London-based vocalist Briana Cowlishaw to kick off the Wollongong Conservatorium’s 2016 Jazz series

London-based vocalist Briana Cowlishaw will kick off the Wollongong Conservatorium’s 2016 Jazz series on Tuesday 9 February.  She is on tour with promoting her newly released album Fjord that was recorded in Norway with pianist Gavin Ahearn.

Cowlishaw is originally from Sydney, where she established herself as one of Australia’s leading jazz artists as a finalist in the National Jazz Festival in Wangaratta in 2012 as well as a Australian Bell Award Nomination for best vocal jazz album for her debut recording “Paper Mache City” in the same year.  Since that time she has gone on to perform in major jazz festivals throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia.  Briana is now based in London, composing music for her new commercial pop project.

Sydney- based pianist Gavin Ahearn collaborated with Cowlishaw on the Fjord album, which features a collection of new compositions as well as new arrangements of pop and jazz standards.  The two have been performing together in numerous projects as they have been touring over the past 5 years.  For their Wollongong performance, the pair will perform an intimate set with just voice and piano and then be joined in the second set by local musicians Harry Birch on bass and Clint Corbin on drums.

“Brianna is one of the most interesting and innovative vocalists in Australia.  I have talked to her numerous times over the years about performing here, but we have not been able to lock it in.  I’m really excited that we could work it out this year and think that our venue is the perfect setting for this particular presentation.” Says Eric Dunan, director or the Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Program.

For more information contact Eric Dunan 0423 809 316 / ericd@wollcon.com.au

Who: Briana Cowlishaw and Gavin Ahearn ‘Fjord’ album release tour.
What: Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Series 2016
When: 7pm Tuesday 9 February
Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium, Glennifer Brae
Tickets: $17 general, $13 concession, $10 Student online or $20, 15, 10 at the door.
Web: www.wollongongjazz.com or www.wollcon.com.au