TWO OF A KIND
- KATIE AND MAGGIE NOONAN
After being asked to do the 10th annual Brisbane concert series ‘Woman in Voice’ with my mother – renowned classical soprano Maggie Noonan – Martin Buzacott from The Queensland Symphony Orchestra suggested we make an album with the orchestra for Abc Classics. Under the baton of the fantastic (and very funny and quite naughty!) conductor Guy Noble this was such an incredible experience to share the recording studio with my mum! Joined by some of the finest jazz musicians ( Sam Keevers, Brett Hirst and Simon Barker – who I have since gone on to make much more music with), the wonderful orchestra and a great jazz horn section led by the beautiful trumpeter (and my university mentor) John Hoffman, making this album was a pure joy. With the wonderful guidance of Lyle Chan and the recording prowess of Virginia Read we made this album live (yes live – all 80 of us!) at Ferry Road Studios in Brisbane in 2003 and released the album in 2004. Post release Mum and I had the great honour of touring Australia playing with our finest orchestras.
BEFORE TIME COULD CHANGE US
- PAUL GRABOWSKY AND KATIE NOONAN
After meeting Paul Grabowsky dressed in a garbage bag (to keep dry from the rain !?) at the Woodford Folk Festival sometime in the early noughties, Paul came and heard elixir sing and soon after asked me to join the Australian Art Orchestra on a European tour. I was, suffice to say, thrilled to be thrown into the deep end with such fine musicians in a fantastic multi arts production called “The Theft of Sita”. Soon after this, Lyndon Terracini commissioned Paul to write a song cycle for the Queensland Music Festival with the wonderful late poet Dorothy Porter. Written for myself and an incredibly virtuosic quartet featuring some of Australia’s most fearless jazz musicians (namely Scott Tinkler – trumpet, Philip Rex – double bass and Simon Barker – drums/cymbals), this album was one of the hardest albums I have ever made! Not only musically challenging but I was babe in the woods with this intense band!! I remember doing one of our first live takes and going outside and have a good cry in the gutter (much to Paul’s concern!!) Nevertheless I came out the other side relatively unscathed (!?) and am extremely proud of this album and we had a great time touring Australia with this music. Later that year this album went on to win the 2005 ARIA award for best jazz album – yeeha grandma!
– THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, RICHARD TOGNETTI, BILL HENSON AND KATIE NOONAN
This was a beautiful project in which the imagery of photographer Bill Henson was set to the soundtrack of the Australian Chamber Orchestra led by Richard Tognetti. It was a wonderful meeting of two great creative minds and I was thrilled to be involved as a soloist. It was such a treat to be surrounded by the intense musicality of this group of stellar musicians and be swept up in Bill’s incredible, dreamy imagery.
– SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY, RAFAEL BONACHELA, EZIO BOSSO AND KATIE NOONAN
In early 2011 I had the great honour of performing live with the Sydney Dance Company under the direction of the lovely Rafael Bonachela. It was so lovely to work with artists who are equally obsessed with the vision of what they do but in a completely different artform – very inspiring! Check out the link below to see excerpts from this beautiful piece.
THE LITTLE GREEN ROAD TO FAIRYLAND
In July 2011 I was extremely proud to be involved with the world premiere of The Little Green Road To Fairyland for the Queensland Music Festival. A dream of QMF’s artistic director and friend of mine Deborah Conway, it was pure joyful escapism to explore this gorgeous Australian fairytale. Wrapped around the choreography and direction of Rosetta Cook (who, coincidentally my mum shared the stage with when I was a little girl) and the delicious cinematic music of Elena Kat’s Chernin this was a very special performance to be a part of.
In October 2011 I fulfilled a dream of mine to journey through my songs of the last decade with a chamber string orchestra and special guests. This was such a thrill performing these concerts – in Melbourne at the beautiful Recital Hall with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House’s iconic Opera Theatre with a chamber orchestra lead by my friend Myee Clohessy and featuring many friends of mine from the ACO.
THE SHIP SONG PROJECT
This was a very special project to be involved with – sharing an awesome Nick Cave song with our countries finest musicians and creators in one of our most iconic spaces. For me it was particularly poignant as the day I recorded my part on the Sydney Opera House stage with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was the day our legendary Dame Joan Sutherland passed away… I felt extra blessed to be in that space on that day.
Recently I have had the pleasure of being engaged as a presenter for various events and TV activities and I am enjoying exploring this different type of performance. Some of the highlights have been hosting the Red Carpet for the 2011 Helpmann Awards, interviewing Jamie Cullum and Chris Botti for Studio and presenting an award to Gotye at the 2011 ARIA Awards.