Of Dreams and Fantasy
Duncan Gardiner and Dominic Ward
Thursday 29 March 12-1pm
The Of Dreams and Fantasy programme will include: Spider Jack (Duncan Gardiner), Ballad (Duncan Gardiner), Aurora (Paul Svoboda), Celtic Clash (Paul Svoboda), Opera Scraps from Maritana (William Vincent Wallace), Silver Threads Among the Gold (Hart Pease Danks), Caprichio Arabe (Francisco Tárrega), An Malvina (Johann Kaspar Mertz), Ländler (Johann Kaspar Mertz) and Greensleeves/My Song (Duncan Gardiner).
Duncan Gardiner has released four studio albums, published a book of original compositions and toured internationally. He has been described as "exceedingly talented" (Julian Day, ABC Classic FM) and as an 'excellent ambassador for the classical guitar".
Dominic Ward is a local Brisbane guitarist currently studying his undergraduate Bachelor of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium.
Raquel Bastos and Alex Raineri with guest Suzanne Kompass
Thursday 12 April 12-1pm
The viola is closest to the human voice in colour and timbre. Contemporary performers are exploring these lyrical nuances through interpretations of ancient songs from cultures around the world. In this concert, Raquel will explore the rich musical lyricism of the Iberian Peninsula. This abundant cultural centre has produced diverse musical styles that travelled the world, germinating a plethora of new ones. Featuring compositions of Australian composer Dr Cecile Elton, Ginastera and others, this concert will explore a side of the instrument not often realised.
Raquel Bastos is a vibrant soloist and chamber musician. Having toured across five continents, Bastos gives the viola a voice of lyricism and charm with technical finesse.
Alex Raineri described by Limelight Magazine as ‘a soloist of superb skill and musicality’, is an active soloist and chamber musician, currently based in Brisbane.
Sean O’Boyle and Simon Gardner
Thursday 26 April 12 – 1pm
Join USC’s Artistic Director of Music, Sean O’Boyle AM, and the amazingly talented guitarist Simon Gardner for a lunchtime concert that will explore jazz music from New York to New Orleans to Noosa and everything in between.
Sean O’Boyle is well known for his orchestral prowess as a conductor and composer. There is an underlying jazz and blues side to this music. He began his musical career on the clarinet and performed across the world in classical and jazz. Following an accident to his left hand in 1992, Sean gave up playing and concentrated on composing, arranging, producing and conducting. In 2002 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation asked him to come out of ‘retirement’ and record an album of ballads on their jazz label. This led to appearances at Jazz Festival and tours of Australia, Germany and Switzerland.
Simon Gardner has released five solo albums and has produced albums for many artists. As a performer, he has supported artists such as Joe Satriani and is first call guitarist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Simon is a guitar examiner for the AMEB and Rockschool and regularly performs with a variety of bands and artists ranging from acoustic jazz to his own progressive instrumental band The Big Sky; including supports for Phil Emmanuel, Tim Gaze, Kevin Borich and the 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show.
Music at USC lunchtime concert series.