songs featured in season 1
- By Your Side
- Bitter Little Yellow Fruit
- Happy (To See Youu)
Alison Avron is a singer, songwriter and piano player. She grew up in rural South Australia and amused herself by singing in community choirs and touring with opera companies.
Once she was old enough to drive and enroll at university she moved to Canberra to study music. However, an institution could not hold down this fiercely independent girl so she dropped out and started writing songs and doing gigs of her own.
Alison eventually found herself living amongst the buzz and grooves of Sydney’s inner-west. She started hanging out and singing with all of Sydney's cool cats: Mahalia Barnes, Elana Stone, Abby Dobson, Monsieur Camembert - even the legendary, Kamahl!
Mostly Alison Avron loves community and music. She combines these two things by hosting gigs at her boutique, New York-style intimate venue, The Newsagency - located in Marrickville, NSW. She is pretty happy to have a venue she can, quite literally, call home. It's the perfect way to perform the songs she writes for her - mostly happy but sometimes sad - feelings.
Slightly manic yet completely loveable, witty and nonchalant you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone like Alison Avron.
Inga is an Australian experimental singer-songwriter. Her musical style is broad and crosses many genres, from electronic to rock, folk, country, and avant garde. Originally from Bellingen on the north coast of New South Wales in Australia, Inga Studied jazz vocals at Southern Cross University, and it wasn't until moving to Sydney that she discovered an aptitude for composing. Her first group 'Helgrind' explored avant-garde rock with co-composer Felicity Fox. This led to solo explorations into electronics and string instruments for her two first albums 'Urchin' and later her critically acclaimed album 'Elk' on the Groovescooter label. She has been given four grants from the Australia Council for the Arts to compose her original music. She has performed and toured as guest singer with numerous groups such as jazz experimental group 'd.i.g' (Directions in Groove) for their album Curveystrasse; with Australian iconic group The Church, for their album El Momento Siguiente; made vocal contributions to "Dust Me Selecta" by Gerling which became a hit song and remixed Gotye's Mixed Blood. Since 1998, Liljestrom has released 5 albums (with a new one almost completed for release in 2013), one DVD and has performed many shows, including sold out performances at The Studio, Sydney Opera House; The Vanguard; 505; Sydney and Adelaide festivals; and also festivals in Europe including Czech Republique, Poland, France and more. Liljestrom toured and composed with the Branch Nebula production 'Paradise City', touring South America and regional Australia. In 2009 she relocated to Paris, France, and recorded 'Black Crow Jane', which resulted in a publishing and record deal with Emergence music, based in France. Her compositions and voice has also contributed to many films and television programs including feature 'Left Ear' by Andrew Wholley; and ABC's Rake series. In the last few years, she has been teaching University students in Europe and Australia as part of Residency programs, creating multi-media shows with art, music and film students.
The songs featured in Season 1 are from a forthcoming collaboration with composer, Michael Lira, and is due for release early 2015.
MICHAEL LIRA is a multi-award winning, Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist, heavily influenced by B-Grade horror films and early cartoon music. He is known for his unique and eclectic style of composition that has found a place as the staple score to numerous circus, burlesque and carnival acts as well as providing a fresh and diverse sound to film and television industries.
His kaleidoscopic brain is behind cult favourite bands, Vicious Hairy Mary, and the ever infamous masters of sci fi /lounge /metal,Darth Vegas. Michael is also a founding member of gypsy band Monsieur Camembert.
His awards include 2 Arias ( Monsieur Camembert) , Screen Music awards for Rake ,Staines Down Drains ,The Einstein Factor, as well as numerous nominations. In 2012 he took out the inaugural ACCTA (formally AFI) award for best music for the critically acclaimed film, The Hunter (starring Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill )
Last year , Michael won the much coveted Tropscore prize at Tropfest as well as winning Best Music For A Documentary at the APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards for his score to "The A-Z Guide of Contemporary Art"
Current feature films being scored in 2014 include :
Vixen Velvet's Zombie Massacre III
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He is currently busy assembling a brand new Darth Vegas Album as well as a hauntingly beautiful new collaboration with chanteuse Inga Lilljestrom , 2 tracks of which feature on her new release Two Dangers.
In his downtime, Michael masquerades as, Judge Shred on Youtube with a series of hilarious and bent "shreds" (re-dubbings) of famous musicians. You can check them out here