Artistic Directors

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Lena Douglas

Artistic Director and Co-Founder: Queen of Keys and BV’s

Lena’s musical experience covers much ground; growing up playing trumpet in The Cactus Channel, playing piano in contemporary jazz ensemble Lazercatz 2000, keys in electro-pop outfit Tetrahedra and vocals in art-rock eight-piece Tulalah.

She has toured Australia with Killing Heidi, No Zu, Bec Sandridge and Ryan Downey and plays in Melbourne with SPIRE Ensemble and Dance Party.

“Lena’s star is rising so fast due to her incredible work ethic and prodigious talent. She is truly one of the most impressive musicians and people I’ve had the pleasure of working with” - Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi)

Projects: Tetrahedra, Tulalah, Lazercatz 2000

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Claire Cross

Artistic Director and Co-Founder: Bass Gun for Hire

Over the past 10 years, Claire has carved out a career for herself as a well-respected bassist and composer, having worked with numerous artists including The Outdoor Type, Oh Pep!, and the Her Sound, Her Story project (Ella Hooper, Julia Stone, Vera Blue, Montaigne, Airling, Sampa the Great).

She has written and released music with improvised jazz-rock ensemble 'The SURFACE Project', and has presented performances including Bjork: Interpreted, Stand By Your Woman (SPIRE Ensemble) and Moving Targets.

"Claire Cross is one of the most restless creative people in Melbourne today. As a jazz-and-beyond bassist, she will blow your mind; as a composer and bandleader, she has created a sonic world of her own” - Nikos Fotakis, Australianjazz.net

Projects: Surface Project , Moving Targets

 

Band Mentors

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Maggie Rigby

Folkie with the voice of an Aussie angel

Maggie Rigby is a singer, songwriter, banjo and guitar player from Melbourne and a founding member of Melbourne folk outfit The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio). With the band Maggie has toured extensively in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. Playing major international festivals including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Edmonton Folk Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival and Celtic Connections Festival. The band’s latest record, Take Care Take Cover, recorded in Nashville received five star reviews in Australia and overseas and won the Age Music Victoria award for Best Folk Roots Album. Maggie is also a winner of the Maton Class Act award at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Folk Alliance Australia Young Performer of the Year.

Projects: The Maes

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Francesca Gonzales

Empowerment, strength, love and independence through R&B, soul and electronica.

Through her elegant fusion of R&B, disco, soul and electronica, rising Melbourne artist Francesca Gonzales has been captivating audiences with triumphant live shows and potent hooks. Exploring themes of empowerment, strength, love and independence, her new self-titled EP is a tour de force which showcases her adventurous sonic aesthetic and incredible vocals. The EP’s anti sexual harassment anthem ‘Baby Give It Up’ and previous single ‘Better Person’ were added to Double J and Unearthed, as well as receiving strong community radio support and a slew of effusive reviews. Elsewhere, opening track ‘Make My Life Slow Right Down’ perfectly captures the wooziness of finding new love, while ‘Halfway Hall’ is a moving, gospel-infused ode to the importance of loving yourself. The snaking bass lines and meticulous production at the heart of next single ‘Dilemma’ evoke the experimental R&B of FKA Twigs or Kelela.

Projects: Francesca Gonzales , Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird

 

Behind The Scenes

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Erica Tucceri

Flautist Extraordinaire and Administrative Legend

http://www.ericatucceri.com/

 
 

Past Mentors

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Madison Foley