Award-winning jazz musician Fem Belling will take to the stage at Kew Court House on Saturday 8 April, following the release of her debut album NOW THEN on February 26.
Off the back of a series of appearances at major music festivals and events including White Night and the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Fem and her killer seven-piece band will reinvent well-known standards and contemporary songs with an old-school jazz twist.
NOW THEN sees Fem’s sophisticated voice and spectacular breadth of range applied to unexpected genres. Her energetic appetite for braiding musical styles has resulted in an album that is the musical equivalent of Instagram: the genre-defying musician takes a song, chooses a filter and – bam! The old-time sound and soul of jazz meets modern classics from the likes of Eminem, Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5.
Fem’s Kew Court House show promises to be an evening of time travel, transporting audiences back to the elegant sensibilities of classic jazz clubs, suffused with the playfulness of contemporary pop songs.
NOW THEN was produced by John Foreman, one of Australia’s most recognised musicians, producers and conductors who is behind some of the biggest events in Australian music. Fem says, “NOW THEN is a fervent project of the heart that I am thrilled to bring to life; a concept album from recording room to stage.”
Fem Belling is an award-winning West End leading lady and has performed in major stage musicals both in Australia and internationally, including as the lead in the original West End production of Hairspray. She shot to international attention when she turned all four chairs on The Voice in 2015 with Ricky Martin, Jessie J and Delta Goodrem all fighting for the chance to mentor her.
This rising star has been selling out festivals and venues, and this intimate performance at Kew Court House is a unique opportunity to see the award-winning artist in an intimate, close-up setting.
“Once Fem walks onto the stage you are under her spell.” - The Age
“Belling is a pocket rocket with a versatile vocal palette and a gift for improvisation. If it’s music you want to hear you won’t be disappointed by these lush and limber jazz stylings” - Herald Sun
The Kew Court House is a small performing arts venue presenting some of Australia’s most exciting artists. A former courthouse and police station, the heritage-listed building presents one-of-a-kind experiences that music lovers won’t get anywhere else in Melbourne.
Fem Belling Kew Court House High Street, Kew 8pm, Saturday 8 April $30 / $25 concession http://www.hawthornartscentre.com.au/event/fem-belling/