Frank Jones is the songwriter and singer from the legendary Whirling Furphies, a multi-award-winning writer and ARIA nominee.
As well as penning Melbourne’s iconic anthem, “My Brown Yarra”, one of the great songs about our place Naarm (Melbourne), Frank’s lifetime of cross-genre songwriting includes five outstanding albums of his own and a multitude of songs written for and co-written with other artists.
George Butrumlis is arguably Australia's finest piano accordionist, proficient in all the many styles performed on this versatile instrument. He has played with a vast array of groups and artists including The Black Sorrows, Zydeco Jump, Caroline O'Connor and The Three Tenors. He is a regular guest artist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Frank and George have played and recorded together for over 20 years. This Open Studio gig will highlight much of Frank’s extensive repertoire as well as some Zydeco Jump classics and, of course, some accordion wizardry!
Giovanni Riveros and Alejandro Florez weave the sounds of classical guitar and flamenco to take you on a journey to Spain and Latin America. Presenting timeless melodies and original work, join them in an evening of guitar adventures.
Giovanni Riveros Lopez was born in Lima, Peru. He studied classical guitar at the "Higher Conservatory of Rostock" in Germany and completed his studies at the "Liceu Conservatory" of Barcelona in Spain under the musical direction of Prof. Gillem Peres Quer. He participated in several classical guitar master's courses under the direction of:
David Rusell (Spain) Eduardo Isaac (Argentina), Prof. Ramírez (Peru), Oscar Guilliard (Italy) Thomas Offerman (Germany), as well as in flamenco guitar with Professor Klaus Hammer.
He worked as a classical guitar teacher at the "Johannes-Brahms" Music Conservatory and at the "Bergstedt" music academy in Hamburg, Germany.
In the year 2009 Riveros records his first album with the DUO ENCUENTRO (Cello and Guitar) so that in 2010 he will carry out a tour of concerts and master classes in Peru under the coordination of the Superior Conservatory of Lima "Josefat Roel Pineda" and 5 years later he would record his second album DUO MATIZES (Flute and Guitar) with the professor of the Seville conservatory, Guiomar Espiñeira, with whom he offered several concerts in Germany.
Alejandro Florez began playing at 17, and having played extensively around Australia and overseas with the Santos Guitar Trio, established Solquemia in 2009 as a means of presenting his original music to the public. His debut album was released in 2010 and consists of his original compositions with influences from the music of both Spain and Latin America, and his sophomore release, “Limonera” landed in 2012 and expressed his multicultural collaboration with local artists