Piano Project’s Autumn Recital
Sunday 29th May 5.30pm
Presenting The New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO)
Lead by Artistic Director/pianist Gemma Turvey and featuring flugelhornist Gianni Marinucci and core members of NPCO.
Proceeds from the event will go to piano lessons for children who are new immigrants to Australia and to the musicians performing.
The New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO)
Palm Court Orchestras were popular in the 1920’s and 30’s for playing light instrumental music in an intimate setting. The New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO) injects this seductive format with a fresh vitality, delivering a rich palette of beautifully evocative original music.
Founded by Melbourne pianist and composer Gemma Turvey in 2011, the NPCO is a chamber orchestra with a core of nine players comprising some of Melbourne’s most talented classical, jazz and improvising musicians. Directed by Gemma at the piano, it features Jeremy Blackman and Larissa Aguiar (violins) Phoebe Green (viola), Anna Orzech (cello), Tom Lee (bass), Karen Heath (clarinets and flute), Rosie Savage (French horn) and Craig Beard (percussion).
The NPCO has enjoyed collaborations with renowned guest soloists including multi Grammy Award winning cellist Eugene Friesen (USA), Australian guitarist Doug de Vries, Melbourne premiere vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne, and flugelhornist Gianni Marinucci. They perform regularly in Melbourne at Deakin Edge, Federation Square and the Melbourne Recital Centre, and have enjoyed stand out performances at the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room, The Great Hall in Canberra and the Noosa Long Weekend Festival.
The NPCO is about educating, inspiring and awakening audiences to the art of improvisation within instrumental music. Their performances span classical, jazz, folk and Latin American influences and feature melodic improvisation in almost every work.
The NPCO have two studio albums, Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye (2011) and Between the Lines (2015) available online at npco.com.au
WATCH the NPCO online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A-8AVu-fAQ
“…a spectacular program…breathtakingly magnificent in its delivery.”
– Michael Hammelmann, CutCommon
“…a unique musical and emotional experience…” – Nikos Fotakis, Australianjazz.net