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Joanna Wallfisch: The Great Cycle

Author/Musician Joanna Wallfisch is making her way down the East Coast of Australia travelling on a push bike from Macksville to MONA (Hobart) on her Great Song Cycle book and music tour. Joanna will be cycling into Moruya on October 7th to perform a house concert and then performing on Wednesday, 9th October 2019 from 7 to 10:30 at the Tathra Hotel talking about her memoir 'The Great Song Cycle' and performing songs from her album 'Far Away From Any Place Called Home' inspired by her 2000km ride from Portland to Los Angeles

RSVP Joanna Wallfisch at Tathra Hotel

Video: Joanna Wallfisch - GARDENS IN MY MIND

VIDEO: Far Away From Any Place Called Home

Joanna Wallfisch is an nternationally acclaimed musician and adventurer described by Downbeat Magazine as "an exquisite singer-songwriter." Her unique musical background shines through in her own compositional style, evoking her classical routes with her love of jazz, art-song, folk and pop, pushing boundaries of genre and stylistic expectations with a musical heritage that is something to behold. Raised by classical musician parents, Australian violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch and London born cellist Raphael Wallfisch, her grandmother Anita Lasker Wallfisch, now 94, survived Auschwitz because she played the cello in the camp’s women's orchestra. Post liberation she became a founding member of the English Chamber Orchestra. Brother Simon is a renowned cellist and opera singer, and eldest brother Benjamin is an Oscar and Grammy nominated film composer. An adventurer at heart, in August 2016 Joanna embarked on a solo concert tour of the West Coast of the USA, by bicycle. Over the course of 1,154 miles she performed 16 solo shows between Portland and Los Angeles carrying her instruments, camping gear, and everything else she needed upon her bike. Alongside Joanna’s musical career she is a passionate educator and takes her songwriting and teaching skills to outreach programs, schools and colleges. In 2016 she travelled to Mumbai to volunteer with charity organisation Songbound, an outreach initiative that brings the transformative power of music to some of India’s poorest and most marginalised children. She has also worked in Los Angeles with non-profit organisation Urban Voices Project, bringing music education and choir to theSkid Row Community. Joanna helped pilot an early childhood program named Family Sing, aimed at the children and parents who are experiencing homelessness. Of this work Joanna says, “bringing music to people in need keeps me grounded and inspires everything I do. It reminds me how powerful music is beyond the concert stage. Music saves lives. It saved my grandmother’s life, and I am compelled to bring my musical skills into a situation that can truly heal and inspire those who need it most, and to help them find a way through their darkest times through singing.” ​International appearances include: National Concert Hall, Dublin | Woodford Folk Festival, MONA, Paris Cat, Australia | London Jazz Festival | Boston Court Arts Performing Centre, LA | Pizza Express, London| Salisbury International Festival, UK | The Sunflower Theatre, CO | National Sawdust, Joe's Pub, Small Jazz Club, NYC | The Blue Whale, LA | Sundance Film Festival | The Edinburgh Fringe Festival | SING! A Capella Arts Festival, Toronto... Purchase a copy of 'The Great Song Cycle' here

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