Crossbows, a week-long festival celebration of incredible music from jazz, pop, African, Indian, classical, musical theatre, funk, dance, electronica, sound art, video art and more, is back for a second year – this time culminating in a marathon concert.
The four hour event on Saturday 18 October will be presented by the musicians and friends of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, featuring Electrik Lemonade, the Con Artists with Kristin Berardi, Brodie Graham Band, Toby Wren Trio, Umkancho and Dr. Offig with live mixed video art by Miss Random.
It is a chance for Brisbane audiences to hear a new side of one of the country’s leading music schools, with jazz, blues, funk and African beats alternating with afro-balkan-booty-funk, according to festival manager Danielle Bentley.
“We want local music lovers to discover the often hidden side of the Queensland Conservatorium – we have some incredible talent across such diverse genres that are ready to throw one very serious party!” she says.
“It will be a fantastic opportunity to experience eclectic sounds and hear renowned artists in an impressive line-up of live performances, all under one roof.”
The full Crossbows program opens on October 11 with a performance of Transient Beauty, a chamber ballet by Collusion Music.
A free public program will also run throughout the week featuring Ba Da Boom, Divertimenti, Conservatorium Brass Ensemble, Riley in C, Basil Jones Sonata Prize, Margaret Nickson Voice and Piano Prize, Student ensembles, Improvisers’ forum, Barega Sax ensemble, Afternoon Ragas, River Listening from Leah Barclay and Seed singer songwriters on the parklands stage.
Tickets for the marathon concert are $20 and available via qtix.