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Holli Scott & the Rush Hour Circus (PER) - Perth International Jazz Festival
Sunday 28 May 2.30pm
Inspired by the small flickers of magic hidden in everyday life, Holli Scott & the Rush Hour Circus spin the dark, the soulful, and the magically eclectic into a captivating performance of jazz standards and original music. Predominantly composed and arranged by Perth vocalist and front woman Holli Scott, the music finds its roots firmly in the jazz genre. Drawing from the work of artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone, Holli’s deep and soulful tone brings a commanding presence to the stage. Made up of some of Perth’s finest jazz musicians, allow Holli Scott and the Rush Hour Circus to transport you to another age and another place.
Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a bachelor of jazz music honours in 2015, Holli continues to work from a Perth base, composing works for her quintet in addition to a number of other collaborative projects. She was selected as one of 6 finalists Australia wide for the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship in 2014, shared the stage with renowned artists Vince Jones, James Morrison, Jamie Oehlers and Dave Pietro, and performed internationally in the Jazzit Fest in Italy and Prague. Holli’s vocals recently featured in the main theme soundtrack for international videogame This is the Police, which she co-wrote with local composer and pianist Ben Matthews. Holli also appears on Ben Matthews’ debut album to be released in June this year.
Holli’s original compositions take on a strong emotional lyrical focus, drawing on personal experience and a unique artistic perspective to create melancholic reflections of the everyday. Audiences are drawn to relate to the music through the spinning of words into stories, and stories into haunting and uplifting melodies. Surrounded, supported and inspired by some of Australia’s finest musicians, Holli’s music continues to grow and evolve organically.
HOLLI SCOTT & THE RUSH HOUR CIRCUS (PER) comprises:
- Holli Scott – vocals
- Jamie Oehlers – saxophone
- Pete Evans – drums
- Zac Grafton – bass
- Ben Matthews – piano