Naomi Crellin

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Regional/Rural Performance Outreach

The Idea of North notices a significant shift when they perform in Australia’s more remote areas. Rural audiences appreciate and benefit from live music so deeply, and receive it so rarely. Together, we can change that.

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As a part of our national touring schedule, The Idea of North aims to visit more of Australia’s outlying communities to share the gift of song. Vocal music connects with people from all walks of life, and can affect audiences so deeply and positively. The group has experienced the joy and appreciation from audience members in some of the country’s most remote locations, and feels strongly about providing more opportunities for people living a long way from capital cities to experience culture, music and connection through song.

The Idea of North plans to run a community singing workshop attached to each performance event to involve the local people more viscerally in the transformative power of music. This project will take place within the group’s 2020 touring schedule, attached to their larger city engagements (just pop out to Mt Isa while we’re in Brisbane, etc).

Join us in providing those with little or no access to music an experience that would usually be reserved only for their more urban peers.

The transformative powers of music are well-known, so we won’t bang on about them here. What we will bang on about is accessibility. So many Australians who would benefit greatly from hearing and participating in quality musical events are too far away from the larger cities and towns to be able to experience them. Help us bring the culture to the country, and give our regional and rural peers a musical boost like no other.

Our aim is to inspire people with low access to music to continue to seek it in their communities: to form or join a local singing group, to attend local arts and culture events, to connect with their neighbours through the joy of making or appreciating how music bonds humans together.

Donations will be used to facilitate transport and accommodation out to these remote areas, to subsidise ticket prices to keep them within the realms of affordability, and to pay for costs associated with running a live music event, such as venue and staff hire, performers’ fees, insurance, equipment hire, and so on.

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The Idea of North is a vocal group, serious about their music without taking themselves too seriously. The members of The Idea of North (TION) have studied in some of Australia’s foremost music schools – the Elder Conservatorium attached to Adelaide University, the Victorian College of the Arts, and the Canberra School of Music attached to the ANU. TION became a full time, professional ensemble in 1998.

TION has developed an enviable reputation, and has been described by James Morrison, another great icon of the Australian Jazz scene, as ‘the best contemporary vocal quartet in Australia’. With two ARIA awards under their collective belt, a significant local and international fan base, and a wonderful back-catalogue of over 15 albums, TION has sustained a career in Australia against many odds. In recent years, the group has expanded their focus to include a larger emphasis on education to invest in the next generation of vocalists and vocal ensembles in Australia.

In 2015, the group met and fell musically in love with Kai Kitamura, vocal percussionist extraordinaire from Japan. Kai is now a full-time member of the group, however his home base is still in Tokyo, which is something TION is trying very hard to change.

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