Flora Carbo

Flora Carbo will perform with Theo Carbo and Sam Anning.    Image: Roger Mitchell


These Digital Times
Presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Date: Saturday, 30 May 2020
Tickets: FREE
For details visit melbournejazz.com

For three Saturdays, starting next week, the MIJF will provide a series of live-streamed concerts for us to enjoy from home, given that in-the-flesh live gigs are not possible. Here’s what the MIJF has released about these digital outings:

Next week, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival was scheduled to present their 23rd festival featuring more than 500 Australian and international artists in over 25 venues across Melbourne.

Instead (due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions), MIJF has adapted quickly to present These Digital Times, an online music festival series featuring local and international artists on the last Saturday of May, June and July.

Completely free, These Digital Times will be live-streamed via the MIJF website direct to YouTube with programming from noon to 10.30pm, including music for kids, career development panels for artists and industry as well as performances from emerging artists and the big names in Australian and international jazz and contemporary music.

Broadcast and recorded in high definition from a Melbourne production studio, the live-stream program for These Digital Times has been shaped around some of the amazing artists who live and work in Melbourne.


Craig Fermanis, Hugh Harvey, Julien Wilson and Chris Hale.       Image: Kym Schreiber

The May line-up includes multi-ARIA award-winning vocalist Kate Ceberano performing songs from her forays into jazz as well as the album launch for saxophonist Julien Wilson’s STOCK project that features Craig Fermanis (electric guitar), Chris Hale (bass guitar) and Hugh Harvey (drums).

In the early afternoon ABC Kids favourites, the Teeny Tiny Stevies, will jazz up their tunes for the whole family and ARIA award-winning neo-soul vocalist, Kaiit will close the night out with her honeyed vocals and fierce rhymes.

Mesmerising vocalist Gretchen Parlato will join her partner, internationally acclaimed drummer and composer Mark Guiliana, in a vocal and drum duo project recorded in isolation from their home studio in America.

While violin-wizard, Luca Ciarla, will transcend boundaries between music genres and stream a solo looping violin set direct from Italy.

MIJF CEO Hadley Agrez explains that These Digital Times provides a free and accessible experience for audiences direct to their homes as well as much-needed opportunities for musicians, artists and arts workers during COVID-19 restrictions.

These Digital Times has been conceived and developed in conjunction with The Vizard Foundation and is also supported by the Victorian government through Creative Victoria (as principal government partner) and the City of Melbourne (as major government partner).

“We are very grateful for the generous support provided by our partners, which allows us to pay our artists for their time and work in the same way we usually would for our annual festival,” said Agrez.

“These Digital Times will bring some of the best jazz and contemporary music from around Melbourne and the world direct to people’s homes in a format that ensures our artists, audiences and staff remain safe at all times,” highlighted Agrez.

Following each monthly These Digital Times program, content will be available for another four weeks on the MIJF website.

MIJF will announce the July line-up for These Digital Times soon via the MIJF website and social media channels.

May 30 program:
Noon  Career Development Panel: Surviving & Thriving
1.30pm  Teeny Tiny Stevies (Australia)
3pm  Flora Carbo with Theo Carbo and Sam Anning (Australia)
4pm  Luca Ciarla (Italy)
5pm  Julien Wilson’s STOCK (Australia – album launch)
7pm  Kate Ceberano (Australia)
8.30pm  Gretchen Parlato & Mark Guiliana (USA)
9.30pm  Kaiit (Australia)

June 27 program:

10.30am Nat Bartsch’s Lullaby Project (Australia)
11am Career Development Panel: Old Media, New Media
12pm Kathleen Halloran Trio (Australia)
1.30pm Solomon Sisay (Australia)
3.30pm Federico Casagrande (Italy)
5pm Andrea Keller’s Five Below – Life is Brut[if]al (Australia – album launch)
7pm Joe Chindamo & Olivia Chindamo (Australia)
8pm Joey DeFrancesco (USA)
9.15pm The Sugarfoot Ramblers (Australia)

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