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The New Palm Court Orchestra styled by Kamikaze

 Official Launch & Concert  Thursday 10th Sept 2015 at Deakin Edge, Fed Square...

Innovative Melbourne chamber ensemble the New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO) are thrilled to announce the launch of their fresh new look, dressed and styled by Melbourne fashion label Kamikaze.

The NPCO will launch their new look as part of their third Bridging Traditions Concert on Thursday 10th September at Deakin Edge, Fed Square featuring the exquisite, heavenly voices of The Consort of Melbourne as special guests.

Kamikaze has styled all six women of the NPCO in a crisp and fresh, all white look.

“We wanted to get away from the traditional, performance blacks that the majority of performers wear, and have something that speaks to the freshness of the ensemble”, says NPCO Non-Executive Director and owner of Computer Marker Services, Carol Saffer. “White is such an elegant, timeless statement. Ula’s designs bring a fabulous, effortless elegance to the NPCO stage”.

The NPCO is about educating, inspiring and awakening audiences to the art of improvisation within instrumental music. Their performances feature melodic improvisation in almost every work. “Improvisation for me is about composing in the moment, and using music as a language, much as we compose sentences when we have a conversation.” says NPCO Artistic Director, pianist and composer Gemma Turvey.

“Our Bridging Traditions series is about creating a beautiful, memorable audience experience with music from a variety of different traditions and genres, all with improvisation as the common thread” says Gemma. 

Formed in 2011 by Gemma Turvey, the NPCO has a core of nine players comprising some of Melbourne’s talented classical, jazz and improvising musicians. Lead 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).

Concerts in the Bridging Traditions series bridge influences from classical to Celtic, Hebraic, Latin and jazz traditions, showcasing original compositions by Australian composers including Gemma Turvey and performing guest artists – jazz trumpeter Gianni Marinucci (March 19th), exponent of Brazilian guitar Doug de Vries (June 17th), and vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne (September 10th). Concerts also include arrangements of jazz standards, traditional folk tunes and classical works.

WATCH the NPCO performing: