIA/ARTIST: THE JEZABELS
Sydney band's new offering album of epic proportions
The Jezabels return to the epic style of
their first album Prisoner which sees
expansive rock tunes dominate their
enthralling new album Synthia.
After the lukewarm reception of last
album The Brink this Sydney band
have opted to craft a fearless folio of
melodramatic electro-pop which is
both optimistic and tinged with an
inner sadness. The first song Stand and
Deliver is more than six minutes long
and delivered by Hayley Mary.
She has immense vocal range and
straight off the block creates an
explosive crecendo, typically heard at
the end of an album.
That s in line with the Jezabels
style -- their capacity to build their
songs to a monumental climax is
difficult not to like.
With Synthia their robust indie rock
complements long hours of reflection
travelling down a long highway.
The album soars on new-wave
synths and oscillating arpeggios.
Pleasure Drive has a sophisticated
80s thing going on and elsewhere
atmospheric keyboards and
shoegazing guitar adds an extra
dimension of mystique and charm.
It s heady stuff. The Jezabels have
merged the best of their first two
albums together to craft an album of
epic proportions that has as much
drama as a series of Days of Our Lives.
They are on top form here and well
worth catching up on again.
Bertolt Brecht s The Threepenny
Opera will open on Thursday at the
Canberra Repertory Society s Theatre
3. The production, on show until
March 12, is a revolutionary theatrical
work and a landmark drama.
The play demonstrates Brecht s
resistance to theatre as a means of
emotional escape and entertainment
and movement towards its use as
instrument of social change.
Brecht achieved this by the
abandonment of stage illusion, the
naming of scenes to denote their
purpose, the counterpoint between the
action and the music/songs, and most
importantly the separation of the actor
from their character.
Directed by Aarne Neeme AM this
engaging play centres on a battle
between Peachum, King of the beggars
and Macheath, King of the thieves
(abetted by his army mate Brown, now
the High Sheriff of London).
Shows: Wednesday to Saturday 8pm
or 2pm matinees on Saturday March 5
and 12 and Sunday March 6.
Tickets: Adult $42 | Concession $36 |
groups of 6+ $35 each
INVITED TO TED 2016
For the first time ever in select world
cinemas, the general public will have
the opportunity to experience the
"opening night" of TED s annual
TED 2016 opened in Vancouver,
Canada, on February 15 and and was
filmed live. Canberra TED Talk fans
will be able to experience it at Dendy
Cinema on March 2.
Hosted by TED curator Chris
Anderson, the theatrical screening will
feature world-renowned thinkers,
artists and storytellers who will share
their "ideas worth spreading" about
the greatest dreams we are capable of
The event includes drinks and
nibbles from 5pm and a short TEDx
Q&A before the film begins at
6.30pm. Tickets $20 at dendy.com.au/
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