READ ABOUT THE ARTISTS BEFORE THE CONCERT BEGINS.
JONATHAN HENDERSON / CURATOR
Folk music from around the world for flute and guitar.
Welcome to REPLAY PIAZZOLLA, an up-close recital of pan-ethnic chamber music for flute and guitar. Across the next hour, we will perform a colourful, eclectic suite of folk-inspired works. Alongside vibrant accounts of village life by Bartók' and Villa-Lobos, and Marais’ florid baroque variations, you will hear Piazzolla recall the historical evolution of the Argentinian tango – each dance fresh, rhythmic and emotionally charged.
To attend a Contra Concert permits you an hour to switch off, recharge and disconnect from deadline mode. We invite you to rebel against your smartphone and dare to get nothing done! Sit back, let your mind wander and share in the rare exchange of music between performers and audience, only achievable in the intimacy of the chamber music salon.
Contra Concerts are proud to partner with Southern Cross Soloists to be able to present this concert. I can think of no better project than one which brings my closest chamber partners and friends together to play in such an intimate setting – my favourite kind of music-making. We are excited to play for you today and thank you for attending our debut series.
flutist / curator
ABOUT TODAY'S PERFORMERS
flute / curator
Jonathan Henderson trained with Europe’s leading flute professors and has carved out a multifaceted musical career spanning from Australia to the Nordic countries. Whilst still a student at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Jonathan was appointed Principal Flute of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra at age twenty-four. He has appeared as a guest principal flute with the Turku Philharmonic and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras (Finland), and has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra and MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. Orchestral engagements and recitals have seen him perform at the Lucerne Festival, Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, Audi Sommerkonzerte and BBC Proms. As concerto soloist, Jonathan gave the world premiere of a new flute concerto composed for him by Australian Composer Lisa Cheney, commissioned by the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. In Australia, Jonathan has performed as guest artist at the Craven Creek and Brisbane Music Festivals. In 2020 Jonathan was appointed as flute soloist with one of Australia's most celebrated chamber ensembles, the Southern Cross Soloists, after appearing regularly with the group as Associate Artist in their 2019 QPAC Subscription Series. Jonathan completed his early musical training at the Queensland Conservatorium (Australia), followed by further performance studies at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany) and the Haute École de Musique Genève (Switzerland).
Joel Woods is an accomplished and versatile Brisbane musician. He has experience working as a soloist and in various ensemble and orchestral settings across a wide variety of genres including classical, jazz, bluegrass, tango and popular music.
As a plucked strings specialist, Joel has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Enoggera Ensemble, Riverside Guitar Ensemble.
Woods is the Musical Director with Mandolins In Brisbane and is an in-demand performer, educator, examiner and composer.