lena [ lead by Helen Catanchin ] and The Sarah McDonald Quintet [ well.. ] join forces to create a night of jazz flavoured splendour at your favourite Ruckers Hill, Northcote watering hole, Open Studio.
Melbourne group lena is led by vocalist/composer Helen Catanchin, whose compositional themes run the gamut from grief, insomnia, fear and decay, to courage, hope, odes to Spring and of course, love. A highly expressive jazz singer with several scholarships, awards and a Masters in Music Performance to her name, Helen formed lena as an outlet for her most honest, inquiring and genre-elusive works. From a childhood surrounded by European classical music, traditional Russian and Romanian folk and 80s/90s pop, to extensive formal study of jazz and its offshoots, her lifelong passion for music of all kinds has led Helen to a style that is her own.
The Sarah McDonald Quintet
Sarah McDonald evokes cool smoky jazz club atmosphere with expressive mellifluous phrasing contrasting with rhythmic dexterity. She is a singer who has been as influenced by horn players and drummers as she has by the great vocalists. Having delved deeply into music, she draws from the greats of the history of jazz, blues and soul and selects choice standards, along with original, contemporary and more esoteric repertoire that she infuses with a soulful authenticity.
Feeling the need to get some things off her chest lately, she has put together the perfect band to create a sound that can best be described as, "Imagine Julie London rose from the dead and had a zombie love child with Mark Ribot" with a killer line up that includes:
Al Campbell- Guitar
Ron Romero- Tenor Saxophone
Ben Hanlon- Double Bass
Arron McCoullough- Drums
and Sarah McDonald- Voice
It'd be swell to see you there!
There'll be crepes, mulled wine and good vibes.