Combining the outstanding artistry of guitarist Novak Conrad and bassist Tamara Murphy with the silken voice of award-winning singer Jacqueline Gawler, Stoneflower deliver highly original, spontaneous and magical interpretations of Jazz, Blues and Brazilian Bossanova repertoire.
‘Effortlessly fluid vocals...’ The Age
As regular players on the national and international circuit with ensembles such as Coco’s Lunch, Cat Empire and Murphy’s Law, these musicians ignite the stage with a stunning repertoire of songs made famous by Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, Feist, Astrud Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Their collective sound is disarmingly beautiful, explorative and full of passion, and their performances captivating. Stoneflower have performed successful residencies around Melbourne at venues such as Chaise Lounge, Transit Lounge, the Paris Cat and Café Quince Music Series, as well as for private and corporate events, weddings and festivals throughout Australia.
Jacqueline Gawler is a singer/composer with internationally award-winning vocal/percussion group Coco’s Lunch. Over the past 10 years she has toured throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and Canada and with Australia Council funding released six acclaimed albums with the ensemble. Jacqueline was awarded the Montsalvat Encouragement Award for Original Composition in 2006 and has composed for her own jazz groups as well as for children’s television. In 1998 she studied voice at the Berklee Jazz Clinics in Italy and has since performed at festivals throughout Australia.
Novak Conrad has played guitar on the national and international circuit for 15 years, working with many of Australia’s most respected musicians. He has toured nationally with The Cat Empire (including the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony) as well as appearing on the ARIA award- winning Cities-The Cat Empire project CD. Other recordings include Wide, Ears for Civil Engines (Jazzhead), as well as numerous film & advertising scores.
Tamara Murphy is currently studying Masters at the Victorian College of the Arts where she completed a BMus (Improvisation). In 2001 she toured with the Cologne New Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and has since received Australia Council funding to study Improvisation and Composition in New York. In 2006 Tamara released her acclaimed album Telling Tales. with Murphy’s Law, and received funding from the Australia Council to study at the Banff Centre (Canada) as part of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, run by the esteemed Dave Douglas.