Kit Millais

Performer | Band Leader | Educator

Millais Music Monthly- Feb/Mar/Apr 2018

Hello all,

Welcome to an update of the past few BUSY months!  Read on below for stories and news of what has happened and what's yet to come.

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Upcoming Performances

Around the Jazz World in 80ish Minutes presented by the Hot Socks Big Band
Sunday 10th June 3pm
Dizzy's Jazz Club, 368 Bridge Road, Richmond
This concert presents a round the world trip of jazz music from countries in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. Check out the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1510036265775024/

University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents Fate and Destiny
Sunday 27th May 5pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank
Works by Strauss, Sculthorpe (Australian WOO!) and Tchaikovsky symbolise Fate and Destiny.  Book now to secure a seat in this lovely hall https://finearts-music.unimelb.edu.au/whats-on/details?event=9869

The Last While

The last couple of months have been a very busy period starting new projects and building new skills as well as cementing old ones. 

At the end of last year I talked about starting my band. I did it! The Hot Socks Big Band is official and we had two delightful concerts 'Jazz for Lovers' (Picutred above) and 21//21 (Picutred at top). We are already beginning work and planning for our next concert 'Around the Jazz World in 80ish Minutes'. You can have a exclusive listen to some recordings of our first concert if you subscribe under the contact page.

Alongside my own projects, it is a pleasure to be involved with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. I look forward to some exciting performances ahead involving travel and interdisciplinary collaboration later in the year. 

Teaching has been a new skill I am rapidly developing. At two schools I have invested time in trying to find the right tools for kids from 7-18 years old. Whether it is transcribing Careless Whisper for Trombone Duet or Colouring in sheet music or recording myself, I have been testing out lots of ideas. It is really a pleasure to see how these tools do or don't work.

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The Next While

The year ahead looks busier still with two tours, two big band concerts, two versions of the Mikado, and a chamber recital to come.

Myself and my friend Alison (pictured above) are beginning to take a serious and entertaining look at some of our repertoire for a chamber recital. We are working on an arrangement of the classical tone poem 'Danse Macabre', an Australian Marimba Trombone Duo called 'Pair Up' and a new Australian premiere of an American composer's piece 'Gateway'. Putting this concert together with my friend will be a joy and I look forward to sharing that in July as well as travelling with her to perform as a part of Australian Youth orchestra. 
 

3 Albums I Keep Listening To

Percy Grainger- Lincolnshire Posy (Early 20th Century Wind Symphony arranged English Folk Songs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzTpJNLq-b4

Bob Reynolds-  Quartet (Jazz Saxophonist who plays with Snarky Puppy with very chill vibes)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp7l649aMwXXYvYu4n5ETARjN5I24UtiX

NO BS! Brass- NO BS! (New Orleans Style Brass Music with grit, energy and funk)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsqdX0299xs&list=PLhT_Lt7jdmgM1VPL75rYat068N0r8Mhbd

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All the best,

Kit Millais