The Artists

Su Hart

Su Hart is a vocalist and musician in the band Baka Beyond. 
Baka Beyond was conceived in 1992 by British musicians Martin Cradick and Su Hart after a 6 week visit to the Baka Forest People deep in the heart of the Cameroon rainforest. They were struck by the Baka’s generosity of spirit and joy of life in hard circumstances which is reflected in their music. Martin and Su wanted to bring the spirit of this music back home. Baka Beyond have a unique relationship with their inspiration – the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon – sending royalties to help their development projects, and even touring with Baka musicians.
Martin and Su set up the charity Global Music Exchange (GME), named "One Heart" by the Baka Women in 1995. GME makes sure that any royalties due to Baka musicians either goes direct to them, or is used in projects that they have control of. (from www.bakabeyond.net)
Su founded the Walcot State Choir in Bath, UK, in 2000. The Choir sing ancient to modern, African to Hebridean, Balkan to British and anything between including pieces specially commissioned for them. She is a renowned teacher and choir leader, and we are thrilled that she will be sharing her vast knowledge with us. 
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew Legg

Assoc. Prof. Andrew Legg is an internationally recognised musician and researcher, currently director of University of Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music.  He is examining the effects and impact of African American gospel and sacred music on the development of Australian music and culture, and is director of the ARIA-nominated community choir, Southern Gospel Choir.
Andrew is a multi-award winning pianist and composer. He has several ARIA nominations and recording and writing credits with Grammy Award-winning artists Myron Butler, Jamar Jones, Khristian Dentley and the Potter's House choir. He is a gifted performer within the African American gospel tradition, which opened the doors of the African American gospel church community to him. 
'In African American culture, people connect through music. It is intergenerational and eternal, transmitting cultural values and stories from the past to the present. It unites people, reinforcing a sense of belonging to something bigger and more important than the individual. They 'sing' their theology, their 'story'. Know their music, and you begin to know something of them.'
(from www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/music/andrew-legg)
 
 
 
 
 
Parissa Bouas
Parissa Bouas is a multi award winning, internationally renowned Greek Australian chanteuse, known for her work with Carl Cleves in The Hottentots, and in The Bella Fontes, who celebrate the radiant sounds of this bygone-but-not-forgotten era with a cabaret cocktail of Calypsonian music, gorgeous harmonies, infectious dance moves and hilarious enthusiasm. Parissa's eclectic vocal styling’s lean towards the jazzy sounds of Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux and are supported by rich and quirky arrangements, which draw on elements of vintage Jazz, Latin, Pop and Manouche.
Parissa is a highly regarded choir teacher, specialising in big event choirs. In 2012 she composed and conducted the 300  voice, Fairbridge Festival Finale Choir, WA, to celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary. In 2009, Parissa led the National Folk Festival Choir, singing songs from Latin America. In 2000 she conducted the 700 voice Woodford Folk Festival Millenium Fire Event Choir, and composed the anthemic 'Put Your Hand in Mine', which was beamed via satellite around the world to 1.6 billion people.
 
 
 
 
 
Geoffrey Williams
A world renowned, warm and engaging electro-acoustic soul artist Geoffrey Williams is one man, a loop pedal, a guitar and a whole lot of soul. Think Marvin Gaye meets Joni Mitchell in a UK suburb over a pot of Caribbean rice and peas!
As a songwriter, he has written for the likes of Michael Jackson and Dusty Springfield, & released 5 albums on major labels including Atlantic & EMI. Geoffrey has 25+ years experience as a performer playing Wembley Arena (UK) and Montreux Jazz Festival ’95 and recent festivals include Woodford Folk Festival 2010/11, Gorgeous Voices 2010 and The Boite Singers’ festival 2010/11 where he also ran Soul Voices workshops. Geoffrey's talent as a songwriter was experienced by The Boite in the many songs penned as Artistic Director of the 2016 Boite Millennium Chorus Windrush, a story of migration experienced by the Williams' family from the Caribbean to the UK during the turbulent WIndrush years. 
He is a Contemporary Voice tutor at Ballarat Grammar and St Patricks College, Ballarat, and teaches songwriting at Victorian College of the Arts (since 2008), and has a Masters in Modern Music Education and Creativity. (from mrgeoffreywilliams.com)

 
 
 
 
 

Jane Thompson and James Rigby

Jane and James are highly respected singing facilitators, sought-after Australia-wide for their warm, inviting style and exceptional skills in getting a group of people singing, laughing, and making gorgeous harmony in minutes.  They have a huge repertoire of songs to share, and specialise in arranging contemporary Australian songs of depth and meaning, for choirs.  They regularly lead festival choirs and singing workshops all over the country, and in 2014 were Artistic Directors of the Boite Millennium Chorus ‘Gurrong’, featuring Archie Roach and Shane Howard.

Expect to have a great sing, and go home feeling uplifted, with warmth in your soul and a smile in your heart!

 

 

 

Co-cheòl 
With their spine tingling harmonies and playful humour, Co-cheòl has that rare ability to evoke the gamut of emotions from laughter to tears. They will take you on a journey to the lands of the Celts and beyond. This multi-award winning quartet have just released their debut album Stay a While to critical acclaim. Co-cheòl are Claire Patti, Merrily and Ginger Hansen.

 

 

 

 

Dan Greig 
Dan Greig (pronounced 'Greg') grew up singing 6 days a week in a cathedral choir in Melbourne. Since then he has been in a variety of bands from funk and soul to Brazilian music. Dan established the 'Carpark Choir' in Melbourne, specialising in spontaneity and improvisation. He has now moved on to other new and exciting projects. Dan loves teaching choirs with rhythm and movement!