A few weeks ago, I attended a jazz evening at a Perth school. It was a really fun night, showcasing many of the school’s own talented jazz ensembles. To help get the parents on the floor, Shane and Ruth from Swing It came to give a short introductory class of lindyhop. I was surprised and happy to see the dance floor totally crowded with enthusiastic parents, trying to do rock step triple steps 🙂
After the class, Shane and Ruth did a lindyhop performance for all. I took quite a few shots – but it’s surprisingly hard to get a good dynamic lindyhop shot where the dancers and their faces are visible, whilst capturing the energy and motion of the dance.
I took along my Nikon 85mm 1.8 and did not regret it at all – it takes such amazing shots in low light.
To end the night, the school’s soul band took to the stage. I snuck right up in between the stage and the dancers and tried to capture the raw energy of the crowd.
Last night, we had a great evening listening to the singing of The Idea of North. This Australian quartet of extremely talented a cappella singers entertained a packed house at the Music Auditorium at Hale School. In fact, they must have got our kids thumbs up as they hardly fidgeted through the whole concert! This is the 7th year that we’ve seen them perform in Perth, and they just keep on getting better. Their matching tone colour, harmonies, musicality, professionalism and personalities all combine wonderfully – it’s no wonder that they are recognised on a global level as one of THE best a cappella quartets around.
As something different last night, they invited an audience member to go up and “conduct” them by removing parts or changing the tempo – their ability to hold their part even when they’re not singing, or members around them are not singing, is inspiring. I still miss Trish Delaney’s (the previous soprano) amazingly crystal clear pure voice, but it’s good to see Sally Cameron now fitting in more comfortably with the group. I love swing, and loved their vocal swing tunes – oh how I wish they sang even more…
If you are a fan of acappella, singing, swing, jazz or just amazing Australian musicians, you must go and see them. There’s only 2 more gigs left in Perth – tonight at the Fly by Night club, and on Friday night at the Subiaco Arts Centre.
If you did go last night, I looked up some of the things they mentioned between songs.