Elixir feat. Katie Noonan, Zac Hurren & Ben Hauptmann
ABOUT THE SHOW
Australian jazz trio, Elixir, have well and truly established themselves as a creative favorite on the Australian music scene. They combine the unmistakable operatic vocals of Katie Noonan with the sax stylings of husband Zac Hurren and the standout guitar of Benjamin Hauptmann. Elixir brings a special, intimate live performance of their latest album, A Small Shy Truth to Brisbane for one night only.
Based on the poetry of Melbourne born national living treasure, Michael Leunig, the album features collaborations and arrangements with some of Australia’s finest composers – Iain Grandage, Joe Chindamo and Steve Newcomb.
Special guest Michael Leunig will be onstage with the band. They’ll also be joined by legendary double bassist Jonathan Zwartz and a luscious string quartet.
The contemporary jazz sounds of the wonderful Charm of Finches will be on stage beforehand to get the audience warmed up.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Elixir was founded in 1997 by Katie Noonan, Nick Stewart and River Petein. Since then, it has existed in various forms connected by the Katie’s vocals. In 1999, saxophonist Zac Hurren (Katie’s partner of 24 years) added his saxophonist stylings and in 2005 guitarist Stephen Magnusson joined. In 2019 guitarist Benjamin Hauptmann replaced Stephen to form the trio they are today.
Their first self-titled album ‘Elixir’ (2003) went #1 on the ARIA Jazz Chart and #2 on the ARIA Australian Artist Chart. Their second album, ‘First Seed Ripening’ (2011) was #1 on the ARIA Jazz Chart for 9 weeks and won the 2011 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album. Their third album, ‘Gratitude and Grief; (2018) was nominated for the 2018 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.
The trio is currently made up of Katie Noonan, Zac Hurren and Benjamin Hauptmann. Saxophonist/composer Zac Hurren has a National Jazz Award, ARIA Award and is a Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalist. Guitarist Benjamin Hauptmann is a Freedman Jazz Fellowship winner and National Jazz Award finalist. Vocalist Katie Noonan, formally of the band George, is a 5x ARIA, AWMA, AIR and APRA Award winner.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Suitable for ages - ALL AGES