Queensland Symphony Orchestra to salute David Bowie with Australian music makers: Saturday October 1
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On 10 January 2016, the world lost an icon and artist that spanned generations when Bowie passed away aged 69 following the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar, just two days earlier. Renowned for his originality, Bowie is remembered as not only a singer-songwriter, but as an actor and artist with a gift for theatricality and reinvention.
iOTA, Steve Kilbey, Deborah Conway, Adalita and Tex Perkins lead the line-up
It is a concert event not to be missed - Queensland Symphony Orchestra along with some of the country’s leading music makers will celebrate the rich musical legacy of legendary British singer-songwriter David Bowie in a special concert event on Saturday, October 1.
David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed will see artists iOTA, Steve Kilbey, Deborah Conway, Adalita and Tex Perkins join the QSO at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to perform hits from the Bowie canon personally selected by the performers.
David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed will feature some 30 songs including Bowie’s most popular hits - Changes, China Girl, Life on Mars, Under Pressure, Let’s Dance, Starman and Five Years. There will also be performances of more obscure songs from Bowie’s oeuvre, says the show’s Creative Director Amanda Pelman.
“The most important thing to me was how Bowie’s canon would be portrayed with real integrity and nuance by the orchestra and artists with a sympathetic voice to the work,” says Pelman, who worked as a producer on the musical adaptation of Academy Award-winning film Priscilla Queen of the Desert. “It would be foolish to suggest we can represent the whole of Bowie’s canon; the 30 songs are both the highest selling songs and some of the most quirky performances.”
David Bowie: Nothing has Changed premiered at the Sydney Opera House in May this year with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. “iOTA opening with Space Oddity was fantastic (everything he touched was gold - Life On Mars was bloody brilliant), Deborah Conway performing Ziggy Stardust brought the Hall to life,” described a review from TheMusic.
Singer-songwriter iOTA says Bowie was the best at everything he aspired to: “Bowie had amazing depth and he didn’t disappoint even to the very end. He came to the end of an amazing life with a lot of class and integrity. He’s taught other artists how to be in the world and how to do it right”.
iOTA is an ARIA Award-nominated artist and Helpmann Award-winning actor. He is one of Australia’s most enigmatic, talented and original singer-songwriters and just released a new album Wolf Number Nine.
Steve Kilbey is the lead singer-songwriter and bass guitarist for the Australian rock band The Church, which has released more than 30 albums. In 2010, The Church was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame and went on to complete sell out tours of the USA and Australia. Throughout his musical career, Kilbey has been internationally lauded for his voice, stage presence and compositional skills.
Deborah Conway has been a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music for over 30 years. Her first band Do Re Mi topped the charts; her first solo album achieved platinum sales while simultaneously becoming the most shoplifted album of that year. Conway is a former Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival and is currently Festival Director for The Shir Madness Melbourne Jewish Music Festival.
Adalita is the inimitable frontwoman of Australian rock outfit Magic Dirt, nominated for several ARIA Awards. She released her first solo self-titled album in 2011 and it was crowned Best Independent Album when it won the Australian Independent Record Award. In 2013, she followed up with her second studio album All Day Venus.
Tex Perkins is a legend in the Australian music scene. This singer-songwriter is mostly known for leading the popular rock bands The Cruel Sea and Beasts of Bourbon but he has also toured with a range of notable groups including Tex, Don and Charlie and The Dark Horses.
Saturday October 1 at 8pm - David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed
Proudly supported by RACQ and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Queensland Symphony Orchestra with guest artists including iOTA, Steve Kilbey, Deborah Conway, Adalita and Tex Perkins performing David Bowie classics including Changes, China Girl, Life on Mars, Under Pressure, Let’s Dance, Starman and more.
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre