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Lucy Roleff (Album Launch) +Mindy Meng Wang & Genevieve Fry +Pascal Babare

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Lucy Roleff 'Left Open in a Room' Album Launch + Mindy Meng Wang & Genevieve Fry + Pascal Babare

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Lucy Roleff & Ensemble // 3.30PM //

Estimable Melbourne folk artist Lucy Roleff will be launching her highly anticipated new record 'Left Open in a Room' at Eastmint on May 26th, for an intimate matinee show with her ensemble.

She will be joined by very special guests: guzheng virtuoso Mindy Meng Wang and harpist Genevieve Fry, and Pascal Babare & band.

Tickets $15 pre-sale, or $20 on the door

Doors at 1pm

This is a mostly seated show so please come early and make your self comfortable.

Lucy Roleff - Left Open in a Room (Out May 15 on Lost And Lonesome, Little Lake Records and Oscarson Records)

With an eye on the contemporary but an affinity for the traditional, Melbourne folk artist Lucy Roleff returns with Left Open in a Room - a chamber-folk inflected expansion on the fingerpicked purity of her 2016 debut, This Paradise.

Autobiographical in essence but vast in theming, Left Open in a Room reminds of both the simple, vignette songwriting of Sibylle Baier, and the intricate stylings and blunt tongue of Bridget St John and Nick Drake. Lucy’s vocals are truly the centrepiece, imbued with a precise, classical enunciation and soft duskiness. The peaks and valleys of her voice allowed to shine, as her rare contralto register shows all shades of its deep colour. We also welcome a new addition since This Paradise, Lucy’s 36-string celtic harp, alternating beautifully with her fingerpicked classical guitar.

While the songs were written over a three year period, Left Open in a Room has much of its essence in the fern-shaded grounds of the artists residence Jacky Winter Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges. Here, Lucy composed the majority of the album’s arrangements; the divine tranquility of the gardens imbued in the album’s verdant instrumentation.

Playing live, Lucy will be joined by her ensemble, Alex Badham on guitar, Rosalind Hall on clarinet and Rachael Comte on vocals.

Pascal Babare // 2.30PM //

Following the release of his third LP, ‘Endless Room’, Pascal immediately began work on a new suite of songs - folk-focused pieces arranged specifically for his new band of incredibly talented players. Flute, cello, guitars, bass, and organ carry Babare’s unique brand of intimate, dark, and witty songwriting, directly inspired by the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Brian Wilson, and Phil Elverum. This will be the last show they play for a while, as Pascal will be going into hibernation for the winter to record his next LP (and also to stockpile nonperishables, dry-goods, and bottle-caps for the looming apocalypse)

Mindy Meng Wang & Genevieve Fry // 1.30PM //

Meng Wang is an acclaimed virtuoso musician and composer. Mindy has studied the Guzheng (Chinese Harp) in China with leading masters since the age of seven and started giving solo performances at the age of ten. She subsequently lived and studied in the UK and graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BA (Hons) in Music (2006). In 2008, she was awarded “Hull Sinfonietta’s Young International artist of the year”.

Mindy has also performed in many significant festivals, shows and venues around the world including O2 Arena (with Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz), Tate Modern London, Sydney Festival, NGV -Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s exhibition, AsiaTOPA 2017,Darwin festival, Brisbane festival, Adelaide Festival, MONA FOMA. and the Shanghai International Arts Festival composing and performing a commissioned multimedia show.

New collaborations includes Shanghai sound artist MHP and premier dance company CHIUCOX for a sold out season of a contemporary dance show called “Do you speak Chinese”. She has also premiered her first chamber orchestral composition piece “Cocoon” for Australian Art Orchestral at OzAsia festival. Last October, she performed three sold out concerts at Port Ferry Festival.

Genevieve Fry is a trained harpist, composer and a co-founder of underground performance studios and label Eastmint. She is the principal writer for the band Cold Hands Warm Heart whose debut LP was released in 2016 via Eastmint Records to critical acclaim and was winner of 'Narnie' Dave Graneys' Triple R radio album of the year award. She is along standing member of Grand Salvo and Los Angles based Theatre company Four Larks including their run of sold-out Getty Museum residencies.

She holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition from Melbourne Polytechnic. An accomplished live and session musician, Genevieve features on albums and plays in ensembles with many acclaimed artists including Grand Salvo, Kes Band, Hello Satellites, 4 Bonjour Parites(JPN) and Lehman B Smith. She also plays and composes for film and theatre contributing to multiple projects by Four Larks (Melbourne/Los Angeles), The Stain Present, Outer Urban Projects and Weave Movement. She has recently toured Japan with Cold Hands Warm Heart and performed with acclaimed New York theatre artist Taylor Mac for Melbourne International Festival.

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