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Music Blog 3 – Featuring the Soiree and Ainslee Wills Musician Profile

SOIREE
On Thursday 23 April we had our first after school soiree. There was a lovely mix of both senior and junior students, performing a variety of instruments and musical styles. For some it was their debut performance while others chose to collaborate with friends. It was the first performance of our junior brass ensemble and they blew us away!

MUSICIAN PROFILE


AINSLIE WILLS
Preshil is extremely lucky to have the very talented musician/songwriter Ainslie Wills teaching our students. She has enjoyed a long career teaching and mentoring young musicians and is now being discovered by others for her beautiful music.

Ainslie has been accruing an earnest following amongst the Australian and international music scenes since the release of her Australian Music Prize and Melbourne Music Prize nominated LP ‘You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine’ in 2013. Her brand of progressive pop is edging its way closer to the fore, showing that Ainslie is an artist with integrity and longevity.

For most of 2014 Ainslie and guitarist and co–songwriter Lawrence Folvig (also a Preshil instrumental teacher) have been working on new material.

Upon meeting Brisbane-based producer extraordinaire Matt Redlich (Holy Holy, Emma Louise, Trouble with Templeton) after an AW show at Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge in 2013, a mutual musical connection was acknowledged and embraced by the trio and collaboration on the new material began.

Redlich’s studio – Grandma’s Place – is set amongst an industrial backdrop, a stark contrast to the confines of Grandma’s Place which is relaxed, inspired and very much conducive to the act of creativity.

Over the summer of 2014 the tracking of the first song ‘Drive’ began; Lawrence (guitar/bass) and Aaron Light (drums) bringing the right amount of pep to the rhythm section whilst Ainslie’s vocals beam front and centre.

Drive will form part of a forthcoming four track EP entitled ‘Oh the Gold’ to be released in 2015. Ainslie has a few performances coming up in May so why not support her and go along to hear her. Details of her performances are below.

PRACTICE TIPS
Concentrate – This week’s practice tip encourages you to concentrate. It seems obvious but if you really concentrate and focus while you practise everything is much easier and more productive! A short concentrated practice is more beneficial than practise without concentration. Go on, give it a try!

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
Music Keys – This fabulous free app teaches you how to recognise piano keys as well as how to play popular songs. If you have ever wanted to give the piano a try then this is a great app for you!

PRESHIL TEACHERS’ GIG GUIDE
Catherine Wood (Piano/Keyboard)
Strictly Ballroom (Music Theatre)
Her Majesties Theatre, Melbourne

Ainslie Wills (Voice)
Tuesday 5 May 8.00pm
Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood

Ainslie Wills (Voice)
Tuesday 12 May 8.00pm
Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood

Ainslie Wills (Voice)
Tuesday 19 May 8.00pm
Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood

Ainslie Wills (Voice)
Tuesday 26 May 8.00pm
Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood

GIG GUIDE FOR ALL AGES
MSO Beethoven 1808 Vienna Concert (Classical)
Saturday 2 May 8.00pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre

MSO Beethoven Symphony No. 7(Classical)
Friday 22 May 8.00pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre

MSO Beethoven Symphony No. 7 (Classical)
Saturday 23 May 8.00pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre

MSO Beethoven Symphony No. 7(Classical)
Monday 25 May 8.00pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre