stringmansassy vocalist Kacey Patrick, has also been very busy!

In recent years – as well as raising her family – she has been a playwright, a musical director, a choir and drama teacher, a producer and an event coordinator. She has worked in production and coordination roles for Bleach*Festival and Opera Australia, and has continued to perform with The Saruzu Quartet, FIJ | Flamenco Indo Jazz and the Camerata of St John’s, Women In Voice and Women In Voice ‘On Tour’. With Linsey Pollak and ‘The Dream of Zedkat Nabu’ ensemble, she won the APRA Art Award for Queensland Performance of the Year 2012.

Most recently, Kacey has returned to jazz, with her first solo ‘jazz gig’ at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. She is continuing to write poetry and lyrics, with the view to recording a solo album in the very near future. Here are some of her offerings ….  Kacey Patrick

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Innovative and spontaneous duo stringmansassy will hit the stage this Sunday 29 September, for the second last  Live at Bond Sunday session to be held at the ADCO Amphitheatre for 2013.

Vocalist Kacey Patrick and guitarist Aaron Hopper have toured extensively internationally and throughout Australia and performed at some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals.

The pair performed at Bond in 2011 at a packed out Bond by the Lake event and Kacey says she is excited to have the opportunity to return and perform in front of her home crowd.

“I am a Gold Coast based artist – this is my home – and it is a privilege to be able to engage with my own local community,” she said.

“I have attended Live at Bond events in recent times as a spectator and I am grateful to now have the opportunity to bring stringmansassy back to main stage.

“The amphitheatre is such a fantastic space and I commend Bond on its commitment to bringing music and community together with these all ages, family friendly events.”

Originally from Brisbane, stringmansassy has established a loyal following across Queensland over the years and Kacey says the enthusiasm from these supporters has been encouraging and uplifting.

“We have travelled the globe and performed in some wonderfully exotic places, but our core support comes from South East Queensland,” she said.

“Those that have followed our music are excited about hearing our old material live, but this performance also gives Aaron and I a chance to showcase our new material, which – although remains true to our essence – has a lot more colour and maturity.

“We have spent time been performing individually over the last few years, and we have both grown and evolved as artists. We have always treated the voice and the guitar as two separate instruments and we have once again come together to expand what these instruments can do together.

“Our goal is to create sublimely beautiful music that connects with people on an intrinsic level that only music has the ability to do.”

Known for their ability to transcend their jazz and folk roots to create spell binding, enthralling and passionate music, the refined and sophisticated performers are also unique arrangers of every musical genre.

They have expanded the realm for guitar and voice, proving that it is possible to create an astonishing musical atmosphere with a small ensemble.

Each performance retains elements of their influences including Bobby McFerrin, Patti Griffin, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more, along with Middle-Eastern, African and Celtic traditional music.

Community Engagement Manager Sharon Solyma says stringmansassy has become one of the most highly regarded performance duos in Australia and it is an honour to have them kick off the spring performance season at Bond University.

“Over a 12 year career, they have retained their ability to create a world of their own, full of passion, conviction, belief and beauty, and it’s fantastic to see them return and share their unique sound,” she said.

stringmansassy’s music has been played on major radio networks throughout Australia, with their song Beautiful Day included on the ABC national play list.

Sharon says the stringmansassy event, which runs from 3.00pm to 5.15pm, will be supported by Owen Van Larkins, in collaboration with Fretfest and is expected to draw the crowds on the back of a popular autumn season that was exploding with local talent.

“The autumn Live at Bond season was a huge success, with a diverse mix of people flocking to the ADCO Amphitheatre to watch incredibly talented musicians perform for free,” she said.

“The outdoor music series has been running since 2011 and is a fantastic way to engage the community in something artistic, that is accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

“The last two events for the year will provide the community with yet another affordable day out, in a comfortable environment with a fun and enriching atmosphere.”

Guests are invited to bring their own rug, chair or picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon of free music and entertainment.  Alternatively, wine, beer, champagne, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available for purchase, and cushions are provided for comfortable seating in the ADCO Amphitheatre.

Free parking is available and conveniently located in the near-by PG 3 car park, next to the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine building.

The spring program concludes on Sunday, 27 October with David Taylor, whose band includes guitarist Nick Stewart and drummer Geoff Green, from ARIA award winning Brisbane band George, and Scott French on mandolin, ukulele, trumpet and melodica.  Taylor band will be supported by Deena Lynch.

‘The Dream of Zedkat Nabu’ which premiered at the 2012 Woodford Folk Festival, was recently awarded the QLD State Award for ‘Best Performance’ at the 2013 Art Awards.

Congratulations to Linsey Pollak and all involved in the project!

Kacey Patrick performing in 'The Dream of Zedkat Nabu', 2012 Woodford Folk Festival.
Kacey Patrick performing in ‘The Dream of Zedkat Nabu’, 2012 Woodford Folk Festival.

The DREAM of ZEDKAT NABU
On the Pond
The Village Green
Woodford folk Festival 2012/13
 
Fri 28th December 7:30pm
Sat 29th December 7:30pm
Sun 30th December 7:30pm
Mon 31st December 7:30pm
Linsey's Photo Session
 

Zedkat Nabu dreamt that she was baking bread, and as she baked, water suddenly poured forth from her oven, forming a great sea. As the sea rose, many and various animals tried to escape the growing deluge of water, crying out with their strange and exotic calls. And on that sea, Zedkat Nabu came to see herself and her 3 sisters floating… singing and floating… their voices joining those of the animals in a great chorus…a chorus of distress, but also of hope… hope for survival. A chorus so haunting and beautiful that even the deluge of water paused to listen…

The Dream of Zedkat Nabu is a universal story, both ancient and contemporary. It is a story of a world in peril, of species doomed for extinction. We join Zedkat Nabu’s Dream at the moment of the Great Chorus… the moment when the Great Flood pauses to listen.

And know this – we are also in that story, and it is no dream. It is time to sing together to create a Great Chorus that will for us too, turn back the waters of impending extinction.

The Dream of Zedkat Nabu is the World Premiere of a new work devised by Linsey Pollak and performed by 4 wonderful singers: Kacey Patrick; Velvet Pesu; Jeunae Rogers and Nadia Sunde and 4 musicians triggering the calls of endangered animals by striking bamboo poles: Jessica Ainsworth; Fatima; Linsey Pollak and Zaia.

A musical work with strong visuals – beautiful lighting design by Andrew Meadows and costume design by Velvet Pesu – the core of the piece is the sounds of the animals themselves – evocative calls of endangered species that speak directly to us in a way that words cannot.

It is a call to action. A call to save this planet from the impending crisis

Brisbane Cabaret Festival 2012 by Brisbane Cabaret Festival on Pozible.

16 hours to go until the end of the Brisbane Cabaret POZILBE campaign! If 90 of us pledge $10, we will reach the $6K target!!

This year’s festival will be a heady mix of new venues, intoxicating performances and the scintillating atmosphere that is Cabaret. Please join us…..xox

I have listened to carols for as long as I can remember. To have the opportunity to perform some of my favourites at this very special time of year is a childhood dream come true.

Love and blessings, joy, mirth and cherished moments to you all…..whichever your faith, whatever your beliefs, whatever your traditions…xox

As yet another year draws to a close, it is perhaps time for a brief reflection on what has transpired and a glimpse toward what is to come. For myself, this is one of my most favourite times of the year. It begins in August when the winds take flight and bring a sense of change and tranformation. September sees plan and action, followed by crazy October – a month mad and frenetic, full of occasions and to do lists, challenges and successes. November is the recovery, the wind down from the madness and then it begins…the anticipation, the creation of tradition, the excitement, and the heartfelt sentiment and appreciation of friends, family, teachers and the loved ones in ones life.

It has been a big year for Aaron and I. Where as, once our year was full of touring, this has been a year without stringmansassy but one of personal change and transformation for both of us. Aaron is now a father! He and partner Angie are the blessed parents of a beautiful, delightful and very present boy with a shockingly luxurious head of hair. As you can imagine…along his work at the Conservatorium in Bathurst, organising world music festivals, writing and composing new solo material, releasing a music book and recording a new CD…he has been a very busy man over the past year.

For myself, I have emerged beyond the stage of early parenthood. My beautiful and emotionally honest, creative and sometimes perplexing girls are a little more self sufficient, my tiredness has subsided and my drive and passion to create has well and truly revealed itself again. This has been a year of finding a voice for all my creative thoughts. The highlights: a brief and wonderful journey into the world of classical music for the performance of Tyalgum Dawn, and facilitating and directing a production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with 100 students from the Currumbin Valley State School. From the music, to the drama, to the costumes, to helping the kids bring it to the stage for their family, friends and community….I was in bliss!! The most marvellous part was witnessing the change and evolution of the students as they embraced the story, their characters and the excitement of being on the stage. Suffice to say, after 4 months of hard work, it was a magic performance and the kids completely ‘killed’ it!!!

To look at today’s date, I am completely overwhelmed by how quickly this year has passed. It has been an immensely full and rewarding one, but I enter this Christmas season with a great desire to expand time, to truly gain the most out of each moment, each friendship, each minute with my children, my husband and my family. If time continues to accelerate, as the Mayan calendar predicts, perhaps this is the perfect time to begin to breathe very deeply and prepare oneself for the year that is to follow. Next year….I know it will be a big one and one that will see Aaron and I regroup again to begin the next stage of the stringmansassy journey. We always said we had another album in us. Perhaps 2012 will be the year…?? I am certainly very excited to see where it will all lead.

To conclude…in the spirit of Christmas, we (I know I also speak for Aaron) wish you great joy, peace and fulfilment for the closing of this year and many blessings for the one that is to follow. May 2012 be a wonderful journey for you all!!

Kacey xox

 

I am very excited to announce an upcoming performance at this year’s Tyalgum Classical Music Festival where I will appear as a guest vocalist with the Camerata of St. John’s. The work – ‘Tyalgum Dawn’ – was commissioned by the festival to celebrate its 20th year and will be included in the Camerata concert at the festival. Composed by Ann Carr-Boyd, I have contributed the lyrics to ‘Tyalgum Dawn’. It has been an honour and pleasure to work with Ann and I am eagerly awaiting my first experience, singing with a chamber music ensemble. Kacey xox

And what a week it was!  I think Aaron was one of the hardest working musicians at the festival with 7 stringmansassy gigs, 4 solo shows and a book launch.  He survived as did we all…the rain, the mud, the ‘duf’ and the enormous week that is Woodford.

Woodford has evolved and changed since we last ventured onto its stages but it is and will always be a festival to cherish. A festival which showcases the heart and soul of music, the rich and vibrant multiculturalism that makes up our Australian and world communities and one that still manages to nurture the ‘sacred’ and the ritual in tangible form. I hope that this essence transcends all the musical and societal trends that are to come and that the ‘heart’ of this very special place continues on for the 500 year vision of this festival.

We thank the organisers and all involved in creating the living breathing entity that is ‘Woodfordia’.  You do a magnificent job!! Thank you for once again welcoming stringmansassy to your stages.  It is always a magical experience!  And my final thought to those who – with us – braved the rain, the mud and the slush…..how fortunate and blessed were we that, for a week we chose to live in tents and could escape the sometimes difficult surroundings and immerse ourselves in music.

So for me, the highlights of my week at Woodford…. Seeing complete unadulterated joy, illuminate the face of my five-year-old and she twirled to an Irish jig with myself and her godparents. Performing at 4.30am in the clouds, the mist and the rain – with Buku (Mongolian throat singer), Tenzin (Tibetan vocalist), another female Tibetan vocalist, a Shakuhachi player and Dig player – for the dawn of the New Year. And finally, our final stringmansassy song of our final show on the Concert Stage – ‘Red On Blue’…it took my breath away!!!

Love, wishes and blessings for the New Year to you all……xox