Selected movements from the Bach cello suites provide a powerful narrative structure for a series of dramatic vignettes; these glimpses into the life of aspiring musician, Dulcie Vivo, begin as she returns from study in Europe to take up residence in a bed-sit above an inner Melbourne shop. Starring cellist, Josie Vains and actor, Leah Filley - with supporting artists (voice only), Julie Nihill and Julie Houghton - Suite Life, devised by the artistic director of Cook & Co., Janis Cook, is the second installment of the critically acclaimed Connections chamber music fusion trilogy.
Connection 2: Suite Life will premiere at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, July 25, Clifton Arts Precinct, 304-314 Church Street Richmond, VIC 3121. Tickets are available online at www.trybooking.com/281899 or call 0428480743: $45/30 or book early for a 20% discount. Street parking is free after 5pm and the venue is easily accessed by tram routes 75 & 78. Stay afterwards to mingle with the performers over complimentary wine and cheese in the gallery.
Josephine Vains is an Australian cellist, chamber musician and educator who has performed on concert stages throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Caribbean. Currently a member of Firebird Trio, Accademia Arcadia, Australia Octet and Kammermusik, she has played with Trio 3.0.3, Freshwater Trio, Melba Quartet and on radio for ABC FM, 3MBS, DRS1 (Switzerland), NDR (Germany) and CBC (Canada). Josephine's love of music permeates her teaching at the VCA Secondary School, University of Melbourne and Monash University. Her musical life also extends to examining, blogging, reviewing and curating concerts. Josephine performs on a Thomas Kennedy Cello, London 1850 and a John Devereaux Cello, Fitzroy 1864. www.josephinevains.com
Leah Filley (EMC) grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a BFA degree majoring in Film and Theater Studies from the University of Melbourne, an MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, New York City and a Graduate Apprenticeship from The CRY HAVOC Company. She was part of a year long tour with National Players, Tour 65, America’s longest running touring company, performing in Macbeth (playing Lady Macbeth’), Comedy of Errors and The Odyssey. Leah has appeared as Miranda in The Tempest at Olney Theatre Centre in Maryland and Goneril in the feature film ofKing Lear. WE ARE ROM3, a short film adaptation of Julius Caesar that she co-wrote with Drew Feldman is complete and has so far been officially selected for four film festivals. Leah is now back in Melbourne and just completed a sold out run of an all-female Julius Caesar.
Janis Cook combines professional performance with a keenness to promote meaningful engagement with music through her teaching, writing and innovative concert programming. She has collaborated with colleagues in many chamber scenarios such as MSO Chamber Players, ABC Sunday Live and her own popular Cook & Co. curations. Janis’ career includes: appearances as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and leading community orchestras, soundtrack recordings for many movies such as Babe, Cosi and The Dish, several years touring as a repetiteur with the Australian Ballet Company, and extensive work with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as principal keyboard artist, including tours to Japan, Europe and Russia and numerous compact discs recordings such as the award winning Simple Gifts.