Katie Noonan appointed as new Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival

Queensland Music Festival (QMF) and The Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk have announced internationally renowned singer-songwriter Katie Noonan as the new Artistic Director of the biennial state-wide celebration.

The four-time ARIA Award-winning and seven-time platinum selling songstress, who rose to fame with indie-pop outfit George, will be the first Queensland woman to sit at the helm of the Festival and its youngest ever Artistic Director.

Ms Noonan’s four-year appointment will commence immediately, following the tenure of acclaimed jazz musician James Morrison, who served as Artistic Director from 2012 to 2015.

“Multi-talented musician, vocalist and songwriter Katie Noonan is the perfect choice to lead the long-established festival into its next exciting phase,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Raised and based in Queensland, Katie Noonan has built an international profile and fan-base across many musical genres including jazz, opera, classical, pop and rock, but she has always kept close ties to her home state.

“Her track record as an ARIA award winner and platinum selling artist, her personal knowledge of Queensland that she gained touring with her bands and as a solo artist, and her far-reaching professional network make her the ideal candidate to lead future Queensland Music Festivals.

“I’m confident Katie’s artistic leadership will see her create an innovative program with sensational musical experiences to engage audiences and enhance Queensland’s reputation as a culturally dynamic state.”

Ms Noonan said she was excited to bring the Queensland story to life through music.

“I want Queenslanders to see and hear their story and feel that this Festival truly represents them,” Ms Noonan said.

“I want QMF to be for, about and by Queenslanders, and an event that engages, includes and celebrates the people of this fantastic state.

“I also believe that everyone who talks can sing and that music brings us together like nothing else can. I want QMF to be a platform for people from all walks of life to find themselves singing – in the audience, in the shower, in the family kitchen, at choir rehearsals, on the street, even on stage with legendary singers – wherever!”

QMF Chair Athol Young said the board and team were delighted a famous Queenslander would be furthering the Festival’s ambition to transform lives through music.

“Katie’s passion, excitement and commitment to her home state really shone in the recruitment process,” Mr Young said.

“James created a wonderful legacy for the Festival across Queensland and we look forward to seeing Katie build on this and make it her own.”

Katie Noonan joins iconic Brodsky Quartet for With Love and Fury

KN Brodsky PR PicKatie Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet will collaborate for the first time ever in With Love and Fury.

This unstoppable collision of colossal talent will provide audiences with a spine-tingling experience as they re-imagine the words of Australian poet Judith Wright.

The seven-city tour will commence in Brisbane at QPAC with the World Premiere on Thursday April 28, 2016.

With Love and Fury will unleash a truly unique and remarkable Australian program with Katie picking some of her favourite contemporary Australian composers including Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Tognetti, Iain Grandage, Andrew Ford, David Hirschfelder, Paul Grabowsky, Paul Dean and John Rodgers in 9 especially commissioned pieces and one of Noonan’s own.

The title ‘With Love and Fury’ reflects the typically poetic phrase that Wright used to sign off her correspondence. These new works will be performed for the first time and, in addition, Brodsky Quartet will also perform some of their own repertoire both alone and accompanied by Noonan, including songs by Elvis Costello, Björk and Katie herself.

“I am so thrilled with the outcome of this project and believe we have created a truly beautiful and significant body of uniquely Australian work and I can’t wait to share this new music with you on our World Premiere Australia tour in April/May,” she said.

“Ever since I first heard the Brodsky Quartet with Elvis Costello on the seminal album ‘The Juliet Letters’ and then not too soon after with one of my musical idols Bjork, it has been a dream of mine to sing with this incredible string ensemble,” said Katie.

‘I am still pinching myself that I find myself here in London on Australia Day 2016, rehearsing a song cycle of my favourite contemporary Australian composers and their settings of the text of the iconic Australian poet Judith Wright. For me, it is particularly poignant as Judith was such an advocate of the Indigenous story and also such a fierce fighter for the conservation of our precious Australian environment  – and her words are perhaps more pertinent now than ever.‘

‘Not long before her death at age 85 in the year 2000, Judith marched in Canberra for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. After our rehearsals on January 26, social media was very busy with important conversations regarding this exact matter and I can’t help but feel Judith was somehow with us that day as we savoured her words through music.’ 

Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. Jacqueline Thomas and Ian Belton are the two original Brodsky members and violist Paul Cassidy joined in 1982. Having had some of the finest violinists in the World in the 1st chair (including current SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron), they are now joined by the wonderful Dutch violinist Daniel Rowland. The Brodsky Quartet choose to perform with only an elite few vocalists, having previously collaborated with Björk, Sting, Anne Sofie von Otter, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney.

“We are so happy to be working with Katie Noonan, and are proud to be involved in this wonderful new Australian song cycle in memory of the inspirational Judith Wright,” says Paul Cassidy of the Quartet. 

BRODSKY QUARTET (UK) and KATIE NOONAN:
WITH LOVE AND FURY
TOURING NATIONALLY

THURSDAY 28 APRIL – BRISBANE – QPAC CONCERT HALL
www.qpac.com.au 

FRIDAY 29 APRIL – MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE
www.melbournerecital.com.au

SATURDAY 30 APRIL – CANBERRA * INT MUSIC FESTIVAL
www.cimf.org.au

SUN 1 MAY – ADELAIDE – HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE
www.bass.net.au

MON 2 MAY – SYDNEY CITY RECITAL HALL, SYDNEY NSW **
Tickets: www.cityrecitalhall.com // (02) 8256 2222 // www.ticketmaster.com.au 

WED 4 MAY – ALBANY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ALBANY WA **
Tickets: AEC Box Office –  08 9844 5005 // www.ticketek.com.au // 1300 795 012 

THURS 5 MAY – PERTH CONCERT HALL, PERTH WA** 
Tickets: www.perthconcerthall.com.au // (08) 9231 9900 //www.ticketmaster.com.au

General on sale date Friday 29th January (9.00am)
* Canberra on sale Thursday February 11th
**Sydney, Albany and Perth on sale Monday February 8th

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Katie Noonan nominated for ‘Best Live Voice’ in AU Review Music Awards!

Katie Noonan has been nominated for ‘Best Live Voice in Australia’ by The AU Review!

For the first time, this year you can vote for your favourite!

The winners will be announced at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Wednesday, 9th December. The event is strictly invite only – the only chance you have to attend the event is to vote in the awards! The AU Review are giving away double passes on Monday, 7th December when the voting closes.

VOTE NOW

Transmutant Tour in October & November!

I’m heading out on the road very soon and I would love you to come along!

Check out my dates below:

Transmutant Tour with special guest: MKO SUN
Tickets onsale NOW!

THUR 22 OCT
THE TRIFFID
BRISBANE, QLD
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

FRI 23 OCT
THE BYRON THEATRE            
BYRON BAY, NSW
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

SAT 24 OCT    
SPICERS HIDDEN VALE            
GRANDCHESTER, QLD
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

SUN 25 OCT    
MAJESTIC THEATRE                
POMONA, QLD
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

WED 28 OCT    
FREMANTLE TOWN HALL            
FREMANTLE, WA
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

THUR 29 OCT    
THE GOV                        
ADELAIDE, SA
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

FRI 30 OCT    
JOHN PAINTER HALL
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUE OF MUSIC       
SYDNEY, NSW
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

SAT 31 OCT  
JOHN PAINTER HALL
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUE OF MUSIC       
SYDNEY, NSW
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

MON 02 NOV    
THEATRE ROYAL                
CASTLEMAINE, VIC
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

THUR 5 NOV    
BRASS MONKEY                
CRONULLA, NSW
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

FRI 6 NOV    
STREET THEATRE                
CANBERRA, ACT
With support MKO SUN
Tickets ad details here

SUN 8 NOV    
SPICERS VINEYARD ESTATE        
HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
With support MKO SUN
Tickets and details here

Musical Chairs for Double J

So lovely to perform for Double J recently as a part of Musical Chairs.

“The awe-inspiring Katie Noonan launched her latest music project Katie Noonan’s Vanguard this year and recently released the album Transmutant.

The album’s cover uses a painting by Australian artist John Olsen titled Five Bells. It’s on display at the Art Gallery of NSW, so we were thrilled when Katie invited us down to the Gallery to shoot this very special performance in front of the original Olsen painting.

With PJ Koopman on guitar and Declan Kelly on percussion, Katie blissed us out with a breathtaking version of ‘Peace Is My Drug’. Be prepared for some tingles down your spine.” – Double J

Album pre order and tour announcement!

Beyond Excited to announce the new album release date and new tour!
Transmutant willl be out July 24th! Transmutant will tour throughout October & November 2015.

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this album – I can’t wait to share it with you on the upcoming tour!

All of my pledgers will be receiving their copy of the album automatically, but everyone else can pre order the album now:
Through Get Music here
Through JB Hifi here
Through Sanity here
Through itunes here