Zoë and Joe

3rd August 2014, Sunday 2pm

Zoë BlackJoe Chindamo

Zoë Black (violin) – Joe Chindamo (piano)


Composer Item
Puccini/Chindamo Nessun Dorma
Chindamo Spiegelhouse
Handel/Chindamo Lascia Ch’Io Pianga
Gershwin (Arr. Chindamo) It Ain’t Necessarily So
Kinderszenen Kinderszenen
Chopin/Chindamo Prelude in E minor
Purcell/Chindamo Dido’s Lament
Bach piano part improvised by Chindamo Air On a G String Bach
Hagen (Arr. Chindamo) Harlem Nocturne
Chindamo Tarantism
Handel/Chindamo Ombra Mai Fu

Concert details are correct at the time of posting but may be subject to change.

This new collaboration between two celebrated artists from different worlds has immediately established itself as a formidable force in Australian chamber music. Zoe Black has long been thought of as a violinist’s violinist, and pianist/composer Joe Chindamo’s unique musical gifts place him in a class of his own. In the quest to seek new musical avenues, it has become fashionable for artists to indulge in crossover projects. The Black/Chindamo union is not a classical/jazz crossover ala Jacques Loussier, but rather the product of two artists creating a musical dialogue with a combined language, resulting in a new a music altogether. The repertoire is an eclectic mix of radical reinventions of works by the masters, original compositions by Chindamo plus a few unlikely surprises. Together, Joe and Zoe are creating an entirely new genre of Australian music, combining lyricism, urbane rhythms, a modern romanticism, making this music thrilling, passionate, daring and alive. “When two artists collaborate, you expect a magnificent result. What you don’t expect, what you can’t even imagine, is the transcendent experience that waits you when under the spell of Zoe Black and Joe Chindamo.” James Morrison “…..A brilliant new voice – inspiring and inspired – in a clich-ed world.” Jacqueline Ogeil, Harpsichordist and festival director


“Everything Zoe Black touches turns to gold.” Francis Merson, musician and editor of limelight Magazine.

“Zoe Black has a “razor sharp” musical intelligence, prodigious technique, sensitive musicianship. Even more importantly, she has an adventurous musical spirit which allows her to move seamlessly from the pinnacle of the “classical” world, playing in ensembles like the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, to intimate performance environments in which she explores the exhilarating interface between different musical forms and traditions..” Brett Kelly, principal trombone, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Conductor, Festival Director.

“…The album ( REIMAGININGS) is amazing, sublime, spellbinding , unbelievable….I’ve heard Joe do many amazing things over the years but this is the pinnicle for me. These interpretations could not have been done by anybody else in the world…. I am in awe of what [Joe Chindamo & Zoe Black] have created.’ James Morrison, world renowned trumpeter and director of the Queensland Music Festival.

Zoë Black (violin)

Zoe Black is a violinist’s violinist, known for her beauty of sound and natural virtuosity. She has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and as a member of the celebrated Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom she held the position of Assistant Leader for five years. During the past decade she has dedicated her energies to Chamber Music and was a founding member of Freshwater and Firebird Trios. She now devotes her considerable gifts to special projects, especially her duo with pianist/composer Joe Chindamo alongside her part-time role in the Australian Chamber Orchestra and ACO2 educational programme.

Zoë was born in Melbourne has won numerous awards including the National Youth Concerto Competition in 1989 and the string section of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1991. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, Zoë was awarded grants from the Australia Council and Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Trust as well as the major performance award of the Australian Musical Foundation in London where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music under David Takeno, and subsequently at the Vienna Hochschule. Zoë has also studied and performed in Moscow and at Tanglewood; with the Juilliard, Guarneri and Takács Quartets; and in Israel with Shlomo Mintz.

She has appeared as soloist with with Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. She has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Kammerorchester and ACO as Assistant Leader. She regularly appears at Festivals around Australia and Internationally, most notably at Huntington, Musica Viva and VancouverFest in Canada.

In 2011 she joined forces with Joe Chindamo to form a duo dedicated to presenting a creative mixture of new compositions and unique Reimaginings of classical works. Their acclaimed CD REIMAGININGS was released in 2012.

In 2012 she was featured soloist with ACO in a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Further, Zoe will lead ACO2 in thieir April 2013 Tour. In addition, Zoe is also a key member of ACO 2’s educational programme, which incorporates touring, giving master classes, and performing in regional Australia.

Joe Chindamo (piano)

JOE CHINDAMO is a pianist, composer, arranger who cannot be categorised easily. With twenty CDs in his wake, many of them topping charts in Japan, countless world tours and a plethora of awards, he can comfortably take his place amongst the best jazz pianists in the world. But like the greatest jazz pianists, Joe’s abilities transcend jazz, as is demonstrated by his work with violin virtuoso Zoe Black, with whom he has formed a formidable duo and recorded a CD entitled REIMAGININGS. . As an arranger he possesses an uncanny ability to personalise any work which enters his orbit. A man with an international reputation, Joe has performed concerts all over the world. Of particular note, the Umbria Jazz Festival, The Tokyo Dome and The Lincoln Centre in New York. He also toured with famed US drummer Billy Cobham for over years.

His formidable pianism has earned him admiration from amongst the classical elite. In 2008 Joe was invited to perform three concerts in italy by the celebrated classical pianist Michele Campanella. (Joe was invited back to perform in Naples by Campanella in 2011). The celebrated piano maker Paolo Fazioli heard Joe at the Umbria Jazz Festival and invited him to play at his auditorium in Venice, a venue usually reserved for top flight classical pianists. An enthusiastic recommendation by the formidable Nikolai Demidenko led to an invitation to perform a Mozart piano concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2013.

In Australia, Joe is routinely invited to perform at all the principal festivals and a host of other venues ranging from house concerts to jazz clubs to the Sydney Opera House ( where, along with James Morrison, was a featured soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – he returned to the Opera house to accompany Ann Sophie von Otter in 2011) Amongst a plethora of awards, Joe has twice won the MO award for Jazz Instrumental performer of the year, two BELL AWARDS for best album and the APRA award for best jazz composition of the year in 2009 for ‘Something Will Come to Light.” A gifted arranger, Joe has recently been commissioned to compose and arrange for chamber ensembles such as the Freshwater and Seraphim Trios and the Flinders Quartet. An Australia Council Fellowship in 2003 facilitated his composing of a concerto for Accordion and Orchestra. He has recorded 19 CDs under his own name and collaborated on other recordings with distinguished artists such as James Morrison, Ray Brown (of Oscar Peterson fame) and the Brecker Brothers. Numerous of his recordings reached Number 1 on the Modern Jazz Charts in Japan. He has recently formed a duo with violin virtuoso Zoe Black, with whom he recorded a CD entitled REIMAGININGS.