NGV Friday Nights returns this winter with exclusive late night access to MoMA at NGV. Featuring a line-up of international and home-grown acts presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, experience art, music and dining inspired by the city that never sleeps.
Chris McNulty owes much of her success to New York, the city she called home for several decades, and where she released eight critically acclaimed albums, performing and recording with a list of who’s who in jazz. Following her ground-breaking release Eternal, a chamber ensemble collaboration with Australian orchestrator, Steve Newcomb, Chris relocated back to Australia in early 2016 and toured her Eternal Chamber Ensemble project Australia-wide including performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Perth International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival and Stonnington Jazz Festival. If you’re looking for a taste of NYC jazz, no other vocalist in Australia with McNulty’s experience comes close. As Peter Quinn from Jazz Wise wrote: ‘Her liquid phrasing and luminous tone underscores a voice of serene beauty, striking veracity and compelling emotional fervency’. McNulty weaves her magic on songs as diverse as Jitterbug Waltz and How Are Things in Glocca Morra. Swings with the best of them on How Little We Know and mesmerises audiences with her trance-like renditions of tunes such as Meaning of the Blues. A rare and not to be missed performance, Chris McNulty will be joined by a stellar trio featuring Chris’ close colleague, awarding winning, drummer extraordinaire, Daniel Susnjar.
SIMONE FORTI, HUDDLE
Simone Forti’s seminal performance piece Huddle, 1961, will be performed three times between 7.30–8.30pm as part of NGV Friday Nights. Forti was a key figure of New York’s 1960s Judson Dance Theater, and helped pioneer a new movement language that favoured the commonplace over the virtuosic. First performed in 1961 as part of a larger series of Dance Constructions in Yoko Ono’s downtown loft, Forti’s Huddle foreshadows the sense of presence and the relationship between viewer and artwork that would characterise Minimalist sculpture.
Huddle will be performed by Dance and Theatre students from the Victorian College of the Arts at The University of Melbourne.