17 Apr 2021 Once Only Event
Leading saxophonist Matt Keegan delves into his family’s history to create a new musical story against the old tale of migration and cultural fusion.
Matt’s great grandfather, Heini Portnoj (1895-1984) was a pianist and composer working in Vienna between the two wars. Thwarted by the rise of the Nazi movement in Austria, Heini and his family fled and eventually arrived in Australia. After spending some years in the Tatura internment camp, Heini carved out a new musical career in Australia.
His little girl Elizabeth became the grandmother of Matt and the rest is history, turned into music, all new and pumping with youthful energy
Matt Keegan – alto clarinet + baritone saxophone
Ben Hauptman – electric guitar
Véronique Serret – violin
Freyja Garbett – keyboards
Brendan Clarke Jr. – bass
Miles Thomas – drum set
This Canberra International Music Festival Presentation is in collaboration with The Street and Sima.
Once Only Event
17 Apr 2021