Nathan Avakian – Synthesis
Location:Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
Venue:Nathan Avakian - Kelvin Grove State College Auditorium
Synthesis is a brilliant fusion of the cinema pipe organ with 21st century virtual instrument technology. This produces a signature sound no other combination of instruments and musicians can generate. Nathan Avakian will take you on an unforgettable journey during his second concert tour of Australia. Click here to visit Nathan’s official music webpage.
Renowned for his tasteful blending of 21st century virtual instrument technology with cinema organ music, Nathan’s program ‘Synthesis’ will include music from Jersey Boys, Somewhere in Time, Slumdog Millionaire, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, and hits by Queen and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
The program will also include brand new award-winning silent films from the International Youth Silent Film Festival. As resident organist and composer for the festival, Nathan creates music that inspires young film makers around the world as they reinvent the art of silent film. Click here to learn more about the International Youth Silent Film Festival.
TICKETS – Synthesis
TOSAQ Member – $22 Early Bird / $27 at the door
General Admission – $27 Early Bird / $32 at the door
Student – $12 (full time tertiary ID required)
Student (primary / secondary school) – Free
TOSAQ will present Synthesis in comfortable cabaret style seating with projection of the performance on screens from multiple cameras bringing the audience closer to the action. Enjoy a complimentary drink (wine or fruit punch) on arrival and afternoon tea at interval.
TOSAQ Christie Cinema Pipe Organ
Affectionately known as “The Christie”, a 1934-vintage 11 rank cinema pipe organ manufactured by the British Hill Norman and Beard Pipe Organ Company (approx. 1000 pipes) brought to Brisbane in 1969 from the Granada Theatre, Maidstone, England and now installed in the Kelvin Grove State College Theatre. These musical giants, as much orchestra as organ and entirely mechanical including percussion and a sound effects suite, roared into picture theatres across the world. They allowed one skilled musician to conjure up a symphony of sound and provide every necessary musical impression for breathing life into silent films and the popular music of the day. The Christie, England’s answer to the marvellous American Wurlitzer, provided luxurious 1930’s cinemas with their own sophisticated musical identity after the silent era ended.
Nathan Avakian Bio
Nathan’s fascination with the theatre organ began at age four with a visit to the Portland Organ Grinder Restaurant. He began formal organ studies with Donna Parker at age eleven and has also been frequently coached by Jonas Nordwall. Since winning the American Theatre Organ Society Young Organist Competition in 2009, Nathan has provided theatre organ entertainment across the United States and internationally. Click here to keep reading about Nathan