Sophie Brous is the Program Director and General Manager of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival which opens in Melbourne on this week. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and having studied a the New England Conservatorium in Boston, Sophie, at twenty-three, is already making her mark within Melbourne's jazz scene. A vocalist, she has own band Courage Brous! and is involved in an on-going collaboration with Paul Grabowsky and Sam Anning (Cut Copy, Augie March).
Sophie knows her music and her enthusiasm and knowledge of Jazz music and its practitioners comes across whenever she talks about this year's Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Sophie worked closely with the Festival's Artistic Director, Michael Tortoni, bass player and creator of Bennett's Lane Jazz Club, to bring some exciting and high profile musicians to Melbourne for this year's festival and spoke recently to Australian Stage's Jan Chandler about what audiences can expect.
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Yes, the bodies you see are perfect specimens of sculptured sixpacks and biceps you could walk over and get at least 2000 steps in. But they are muscles moving bodies in marvellous ways. These boys can dance and every movement is potent.
To pee or not to pee. It sounds like a lowbrow take on the infamous Hamlet quote. One that a philistine would utter while their cronies scoff and drink mead and the thespians nearby cringe while nibbling on breast of peacock.