MWIJF Presents: Lara Bello Quartet (Spain/Aus) + Ilaria Cociani (Italy/Aus) + Ruby Glynn
Saturday, December 9, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Lara Bello Quartet
Born in Granada, Spain and now based in New York, singer/song-writer, Lara Bello conveys the music of her hometown: Flamenco, Arabic melodies and Mediterranean roots masterfully fused with African and Latin American rhythms. Her magical voice expressively touches your heart whilst her poetic lyrics take you on a beautiful journey.
“Captivating vocals, astounding musicianship and a creative blending of jazz with music from Spain, Africa and Latin America.” – Felix Contreras – NPR
Lara Bello – vocals
Nathan Slater – guitar
Christopher Hale – bass
Rajiv Jayaweera – drums
Ilaria Crociani – Connecting the Dots
From award-winning lyricist and composer Ilaria Crociani comes Connecting the Dots: a powerful and deeply moving tribute to women from Australia’s past and beyond.
Born from Crociani’s personal experience of adjusting to a new life as an Italian migrant to Australia, Connecting the Dots weaves together narratives of hardship, vulnerability, resoluteness and redemption to paint an uplifting picture of resilience and hope. Protagonists of this music are truly inspirational female characters: some forgotten such as pioneer miner Minnie Berrington or migrants Gina Sinozich and Marion Bell and others unforgettable as in Germaine Greer or Veruschka. The album offers a kaleidoscopic variety of songs, ranging from poignant and lyrical ballads to experimental numbers with a jazz-rock feel or an angular funky-reggae beat and Ilaria is beyond delighted to be able to present it at this year MWIJF in a special, intimate and acoustic set alongside co-composers Mirko Guerrini and Niko Schäuble.
She hopes this music will be able to inspire people to research, listen to and appreciate other people’s stories as a meaningful learning path to healing and personal growth.
Ilaria Crociani – voice
Mirko Guerrini – piano, accordion, sax
Niko Schäuble – drums
Tom Lee – double bass
Ruby Glynn is a 20-year old jazz vocalist currently studying at Monash University, who combines influences such as Amy Winehouse, Cecile Mclorin Salvant and Joni Mitchell to a voice that is unique, dynamic and intuitively musical. A finalist in this year’s Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship, Ruby has performed and recorded with Shannon Barnett, the Monash Art Ensemble and Kristin Berardi.
Ruby and her stellar band of rising talents on the Melbourne jazz scene will present a heartfelt performance of original compositions, standards and contemporary Australian jazz works that guarantee improvisation, collaboration and joyful music making.
Ruby Glynn – vocals
Harper Dawson – alto saxophone
Monty Price – guitar
Meg Davidson – double bass
Pat Skarajew – drums