Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - Julia Messenger CD Launch

Isiiad banner2

 

Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.


Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

Julia Messenger- Live at Bennetts Lane

Julia_Messenger_2

Photograph by Peter Van der Veer, courtesy of Julia Messenger©

Here's the scoop! Yesterday I met the lovely singer songwriter Julia Messenger at her favourite coffee house (the Pope Joan Cafe) in Brunswick, to talk about the launch of her new CD "Live at Bennetts Lane".  

The first time I saw Julia perform was at Bennetts Lane earlier this year when the CD was recorded.  That will be me clapping (a lot) at the end of every track...what a voice, what a woman, what an exceptional talent!

Her voice is big and lustrous, like blue-black silk velvet. I heard echos of that velvet voice when she laughed during the interview. It filled the air waves of the cafe.  After hearing it the first time, I found myself looking for ways to make her laugh, just so I could hear it again. 

Julia_Messenger_3

Photograph by Jenni Williams

She's a natural singer.  As a young girl she describes channelling Aretha Franklin while singing with her two sisters. Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone have all influenced her. On top of that she's classically trained...  Melbourne University, Bachelor of Music, she topped her year in Opera.  She knows how to use her natural talent.

While she has a devoted following at Bennetts Lane, Germany is her second home.  She first went there years ago with the all girl band "Ruby Fruit Jungle". She's lived there on and off over the last decade and is much sought after for gigs and recording opportunities. She's known for her electronic songs and music in Germany. Jazz is a bit of a departure from that.  Her grandmother was a jazz singer and more recently encouraged Julia to go back to her roots. Whether it's electronic or jazz, Julia admits that,

"Singing and making music full stop, is my passion."

This latest CD is her "first ever live album".  I'm playing it right now, as I write this.  Why Dont You Do Right has me adding sassy and seductive to the description of her voice.  While in Skylark that voice is as smooth as King Island cream.  Her rendition of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, had me reaching for the replay button. Julia's talent is well and truly up to the task of Edith Piaf's Padam Padam... so gutsy!  Perhaps I'll play that one again as well!  In addition to these classic songs, dotted through the album, her own songs create  a fusion of her electronic songwriting and the strains of the jazz band. All together- uber cool.

Julia produced, mixed and mastered the CD herself at her own studio in Melbourne,.  Hopefully this won't be the last time that she produces a CD with this quality of jazz vibe.  Go to Julia's website to sample some of the album for yourself. There's also a great interview on her home page.

Julia_Messenger_4

Photograph by Jenni Williams

Julia Messenger's Launch of "Live at Bennetts Lane":

Friday, November 18th @ 8.30pm.

Bennetts Lane (25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne CBD)

Cost $20/$25

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julia's favourite, The Pope Joan Cafe, can be found at 77-79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East. They do a great coffee and a monster egg and bacon roll, complete with runny eggs!

Pope_Joan_Brunswick



Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Fulling

"Fulling" I'm back home now. Yesterday I was working on my deck and kept looking over in the direction of Birrarung, wistfully wondering if the frogs were missing me as much as I… More…

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat.

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat. Dena Ashbolt is Montsalvat's latest artist in residence. She arrived there over a week ago and will be there for six weeks in all.… More…

Mariella McKinley

Mariella McKinley Photograph courtesy of the artist. Just when I thought Montsalvat couldn't possibly do anything more to delight me, I met Mariella McKinley. She's been working… More…

Birrarung Symphony in Bird Minor

Birrarung Symphony in Bird Minor When I was at uni, way too many moons ago, I often hung out with the music students. One in particular, who would share the progress of his… More…

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper 1922-2011 I wish I'd met Matcham Skipper. His farewell gave me a glimpse of him. Whistler, story teller, father of many. I've seen his work of… More…

Update on Marianne van Ooij

STOP PRESS! Update on Marianne van Ooij. Remember Marianne from the Open Studio program at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York? She designed the gorgeous "Dressed for… More…

New York Rainwater Tanks

New York Rainwater Tanks I've been fascinated with New York rainwater tanks since I saw pictures of Rupert Murdochs apartment in Soho. The design of it's makeover (masterminded by… More…

Kylie Baudino

Kylie Baudino By a little flukey serendipidous chance I met Kylie Baudino at the Paint this Garden weekend at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens a couple of weeks ago. I quickly… More…

Jenny Reddin at BSG

Jenny Reddin at BSG You already know I'm a fan of the paint pourings of Jenny Reddin. This latest exhibition shows that her work has moved into the realm of abstraction. They're… More…

A Heide Installation

A Heide Installation Photograph courtesy of the artist. Sometimes I seek out works of art and other times a little invitation appears in my inbox, drawing me in to the 'next big… More…

Subway Diversions

Subway Diversions From Montsalvat, back, briefly to New York. I know it's a stretch but stay with me. The New York subway experience was in the main noisy and smelly and… More…

Choir update

Choir update Just in case you're wondering, Moon's a Balloon managed to get a standing ovation after belting out Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem'. There wasn't a dry eye in the house...… More…

Himalayan Salt Blocks

Stop Press!! I've just ordered a Himalayan Salt Block from an Australian Supplier (for more information about the salt blocks, see The Meadow). It should arrive at my door next… More…

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck Amanda Ruck© Jason Smith, acrylic on canvas (2011 entry for the Archibald Prize.) The Yarra Valley and the Nillumbik regions come together in this… More…

Great Finds

Great Finds - work in progress. More…

Dena Ashbolt's Grand Finale

Dena Ashbolt's Grand Finale. It seems fitting that the last post in the official Month in Montsalvat series should be the final pics of Dena Ashbolt's stunning work, done during… More…

The Deep Creek

The Deep Creek Once again the Roundabout Cafe in Warrandyte has provided an unexpected surprise. In a roundabout way (pardon the pun) it introduced me to Brad Kelly writer and… More…

Margaret McLoughlin

Margaret McLoughlin Margaret McLoughlin is experimenting with encaustic painting. This series of three encaustic paintings on board, are among her first explorations in this… More…

American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum This is a relatively small gallery by New York public gallery standards. It sits next door to the MOMA at 45 W 53rd Street. Here's a little taste of… More…

Yarra Valley Open Studios Artist- Ember Fairbairn

Yarra Valley Open Studio's Artist- Ember Fairbairn This weekend will see artists across the Yarra Valley open their studios to the public. I've had a great time catching up with… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.