The Changing Face: Mars Hill Cafe
THE CHANGINGFACE… CELEBRATING THE NEW FACE OF AUSTRALIAN MUSIC
TOUR TO HIT STAGES IN FEBRUARY & MARCH 2014 – THE CHANGINGFACE IS A CELEBRATION OF THE HEART AND SOUL OF CURRENT AND FUTURE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC
Jason Williamson Management (JWM), the team behind the careers of Christine Anu and Casey Donovan, are bringing the new face of Australian music to the stage in February and March 2014 with the inaugural The CHANGINGface event. Experience the unique talents of four impressive up-and-coming artists as they showcase their individual musical style – Marcus Corowa, Lily So & The Bellows, Bow and Arrow and Inês. Each musician harks from a different cultural background; they challenge cultural stereotypes by celebrating their personalities through their music and their individualism as artists.
The CHANGINGface offers a musical journey across blues, folk, soul and pop with a contemporary approach to what multiculturalism means for Australia’s music scene. Entertaining … unique … contemporary … eye-opening – The CHANGINGface is a celebration of the heart and soul of current and future Australian music.
“We are proud to be presenting The CHANGINGface performances in 2014,” says Jason Williamson. “All the artists possess a unique background and a singular passion for music while challenging cultural stereotypes. We believe all the performers are important role models for their communities, and more broadly, for the Australian multicultural reality. The CHANGINGface will present an evening that surprises and entertains, while celebrating diversity and unity through music.”
Marcus draws on his Aboriginal and South Sea Islander roots during his performances, resulting in music that combines elements of blues, jazz and funk to create a distinct and unique soulful, soothing sound. Harking from the North Queensland community of Bowen, he grew up playing the guitar. It wasn’t until his teens that he moved to the big smoke in Brisbane with his family and soon decided to trade in nine-to-five employment for a career in music. Taking the plunge to full-time musician in 2009, Marcus has already earned himself an enviable reputation for penning catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics, presenting them in an unforgettable way with his smooth vocals.
It wasn’t long before accolades were bestowed on this natural talent. He took out the Most Promising New Talent title at the 2012 Deadly Awards and already has a swag of nominations and finalist positions to his name. He was a finalist in the 2010 QMUSIC Song Awards (Indigenous category), the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards (Indigenous category) and received a Highly Commended in the 2010 QMUSIC Song Awards (Indigenous and Gospel categories).
This talented musician now resides in Sydney and is already a name on the national festival circuits having been on the bill at the Sydney Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Yabun Festival to name a few, as well as joining in on numerous NAIDOC celebrations around the country. He’s also supported the likes of Christine Anu, Marcia Hines, Jessica Mauboy, Mark Seymour, Casey Donovan, Whitehouse and The Medics. In 2012 he released his debut EP The Greater You and also penned the entire score to the music The New Black which was part of the 2012 Arts Centre Melbourne Carnegie 18 program. Marcus Corowa is certainly an artist to watch out for.
Lily So & The Bellows
Lily So & The Bellows is a Sydney-based Indie Folk-rock band born in the seedy streets of Redfern and nourished by the local creative scene. Their music summons visions of smoky taverns and hollow cathedrals, crossing genres to blues combined with a pop-spirit. The band launched their debut single Smoking Gun on the Australian scene around Easter 2013 and followed up in August with their second radio offering Madness. After performing around the traps for the past two years, Lily So & The Bellows has refined their sound and their unforgettable live presence. Experiencing a live show in the company of this band, you could be forgiven for thinking that they’ve been around the industry for decades.
Bow and Arrow
Indie and indigenous, Bow and Arrow are an eccentric duo with electronic stylings. Their music is available worldwide on iTunes, and their remix of UNKLE’s ‘Money And Run’, featuring Nick Cave, can be heard on Facebook and Soundcloud. The creation of Mindy and Mitchell Kwanten, the duo live in a ‘big love bubble’ in Sydney. Mindy is a proud Wiradjuri women who met her husband Mitchell at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. They’ve now been performing together for the past 15 years, which includes a six year long residency at the Hard Rock Café.
They’ve also supported a swag of the country’s most revered performers, including INXS and Eskimo Joe to name a few, and appeared on the bill at festivals such as The Great Escape, Fair Day and Hair Expo 2012. The duo has three releases to date – Return to Me (Demo) (2011), Return to Me (Deluxe) (2012) and Don’t Play Roulette in Russia (2013).
Bow and Arrow have created their own niche market by producing layered and genre blending songs. It’s this fusion of diverse styles and influence which bleeds through from their broad and eclectic personal tastes. Their music sets them apart from the pack and it’s no surprise that it appeals to lovers of all genres, from all ages and walks of life.
Born in Portugal and raised in Australia’s sunburnt land, Inês embodies all the sensual exoticisms of a European goddess and all the blatant upfront no-bulls**t characteristics of a people who descended from thieves and cutthroats. Raised in the back streets of the Inner West, her upbringing schooled her in music in a unique way – absorbing knowledge from rapper ex-boyfriends and insomnia fuelled ‘Rage’ marathons.
She is a veritable Janus with one face looking to the past and one that looks to the future, all explored and expressed through the rumbling soul of her music. A mixture of sweet beats driven by the trip hop melodies the spill from her jazzy past into her neo-soul present, she is a predator, a vulnerable young woman and a dualist – a rare combination that makes her an unforgettable musician. Her music is a futuristic exploration of sounds from the past – jazz, soul, rhythm and blues.
Saturday 15th February 2014
Mars Hill Café, PARRAMATTA NSW
331 Church Street, Parramatta NSW
(02) 9893 9888 | www.marshillcafe.com.au