Free Space is a newly curated music series taking place every Sunday in May streamed live from the New England Regional Art Museum.

Programmed by the Armidale Improvised Music Association, and produced in association with SIMA, Free Space showcases the diversity of New England’s creative music scene in this special four -series. From classical guitar to exploratory bass recorder and groove-based jazz, Free Space will be staged in and across NERAM’s six stunning gallery spaces which includes the Museum of Printing and Packsaddle Artist Studio.


FATHOM: Sunday 10 May, 5pm
Ash Hall (trumpet), Steve Harris (drums)

Celebrated jazz trumpeter Ash Hall has been a fixture on the local music scene, and is joined for this special duo performance by drummer Steve Harris, a fellow collaborator in cutting edge band The Neologists.

EPHENSTEPHEN (pictured above): Sunday 17 May, 5pm
Steve Tafra (classical guitar), Steve Thorneycroft (classical guitar)

This established classical guitar duo brings classic and contemporary repertoire to life with a diverse range of music spanning from new music commissions to trailblazing transcriptions of classic works.

ALANA BLACKBURN: Sunday 24 May, 5pm
Alana Blackburn (solo recorder)

Highly regarded recorder player and soloist Dr Alan Blackburn has toured throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe and performed with The Royal Wind Music, New Dutch Academy, Salut! Baroque, The Bell Shakespeare Company, Pinchgut Opera, The Sydney Consort and The Sydneian Bach Choir.

HERBIE GETS OUT: Sunday 31 May, 5pm
Steve Thorneycroft (guitar), James Haselwood (bass), Steve Harris (drums)

Three of the region’s finest musicians combine for this eclectic groove-based trio featuring much sought-after bassist James Haselwood who has played with everybody from Kasey Chambers to Tim Minchin.


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