Nat is joined by her jazz quartet in a special performance in the Primrose Potter Salon at Melbourne Recital Centre, as part of Nat’s 2024 Artist in Residency.

They will premiere a new work composed as a companion piece to Nat’s 2023 Art Music Award-winning work Busy/Quiet; as well as music from their albums Hope Renewed and Forever More.

Nat Bartsch Quartet

Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend

Pianist/composer Nat Bartsch presents ‘Hope Renewed’: a jazz/post rock reinterpretation of her ARIA-nominated classical album ‘Hope’. This reinterpretation brings the work to life with her jazz quartet, classical musicians and live ambient electronic effects. Hope in this context is an abbreviation of hopefulness and hopelessness; creating a space to sit with our worries and grief whilst also looking to the future with optimism. While Hope was a quiet suite composed during 2020, reflecting upon the Black Summer bushfires and pandemic lockdowns, Hope Renewed is an epic mosaic. It represents this post-pandemic era: the world has re-opened, and everything feels enormous. Featuring Robbie Melville (guitar), Tamara Murphy (double bass) and Maddison Carter (drums).

Paper Mouse

Chisolm Street, 608 Chisholm Street, Black Hill

Chisholm St is thrilled to present Paper Mouse, a collaboration between singer/bassist Liz Frencham and guitarist Robbie Melville. A small town in rural Victoria was the accidental meeting place for Liz & Robbie when they crossed paths in a café in 2013 and decided to play together. From their first rehearsal it was evident that a lengthy musical relationship was on the cards. Frencham and Melville discovered a shared love of jazz, pop, and folk, and instinctively blended their influences into a warm, earthy sound like red wine on a winter's night. The obvious chemistry between the pair is intensified by a willingness to never play any song the same way twice. This results in an extraordinary musical empathy, full of surprises, light and shade, and a child-like playfulness. Folk rhythms dance with ambient loops; Frencham’s vocals tug directly on your heart, met by Melville’s beautiful harmonic dissonances, and every nuance is distinct.

$20 - $35