Nat Bartsch: Hope – Event Information

Presented by Plant Empire, Therese Milanovic and Fringe Brisbane

In 2020, Melbourne pianist/composer Nat Bartsch responded to the Black Summer bushfires and prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns by penning his ARIA-nominated ABC Classic album, Hope. Exploring the space between hope and despair, she created a suite of chamber music pieces for piano, string quartet and electronics. The album was recorded as soon as restrictions were lifted, in small spaces around Melbourne with fellow pianist/co-producer Luke Howard.

Hope is Nat’s new music evolution in the classical genre, though it continues to weave lyrical jazz improvisation and harmony throughout. Its beautiful melodic music perfectly acknowledges our collective struggles and grief, and inspires healing, optimism and patience.

Hope reached #1 on the Australian iTunes Classical Chart, #3 on the ARIA Classical Chart and #5 on the ARIA Classical Crossover Chart, was nominated for a 2021 ARIA Award and is currently nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Album classic.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear Nat’s cathartic suite for the first time in Brisbane at the evocative Plant Empire event space, with coffee, wine and sweets for sale.

Stick around after the shows, mingle with the artists or settle in for the night and enjoy the first set of the Muses Trio (4pm) and stay for Brisbane’s premier jazz trio Trichotomy (Sun. November 6, 7:30 p.m.).

Also check out the Saturday program at the Plant Empire, with the Muse Trio performing at 7 p.m., and a heady mix of pop and jazz with a teenage feel Pearl and the gadgets at 9 pm.

See two 2 different shows – 10% off the ticket with promo code PLANTEMPIRE2, 3 different shows – 15% off with promo code PLANTEMPIRE3 and 4 or more different shows – 20% off with promo code PLANTEMPIRE4.

Doors and the wine bar open 30 minutes before show time, i.e. 5:30 p.m. for Nat’s 6 p.m. show, and 7 p.m. Trichotomy 7:30 a.m. show. You are welcome to arrive early and browse Plant Empire’s beautiful showrooms. Free on-site parking at Station Road Creative Precinct.

You have the impression that she opens her heart to you and speaks to you personally through the keyboard. Not a single note is wrong” (texture)

Soothing and invigorating.(A closer listen)