The Adventures of Prince Achmed with music by Phillip Johnstone – This Saturday, June 25th



Phillip Johnston’s long pedigree of adding live scores to silent films has led to this exceptional collaboration between sound and image.  John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is a silent silhouette animation by Lotte Reiniger which appeals to people of all ages.  The stories in this exquisite feature length film are taken from The Arabian Nights.  

Saxophonist Phillip Johnston has been creating original scores for silent films for two decades and here at Springwood he leads a quartet of outstanding jazz musicians – Alister Spence, Ben Gurton & Casey Golden.  Phillip’s silent film shows have been acclaimed in Europe, Australia and the US including the  2014 Vivid Festival and MONA FOMA.

“Johnston now has a sophisticated and highly personalised compositional language that nods to sources including jazz, minimalism and Frank Zappa, but fundamentally espouses his own quirky, groove‐laden ideas… this is exceptional work that deserves many airings.”  John Shand, SMH

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Joseph Tawadros Quartet – April 15th

From thrilling and furiously paced numbers to beautifully introspective and tranquil tracks, this concert will be a celebratory performance of Joseph Tawadros 11th album ‘Permission to Evaporate’.  (ARIA award Best World Music 2014.) From a Middle Eastern musical tradition the suite draws its inspiration from a wide variety of styles and sounds – bluegrass to jazz to folk – drawn together by Tawadros’ trademark virtuosity and lyricism and by the stunning musicality of the oud.

The multi award winning Joseph Tawadros is joined by Matt McMahon, one of Australia’s finest jazz pianists, virtuoso percussionist James Tawadros bendir (drum) and req (tamborine like) and Karl Dunnicliff who has been nominated for this year’s National Jazz Award.

At the Blue Mountains Theatre, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood, Friday April 15, 8pm.  Tickets $35 & $25 concession (plus booking fee).

Tickets available on-line, by phone, in person.

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Michelle Nicolle Quartet – February 13 – Springwood

Live at the Village welcomes the Michelle Nicolle Quartet back to Springwood.  Travelling up from Melbourne for this one off preview of the award winning Quartet’s forthcoming album, this is the only concert slated for the Sydney region.


Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn classics such as ‘Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me’ and ‘Sophisticated Lady’ will feature in this concert by arguably Australia’s best classic jazz singer.  Getting to the heart of a song, Michelle’s vocal warmth and effortless flow are a fresh take on the old lyrics while the inventive Geoff Hughes (guitar), Ronny Ferella (drums), Tom Lee (bass) and make old favourites sound very new.  

8.00 pm,  Saturday 13th February,  Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd Springwood

“This is the voice Australia should be proud of”  Limelight Magazine

“Michelle Nicolle stands above any other Jazz singer in the country…”  The Australian


$35 and $25 from and the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood – or phone the shop 4751 5171.


2015 Reviews – 2 concerts and an album

Artistically a wonderful year for Live at the Village, starting with the legendary Mike Nock Trio.  Click on the links for reviews of the other shows/album.

Our two concerts in the second half of 2015 couldn’t have been better – nor the reviews.

PRRIM – September 2015 concert

AMBON – June 2015 concert 

And the recording of Sanctuary which was launched by our concert at Riverside Theatres in March was also well received.  Our first commission.

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Beautiful music by PRRIM October 3rd at 8pm


The renowned percussionist Tunji Beier returns to Live at the Village, Springwood, October 3rd with the trio PRRIM.  Tunji is joined by koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura and bass trombonist and multi instrumentalist Adrian Sherriff to play music starting with south Indian rhythms and drawing from other traditions, with a touch of jazz.   PRRIM means ‘spring’ and ‘native well’ and was chosen by the musicians to describe their approach to improvisation and composition.  

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Tunji Beier combines training with western classical, jazz, south Indian classical and African masters into a style of his own.  He performed in Gary Daley’s Sanctuary concert and also at Springwood with Bungarribee.  He has also played with Linsey Pollak and in Europe with Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain and Trilok Gurtu.   

Satsuki Odamura has inspired a number of Australian composers to write for her ancient Japanese instrument including Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards.  She has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians including Jim Denley and Sandy Evans, Ashok Roy, shakuhachi master Riley Lee, and the ACO. “Odamura’s playing is spell-binding” Limelight magazine.

A member of the Australian Art Orchestra, Adrian Sherriff is Australia’s leading improvising soloist on the bass trombone.  In PRRIM he also plays the shakuhachi and other instruments.  With the influence of a childhood in West Papua, Adrian has studied and performed with master musicians in a variety of cultures.  He and Tunji have strong ties with their respective Indian teachers and PRRIM are opening an arts festival in Bangalore in coming months.



SANCTUARY – An extended music work in six parts by GARY DALEY

Sunday March 15th, 3.00pm, Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

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 Nine of Australia’s leading jazz, classical and world music players will join together on 15th March at Riverside Theatres for the concert and CD launch of Sanctuary – a work that plays between traditional folk elements and contemporary jazz improvisation. Described as a mesmerising dreamscape, which at times sounds almost like a chamber music ensemble, the unusual combination of cello, sax, accordion, clarinet, electric and lap steel guitars, piano, mandolin and bass, achieves the sonic embodiment of a Sanctuary.    0073

The Sanctuary Album

The recording company Mir Creation (Ross A’Hern and Ben Gurton) felt that the lush composition and spiritual aspects of the suite would lend themselves to recording in a space that allowed the music to breath and sing.   Ben Gurton said “We recorded in the Cerretti Chapel in Manly.  It is the sort of space that allows the ensemble to ‘mix’ the album themselves, to play with the reverb in the space and duck and weave in and out of the composition as in a performance.” The combination of surround sound, high-resolution recording, the best equipment available, and the lack of post-production studio manipulation translates to a recording that faithfully captures the sound of Sanctuary as it sounded in the beautiful Cerretti Chapel. This is a unique approach to recording jazz that allows the musicians to record in spaces that allow their instruments to sound as they should in performance spaces and then places the listener at the very centre of the performance. P1090671 P1090675 cropped (2)