Following our 2017 "Five Continents" season which traversed the globe and our 2018 "Musical Luminati" season which embraced passionate musical-thinkers, 2019's "Musical Kin" explores artistic lives of composers with extensive musical family trees performed by members of musical families. Stemming from musical families, Husband/Wife Ami Williamson (Singer-Songwriter) and Clemens Leske (Pianist) join Artistic Director, Flautist Sally Walker to share part of their artistic lives with us.
W.A. Mozart - Sonata in C Major K. 14, Allegro
Leopold Mozart - Notenbuch für Nannerl, Allegro
Ami Williamson - The Soldier’s Wife
Fanny Mendelssohn - Sehnsucht Op. 9/7
Felix Mendelssohn – Songs without Words Op. 62/6
Ami Williamson - The Mother-in-law song
Clara Schumann - Warum willst du and're fragen
Robert Schumann - Fantasiestuck Op. 73/1
Carla Bley (arr. Terence Koo) - Egyptian
Ami Williamson - Don’t Grow Up So Fast
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach - Flute Sonata in E minor BR WFB B 17, Allegro ma non tanto
Johann Sebastian Bach - Flute Sonata in Eb Major BWV1031, Siciliana
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - Concerto in D Minor Wq. 22, Allegri di molto
“Forceful, funny, powerful and poetic, Ami Williamson is a Folk Singer/Songwriter like none other! I cried, I laughed, then both at the same time; one woman show at it’s best” - (The Sydney Morning Herald).
Ex-Opera Australia Singer; Ami Williamson has earned herself an enviable reputation as one of Australia’s leading Folk Singer/Songwriters. “Ami Williamson is a genius, my favorite act at the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival!” - (International Folk Icon, Judy Collins).
A classically trained singer/multi-instrumentalist & graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Ensemble Acting Studios; Ami brings audiences to their feet with her unique combination of music and theatre. Ami has performed for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and toured nationally with folk icon, Eric Bogle. As a much loved and well respected artist on the Australian music scene, Ami has enjoyed regular headline engagements at all the major festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival to name a few, as well as several national tours and cruises.”A festival loves to book an artist such as Ami Williamson. She's a class act with poise, passion and 'personality plus', she has the power to own her show - the stage and the audience’s adoration. She quite simply creates a buzzfest. Pssst.....check out the wall of arty letters after her name. Phew!” - (Jamie McKew - former Port Fairy Folk Festival director).
“Ami is my newest most favorite performer! She was brilliant on the Bravo Cruise. I don’t know where to start…..her songs, her voice, her musicianship, her HUMOUR, her frock, her hair or just everything!!!”- (Todd McKenney). Ami is the daughter of Australian music icon, True Blue John Williamson.
Flautist Sally Walker was a grand-finalist in Italy’s Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition, second prize winner in Germany’s Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition and has won awards from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen’s Trust. Her orchestral experience has included working with the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammmerakademie Neuss, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kölner Kammerorchester, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician in combinations ranging from accordion to recorder consort and is a regular guest with Halcyon and Omega Ensemble. Among the many works Sally has commissioned and premiered is the concerto Night and Now by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin. Sally Walker is Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University and Artistic Director of the chamber music series Twilight Musical Dialogues. This year, she appears in the Canberra International Music Festival, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Newcastle Music Festival. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney, Hannover Hochschule fur Music and Media, Munich Hochschule fur Musik und Theater and is currently undertaking her Doctorate in historical flutes at the University of Sydney.
Clemens Leske has performed with all six Australian symphony orchestras and has played at venues in Spain, the UK, Singapore, New Zealand, the US, Hungary and China. He has appeared regularly with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, the Moscow Virtuosi and at the Bang on a Can and Focus festivals of new music in New York City. For his London Royal Festival Hall debut he performed Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent appearances include performances of Mozart’s K413 concerto, Strauss’ Burlesque and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Rachmaninoff's 3rd concerto with the Melbourne Symphony and a national tour in partnership with flautist Sir James Galway. Four CDs of solo piano works ranging from Chopin and Schumann to Kurtag and Duckworth and Bach’s Goldberg Variations will be released shortly. He is Senior Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Vladimir Ashkenazy states: “Mr Clemens Leske is in my opinion an extraordinary musician and pianist.” His greatest musical inspirations have been Sviatoslav Richter, Walter Gieseking and his mother and father.
FEATURED YOUNG ARTIST:
Naomi Blanch is an alto saxophonist based in Newcastle. Naomi played informally from the age of 12 and started lessons at 16. Having completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle, Naomi currently performs locally in the Dew Cats and her own swing band Pocket Jazz. Naomi is an existing member of the Newcastle Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra and Showband. After a year of exchange music studies at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden and performing with the Artic Youth Jazz Orchestra, Naomi became inspired to start her journey into Jazz music. She is currently working towards a goal of moving to Sweden to study folk and free jazz in 2021.