Kate Ceberano, a musical force, an electrifying live performer and one of the greatest voices of her generation. will be in conversation with Karen Hardy on Kate’s beautiful, illustrated memoir, Unsung, featuring her inspirational song lyrics, stories, paintings and embroidery, and celebrating four decades of song writing and recording.
When the whole world quietened in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, Kate found the silence disorientating. Without an audience or long hours of travel with her tribe of musicians, there was time to think. But what does an artist do when they can’t make art? They find a way. With characteristic passion, abundance and joy, Kate liberated her unsung songs. They flowed through her paintbrush as she embellished guitars, her needle as she stitched quilts to envelop her beloveds and her pen as she unfurled stories, poems and songs.
In Unsung, Kate muses on the people and experiences that have inspired her, on what has humbled her, what hurts and what sustains. This is the story of a powerful woman in her prime, but also of a reflective, romantic and vulnerable artist making sense of the universe. It’s proof of a lifetime lived in music. It’s a tribute to songs, wherever they come from and wherever they go.
Singer, songwriter, performer and artist Kate Ceberano celebrated one of the most enduring and inspirational careers in Australian music with the release of her 30th album in 2023. The album My Life is a Symphony, a collaboration with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, went straight to the top of the charts. Over four decades, she’s notched up an incredible 10 Top 10 albums, 11 Platinum and 8 Gold status, 15 Top 40 singles, 3 Countdown awards, 4 ARIA awards and over 6000 live performances. In 2014s Kate was inducted into the Australian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
Karen Hardy is Lifestyle Reporter for the Canberra Times
Professor Frank Millward, ANU School of Music will give the vote of thanks
This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.
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A podcast will be made available after the event.
Symposium by University House Wine bar (Shop 13, 152 University Avenue, Acton, which is just next to the Kambri cultural centre) will now be open for dining after meet the author events. Food and wine details at https://unihouse.anu.edu.au/eat/symposium/. No bookings necessary.
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