Monash University is spearheading the live music revival in Melbourne, with the blockbuster Sound Gallery Sessions set to return to streaming in November.
MLIVE will host a third season of the popular live-streamed concert series, kicking off with musical storytelling duo The Orbweavers on November 11, and climaxing with iconic Indigenous singer-songwriter Archie Roach on December 2.
The four-week final season will bring live music back into the living rooms of music lovers across Australia, and the world, and caps a stellar line-up of talent. Since the season launch in April, MLIVE has hosted some of Australia’s most renowned artists, including Lior, Deborah Conway, Thando, Rita Satch and Hoang Pham.
The Sound Gallery Sessions are streamed on Facebook and YouTube weekly at 7pm AEDT, and have reached an audience of more 300,000 people, as Monash finds innovative ways to connect artists with audiences during a challenging year.
Sessions are performed in the intimate and acoustically superb David Li Sound Gallery, part of the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, and broadcast using multi-camera live streaming technology. At the end of the performances, artists can engage with the audience via a Q and A.
Season dates and lineup:
November 11 – The Orbweavers
A multidisciplinary musical duo that mixes soothing melodies with guitar, violin and trumpet.
November 18 – Ajak Kwai
An icon of Australian-Sudanese music whose soulful tunes are infused with funky afro-beats.
November 25 – Flinders Quartet
One of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles, with a spine-tingling classical repertoire.
This musical collaboration sees singer-songwriter and national treasure Archie Roach team up with pianist Paul Grabowsky for a spectacular season finale.
Grabowsky, the Executive Director of MLIVE, said the concerts brought people together through the power of music.
“In uncertain times, music and live performances can bring joy and a momentary distraction from feelings of stress, anxiety or suffering,” he said.
“We are also able to support our brilliant, original and diverse Australian artists whose livelihoods have been severely impacted by COVID-19.
“I encourage anyone who is missing art, who is missing attending live music performances, to tune in from their living rooms and reconnect with like-minded people for our final season of 2020.”
Past performances can be seen here.