The Idea of North are an a capella quartet who perform with a jazz style, although there are classical songs in their repertoire (and if you’ve read several of our posts you’ll know we’re fairly broad in the gray definition of ‘classical’).
Two weeks prior, the first Sydney launch of their Christmas CD tour was in the lofty sandstone splendour of St Stephen’s church in Newtown. The audience was a very different mix to The Basement crowd but with the same kind of appreciation shown to these artists, who know how important it is to give of themselves and engage with their audience every time – like it’s the most important show – ever! – classikON Ambasssador Sue Liu
Being able to eat a meal and have a drink while hearing a live performance makes it a great night out. You don’t have to cram a meal in between work and the concert, or miss the meal all together and have difficulty concentrating because you’re too hungry. It also means that you feel you’re voluntarily enjoying the music quietly rather than feeling like you’re trapped in a seat unable to make a noise.
This concert was part of the long awaited This Christmas CD Launch tour.
Acapella, and particularly the traditional ‘TASB’ blend lends itself to those much loved Christmassy tunes delivered straight up as traditional fare – or even better – with that quirky, swank of a TION twist! – classikON Ambasssador Sue Liu
Their show was a mix of jazz, comedy, finely tweaked popular songs and of course, Christmas fare. Just as with the Sydney Philharmonia’s concert a few days earlier there was audience participation with some caroling, which was also done wonderfully with the crowd enjoying being part of the concert.
Both Sue and I agreed that one of our greatest pleasures is to observe the vibe, energy, banter and dynamic onstage between Nick, Sally, Naomi and Andrew, delivering their exceptional music to a captivated audience, of which at least a third were experiencing the group live for the first time.
The audience were entranced. Silent. In awe actually. The room became a bit of a “love bubble” at the end of the night!
You can still hear The Idea of North on their This Christmas CD tour at Lizotte’s in Dee Why on Sunday December 16.