Queensland artists Tenzin Choegyal (Tibetan musician/vocalist), Kacey Patrick (vocals), Jarred Fogarty (didgeridoo/dance), Andrew Veivers (guitar), Rafael Karlen (saxophone), Rebecca Karlen (violin/vocals) and John Reeves (piano/piano accodian) will be based at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley for a week long artist residency (28 June to 3 July 2019). The artist residency will support the creative development of a new cross-cultural music production premiered at Arts Ablaze (Saturday 5 October 2019).

Drawing on their personal cultures and unique artforms "Kooralbyn" features artists from across the globe including First Nation, Tibetan, Celtic and Northern European musicians. During the creative development process, artists will share compositions/songs from each of their homelands (Tibet, Sweden, Holland, Britain, Australia) and/or their musical traditions (flamenco, jazz, First Nation, Tibetan, African, classical) as a starting point for this unique collaboration. The resulting work will be an exploration of the interconnectedness of their individual cultural backgrounds expressed through the textual possibilities and traditions of their instruments. The artists will be challenged to embrace a celebration or deconstruction of genre related technical and structural forms.....with the resulting new work bearing little sonic resemblance to the original traditional tune but maintaining it's integrity as a shared expression of collective cultural authenticity.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
5 artists / 2 crew

Kooralbyn can be presented as either a 1hr (no interval) performance suitable for matinee concerts/festivals or 2 hour (inc. 20min interval) theatre performance.

Touring technicians and production will travel with the show. Suitable for presentation in community venues as well as fully equipped theatres.

Red Chair is a Queensland-based performing arts and event management company recognised nationally as a major producing and touring body for culturally diverse works. Red Chair was the winner of the 2014 Premier's Cultural Diversity Award - Small Business.

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Unique Selling Point

Showcasing Queensland's finest musicians this is a cross cultural collaboration that explores identity and musical languages from across the globe.

Marketing Materials

• Broadcast quality raw video footage • Press kits – Media releases, Company & Individual biographies, Testimonials, Publicity photographs / press clippings • Artist availability for interviews • Raw artwork for handbills & posters with images for venue’s own use • High resolution proofs for art work for press ads • Bannerup

Red Chair will also provide marketing and promotion support for the tour including advertising through Red Chair’s website (approx 30,000 hits per month), Facebook and e-news (4,500 active readers), support with the creation and distribution

Community Engagement

Touring artists can engage with local communities through -

  • traditional music based workshops (e.g. vocal, guitar, strings, brass),
  • masterclasses (creative process, composition/arrangement)
  • leading local musicians jam nights that focus on cross cultural collaboration and the sharing of musical traditions and stories.

Community engagement activities can be tailored for all ages groups and skill/knowledge levels.