The Year (Ahead) In Music

I am too excited to look back at 2010, though there was much to revel in. Right now, the calendar is filling up with a cluster of concerts that are making 2011 look like an exceptional year for live music.

It all begins this Friday, Jan 4, with The National, live at The Enmore Theatre in Sydney. Their latest album, High Violet, is without doubt, a contender for the best release of 2010. It is a slow burner, muscular, yet introspective. The atmosphere is spacious and lush, the layers of instrumentation created by the band, build a solid foundation for Berninger to embellish with his haunting vocals. It is an album built to last and I am itching to see them take it to the stage. If this is any indication…

then this Lost Shark is going to be swimming in some sonically rich waters.

Then, later in January, I am off to see Swedish jazz innovators, The Thing. These guys are something else, a hybrid force of jazz, rock and experimentation. Check out this excerpt from a recent live performance…

even on screen, their energy is palpable. And to top it off, they are being supported by one of China’s young pioneers in the field of poetry and sonic art, Yan Jun. If you are interested in getting tickets for this event, head to The Judith Wright Centre’s website for all the details.

I do love the summer touring circuit…

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