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Program for Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2011 launch party - huge afternoon of free events. Bring the family and join in the mass jam session as the opener of what is set to be a wonderful ten days for music-lovers young and old.
- Opening Celebration Concert Federation Square - 4 June 2011 – Free
Melbourne International Jazz Festival and The Light in Winter invite all of Melbourne to Federation Square for an unmissable celebration of jazz that will have everyone dancing into the twilight, rain, hail or shine!
The Big Jam – a mass jam session, will kick off the afternoon followed by the Opening Celebration Concert featuring Chiri (KOR/AUS) – starring vocalist Bae Il Dong – and the Cairo Club Orchestra (AUS). There will also be a special sneak peak performance by the legendary, the notorious, the groundbreaking ‘tone scientists’, the Sun Ra Arkestra (USA), making their Australian premiere performance on the eve of their sold-out Festival shows.
Jazz Festival Melbourne 2011 further events
2PM TO 3PM THE BIG JAM
Thousands attended The Big Jam in 2010, and once again, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival invites all of Melbourne to tap into its creative spark in a one-hour event for all ages that’s exhilarating, tuneful, and above all else, fun.
Join Rusty Berther (Scared Weird Little Guys), Mal Webb (vocal contortionist, multi-instrumentalist, national treasure), Gillian Howell (MSO Jams) and the Australian Art Orchestra, led by Paul Grabowsky, as they take thousands of kids and families on a journey through jazz that’s full of games, laughter, and one very big riff.
So bring your clarinet, your kazoo, your voice or your violin, and create a jubilant cacophony where YOU are the star! The Big Jam is an unforgettable experience, whether you’re a beginner, a past virtuoso or just curious to discover what all the noise is about.
3PM TO 5PM OPENING CELEBRATION CONCERT
Be sure to bring your dancing shoes as Melbourne’s own sultans of debonair, the Cairo Club Orchestra, serenade in the evening’s spectacular lineup of headline artists, including the awe-inspiring Chiri, which features internationally renowned Korean p’ansori singer Bae Il Dong performing with Australian improvising treasures drummer Simon Barker and trumpeter Scott Tinkler, followed by the Sun Ra Arkestra. If you don’t have tickets, this will be the only chance to see the Sun Ra Arkestra as their three Melbourne performances have sold out.
Bring the kids and the whole family to experience a taste of what the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has to offer in 2011 – it’s a free feast for your ears!
Melbourne International Jazz Festival presents FREE concerts daily at midday and 5pm at Federation Square each day of the festival, and invites Melbourne to begin their day with free Sonic Showers (best described as “vocal tai chi”) at 8.30am at Federation Square.
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