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Rocks pop up creative development space

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FeluccaFollowing on from a year of creative development residencies and performances on Cockatoo Island, places + spaces moves to a pop up space in the Rocks.

The aim is to provide an affordable space, for trying out new ideas, putting on a performance or a workshop.  It is open to all creators of new Australian music.

Some of the exciting new projects from 2011 moved from creation, through to performances at the Sydney Festival and later this year the Darling Harbour Jazz festival and others.

A performance program will take place in May and June as part of the Rocks partnership with the Vivid Festival.  There are opportunities to perform at 47 George Street during this Festival.

For more information please visit the website www.placesandspaces.com.au

Artists such as Felucca and Simon Barker are presenting workshops and performances this week.  More info here.

The Cockatoo Calling site closes at the end of April, but in the meantime you can catch Tony Gorman's Monday Club in residency and performance.  More info here

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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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August 10, 2014

Liminal Jex Saarelaht Trio

in CD Reviews Victoria Posted by Joanne Kee
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in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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Aspirations by Tom Barton

in CD Reviews New South Wales Posted by Joanne Kee
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2014 Art Music Awards Nominations for jazz

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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Freedman Jazz Fellowships announced

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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