Seymour Centre presents

Seymour Nights

Contemporary Music Series

2 Jul - 13 Aug 2022

Seymour Centre's contemporary music program, Seymour Nights, returns for a second season with live performances from some of the most vibrant voices and ensembles in Australian music.

Championing local artists and new sounds, performances will take place in the intimate surrounds of the Sound Lounge, with four concerts and a diverse repertoire of new music presented by our friends at Ensemble Offspring, Musica Viva, and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Trying to decide what to do tonight? Bring some friends, enjoy some drinks, and celebrate great live music with us.

Find out more about each concert below, then buy tickets here:

Melbourne's flute goddess, Eliza Shephard, presents an eclectic and spellbinding collection of rarely-performed new solo works that interweave poetry with myths, reality with fiction, and acoustics with electronics. Be transfixed by original sound worlds that you would never expect to be created by the humble flute.

Eliza is Ensemble Offspring's 2022 Hatched Associate Artist, joining the ensemble throughout the year on many and various projects celebrating living new music. This concert features works by Amy Beth Kirsten, Eve Beglarian, Barry McKimm, and more.

Original duo, Runa Cara, play "musical of ethereal beauty" (SMH). A recently formed partnership between Irish-Australian percussionist and new edge folk-pop singer-songwriter, Bonnie Stewart (aka Bonniesongs), and Danish-Australian contemporary cellist and nyckelharpist, Freya Schack-Arnott, Runa Cara take listeners on a journey of the new juxtaposed with the old.

Drawing from their culturally diverse roots and mix of classical, folk, and improvised musical practises, Runa Cara present imaginative Irish and Scandinavian folk songs and lullabies interwoven with experimental soundscapes and original upbeat tunes.

Buy Eliza Shephard & Runa Cara tickets.

At the threshold of tension, anticipation, trepidation, and release, Continuum Sax present works that explore physical and mental boundaries through the saxophone.

Paul Stanhope’s Ockham’s Razor explores the philosophy of problem solving, arrangements of music by Erwin Schulhoff and Hoagy Carmichael sit on the edge of classical and jazz genres, and new works by Ella Macens and Zoe Gougousidis reflect upon the times we live in.

Continuum Sax are four of Sydney’s finest saxophonists who bring to life a unique repertoire that explores the expressive potential of the saxophone. Continuum Sax develop their repertoire through engagement with leading Australian and international composers, sharing with audiences their appreciation of the instrument and its musical possibilities.

Continuum Sax are:
Christina Leonard
James Nightingale
Martin Kay
Nicholas Russoniello

Buy Continuum Sax: On Edge tickets.

 

Image credit: Noni Carroll

Tomorrow Tonight is a showcase of some of the finest contemporary artists bursting onto the local music scene.

Tomorrow Tonight will feature Before the King, an indie rock/ garage band; Gemma Navarrete, an RnB/ soul singer and songwriter; Chiara Kovac, an indie folk/ rock singer and songwriter; and The Fünf, a five-piece alt-rock band.

Find out more about each artist below and don't miss the opportunity to hear these outstanding students from Sydney Conservatorium of Music present a night of original works.

Before the King

Before the King are four garage rock cultists from Sydney's Inner West. With their ambitious social media campaigns, eponymous burrito from Newtown's Beach Burrito, and can-do attitude, Before the King have earned their self-appointed title as the 'best damn opening band in the world'. Featuring Dean Smuskowitz (vocals/ guitar), Oscar Dalkin (guitar), Daniel Radomsky (bass), and Gabriel Jammy (drums).

Gemma Navarrete

Gemma Navarrete is a singer-songstress hailing from Western Sydney. She is known for her concise, poetic lyricism and RnB/ pop-infused tunes that reflect the clunky transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Beginning her music journey at ten years old, Gemma was adamant that music was her calling above all other hobbies. Drawing inspiration from Kali Uchis, Ariana Grande, and Omar Apollo, the songstress intends to create a refreshingly new sound that evokes a sense of nostalgia and youth.

Chiara Kovac

Chiara Kovac pairs her intimate songwriting style with emotive and dynamic arrangements for an exciting live experience, also featuring Harry Hadley on bass. Chiara and Harry began their creative partnership in 2019 and have since been growing their skills in songwriting and production, culminating in the release of their debut EP, Water at the End of My Street, in 2021. This performance will see the duo debut brand-new songs from their latest (and greatest) efforts.

The Fünf

The Fünf are a five-piece rock band based in Sydney’s Inner West. With heavy influences of 70s soft rock outfits paired with contemporary alt-rock sounds, The Fünf boast variety and pleasant unpredictability in their catalogue of music. Featuring Kit Murphy, Jude McDermott (lead vox, rhythm guitar and bass interchange), Dylan Hopkins (lead guitar), Jack Fonti (drums), and Nick Kennedy (keyboard).

Buy Tomorrow Tonight tickets.

Techno Play features inimitable Ensemble Offspring core members Ben Kopp (piano) and Claire Edwardes (percussion/Artistic Director) presenting minimal music full of colour, virtuosity and shared play.

Experience a world premiere from Christopher Fox (UK), new Australian classics from Bree van Reyk, Alice Chance, Cyrus Meurant and Kate Moore, plus strikingly original solo and duo interpretation of scores from international composers Thomas Adés (UK), Karen Tanaka (USA/Japan) and Ivan Trevino (USA).

Fusing minimal musings with a techno edge, you won’t want to miss this electric program from two artists at the top of their game.

Program
Karen Tanaka - Techno Etudes (piano solo) 10'
Alice Chance - Mirroring (vibraphone solo) 4'
Bree van Reyk - Slipstreams (vibraphone solo) 7'
Cyrus Meurant - Ritournelle (piano and vibraphone) 8'

INTERVAL

Christopher Fox - Earth & Sea (piano and percussion) 8’ (World premiere)
Kate Moore - Spel (solo vibraphone) 8'
Thomas Adés - Berceuse from The Exterminating Angel (solo piano) 5'30
Ivan Trevino - Empathy (piano and percussion) 11’

Buy Techno Play tickets.

 

Image credit: Keith Saunders

Please note Techno Play was originally scheduled for 29 Jul 2022.

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Sat 2 Jul 8pm - 9:30pm
Fri 15 Jul 8pm - 9:30pm
Sat 30 Jul 8pm - 9:50pm
Sat 13 Aug 8pm - 9:30pm

Duration of each performance is approximate and subject to change. Duration of each performance includes 15-20 minute interval. Partial lockout applies for 15 Jul performance.

Performances will take place in the Sound Lounge.

Full $30
Concession* $25

$6 transaction fee applies.

*Concession tickets are available to seniors, pensioners, veterans, full-time students, and MEAA members. You will be required to enter your concession card number (i.e. the number on your Australian Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card, Veterans Affairs Card, Full-time Student Card, or MEAA Card) during ticket purchase for verification purposes, and should be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Flash photography and filming prohibited for 15 Jul performance.

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Melbourne's flute goddess, Eliza Shephard, presents an eclectic and spellbinding collection of rarely-performed new solo works that interweave poetry with myths, reality with fiction, and acoustics with electronics. Be transfixed by original sound worlds that you would never expect to be created by the humble flute.

Eliza is Ensemble Offspring's 2022 Hatched Associate Artist, joining the ensemble throughout the year on many and various projects celebrating living new music. This concert features works by Amy Beth Kirsten, Eve Beglarian, Barry McKimm, and more.

Original duo, Runa Cara, play "musical of ethereal beauty" (SMH). A recently formed partnership between Irish-Australian percussionist and new edge folk-pop singer-songwriter, Bonnie Stewart (aka Bonniesongs), and Danish-Australian contemporary cellist and nyckelharpist, Freya Schack-Arnott, Runa Cara take listeners on a journey of the new juxtaposed with the old.

Drawing from their culturally diverse roots and mix of classical, folk, and improvised musical practises, Runa Cara present imaginative Irish and Scandinavian folk songs and lullabies interwoven with experimental soundscapes and original upbeat tunes.

Buy Eliza Shephard & Runa Cara tickets.

At the threshold of tension, anticipation, trepidation, and release, Continuum Sax present works that explore physical and mental boundaries through the saxophone.

Paul Stanhope’s Ockham’s Razor explores the philosophy of problem solving, arrangements of music by Erwin Schulhoff and Hoagy Carmichael sit on the edge of classical and jazz genres, and new works by Ella Macens and Zoe Gougousidis reflect upon the times we live in.

Continuum Sax are four of Sydney’s finest saxophonists who bring to life a unique repertoire that explores the expressive potential of the saxophone. Continuum Sax develop their repertoire through engagement with leading Australian and international composers, sharing with audiences their appreciation of the instrument and its musical possibilities.

Continuum Sax are:
Christina Leonard
James Nightingale
Martin Kay
Nicholas Russoniello

Buy Continuum Sax: On Edge tickets.

 

Image credit: Noni Carroll

Techno Play features inimitable Ensemble Offspring core members Ben Kopp (piano) and Claire Edwardes (percussion/Artistic Director) presenting minimal music full of colour, virtuosity and shared play.

Experience a world premiere from Christopher Fox (UK), new Australian classics from Bree van Reyk, Alice Chance, Cyrus Meurant and Kate Moore, plus strikingly original solo and duo interpretation of scores from international composers Thomas Adés (UK), Karen Tanaka (USA/Japan) and Ivan Trevino (USA).

Fusing minimal musings with a techno edge, you won’t want to miss this electric program from two artists at the top of their game.

Program
Karen Tanaka - Techno Etudes (piano solo) 10'
Alice Chance - Mirroring (vibraphone solo) 4'
Bree van Reyk - Slipstreams (vibraphone solo) 7'
Cyrus Meurant - Ritournelle (piano and vibraphone) 8'

INTERVAL

Christopher Fox - Earth & Sea (piano and percussion) 8’ (World premiere)
Kate Moore - Spel (solo vibraphone) 8'
Thomas Adés - Berceuse from The Exterminating Angel (solo piano) 5'30
Ivan Trevino - Empathy (piano and percussion) 11’

Buy Techno Play tickets.

 

Image credit: Keith Saunders

Please note Techno Play was originally scheduled for 29 Jul 2022.

Tomorrow Tonight is a showcase of some of the finest contemporary artists bursting onto the local music scene.

Tomorrow Tonight will feature Before the King, an indie rock/ garage band; Gemma Navarrete, an RnB/ soul singer and songwriter; Chiara Kovac, an indie folk/ rock singer and songwriter; and The Fünf, a five-piece alt-rock band.

Find out more about each artist below and don't miss the opportunity to hear these outstanding students from Sydney Conservatorium of Music present a night of original works.

Before the King

Before the King are four garage rock cultists from Sydney's Inner West. With their ambitious social media campaigns, eponymous burrito from Newtown's Beach Burrito, and can-do attitude, Before the King have earned their self-appointed title as the 'best damn opening band in the world'. Featuring Dean Smuskowitz (vocals/ guitar), Oscar Dalkin (guitar), Daniel Radomsky (bass), and Gabriel Jammy (drums).

Gemma Navarrete

Gemma Navarrete is a singer-songstress hailing from Western Sydney. She is known for her concise, poetic lyricism and RnB/ pop-infused tunes that reflect the clunky transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Beginning her music journey at ten years old, Gemma was adamant that music was her calling above all other hobbies. Drawing inspiration from Kali Uchis, Ariana Grande, and Omar Apollo, the songstress intends to create a refreshingly new sound that evokes a sense of nostalgia and youth.

Chiara Kovac

Chiara Kovac pairs her intimate songwriting style with emotive and dynamic arrangements for an exciting live experience, also featuring Harry Hadley on bass. Chiara and Harry began their creative partnership in 2019 and have since been growing their skills in songwriting and production, culminating in the release of their debut EP, Water at the End of My Street, in 2021. This performance will see the duo debut brand-new songs from their latest (and greatest) efforts.

The Fünf

The Fünf are a five-piece rock band based in Sydney’s Inner West. With heavy influences of 70s soft rock outfits paired with contemporary alt-rock sounds, The Fünf boast variety and pleasant unpredictability in their catalogue of music. Featuring Kit Murphy, Jude McDermott (lead vox, rhythm guitar and bass interchange), Dylan Hopkins (lead guitar), Jack Fonti (drums), and Nick Kennedy (keyboard).

Buy Tomorrow Tonight tickets.

Sat 2 Jul 8pm - 9:30pm
Fri 15 Jul 8pm - 9:30pm
Sat 30 Jul 8pm - 9:50pm
Sat 13 Aug 8pm - 9:30pm

Duration of each performance is approximate and subject to change. Duration of each performance includes 15-20 minute interval. Partial lockout applies for 15 Jul performance.

Performances will take place in the Sound Lounge.

Full $30
Concession* $25

$6 transaction fee applies.

*Concession tickets are available to seniors, pensioners, veterans, full-time students, and MEAA members. You will be required to enter your concession card number (i.e. the number on your Australian Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card, Veterans Affairs Card, Full-time Student Card, or MEAA Card) during ticket purchase for verification purposes, and should be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Flash photography and filming prohibited for 15 Jul performance.

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

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