Composer | Director | Spanish Guitarist
One of Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists, Andrew Veivers draws on a wide range of musical influences to evoke the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises. At venues ranging from Blenheim Palace (UK) to The Dillington Classical Guitar Festival (UK) to chamber music series' in Amsterdam to concerts at many of Australia's leading festivals, Andrew has appeared as a soloist as well as with his various groups (Flamenco Fire, The Saruzu Quartet, Jaleos Flamenco) to great critical acclaim.
On the back of his 2013 Queensland Music Award, Andrew Veivers is touring Australia with a brand new release - Departures - compositions for solo guitar - a reflection on the people, places, and projects that have been pivotal in Veivers' development as a musician and composer over the past 20 years.
Veivers has developed a very personal and clearly identifiable compositional style. His passion for both the classical and flamenco worlds of music, song, and dance have resulted in compositions that stylistically draw inspiration from greats as diverse as Manolo Sanlucar, Steve Reich, and Manuel de Falla while retaining a clearly individual lilt. Deeply rhythmical, harmonically adventurous, and unashamedly lyrical, the architecture of Veivers' compositions reflects his ability to seamlessly join the rigorous research of a topic with the emotive goal and direction of a lyric or melody.
From the beginning, Veivers combined the traditional study of flamenco with the formal training of the classical guitar. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1993 from the University of Queensland (St. Lucia) Veivers spent 3 years studying, teaching and performing in London, Madrid and Amsterdam.
At venues ranging from Blenheim Palace (UK) to The Dillington Classical Guitar Festival (UK) to chamber music series' in Amsterdam to concerts at many of Australia's leading festivals, Veivers has appeared as a soloist as well as with his various groups (Flamenco Fire, The Saruzu Quartet, Jaleos Flamenco) to great critical acclaim.
Veivers’ recent commissioned compositional credits include - 'Al-Andaluz' (Flamenco Fire 2010), a new translation of Garcia Lorca's 'Blood Wedding' (Sydney Theatre Company 2011), major orchestral works for the Woodford Folk Festival (2011/12 & 2012/13), Gypsy Pathways' (Flamenco Fire 2012) and the Floating Land Festival (2013).
Veivers’ solo debut recording – Jaleos – was awarded Best Album (Folk, Ethnic and Other) at the Queensland Recording Association’s Sunnie Awards. In 2006, one of Veivers’ compositions – Guarijas - was a finalist in the Queensland Song Awards World and Folk category. Veivers’ current ensembles include Australia's only national flamenco touring company - Flamenco Fire and flamenco-tango-jazz band – The Saruzu Quartet. Veivers has also been a special guest guitarist in the Doch Gypsy Orchestra since 2002.
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Andrew Veivers & Kacey Patrick | IN CONCERT
Friday JULY 19, 2019
Performance 8.00pm | Doors open 7.00pm
Tickets $20 online | $25 at the door
Vocalist Kacey Patrick and guitarist Andrew Veivers combine to present an enigmatic program of jazz, folk and world music. Best known for her work with duo stringmansassy, Kacey’s three-octave vocal range is a rare instrument combining sublime vocal intuition and beauty, with instinctive risk taking and vocal soundscapes. One of Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists, Andrew Veivers draws on a wide range of musical influences to evoke the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises.
Vocalist | Performer | Event Producer | Educator
…. a voice so smooth and precise, it’s like listening to a melting ice sculpture.
(Matt Connors, Time Off)
Kacey Patrick is a unique and wondrous vocalist who has evolved her enigmatic sound over a variety of styles, including jazz, folk and world music. Presently based on the Gold Coast (Australia), her 15 year professional career saw her performing at festivals and venues both internationally and throughout Australia.
Kacey’s three-octave vocal range is a rare instrument. A conduit for the voice and sound, Kacey uses her vocal range and abilities to their full, combining sublime vocal intuition and beauty, with instinctive risk taking and vocal soundscapes. Her voice is not merely a communicator of words and lyrics. It is an instrument, both melodic and percussive, with which she creates an evocative and unique musical experience. Her passionate expression, captivating performance, vocal intuition and profound understanding of her instrument, often leads her audience on a deeply connected and bewitching journey where the boundaries between sound and emotion became blurred and indeterminate.
Kacey is most well known for her work with guitarist Aaron Hopper in the guitar/vocal duo stringmansassy. From their beginning in 1996, stringmansassy evolved into one of the foremost independent performance duos in the country. Their repertoire, an evocative fusion of jazz and folk, expanded the expected realm of guitar and voice. As stringmansassy, Kacey and Aaron toured extensively throughout Australia, also touring to Germany, Austria, China, Japan, Singapore and New Caledonia. Highlights of their 12 year career included participation as members of the Australian Arts delegation to three World Expos (Hannover 2000, Aichi 2005, Shanghai 2010). After 12 years in the spotlight, stringmansassy ceased performing in 2008, but regrouped in 2010 for World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and the 25th Anniversary of the Woodford Folk Festival. They also graced the stage in 2012 for the National Folk Festival in Canberra. Over their 12 year career, stringmansassy released four recordings – ‘Persuasion’ 2000, ‘Beautiful Day’ 2002, ‘Dragonfly’ 2004 and ‘The Live Experience’ 2008.
Kacey was 21 when she formed stringmansassy and whilst touring with Aaron, she also made her solo debut at the QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) Playhouse in Women In Voice 11 and worked on a number of theatre productions in-conjunction with the Queensland Folk Federation. In recent years, she has pursued her passion for world music with acclaimed ensembles The Saruzu Quartet, FIJ (Flamenco Indo Jazz) and Dva (Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier). In 2011, Kacey was invited to perform a specially commissioned work for the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music. Composer Ann Carr Boyd wrote the work ‘Tyalgum Dawn’ for Kacey and the chamber ensemble the Camerata of St John’s. Kacey’s lyrics and text were also used for the composition.
Kacey returned to the stage in 2012, performing in the return season of Brisbane Cabaret institution Women In Voice and Women In Voice On Tour. In 2013, she contributed her remarkable vocal skill to the world premiere of Linsey Pollak’s new work “The Dream of Zedkat Nabu” for the 2012/13 Woodford Folk Festival. Whilst at Woodford, she once again featured as a guest vocalist for the annual Fire Event. More recently, she has been involved as guest vocalist with the Scenic Rim Commonwealth Games Community events (2018), the Woodford Folk Festival Fire Events (2017 and 2018), and she recently undertook the role of Music Director for the ‘Water Songs’ Project for Bleach Festival 2019. Kacey is involved in Performing Arts Education (writing, directing and producing musicals from primary students) and event production (for Bleach Festival). She is a sort after singing teacher on the Gold Coast, she facilitates the Tugun based community choir Just Sing!, and in 2018, she established Artemus Events and in collaboration with Currumbin venue Dust Temple, she is producing music and art events for the southern Gold Coast.