Gordon Koang goes stay

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He additionally recorded an album final yr, though he hasn’t seen a lot in the way in which of income. However don’t attempt to stress about this facet of issues.

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“Music is part of life. Should you put cash into your thoughts, music might be misplaced typically.

His document label inspired him to depend on Zoom to advertise the album, however he discovered the video conferencing app irritating, not simply because he wanted somebody to assist him set up it each time.

“You do not know if individuals can see you. They do not name, they do not shout. In the event that they dance in your home, you do not know. They’re bored once you play your music.

“However when individuals collect in an viewers … you hear them. They are saying, ‘Oh, Gordon, play one other one! Play once more! Then you already know they prefer it. ”

Returning to rehearsals this week, for Friday’s efficiency on the Melbourne Worldwide Jazz Competition, was his first time on stage in a number of months – a gorgeous encounter after a 2019 that introduced sold-out Australian exhibits, Meredith and Strawberry Fields, and the Levi’s Music Award at BIGSOUND! (this yr he’s nominated for the Amplify Music Victoria Award).

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He has an hour and he has to work as laborious as he can on the set: three songs in English, two in Arabic, 5 in his mom tongue Nuer from the Nile Valley, the place he grew up.

The truncated and centered Melbourne Worldwide Jazz Competition has over 70 stay performances and occasions from now till Sunday. Inventive director Michael Tortoni says “the good Louis Armstrong has stated that ‘music is life itself’ and I am so excited that Melbourne is coming again to life.”

Gordon Koang’s music and merchandise might be discovered on his Bandcamp web page. It opens Friday, December 3, at 5pm, at Footscray Evening Market. Discover and e-book jazz pageant exhibits at melbournejazz.com

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