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Fig Night 22 September 2017


Adam Miller
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Miriam Lieberman duo
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Jeff Duff band
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Australian Fingerstyle Champion (2002), Miller has played an array of International & National festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Australian Blues Festival, A Day On The Green, Jazz In The Vines, and the Woodstock, Melbourne, and Adelaide International Guitar Festivals. He is a regular artist at NAMM (Los Angeles & Nashville) and Musikmesse (Germany) shows where he plays for some of the world's most respected guitar companies and luthiers. He has also done two tours to Afghanistan performing for the Australian & Allied Forces.

Miller has featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Premier Guitar, Acoustic UK, Australian Guitar, and Australian Musician. In 2013 his album "Delayed" was named in the top 10 Albums of 2012 by the US Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He was also named on of the top 25 Future Legends in Australian Guitar Magazine. In 2010 Miller was named "Guitarist Deserving Wider Recognition" by US based magazine, Guitar International.

Adam juggles his time between international travels & Australia where he lectures in Jazz and Contemporary Guitar at the University Of Newcastle.

'it takes an impossibly gifted player to improvise independent melodies, harmonies, and bass lines all at the same time - while maintaining an impeccable groove. Australia's Adam Miller is one such rare phenomenon' - Premier Guitar Magazine

'Approaching his guitar as if each of its six strings were a separate instrument, fingerstyle guitarist Adam Miller is a groove machine, creating a sound that invites comparisons to Tuck Andress and Charile Hunter' - Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

It's this talent that has seen him play with Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Matt Schofield, Charlie Hunter, Adam Levy, Tony McManus, Jim Black & Ben Gillies (Silverchair)

adammiller.com.au

'Miriam has a knack for giving her songs a feeling of significance, even while they float with effervescent pop pleasure. Wikipedia's explanation of world music includes a cited description as "someone else's local music"'. In Lieberman's case, it's ours. - 4 stars - THE AGE 2014

Miriam will be performing songs from her new album Full Circle - A work that Rhythms magazine described as " A thing of intoxicating beauty " (Nov 2016 ) alongside violinist/ vocalist Susie Bishop (chaika/ Hinterland) who adds soaring string arrangements and warm vocal harmonies.

Having spent long periods of time studying with greats in West Africa, Miriam writes and performs mostly on kora - 21 stringed African harp, to which she brings her own contemporary sensibilities and powerful, unmistakable voice.

Miriam's lyrics carry a feminine perspective reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and then infused with rhythms of West Africa. The lush vocal harmonies and strings of the trio open out the music to a soaring beautiful soundscape.

Miriam's previous album 'Birds Of The Moon' (Nov 2014) was Album Of The Week on ABC RN, had rave reviews and was nominated for an Australian Independent Music Award .

Miriam has toured extensively with her trio around Australia and performed at festivals and events internationally including Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, Japan, Mali and Guinea. "

Her songs are beautifully melodic, richly textured but can have pointed themes. Simply brilliant" - 4 stars. " The Age

miriamlieberman.com.au

In a flamboyant & often controversial music career Jeff  has released twenty-seven albums including a recent album with members of legendary British rock band Deep Purple. 

When Duffo took refuge in England in the eighties, he quickly established himself in the UK & became the darling of London's new wave movement during the eighties staying one step ahead of his peers with his flamboyant performances. The exhibitionism & visual assault so integral to British punk culture could have been a sequence from Duffo's own fertile imagination. 

'Duffo returned to Australia in the late eighties to re-introduce his powerful voice & unique style to the local scene. His recording & accompanying video of Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wildside' helped re-establish his career in oz & has become an Australian classic. 

Jeff's leading role in the Sc-Fi movie 'Sons of Steel' also won many plaudits for his comical portrayal of  'Secta', a space-age scientist . The movie has become a cult classic & is still being screened at major Film Festivals.A theatrical extravaganza called 'Ground control to Frank Sinatra' which Jeff created & starred in, fused the music of Bowie with the music of Sinatra, became a huge hit with fans, selling out a season at the Opera House studio in 2005.Jeff's recent lead role in 'Genius', the Ray Charles gospel show staged in Melbourne was acclaimed by critics.

Jeff's longtme admiration of David Bowie led him to staging the first 'Ziggy' show in Australia in the 90's. That saw the launch of the album 'Fragile Spaceman'.

“Sinatra, Presley, Jagger, Popeye and now Duffo” – Andy Warhol 1980
“It’s Bowie meets Lou Reed meets Roy Orbison meets Grand Opera” – Bear Magazine
“I don’t think it’s overstating the case to say that, had Jeff Duff hailed from a country in the top half of the world, he could now be as acknowledged and acclaimed as David Bowie or Lou Reed or Iggy Pop” – Glenn A. Baker, rock historian
“Jeff Duff is one of the most innovative and unique performers in this country” – Drum Media
“Jeff Duff is the blackest sounding white singer I have ever heard” – Alphonso Johnson, legendary bass player (Weather Report)

jeffduff.com

 
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