Combining cinematic sweep, transportive emotion, and rich melodic grandeur, Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis possesses one of the most unforgettably lyrical voices in modern music. Her deeply-felt, clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own.
Her compositions are featured on her self-titled debut album, released on Little Mystery Records in 2012, and described by jazz critic Peter Hum as “a lucid, unified and deep first offering from an artist who reminds us that jazz has room for straightforward, accessible beauty too.” Her duo album with pianist Luke Howard, “Ten Sails”, was released in 2015 and has been licensed for multiple film projects. Commissioned by Sydney-based baroque/contemporary ensemble Thoroughbass, her suite “Magpie Baby” was subsequently made into a children’s book and CD set, published by Captain Honey in 2014. Nadje was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, and currently plays in numerous big bands including Darcy James Argue’s Grammy-nominated Secret Society, Grammy-nominated Anat Cohen Tentet and the multiple Grammy award winning Maria Schneider Orchestra.
Trained as a classical pianist, Luke worked for many years as a session musician and score writer for both television and film before taking the plunge and releasing his own solo records. Based in Melbourne, Australia, his previous releases have received rave reviews from the likes of BBC 6Music, and The 405. Luke has also worked with Ben Frost and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as well as opening for 2015 Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine at The Great Escape festival in Brighton.
New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” His performances have taken him across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Strings-139 Festival in China, Gharana Music Festival in Nepal, and every state and territory in mainland Australia.