The Amazing …
Deborah Conway – Willy Zygier
Wed June 26
Live @ The Armidale Club
DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER
Deborah Conway is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, from the mundane to the spiritual. Her powerful voice and presence has fascinated audiences for the past 30 years. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated; Conway continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists.
Conway has pursued a career of extra curricular activities alongside her core business of writing and performing her songs. These have included producing a national concert series called Broad of all female singer/songwriters and most recently taking on the role of Artistic Director for the Queensland Music Festival. http://qmf.org.au . Conway’s QMF programs in 2009 and 2011 presented over 200 performances and events and sixty discreet productions including twenty new commissions that took place across the state of Queensland.
Most recently Conway is about to release a new album with her collaborator Willy Zygier, their 9th together; is serving on The Australia Council Music Board; a judge for the Australian Music Prize; & on The Victorian Australia Day Committee.
Willy Zygier is a seductive, thought provoking composer whose work is rich, rhythmic & distinctive. As well as composer his musical career encompasses roles as musician, arranger, producer & programmer. Zygier is the primary collaborator with Deborah Conway. Together they have composed & recorded the albums Bitch Epic, Ultrasound, My Third Husband, Exquisite Stereo, PC-The Songs of Patsy Cline, Summertown and Half Man Half Woman and co-devised and produced the ground breaking series of concerts called BROAD. This body of work forms a significant contribution to the Australian music canon and represents a bold & innovative way of defining a music career.
Zygier has been honoured for his film scoring by the Sydney Film Festival & has received platinum & gold record awards for his recording work.
Reviews of Half Man Half Woman, tour and album:
“Right from the beginning this talented musical duo, performing together with drummer Tony Floyd and double bass player Shannon Birchall, generate a powerful energy that both leaves the audience breathless and gives them the space to enjoy song-by-song their new album, Half Man Half Woman.”
Arts Hub review of The Toff In Town, Melbourne
“There was hardly a whisper to be heard from the crowd during any of the songs. A rare delight at concerts these days, and I put it down to how intently the crowd was listening.”
Faster Louder review of The Basement, Sydney
They have long been collaborators in love and music and their latest record Half Man Half Woman celebrates their family life and observes the modern condition with melodic beauty and lyrical acuity. There is an intimacy in the recordings, which becomes goosebumpingly obvious in performance, with the shared language between husband and wife creating moments of humour and big heart.
Kathy McCabe, Daily Telegraph
Once in a while a stunningly beautiful recording comes along: Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier’s Half Man Half Woman is one such offering. [Conway’s] voice is at once powerful and sweet. Less well known is the brilliance of her partner, Zygier, both as a guitarist and singer. This is a gorgeous album of 12 original and intelligent tracks, both old world and contemporary in style. This music is engaging and engrossing. Get it.
Chris Johnson, Canberra Times
Praise for Stories of Ghosts - Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier__________
– Rolling Stone
– The Age/ SMH
Album of the Week – ABC Radio National, February 2013
Album of the Week – ABC Local Radio NT, March 2013
Album of the Week – ABC Gold Coast 91.7, March 2013
‘Listen to this with open ears and mind. If Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen delivered an album with songs as good as these, the critical response would be rapturous. Conway and Zygier deserve no less.’ Courier Mail
‘Some of the most engaging songs I’ve ever heard from Deb & Willy. Some of the music makes the little hairs on my neck and arms stand at attention. That doesn’t happen often. ‘
Bill Riner, Network, Music Programmer, ABC Local Radio
‘A career-high release.’ The Age
‘The latest offering from the Conway-Zygier team is simply outstanding.’ Canberra Times
‘Stories of Ghosts is an incredible collection of simply stunning songs centring on life’s journey.‘ Canberra Times
‘East Of Eden’ stops you in your tracks, a piece of lyrical eloquence the likes of which rarely surface above all the muck these days.’ Rhythms Magazine
- “Feel Like Makin’ Love” 1990 (single release)
- String Of Pearls 1991 toured by Deborah Conway and The Mothers of Pearl
- Bitch Epic 1993
- Epic Theatre 1994 (contains Bitch Epic and an additional CD of live songs)
- Ultrasound 1995 by band Ultrasound: Conway, Zygier, McDonald and Hester
- My Third Husband 1997
- Happy New Year 1999
- Exquisite Stereo 2000 toured by Deborah Conway and City of Women
- PC 2001 performed by Deborah Conway and the Patsy Clones
- Only The Bones 2002 aka Definitive Collection 2004
- Summertown 2004 by Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier
- Half Man Half Woman 2010 by Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier