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Noonan and Schaupp excel once more

Some musical collaborations are so wonderfully exquisite, they are worth revisiting and reinventing over and over again.The Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp collaboration is one such union and thank heavens for that.

27 Jun 2017

By Chris Johnson

Some musical collaborations are so wonderfully exquisite, they are worth revisiting and reinventing over and over again.

The Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp collaboration is one such union and thank heavens for that.

In 2011, the two Queenslanders who each enjoy spectacular but separate musical careers, shared the stage across Australia with their performances of Songs from the British Isles, for which they also recorded an eight-track EP.

The shows were as were sold out as they were stunning.

The following year came a full-length album from the duo titled Songs of the Southern Skies featuring their interpretations of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best known classical, folk, jazz and pop songs.

They were joined on that offering by guest artists of the calibre of Icehouse’s Iva Davies; Gurrumul; the Living End’s Chris Cheney; Clare Bowditch and others.

The album received two ARIA awards and was accompanied by two national tours.

Now, the Noonan-Schaupp venture continues with Songs of the Latin Skies and is a beautiful journey through the great South American songbook.

Australia got to know Noonan when she emerged as the mesmerising songstress fronting indie-pop band George, before she continued sharing her incredible voice in other jazz, pop and classical trips.

Schaupp is a classical guitarist of outstanding ability and international acclaim – and provides the most compelling of instrumental accompaniment to Noonan’s voice. Schaupp also performs a solo guitar medley.

On stage, the two are captivating. They are engaging and sublime.

The new album is being supported by a current national tour (I had the pleasure of seeing them at Canberra’s intimate Street Theatre); delighting audiences with original arrangements of both well-known and obscure Latin American music.

The arrangements are from their mates – some of Australia’s most accomplished musicians such as Richard Charlton and Doug de Vries.

The 13 tracks cross from the ancient and traditional to the modern and popular and visit Brazil, Argentina, Peru and more.

Desafinado, Wave, Canta Mais, Seguranca, La Muerte del Angel and all of the tracks chosen for this work have never before sounded like this.

These songs are simply gorgeous the way these two incredibly talented musicians perform them.

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp were meant to perform and record together.

On stage or on record, this is superb music.

 


Published: 27 Jun 2017