Author Archives: jparlane

The Big Four Zero

What were you doing 40 years ago? Maybe it was a time when life was much simpler, perhaps you were kicking back whilst soaking up the sounds of the 70s. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s album, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. With over 50 million copies sold […]

Jazz In The Family

It’s not long until the big band sound of the Count Basie Orchestra swings into Australian shores. From Wednesday 10th October the talented group will be boasting the voice of Carmen Bradford in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. Being the daughter of legendary trumpeter/composer Bobby Bradford and composer/vocalist Melba Joyce, musical talent is in Carmen’s […]

Bear Grylls is coming to New Zealand!

After the huge success of the Australian Tour in 2011, the end of 2012 will see Bear Grylls pack his bags and head to the southern hemisphere again for a tour of New Zealand! Bear Grylls, star of ‘Man vs Wild’ has taken us around the world to some of the most amazing yet grueling […]

Swinging and Bopping

For those of you jazz fans out there, Clark Terry is sure to be one of your household names. If you’re just getting into the world of jazz, Clark Terry’s musical career spans over 70 years! Appearing in over 905 known recording sessions Terry is one of the world’s most successful jazz musicians. Known to […]

Count Basie’s Old Testament Orchestra

Count Basie has been responsible for bringing the world the sounds of many talented musicians – a remarkable achievement for one person. During the early days of the Count Basie Orchestra, American Jazz Trumpet player, Buck Clayton was one such artist that would make his own unique mark on history. Influenced greatly by Louis Armstrong, […]

The World’s Best

The Count Basie Orchestra has been responsible for the sound behind some of the world’s greatest vocalists, including the one-and-only, Frank Sinatra. It was during his teenage years that Sinatra started singing professionally despite learning music by ear and never actually learning how to read it. The legendary singer began his musical career in the […]

A Big Band In History

There’s nothing like the sounds of a ‘big band’ to takes us back to another time. The Count Basie Orchestra began to take on the world with their infectious swingin’ sounds, rising to prominence in the 1930’s. Big bands began to dominate the jazz arena, forcing the older jazz generations to adapt to the various […]

Next Stop Bob Dylan Night!

There’s only a short time to go until some of Australia’s most talented musicians come together for the hugely anticipated event – Bob Dylan Night. Making his mark on generation after generation, the master of songwriting has left his devoted fans with over 47 albums of varying sound and genre. Bob Dylan Night is an […]

The Sound Of Swing

When was the last time you experienced the wonders of an 18-piece orchestra featuring an abundance of first-class instruments combined with the undeniable talent of those who have been the pinnacle of the international world of jazz for decades? Get ready for the long-awaited return of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra as it makes its […]

It’s All In The Lyrics

History has witnessed many talented musicians but when it comes to the art of songwriting, Bob Dylan is in a league of his own. More than just a combination of notes and lyrics, Bob Dylan has been telling stories through his music for many decades. An inspiration for those who have worked with him in […]

A Tribute To A Legend

Nothing makes a tribute concert more memorable than the right combination of distinguished talent bringing the performance to life. Since Bob Dylan has recently been awarded the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’, the highest honour an American citizen can be granted, having the best Australian talent perform the magic that he has created over many decades […]

Bob Dylan Night – 50th Anniversary Concert

There aren’t too many individual artists in the world today who would have an entire event dedicated directly to them. Bob Dylan is one of those rare few. Since beginning his career in the early 60s Bob Dylan has gone down in history as one of the greatest and most influential artists the world has […]

The Wizard of Woz

When Steve Wozniak left Apple in the 80s after being awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the USA, his achievements were far from over. An inventor and philanthropist, Steve Woz is a huge believer of hands-on learning for students and encouraging creativity in schools. To this day, the importance of education is […]

A Night Out With Doris

Spiritworks is thrilled to be presenting “Doris Day – So Much More Than The Girl Next Door”. A huge musical success in 2011 in both Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s very own Melinda Schneider will once again take on the role of iconic American musical talent, Doris Day! This fabulous production will take you back through […]

Lock this date in your iPhones!

We’re excited to present, co-founder of Apple Inc, Steve Wozniak in a world first seminar “The Apple Story: Disruptive Innovation, Inspiration and Entrepreneurial Wizardy”. Hear first hand from Steve Wozniak on Apple’s fundamental business philosophy and Steve Jobs’ legacy. Steve Wozniak is living proof that an idea can change the world. In 1976, the University […]

Inspiration is coming to our shores!

With only a matter of days to go until Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa hit Australian shores, it is so exciting to be able to host the first ever Shankar Ehsaan Loy Australian tour and experience the magic of the Three Kings of Bollywood live! For a software engineer turned music composer (Shankar), […]

Born For Success

How do musicians become successful? Is it their connections and ability to reach an extended audience, their desire to travel or is it that certain talented people happen to be in the right place at the right time? As for Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa also know as Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL), they […]


What makes the sound of Shankar Ehsaan Loy so outstanding? Perhaps the answer lies in the band’s musical diversity (hindi to classical and beyond!) or perhaps it’s just the lucky combination of individual musical talent that works so well together. By blending mesmerizing vocals, an electrifying band and groundbreaking composition, SEL have certainly made their mark both […]

Three Kings Of Bollywood

Off the back of a truly inspiring performance by Zakir Hussain in “Masters Of Percussion” we now turn our focus to making preparations for Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s arrival mid February, 2012. From London’s Royal Albert Hall, to Belgium to Abu Dhabi this Bollywood phenomenon is delivering a new and electrifying sound to Indian expat communities […]

Exciting times ahead for Spiritworks!

From adventurer, to Indian tabla maestro, to the Three Kings of Bollywood, Spiritworks has something for everyone over the coming months… We’re excited to welcome Bear Grylls back to Australia for the second round of his Live On Stage tour in Brisbane (Oct 14), Adelaide (Oct 15) and Sydney (Oct 16). Bear relives some of […]

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