EPIC will be the concert event of 2019 celebrating the new alongside the much loved; it launches Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier’s tenth album, The Words Of Men and pairs it with 1993’s ARIA Award Winning and Gold selling record, Bitch Epic.
Deborah Conway met Willy Zygier in October 1991 when she needed a guitarist to tour her debut solo album String of Pearls. They began a personal & professional relationship that has flourished for the last 27 years producing 10 albums & 3 daughters.
Bitch Epic was their first creative output and what a successful one it was - this compelling collection of songs spawned a number of radio hits including Today I Am A Daisy, Consider This & the first single, Alive & Brilliant. Written on a stormy afternoon overlooking Coogee Beach, and first performed on a similarly stormy day at The Sydney Barracks in 1992, Conway recalls the crowd dancing crazily in white plastic ponchos to what would become an unconventional radio hit. “ I still love playing this song, it has a compelling urgency & fury to it that remains undiminished 26 years after we wrote it.”
Alive & Brilliant was the first time a 5/4 song had breached the charts for a decade or so & in 2016 the Australian National Film & Sound Archive inducted the song into their collection for its unique qualities.
The Words Of Men is their latest recording, featuring the same band that worked together on 2016’s 5 star reviewed Everybody’s Begging; Simon Starr (Joe Camilleri, Ian Moss) on bass, Hue Blanes (Jazz Party) on keyboards, Niko Schauble on drums & their three daughters
Syd, Alma & Hettie Zygier on backing vocals. Recorded live to capture the vitality and beauty of the chemistry Deborah and Willy share with their band, The Words of Men reflects one of the most creative bursts in their renowned 27 year collaboration, traversing a wide range of themes against the backdrop of the strange circumstances we find ourselves in as the 21st century progresses.
“We have very human concerns & we wanted to make a record that sounds human, with creaks and breaths and joy and passion,” says Deborah. “A serious record made with fun or a fun record made seriously… Sometimes a very spare arrangement with the tiniest bit of flesh to cover the barest bones of a tune, other times a veritable pile on, an acoustic maelstrom of joyous chaos brought to order by our collective spirit.”
“This year has been one of the most productive we’ve ever had, I’m not sure what to attribute this to; I can say it was deeply satisfying to be so consumed and so intensely focused on the work. We pushed each other to our limits; this is the best thing one can do for your writing partner, never allow anything substandard to get by. Reject their best efforts they’ve been sweating over for hours if you don’t think it’s good enough. They will thank you in the end!”
EPIC provides an opportunity for Conway and Zygier to introduce audiences to this new & remarkable collection of songs and to revisit their highest charting & ARIA Award winning album.
The Venue: The Capital
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