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

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

For both Aaron and I, music is does not solely dwell in the realm of entertainment.  It is a transporting and emotional experience and as musicians, we always tried to transform the energy within a space.  It was always a pleasure and an honour to share our passion with an audience and especially magical, if that audience allowed us to take them on a journey.

Although life has led us both down different paths for the past few years, we have always talked of regrouping stringmansassy and creating more music together.  In a sense, I think we have always felt that there was more to say, more to experience and more to share and that the ‘life’ of our duo is far from over. So then, begins our journey into the cyberworld…..perhaps as a precursor to the next stage of the stringmansassy journey.

As touring performers, we were never great at this side of our industry. Far too ‘left-brained’ for both of us. But…..there is so much to share and how could we possibly begin the next stage without revisiting the adventure that preoccupied most of 20’s.  It was an adventure and an incredible life with moments of pure magic.  For those of you that joined us then, we hope enjoy this little retrospective.  For those we have yet to meet, welcome to the world of stringmansassy and we hope to see you on our future travels……..Kacey xox