Hi Emily, thanks for chatting with us ahead of this year’s Foyer Fridays. As the curator for the Autumn/Winter 2021 season you’re also a very talented musician in your own right as well as the Artistic Director at Nexus Arts. Could you tell us a bit about your background as a musician and your role as Artistic Director at Nexus?
Well, that’s very kind of you! I’ve worked as a musician in Adelaide for the past 15 or so years, after studying violin at the Elder Conservatorium. For mostof this time, I was a member of the Zephyr Quartet, and with my dear colleagues there I was lucky to have worked across the country and internationally, making new work with other artists including the Australian Dance Theatre, Brink Productions, Restless Dance Theatre, Leigh Warren and Dancers, and so many more individual musicians, visual artists, writers… it really has been a great ride.
For the past 2 years I’ve had the honour of leading Nexus Arts as Artistic Director, where I work to promote an intercultural understanding of Australian contemporary arts. The cultural diversity of our cultural stages and spaces still does not reflect that of our streets, and so work like this is still deeply essential. Nexus is a really vital, driven organisation, and I’m very proud to lead it.
How did you curate the line-up for 2021 Foyer Fridays?
I’ve had the privilege of working with all these musicians through my various roles across the Adelaide music sector. They represent some our most exciting, unique, and dedicated artists. I have a deep commitment to our artists here in Adelaide, and so the chance to curate a program that will allow them to connect with new audiences has been fantastic.
Can you tell us a little about the line-up and what people can expect each month?
The April to June performances give audiences a taste of the diversity of musical offerings you can find year-round in our city. They are diverse in genre, in tradition, and as a whole offer a strong picture of our creative music landscape. All the artists are brilliant communicators, and so audiences can expect engaging and intimate offerings.
How did the venue influence the artists you chose?
I love the Woodville Town Hall – from the main auditorium, the facade, and of course to the foyer. It’s a beautiful, intimate platform, and so I’ve engaged with artists who are strong communicators with their audiences.
How are platforms like Foyer Fridays important to showcase our local talent?
Adelaide is host to a vibrant community of artists, but artists are nothing without audiences. We exist for our community, and so the opportunity to connect with audiences is essential.
What’s unique about the music scene in Adelaide?
Artists choose to make their home in Adelaide. It’s a very tricky proposition, being a professional artist, and the fact that we have artists who have come from across the country and the world (Lazaro Numa (9 April), for example) and made their professional home here, is testament to the community in this place. I’d like to point people to another organisation I work with – COMA (Creative Original Music Adelaide) – if they would like to get more of a sense of what Adelaide has to offer in a creative music sense. Our COMA community is one of the uniquities I see in this city, and I encourage everyone to check it out and be part of it.
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