Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet – May 4th

Tickets:  $35/$25 concession  – or Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood, 4751 5171

Live at the Village presents the Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet on Thursday, May 4 at 8pm in the Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood.

Led by celebrated New York drummer Joe Farnsworth, the quartet features some of the cream of Australian jazz with tenor saxophonist Dale Barlow, award winning bassist Brendan Carke, and swingin’ jazz pianist John Harkins.

Farnsworth is considered one of the top jazz drummers in the world today and has frequently shared the stage with such illustrious company as McCoy Tyner, Pharaoh Sanders, Diana Krall and Wynton Marsalis.  He appears at the iconic New York clubs the Blue Note, Village Vanguard and Birdland as well as the Lincoln Centre and major festivals such as Montreal, Red Sea and Umbria jazz festivals to name a few.

Drummer Joe Farnsworth (Small)

Joe Farnsworth is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming by the likes of Max Roach, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones.  He is described as being able to set all kinds of material in motion, minus fuss and clutter, drawing on tradition as a jazz musician while incorporating various percussion instruments from around the world.

This is the encore tour of the Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet.  They astounded Australian audiences with their high energy and world class performances last year, and more of the same is likely this time around.

Live at the Village are presenting the Prime Time Quartet at the Presbyterian Hall in central Springwood ahead of tour dates in the eastern state capitals and drum clinics at the Sydney Conservatorium and in Brisbane.  The band will also appear in Newcastle and northern NSW venues.


                                                            ACROSS THE TOP                                                                                                   Friday, November 25th, 8.00pm                                                                                  Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood      


“A neat collision of the jazz and classical worlds… It is a real treasure trove of musical impressions,  Steve Moffat,   Daily Telegraph                                                   The renowned clarinettist and saxophone player Paul Cutlan has joined forces with five of Australia’s finest improvising string players for two rare performances of his acclaimed music suite Across the Top, at Springwood and Paddington.   The Paul Cutlan String Project will play, in addition to Across the Top,  new material featuring special guest Gary Daley on piano.

Travelling through the Kimberley in northern WA on a tour with world music group MARA! Paul Cutlan’s experiences of wonder, beauty and joy of the lush gorges and rivers and ancient ranges inspired his three part composition.  


Across the Top draws together 20th century classical and jazz music with dance rhythms from the Balkans and South America.  “Cutlan’s solo bass clarinet intro to ‘Gibb River Road’ suddenly startles with didgeridoo squawks and rasps, before Hirst brings a Latin groove to the tune proper,”  Paul Cutlan’s wide musical palette is distilled into works embellished by the improvising musicians on the night.  

 Joining Paul’s clarinet and saxophone are Brett Hirst (bass), Oliver Miller (cello) Veronique Serret (violin), Liisa Pallandi (violin), and Inge Courtney-Haentjes (viola).  Brett, one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians has played with Mike Nock, Sandy Evans, Katie Noonan, Lior, and many great ensembles. Veronique and Liisa have played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Oliver with the NOISE and the Brandenburg Orchestra, to name just a few of the band members’ credits.

In recent times, most of the ensemble have played for Blue Mountains Audiences in Bungarribee, Mara!, Ambon, Sanctuary, the tango jazz outfit Alturas, at the Cultural Centre or Hotel Blue..

Veronique Serret and Oliver Miller

Veronique Serret and Oliver Miller

Paul Cutlan has performed with acts as varied as Lou Reed, Gurrumul and Geoffrey Rush (in Diary of a Madman) and appeared at major festivals, including Ruhrfestspiel Recklinghausen, Edinburgh Fringe Festival,LiteraturWERKstat festival (Berlin), WOMAD Festivals in Britain, Singapore, NZ and Adelaide, and the Sydney Festival.Paul Cutlan with sax (low res)

Undoubtedly one of Australia’s most talented and versatile musicians, Live at the Village are thrilled to be presenting Paul’s compositions which have not been played in public since the CD launch a couple of years ago.  

“Cutlan’s works are refreshingly original and exude vitality… the composing and improvising are of equal merit – some achievement for such an ambitious, genre defying project.”   John Shand Sydney Morning Herald

“…his sense of tonal colour and instrumental textures are indeed highly alluring… a tightly structured and rather ingenious approach to musical cross-fertilisation within contemporary composition of a uniquely Australian kind”  Limelight Magazine 

 Paddington concert details:  Sunday 4th December 3 pm,  Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street


Francois Rabbath – Sunday afternoon, September 11

The legendary Francois Rabbath is visiting Australia for the first time in over a decade and Live at the Village is presenting the only concert in the Sydney region! (He’s alsoappearing in Brisbane and Adelaide.)  Expect two 30 minute sets.  With his son Sylvain on piano they will cover jazz classics plus some solo work by Francois.  Extraordinary to be welcoming this duo from Paris.  Here’s a review of them two years ago in Kansas, to give you an idea.  (Cut and paste it into your browser.)

BOOKINGS or                                                                       the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood 4751 5171

Tickets at the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood or

Tickets at the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood or




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.