Music By The Sea Concert Series 2016
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1st October, 7:30pm
Sandgate Town Hall
Ian Cooper (violin)
Ambre Hammond (piano)
Vivacious blend of Classical, Gypsy and Jazz
Each a virtuoso in their own right, violinist, Ian Cooper and pianist, Ambre Hammond began learning their instruments before they started school. Having of course studied Classical music, they have also developed a love for other styles, and together they present a concert encompassing a whole world of genres. Classical, Tango, Gypsy, Irish, Country, Swing and the Blues, all delivered with their trade-mark wit and enthusiasm. Be amazed and entertained as these two instrumental geniuses try to out-do each other. Ian Cooper and Ambre Hammond are not just a concert, they’re an experience!
Ian is Australia's most exciting virtuoso violinist and his high-energy and humorous performances draw on musical styles from Classical, Gypsy, Jazz, Irish, Tango, Latin and the Blues.
He has appeared in Australia and overseas, both live and on recordings with artists as diverse as Australian Jazz trumpeter James Morrison, George Benson, John Farnham, Marcia Hines, Tommy Emmanuel, Mary Schneider, Barry White, Andrea Bocelli, David Helfgott, Neil Sedaka, and Olivia Newton-John.
In August 2015 Ian was the guest artist of guitarist Tommy Emmanuel for his Australian tour and joined him on stage at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and Brisbane Concert Halls.
Born into a family of classical musicians Ian Cooper began learning the violin from his mother at the age of four. His first live television appearance was at age 5 where he performed “The Three Grenadiers” by Schumann on Channel 7 Australia, and his Sydney Opera House debut was at age 6. Ian soon began his world travels and wowed audiences as a child star in the U.S.A. and Canada, and later in Britain, Europe and Japan for NHK TV. At age 12 he performed with the Vienna Boys Choir in their hometown.
After meeting the famed French violinist Stéphane Grappelli Ian swung his attention towards Jazz, and his fiery approach to the Devil's Instrument became reminiscent of the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. A result of touring and endeavouring to perform with locals wherever he travels, Ian has added Gypsy and Irish music to his exciting repertoire. Never forgetting his love of Classical music, Ian still continues to perform concerts as a soloist with orchestras. Ian has released 10 CDs, the latest being “Just Passing Through” with Australian Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.
Among his many live performance accolades, Ian Cooper has received 5 Golden Fiddle Awards, 2 MO Awards, 3 ACE Awards, and has been honoured with a platinum ARIA Award.
Ambre began piano studies at the age of 3 and gave her first public concert at age 5.
In 1989, at age 11, Ambre achieved a World Record, which she still holds, when she received the Associate and Licentiate Diplomas of music in the same year.
At 16 she received the First Prize in her first International Music Competition held in Argentina, South America.
Ambre has performed both solo and with Orchestra throughout Switzerland, England, Italy, Spain, Poland, North and South America, New Zealand and China.
Ambre performs not only the great classics but showed a flair for jazz and blues by combining talents with James Morrison in a series of concerts displaying a fusion of musical styles.
One of these performances was with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in New Zealand at which she delighted audiences playing the magical Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto as well as teaming up with James Morrison for some blues and other jazz standards.
In 2006 Renowned Hollywood film writer and composer Lalo Schifrin was commissioned to write a unique Double Concerto for Jazz Trumpet, Classical Piano and Symphony Orchestra especially for Ambre and James Morrison. The World Premiere performance was held in Sydney at the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Schifrin Conducting in July 2007 to great acclaim from both critics and public alike.
"Flawless technique, beautiful sound, exquisite repertoire... all these are in abundance on this recording but they are not why one listens to this music time and time again. The reason you'll immerse yourself in these sublime sounds more than once is the passion that Ambre brings to everything she does."
James Morrison 2009
Saturday, 5th November, 7:30pm
Sandgate Town Hall
Sásta - Irish band
Sásta (roughly translating to ‘Happy’ in Gaelic) are the most dynamic Irish band in Australia today, making a huge impact on the Irish music scene in Australia in recent times. The band is made up of multi-instrumentalists who have performed at the highest national level.
Pumping reels with phenomenal energy and of course all of your favourite Irish songs, as well as some superbly penned original tunes & songs that will have you up and dancing in no time! Sásta have released two albums, toured interstate all over Australia as well as playing gigs in France, New Zealand & touring in New Caledonia .
They also have supported international acts such as Aslan, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Sharon Shannon and even Shane McGowan’s band ‘The Popes’ (formerly of 'The Pogues'). Sásta perform at top festivals around Australia including the National Folk Festival (Canberra), Cygnet festival (Tasmania) & Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland), and alongside the likes of The Corrs, Claymore, Solas, Saoirse at Loreint Festival Interceltique in Brittany, France in 2016 .