Want to help at Melbourne’s Shir Madness Music Festival?

July 17, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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In an exciting first, Melbourne will host a celebration of Jewish music at the inaugural Shir Madness Festival, Sunday September 6th.

Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier

Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier

Organisers are also looking for enthusiastic volunteers who will engage with the community and bring their personality to the festival. Priority will be given to energetic people who are committed and willing to do whatever is required to make the festival happen..

What you will need to do;

  • Help out for four hours on 6th September (or bump in the night before)
  • Attend the Volunteers briefing, sometime in the week prior.

What you get;

  • A free pass to the Shir Madness Festival
  • A limited edition Shir Madness T-shirt.
  • A chance to make new friends, be part of a great community event, and get some Event experience.

Roles required;

  •  Front of house (including ticket sales & ushering);
  •  Artist liaison (including driving, parking, instrument storage, guiding etc)
  •  Technical theatre (including stage management, lighting, sound, bump in & out);
  •  I¹m happy to do whatever is needed

To register, got to http://shirmadness.com/registration/

smFollowing the lead of Shir Madness Sydney that started in 2010, the festival brings together 30 acts on 5 stages, over 9 hours in and around the Classic Cinema/Kadimah Hall and a stage in Gordon Street Elsternwick. Festival Directors Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier are curating an event that brings together the diversity, richness, breadth of talent and explorations of genres from Singer/songwriters to Broadway, from Cantorial to Jazz, from Ambient to Yiddish folk songs, from Klezmer to Electronic Dance Music.

Conway says, “this will be a festival that acknowledges the immense contributions the Jews have made to music in all its glorious variety. Shir Madness will highlight the very best in contemporary and traditional Jewish music; we want audiences to be transported, to be inspired, to listen, to dance and to be dazzled by the choices offered in the program. Think WOMAD or Port Fairy with a Jewish bent.” She adds, “ it’s going to be a day where we will combine brilliant sound, an amazing array of performers and diverse Jewish cultural arts. As Shir Madness has become a treasured fixture in Sydney, we see it becoming a much-anticipated event in Melbourne.”

Screen-Shot-2015-07-17-at-11.45.49-amConfirmed acts include Tal Ben Ari from Tel Aviv, Zusha direct from NYC (#9 on Billboard Magazine World Music Chart), The Portnoy Brothers from Israel, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, George Dreyfus AM, Tin Pan Orange, Monsieur Camembert, Lucky Oceans, Simon Tedeschi, Luke Howard with Leonard Grigoryan, The Alter Jazz Ensemble, Rita Satch, Zourouna, Saray Iluminado, Robbie Avenaim, Josh Levy, Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir, Klezmeritis, Karen Feldman. Leonie Cohen Trio, Zourouna, Stiletto Sisters and Honeysmack.

The “Song of Songs” event will feature well-known Melbourne singers performing their favourite song by a Jewish composer. Performers include Archie Roach, Kate Ceberano, Shane Howard, Emily Lubitz, David Hobson, Ron Peno, Jeff Lang, Rebecca Barnard, Hue Blanes, Linda Bull, Tim Rogers, Kutcha Edwards and Deborah Conway.

We have asked 15 of our favourite & most treasured Melbourne singers to pick their favourite song by a Jewish composer that might have moved them, excited them or had personal meaning for them.  Jewish composers have been pivotal in Twentieth Century popular music. Backed by the Band of Bands led by Melbourne bass legend Jonathan Zion this is an event not to be missed. We invite all Melbournians to join us in this celebration- it is time for Melbourne to have a Jewish music festival!”            

Contact www.shirmadness.com for information. EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW BUT CLOSE ON JULY 31.

SHIR MADNESS® – 2015 Melbourne Jewish Music Festival
Sunday 6 September – 11am – 10pm

Classic Cinema, Gordon St. & Kadimah Hall, Elsternwick

Early bird tickets available online

Instagram: Shirmadnessfest   Facebook: facebook.com/ShirMadnessJewishMusicFestival



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