Overview

Two of Australia’s most respected musicians reinterpret some of the great love songs of our time.

In Tryst, Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky deliver achingly soulful renditions of songs that connect on a deep emotional level and have influenced them both. The repertoire is as diverse as love itself: one moment diving into ’60s pop with Cilla Black, then ’80s Aussie rock with the Divinyls, then flirtation with jazz and chanson.

The seed for this close and enduring musical friendship was planted over 20 years ago with a one-off St Valentine’s Day show at the legendary Melbourne venue ‘The Continental’. Revisiting the theme decades later brings with it the impact of love and loss we all endure – experiences that form who we are and how we express ourselves. Kate and Paul lay bare their own emotions in this warm, heartfelt ode to love lost, found and unrequited.

Ceberano’s vocals are raw and heartfelt, and Grabowsky provides inspired spontaneous arrangements so rich in colour you could swear there is a band working behind him. Their musical connection is such that they respond instantaneously to what the other offers, enjoying the interaction that only the bond of so many years brings. Their honesty and connection is palpable. Their tryst is no longer a secret.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Kate Ceberano
As the high priestess of pop and an award-winning jazz singer, Kate Ceberano has lived the rock-star life jazz vocalists dream of. In the wake of her 24 albums, countless awards, TV appearances, festival highlight performances and generally prolific creative output, she stands as the icon emerging artists appeal to for hope, integrity and pride in their work. She is more than a National Treasure, she is a cultural diplomat and carries with her the torch to light a thousand paths for the future of live jazz vocalists everywhere.

Paul Grabowsky
Paul Grabowsky
’s contribution to the Australian musical landscape is vast and deep, though it is difficult to describe his career easily. He has been a director of some of Australia’s most prominent arts festivals, the composer of nearly thirty feature film scores, and several works of music theatre, the founder and leader for nineteen years of the Australian Art Orchestra, an executive at the ABC, and is currently at Monash University, where he heads up the Academy of Performing Arts. Whether as composer, teacher, television personality, mentor or advocate for the role of artistic expression as a defining attribute of contemporary life, for him this is all informed by his work as a pianist, and composer, particularly in the field of jazz, where, according to him, ‘the piano never lies’.

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Pricing Guide

ADMISSION VIP Platinum^ $149 Premium $89 A-Reserve $79 B-Reserve $69

^Includes a Meet & Greet with the artists, glass of house wine or beer plus a signed copy of the Tryst CD.

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