Live at the Village is a music concert series, presenting the best Australian composers and musicians working in an eclectic range of contemporary music styles including world, jazz, soul, folk and all genres of improvised music. Concerts take place at Springwood in the lower Blue Mountains, just west of Sydney, about every two months.
Since we began in late 2009, we have presented about 40 ticketed concerts and 20 free Saturday morning shows at the Town House Plaza. Where we can we offer workshops and also present talented up and coming artists in the first part of the show.
We also work to support Australian composers. In 2015 we presented Ambon a new work by Lloyd Swanton for a 12 piece ensemble, including past and present members of his band The catholics.
In 2010 we commissioned our first major work, Sanctuary by Gary Daley, which was premiered in November 2011 at Springwood and also at the Parramasala Festival. A short film of the premiere is on our web site – press the Sanctuary button.
Both of these projects have been possible due to the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. The Australasian Performing Right Association also supported Sanctuary and our Composer Spotlight series.
Behind the scenes
Live at the Village members are mainly professional musicians of national standing, and music lovers. This includes the slide guitarist Bruce Reid, bassist Brett Hirst, world and early music artists Llew and Mara Kiek, piano and accordion player Gary Daley, music buffs Malcolm Hughes, Keith Walker, Simon Mundy, Alex Gooding and arts manager Mary Travers.
Volunteers help to present the concerts. They include master photographer Peter Karp whose beautiful photos appear on this web site.