The Art of Music Live is an amazing initiative that sees some excellent local and international musicians and artists coming together and collaborating for a good cause. The series is to support the Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy charity, who have a purpose-built centre and outreach clinics where music acts as an agent for change and healing and helps its participants develop their full potential as human beings. The series takes in an exhibition where famous songs are reinterpreted as artworks as well as a live music concert.

This year, the audience attending the Art of Music Live will be treated to a cocktail party with a cast that boasts no less than Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Steve Balbi, Kitty Flanagan, Ben Quilty and more. The AU Review sat down with Noiseworks’ Steve Balbi to learn more about the Art of Music Live and his upcoming projects with Mi Sex and Noiseworks, as well as his solo album based on the Humans of New York blog.

How did you come to be involved in the Art of Music Live?

Jenny Morris (the musician and organiser) finally asked me, I’ve always wanted to be involved! I have been following with interest both the Art of Music events and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy for many years now, so it was an honour to be asked to join the line-up.

Have you been involved in the Art of Music Live before? If so, do you have a particular highlight or memory you can share with us?

I hear it’s an amazing event, this is my first time.

Why do you think people should support the Art of Music?

It’s an incredible thing to see the music and art worlds join forces on such a creative endeavour. Even just the fact that music is being turned into artwork is pure genius on the part of Jenny Morris. I’m very excited to be part of it.

What can audiences expect from the Art of Music live event?

I’m quite sure the performances will be nothing sort of spectacular. We are performing songs that have been the inspiration behind artwork from Australia’s top contemporary artworks. The Studio is such an intimate setting, plus the audience have a pre-concert cocktail party where they share drinks and canapés with the cast. There is nothing else like it.

Are there other ways people can support Art of Music or Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy?

Nordoff-Robbins is a registered charity and they gladly accept donations.

You released Black Rainbow in 2013. Have you been working on any new music you’d like to tell us about?

I have a new solo album in the works and it is based on a selection of photographs from the Humans of New York blog, it’s a very exciting project. I have also finished the production of a new Noiseworks album and a new band called MOON and also recording new material with Mi Sex… I don’t sleep much.

For Art of Music, a group of artists produce artworks inspired by their favourite musician. How does it feel to have your music interpreted in such a way?

Well to be honest, I have elected to play one of my favourite Australian songs by The Church, a song called “Under The Milky Way”, however I know it would be nothing short of an honour to have the likes of Ben Quilty paint your song through his eyes. Brilliant idea and a beautiful cause, well done, Jenny Morris.


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