HINTERLANDT is an acoustic quartet playing instrumental pieces written by Sydney-based composer and musician, Jochen Gutsch. The music of Hinterlandt is diverse and progressive, with a narrative and engaging quality. The latest album ‘Ensemble’ was released in January 2016 on Australian label Art as Catharsis. 

Natalya Bing – violin, xylophone
Lidia Bara – violin, xylophone
Simeon Johnson – cello, wind chimes
Jochen Gutsch – trumpet, guitar, glockenspiel


Singer-songwriter Oliver Downes is thrilled to launch his debut album 'Ultraviolet' with an intimate evening of acoustic song at Smith's Alternative.

Created following a hugely successful Pozible campaign, ‘Ultraviolet’ is a lush cut of richly orchestrated indie finesse, offering a sweet blend of dreamy ballads and exhilaratingly kinetic tunes.

Oliver is thrilled to be joined in Canberra by his sister, Holly Downes (double bass) and Chris Stone (violin) of art-folk trio The String Contingent, as well as metal stalwart (and Chris' brother) Robin Stone on drums, who also provide the musical bedrock of the album.

Traversing territory charted by artists like Ben Caplan and The Dirty Three, ‘Ultraviolet’ trips the space between instantly familiar chamber pop and the experimental margins of folk, charting a musical passage through the darkness into the light.

‘[Downes’] compositions and arrangements create nebulous, ethereal soundscapes, deftly woven by the tensile orchestration… Give your mind permission to wander' (The Music).



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