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Concerto for Piano and Toy Band

2 - 2 March
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until 4 March, 2017

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on [day], repeating until 5 March, 2017

Adam Simmons

2 – 5 March 2017
duration: 60 minutes
Thursday to Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 3pm
ticket price: $30 – $35
03 9662 9966

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The first concert in Adam Simmons’ The Usefulness of Art series

Concert 1: Concerto for Piano and Toy Band
Michael Kieran Harvey with Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble
Composed by Adam Simmons

In this first concert in The Usefulness of Art series, two iconoclasts come together to present a work that combines classical forms with jazz sensibility. Michael Kieran Harvey is an internationally recognised, classically trained pianist who has championed contemporary composition, while Adam Simmons’ work with his infamous Toy Band is acclaimed for its unique blend of jazz, art and entertainment. Not to mention a rubber chicken or two…

Through the classical form of the ‘concerto’, connections are explored between different worlds: solo/ ensemble, classical/jazz, instruments/ toys and serious/humorous. The work is also informed by the concept that these contrasts are the opposite ends of the same pole.

This is a rare opportunity for lovers of jazz, classical and avant garde music, and people of all ages who enjoy live music. Children are welcome and if are under 12 can see the concert for free.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.



Michael Kieran Harvey – piano soloist

Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble:
Adam Simmons
– sopranino/baritone saxophones, composer
Gideon Brazil – tenor saxophone
Cara Taber – alto saxophone
Gemma Horbury – trumpet
Gavin Cornish – trumpet
Bryn Hills – trombone
Howard Cairns – double bass
Hugh Harvey – drums

Concert 2: The Usefulness of Art
24 – 27 August

This suite celebrates the qualities that art helps engender, including acceptance, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith. “The Usefulness of Art” has previously been performed and recorded by Origami as a trio and as a solo work for MONA FOMA. Expanding the work for the much larger Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble builds upon the contemplative nature of the music, bringing in a more ecstatic experience as well. Read more.

Concert 3: Travelling Tales
7-10 December

This will be the Melbourne premiere performance of Adam Simmons’ “Travelling Tales,” a suite composed and performed for the 2013 Piraeus Festival in Athens, Greece with Intrarti Orchestra. The music is influenced by a mix of Adam’s road trips around Australia, European travels, his love of Japanese shakuhachi music and his belief in the usefulness of art. The experiences, sounds and concepts come together to create musical landscapes and images, both panoramic and up close. Read more.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $35,
Concession: $30,
Child (under 12): Free

Subscriptions available across The Usefulness of Art series:

Full for 2 concerts: $60,
Full for 3 concerts:
Concession for 2 concerts:
Concession for 3 concerts:



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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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