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Due to overwhelming demand, the MSO has announced a second Dan Sultan x MSO concert on Saturday 13 July.

One of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters, Dan Sultan boasts numerous accolades to his name, including 7 ARIA Awards across 6 categories, NIMA Awards, Top 5 ARIA-charting albums, and an ARIA-certified gold record.

During NAIDOC Week, Sultan will join the MSO to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of his third studio album Blackbird.

Sultan will perform songs from the album and hits from his impressive catalogue. Under conductor Aaron Wyatt, the MSO will perform orchestral arrangements of Sultan’s tracks from Alex Turley, and original, MSO-commissioned artwork will adorn the Hamer Hall auditorium, from Sultan’s long-time collaborator Jarra Karalinar Steel

Sultan says he jumped at the opportunity to reunite with the MSO on this special anniversary, after headlining the Orchestra’s 2023 performance One Song: The Music of Archie Roach.

“I loved the experience of making Blackbird. I spent 2 months in Nashville and worked with an incredible producer in Jacquire King and was able to take my band with me, Pete Marin and Josh Jones. We all had a wonderful time together and made something really special. It was a huge adventure and something I’ll always cherish. To bring this music to the MSO is a huge honour and a big challenge that I’m very excited about. I think we will make something very special once again.”

The album was released on 4 April 2014 and featured powerhouse riffs met by crackling gospel interludes, rock and roll and soul jams, pure country tones, bare and aching ballads, harmonies, horns, banjos – even an Arabic scale or two.

Billed as ‘the simple journey of a man singing about love, desire and identity’, the album set Sultan’s wide-ranging talent as a songwriter and performer at the fore. Raw and honest, the album marks a clear turning point for an Australian musician coming into his own, stepping out to show the country and the world the many facets of his identity and artistry.

The esteemed singer-songwriter has also announced the release of a 10 Year Anniversary vinyl pressing of his acclaimed album Blackbird 

2023’s self-titled album ‘DAN SULTAN’ won the ARIA for ‘Best Adult Contemporary Album’ and was also nominated for ‘Best Solo Artist’ and ‘Best Independent Release’. Sultan has toured countless times playing headline shows to sold-out crowds, as well as supporting the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Midnight Oil, Vance Joy and billed on some of Australia’s biggest festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, Blues Festival and Falls Festival, to name a few.

Jarra is a multidisciplinary artist and the curator of Rising’s Art Trams. Jarra’s work explores themes of blak futurism, identity, memory and ways to insert contemporary cultural visual language into the urban and digital landscape by reclaiming space and belonging.

Alex Turley was the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2022 Young Composer-in-Residence and has received commissions from the likes of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He is a frequent and prolific arranger for the major Australian orchestras and has worked in this capacity with a diverse group of artists including Ali McGregor, Banks, Ben Folds, Electric Fields, Emma Donovan, Eskimo Joe, Genesis Owusu, G Flip, the Hoodoo Gurus, Ngaiire, Paul Grabowsky and Rüfüs Du Sol.

Noongar composer, violist and conductor, Aaron Wyatt was a regular casual with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra before moving to Melbourne to take up an assistant lectureship at Monash University. An emerging conductor, Aaron has taken on the role of director of Ensemble Dutala, a group created by Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO to bring together Indigenous classical musicians from around the country. In 2022 Aaron became the first Indigenous Australian to conduct one of the state symphony orchestras in concert when conducting the MSO’s performance of Long Time Living Here at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Event details: Dan Sultan x MSO
Date: Friday 12 and Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets: on sale now

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