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Music, Composers, Live Performances

Music: NZ’s Salina Fisher Shines in the US

New Zealand composer and musician Salina Fisher has racked yet another achievement – having the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra play one of her compositions.

The 25-year-old, who is currently taking a master of music in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, New York, said the request from the orchestra also came as a surprise to her. “I’d just moved to New York to experience what the music scene was like and I really wasn’t expecting to get a call from someone organising this concert,” Fisher told Newshub.

The composition, titled ‘Tōrino’, was co-created with Rob Thorne and features Māori instrument pūtōrino.

This wasn’t the first recognition for Fisher, who has been composing and playing piano and violin since childhood. In 2016 she won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for her work ‘Rainphase’, being the youngest person ever to receive the honour. Her music has been performed by ensembles across the world, including in the US, Russia, Canada and Germany.

Fisher is due to finish her study in May and return to New Zealand afterwards.

Event: Yaeji at Sydney Opera House, Sydney

The Internet famous singer, DJ and producer is hitting Sydney before the year ends.

After touring around the world and performing on world-class stages such as Coachella, Panorama and Way Out West, Kathy Lee aka Yaeji is bringing her signature house music to the Opera House for an evening full of dancefloor burners and hazy Korean-English raps.

Tickets are $59 excluding booking fee, and will be sold starting Friday, September 7 at 9am. For more information, visit the Opera House website.

Saturday, December 1, 9pm | Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

Event: Chris Saunders’s Liquid Therapy Tour, Sydney

New York-based singer/songwriter Chris Saunders is coming to Sydney after the release of his first solo full-length album, Liquid Therapy.

Combining the sounds of traditional indie rock and soul with reggae/hip-hop/dancehall elements, the album explores personal journeys and relationships formed under the influence of alcohol and music.

The performance – set to be held in the Newsagency, Annandale – will be a part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Tickets are $18 online, and $25 at the door. For more information, visit the Sticky Tickets website.

Tuesday, September 25, 8.30-9.30pm | The Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale

Music: Twenty One Pilots to Visit Australia in ‘Bandito’ World Tour

After dropping two new singles, a new video and a date for their new album, Twenty One Pilots announced an accompanying world tour to complete the experience.

The ‘Bandito’ tour will see the duo performing in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand from October to March.

The full-length album, titled Trench, will be released on October 5. The two singles from the album, ‘Jumpsuit’ and ‘Nico and the Niners’ are now available for streaming on Youtube and Spotify.

Registration for the pre-order tickets for Australia, New Zealand and Europe is available now until Sunday, July 15 at 11.59pm ET. For more information, visit the Twenty One Pilots’ website.

The concert dates and venues:

December 7 — Perth, AU @ Perth Arena

December 10 — Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

December 13 — Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena

December 16 — Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena

December 18 — Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

December 21 — Auckland, NZ @ Spark Arena

Music: Smash Mouth Announces 2018 Australian Tour

All Stars can get their get game on – Smash Mouth has announced an Australian tour.

The band, most well-known for their meme-fied song for the movie Shrek, is coming back to Australia after their last tour in 2013. They will be performing across seven cities in November.

See the list below for more information on venues and ticketing.

Thursday, November 8: Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, November 9: Twin Towns Services Club, Gold Coast

Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, November 10: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane

Tickets: Oztix

Wednesday, November 14: Albury SS&A Club, Albury

Tickets: Eventopia

Thursday, November 15: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, November 16: Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, November 17: Croxton Band Room, Melbourne

Tickets: Oztix

Music: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Reveals New Assistant Conductor

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has named Gonzalo Farias as its new assistant conductor.

Farias, who won the position through a nationwide audition, is set to oversee between 85 to 90 concerts per year.

“Gonzalo is not only a superb conductor, he is a warm and communicative person who will reach out to our communities and make many friends for the VSO,” said the orchestra’s conductor and music director JoAnn Falletta. “We feel lucky that we have on our team such a brilliant musician and a great advocate for the orchestra.”

Before taking the role, Farias worked with Marin Alsop to hold a conducting fellowship at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Farias also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from the University of Chile, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois.

He will conduct his first VSO gig on Thursday in Virginia Beach, featuring songs from box office hits such as The Incredibles, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End and more.

Music: Dan Sultan Postpones His “Killer” Solo Tour

Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan has put the rest of his Australian tour on hold a day after apologising for his “inexcusable and disrespectful” behaviour at a recent Cairns show.

“Dan’s health and wellbeing is our highest priority at this time and we thank you for your ongoing understanding and support,” the management posted on Sultan’s Facebook page.

“We hope to reschedule the postponed dates once Dan makes a full recovery. While we encourage fans to hold onto their tickets which will be valid for entry to the rescheduled shows, the option to secure a refund is also available via the ticketing outlet or venue from which tickets were purchased.”

Sultan was allegedly intoxicated during his performance on Saturday at Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, with commenters describing the gig as a “sad spectacle” and a “train wreck”, where the musician “butchered” his song “My Kingdom”. In a clip posted on social media, Sultan could also be seen singing out of tune and forgetting the lyrics while covering Britney Spears’s “Baby One More Time”.

“I want to apologise to all of my fans, particularly those who were at the Cairns show on Saturday night,” Sultan said on Monday.

“My behaviour was inexcusable and disrespectful. I’d also like to extend an apology to the staff at Tanks Arts Centre for what occurred. I am taking stock of my personal situation and am seeking professional help.”

5 Seconds of Summer Tops Aria Singles Chart with ‘Youngblood’

5 Seconds of Summer has reached #1 in Aria Singles chart with their new song, breaking the two-year drought of Australian songs on the top spot.

The alt-pop Youngblood is the first local song to rank first in the chart since The Veronicas’ In My Blood in July 2016. It is the lead single of 5SOS’ upcoming album with the same name. The quartet, which was formed during the members’ time at Norwest Christian College, Sydney, spent most of 2017 writing the album.

“Originally Youngblood wasn’t meant to be a single for us, we chose to release that, and you get it when you pre-order the album, which was meant to tie in with Youngblood [the album],” said guitarist Michael Clifford.

“And people just connected with it so much, and it’s such an organic way for a song to happen.”

Last week the band announced its upcoming homecoming tour set for August this year, following the album’s release on June 22.

Music: Sydney Composer Receives Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship

A Sydney-based composer has been awarded with the coveted Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship, and is headed for the world’s most prestigious scoring course.

Screen composer Angela Little will undertake a Master of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a highly selective program that admits only 20 students per year. Notable alumni of the screen scoring course include Christophe Beck (Frozen), Bear McCreary (Outlander), James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games) and Marco Beltrami (The Hurt Locker).

“I couldn’t believe it when I received a personal email from Alan Silvestri congratulating me on winning this scholarship!” said Little. “His music affected me deeply from a young age – these are the people you dream of meeting as a film composer.”

Little’s past work included The Clinic and documentary Zach’s Ceremony, which was nominated for a 2017 AACTA Award. Little’s work will also appear in 2018 releases such as Steve Jaggi’s Chocolate Oyster and SBS documentary series How Mad Are You?.

Music: 2018 Splendour in the Grass Lineup Announced

The line-up for Splendour in the Grass 2018 has been released.

Headlined by Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and Vampire Weekend, the line-up also features other big names such as Khalid, Franz Ferdinand, CHVRCHES, Miguel, MGMT, SAFIA, Angus and Julia Stone and many more. They will perform in July over three days at North Byron Parklands for the festival, which is in its 18th year running.

Out of 101 acts announced in the lineup, 43 contain female members. Find the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 19 at 9am. Camping option is also available at the Splendour site. For more information, visit Splendour In The Grass’ website.

Splendour in the Grass 2018 Full Lineup:

Kendrick Lamar
Lorde (only AUS show)
Vampire Weekend (only AUS show)
Khalid (only AUS show)
The Wombats
Hilltop Hoods
CHVRCHES
Miguel
Girl Talk (only AUS show)
Angus & Julia Stone
Gang of Youths
Franz Ferdinand
MGMT
Ben Howard
Dune Rats & Friends
James Bay
PNAU
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
The Avalanches DJ set
Chromeo
DMA’S
Ball Park Music
Henry Rollins (only AUS show)
SAFIA
The Jungle Giants
Lil Xan
Methyl Ethel
Amy Shark
The Bronx
Ocean Alley
Carmada (L D R U & Yahtzel)
DZ Deathrays
Lord Huron
Middle Kids
Hockey Dad
Towkio
Cub Sport
Touch Sensitive
Sampa The Great
Dean Lewis
Skegss
Albert Hammond Jr
Mallrat
Marmozets
Alex Lahey
Riton & Kah-Lo
Jack River
Superorganism
Anna Lunoe
Lewis Capaldi
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Alex The Astronaut
Yungblud
Crooked Colours
Nina Las Vegas
Soccer Mommy (only AUS show)
Elderbrook
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Tim Sweeney
Stella Donnelly
Bully
Baker Boy
Wafia
No Mono
Waax
Angie McMahon
West Thebarton
Eves Karydas
G Flip
The Babe Rainbow
Haiku Hands
Didirri
Alice Ivy
Amyl & The Sniffers
Ziggy Ramo
Fantastic Man
Lo’99
Human Movement
Manu Crook$
Kasbo
Madam X
Andras
Alta
Ara Koufax
Two People
B Wise
Made In Paris
Jensen Interceptor
Woodes
Teischa
Antony & Cleopatra
Muto
Elk Road
triple j Unearthed winners (TBA)

Plus…

Mike Gurrieri
Love Deluxe
Lauren Hansom
Poolclvb
Godlands
Nyxen
Emma Stevenson
Ebony Boadu