Elixir - Katie Noonan, Zac Hurren + Steve Magnusson
8:30pm, Thu 20th October, 2011
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, VIC
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Elixir return to stir the balmy heavens with their enchanting blend of virtuosic musicality and lyrical musings."Inspired by the poetry of Thomas Shapcott, the return of Katie Noonan, saxophonist Zac Hurren and guitarist Stephen Magnusson is a moving, magnificent album." Gold Coast Bulletin
Katie's sublime folk/jazz trio of 14 years Elixir have just released their long awaited 2nd album First Seed Ripening. Reflective, brooding and ravishingly beautiful, Elixir features Katie's saxophonist husband Zac Hurren (winner of the National Jazz Award 2009) and Stephen Magnusson, regarded by many as Australia's finest jazz guitarist (Paul Grabowsky, Paul Kelly, Vince Jones). First Seed Ripening is largely inspired by the words of legendary Australian poet Thomas Shapcott and debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA Jazz Charts.
"Noonan's classical-style soprano and astonishing ability to leap effortlessly over octaves graces this album. Although the mood is serenely ethereal and the arrangements are gossamer-like, when Magnusson or Hurren solo, their playing has a jazz infused quality. The opening track, First Seed Ripening, uses the string quartet delicately during a middle passage following the solo guitar moving lusciously behind Noonan's wide ranging, fragile vocal, and Hurren contributes a melodic unearthliness on soprano sax." The Australian
"This woman is the whole package. She is not only one of the most versatile singers in the industry, easing her way through rock and jazz and even scaling the heights of opera, but she has the amazing ability to completely rearrange a song yet keep the emotional substance of it." www.jonimitchell.com