Saturday 25 November sees Eumundi welcome Art-pop fusion supremo PHENO - who will be hosting a special workshop for the students of Eumundi School of Rock from 3 - 5pm, followed by an all ages concert from 6.30pm with special guests Alyx Dennison & Bonnie Stewart (Bonniesongs).
PHENO (fee-no) is electric guitarist and vocalist Jess Green. As Pheno, she is pioneering her own style of Art-Pop.
Queensland audiences may have seen Jess performing recently on guitar and backing vocals as part of Katie Noonan’s and Queensland Music Festival’s ‘Songs That Made Me’ project.
Jess brings Pheno to Eumundi to celebrate the launch of her EP ‘Dragon Year’ and will be performing at The Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Livespark Series, as well as the special workshop and concert in Eumundi.
As well as being a well known freelance guitarist and vocalist, Jess is a highly regarded music educator, having worked for Musica Viva In Schools for many years. She is also well regarded for teaching guitar, songwriting and improvisation at many schools, universities and community groups.
The EP ‘Dragon Year’ was launched in May this year as part of VIVID Sydney. The music layers shimmering vocals, scorching electric guitars, synthesisers, and stomping backbeats. Influenced by artists such as Tune-Yards and St Vincent, there's also a huge nod to 80’s heroes David Bowie and Talking Heads.
The lyrical material ranges from sci-fi musings in utero (There Are Voices Out There) to ethereal callings from the deep (Shadow in The Water), with moods reminiscent of the Stranger Things soundtrack through to the fuzzy, lush indie pop of The Shins.
Tracks such as Shadow in the Water give away Green's jazz and funk background, sounding somewhat like the love child of Peter Gabriel and Suzanne Vega.
“Pheno (a.k.a. Jess Green) evades categorisation on her debut EP, showing off a depth of songwriting and expression that begs to be explored further" Hayden Fritzlaff, BMA July 2017
“Making attractive, bold pop, out of left-field, peculiar sounds is not something that seems easy but Green has clearly created a body of work that makes it look like a piece of cake, Pheno has confidently filled the slight art-pop gap in Australia with this project and has warmly embraced this boundary-free side of music." Isabella Moore Happy Mag May 2017
As a special treat for the Imperial audience, this concert will also showcase works by Jess’ band mates Alyx Dennison and Bonnie Stewart, both renowned songwriters in their own right.
The workshop with Eumundi School of Rock:
The Pheno band is thrilled to be presenting a free two hour workshop with the students of Eumundi School of Rock, where they will work with the students on their upcoming finale concert and discuss their own approaches to performing and learning songs.
Doors open 6.30pm
Imperial Hotel Courtesy Bus
The Imperial Hotel’s FREE courtesy bus operates Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm + Sundays from 2pm travelling to Eumundi, Belli Park, Cooroy, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, North Arm, and Verrierdale. Phone Gary on 0467 414 171 to book.
The courtesy bus service is also available for GROUP BOOKINGS of eight or more up to 30 mins from the hotel (includes Bli Bli, Coolum, Cooran, Nambour, Noosa, Noosaville, Palmwoods, Peregian Springs, Peregian Beach, Pomona, Sunshine Beach, Tewantin and Yandina). To book a group pick-up, call the hotel on 5442 8811 any time throughout the week.