Shamisen star Noriko Tadano on culture, music, mentors

Japanese musician Noriko Tadano has carved out a niche for herself in the Australian music scene. She has a rare talent coupled with charm and professionalism which has seen her…

Piano woman Emma Knights makes sweet music, creates community

Emma Knights is proudly South Australian. The Adelaide-based freelance musician and founder of Emma Knights Productions has been in business for nearly a decade during which she has established connections…

Project manager to professional musician – Josh Morphett on meaningful career choices

Adelaide-based musician Josh Morphett is no stranger to hard work. Having studied piano and guitar since he was six and singing in his teens, he realised that singing didn’t come…

2022 UMBRELLA FESTIVAL OPENS TONIGHT

Adelaide is truly the City of Music and will be hosting Music SA’s Umbrella Festival from Friday 1 July until Sunday 31 July. Starting today, over 200 live music events…

Musings on art: passing time with Waldo

When I have been reading Emerson, I see a deeper beauty in many things. The voices of the past offer refreshing insight that is seldom celebrated in modern life, and…

Immeasurable imaginations: learning through play

I often read children’s books so that I never lose my childlike imagination, that fertile ground from which robust flora blooms. Witnessing a child’s cognitive development is, personally, one of…

Taming the tormented artist

The choice to pursue a creative career is noble, yet daunting, and talent alone is no guarantee of success. Driven by passion, resilience, and creative effort one traverses a non-linear…

Who am I: a quest for artistic identity

When considering how to express oneself in any creative domain, it is natural to seek the opinion of others. Artists need mentors, and external validation may provide encouragement in competitive…

Creative Authenticity: finding poetry and beauty in the everyday

I’ve recently revisited a book that I read last year while in lockdown, it was as uplifting then as it is now. Creative Authenticity was written by painter Ian Roberts…

Priceless time: how do you spend it?

Time. You never seem to have enough of it yet there’s so much you’d like to be doing with it. We each get the same number of hours in a…

Review: A Box of Memories A Musical

The Jade staged an ambitious and intriguing new Australian work by father-daughter creative team Erin McKellar and Duncan McKellar. Their small-scale one-act musical A Box of Memories aims to bring…

Review: A Grand Night For Singing

The first show by Exeunt (Pursued by a Bear) Productions, A Grand Night For Singing is a revue showcasing the Golden-Age repertoire of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. First produced…

Review: Live On The Heysen Trail

Born out of a hike on the southern end of South Australia’s longest hiking trek, Live on the Heysen Trail is a celebration of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s spectacular landscapes accompanied…

Review: SeaStar Rock

The Box at the Garden of Unearthly Delights was packed with eager children ready to dance the afternoon away with the cast of SeaStar Rock, a children’s entertainment group who…

Review: San Ureshi and Friends

The Nexus Arts stage was graced by the talents of San Ureshi and some of Adelaide’s finest session musicians in the trio’s first official concert endearingly titled San Ureshi and…

Review: Millicent Sarre is Opinionated

The sophomore offering following her award-winning Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, Millicent Sarre is Opinionated showcases the emerging cabaret star at her best and boldest, tackling a rich array…

Review: Arcadia Bohemian

The Octagon at Gluttony transformed into a desert wonderland through Cocktail Creative’s latest offering Arcadia Bohemian. Producer Renee Auciello is well known for providing immersive experiences with energetic dance numbers…

Review: Shreklesque

Bring together the spirit of Dita Von Teese, Ru Paul’s Drag Race and a beloved cast of fairy tale creatures from an iconic 2001 Dreamworks film, and what do you…

Review: Electric Dreams – ‘Anthropocene in C Major’

Evolving over 45 minutes, Anthropocene in C Major is an audiovisual map of the past 12000 years of climate change led by Portugal-based composer Jamie Perera. Presented live in the…

Review: Death Whistle – music for solo piccolo

A champion of new music in South Australia, flautist Melanie Walters presents a diverse concert of living composers, showcasing her adept command of the so-called ‘Death Whistle’. Describing the repertoire…

The art of doing it: multifaceted Mitre Khammash on producing, improvisation and forging ahead

Working across film, theatre and music, emerging producer Mitre Khammash has amassed credits across these mediums over the past decade. A graduate of AC Arts (studying screen and media) and…

Wickedly Good collaborations: Caitlin Ellen Moore on connections and storytelling

The ‘head storyteller’ of Wickedly Good Productions, Caitlin Ellen Moore has built a steady profile as a producer and media presenter, championing projects with a strong social justice and advocacy…

Ben Francis on arts advocacy; The 60 Four set for South Australian tour

Ben Francis is a South Australian performer, producer, and director of The 60 Four, an all-male vocal group aged between 21 and 24 years. Over 40 songs will be performed…

Artist Callout! Stories wanted

In two weeks time, the biggest Arts Festival in Australia will return! Once again The Serenade Files has received media accreditation to review shows and interview the wonderful artists who…

Nexus Arts announces the return of Interplay in 2022!

Nexus Arts is inviting contemporary musicians from culturally diverse and First Nations backgrounds to apply to take part in a career development and performance program, bringing together artistic and music…

Bortier Okoe’s upcoming uplifting single ‘Nokomba’

With a smile on his face, striking attire, and djembe at hand, composer, master drummer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, Bortier Okoe delivers a message of hope this summer through his new single…

Uke n play along with Ukulele Dream Girl

Phi Theodoros, the Ukulele Dream Girl, is excited to bring her show Self Isolation Songbook to the stage at Diverse City for one night only as part of the Feast…

OzAsia’s Somewhere, Everywhere, Nowhere Explores the Ghosts in our Machines

A brief in-person interaction between Somewhere, Everywhere, Nowhere’s Alison Currie and Yui Kawaguchi three years ago has since, through the wonder of technology, morphed into a long-distance artistic collaboration. At…

Biophilia: Call To The Wild at The Mill Artist Feature

For multidisciplinary designer, educator, and former long-time The Mill resident Robyn Wood, the 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns unlocked a greater appreciation for our city’s urban oases, the Park Lands, and, by…

Is there a bright side to adversity?

In the midst of calamity, it can be difficult to make sense of one’s feelings and the situation they face. As negative situations take their natural course a human being…