Adam Simmons: saxophones, clarinets, flutes, shakuhachi, fujara & toys
Since graduating from VCA in 1992, Adam has worked in Melbourne and internationally with influential groups and artists such as Ernest Ranglin, Nigel Kennedy, Peter Brotzmann, Ned Rothenberg, John Hollenbeck, Alessandra Garosi, Odean Pope, Denis Colin, bucketrider, The Pearly Shells, BOLT Ensemble, Bennetts Lane Big Band, Spiderbait, Kutcha Edwards, You Am I, Gotye, Clocked Out, Tony Gould, Sandy Evans, Roger Frampton, John Pochee, Noriko Tadano, Wang Zheng Ting, David Jones, Ted Vining, David Chesworth, Clinton Green, Niko Schauble, Pugsley Buzzard and many more
Ensembles led or co-led by Adam include: Origami, Collider, La Societe des Antipodes (French/Australian), Adam Simmons Quartet, Adam Simmons Toy Band, Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble and New Blood.
In 2014 highlights include the world premiere of “Billy Tea to Burgers,” a new suite for Origami, releasing “The Fourth Perfection” CD of solo shakuhachi inspired by Chinese art, received standing ovations at Dark MOFO with Nick Tsiavos Ensemble, received commissions from Melbourne Museum for a piece with the Federation Bells and Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka to create a choral work celebrating Eureka’s 160th Anniversary. In addition Adam staged the Festival of Slow Music for the second time.
Selected career highlights include: Commission for Speak Percussion and Michael Kieran Harvey (2012), premiere of concerto by Orio Odori with Philharmonic Orchestra of Loro Ciuffenna (Italy 2012), Special Award from Freedman Foundation (2004), Music Omi Artist Residency (USA, Fellowship 2001, Guest Curator 2007), Green Room Awards for Musical Direction (2003 & 2004), Adam Simmons Retrospective, featuring 40 different acts over three week (2006)
Iain Ellis and The Deep Sea Divers
Singer-songwriter Iain Ellis founded a number of Australian and UK bands including Anabranch, Jub Jub and the Fingerlings. Nowadays Iain and his band of merry Deep Sea Divers (Jeff Becker, Glen Nicol, Steve Matulic plus occasional guests) play songs from his extensive back-catalogue and a variety of cover songs performed in their own style.
The Deep Sea Divers sound falls somewhere between “folk”, “indie” and “acoustic-rock”, with lyrics that have been described as “…honest and moving”, “…inspiring”, “…ha ha that’s just silly”
, and “……surprisingly good actually”
. Their performances have been adapted to suit a range of venues and festivals.
Having impressed crowds from Boree Plains to Kangaroo Island, in 2013 the Deep Sea Divers were crowned the regional winners of ABC Radios “Exhumed” competition, earning a performance at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in 2014.
The Shared Affair
Three close friends, Chris Rogers (vocals, dobro, mandolin, guitar, banjo, mandola, octave mandolin), Dave Harris (vocals, double bass, guitar) and Melissa Tucker (fiddle, vocals), have shared a musical journey together for many years, making each other’s lives both a challenge and a joy.
Drawing on widely varying genres and leaning toward acoustic instruments they are influenced by anything real; Bela Fleck, The Waifs, Taj Mahal, Jerry Douglas, Edger Meyer, Broderick Smith, The Punch Brothers, Paul Kelly, Kane Welsh and Kaplin to name a few.
Andrew Clermont commented recently after sharing the stage with this trio -“Two hours of sonic bliss”
Stephanie Rogers is an award winning singer / songwriter based in Tuross Head, NSW. Hailing from a musical family, Steph's naturally smooth voice and brilliant songwriting will leave you wanting more.
Stephanie was immersed in music from an early age. With her father, Chris Rogers, being the hub of ‘all things music’ around Mildura, it wasn’t long before Steph made music a big part of her life. Although Steph had played other instruments before, she became serious about guitar by the age of 13 performing at the musicians club every few weeks. At the age of 16, Steph started to write music with a long time friend of hers, Samuel Rogerson, and they formed an acoustic duo Finding Flaws.
After traveling overseas seeking inspiration and culture, Stephanie decided to move to Lismore, NSW to study a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at Southern Cross University where she found her voice and released her self titled debut EP. 2010/2011/2012 saw her performing at Andrew Clermont’s Supper Club along side Robbie Long, Pete Fidler, Montz Masumoto, Liz Frencham and many others. Performing at Woodford Folk Festival with her father in 2012/13/14 was a highlight in her career as she captivated audiences young and old.
Stephanie has recently returned to Mildura from spending last year playing gigs in Wales, England, Germany and the Czech Republic.