Stiff Gins (Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs), one of Australia’s best known and most loved musical duos, will celebrate their 15th ‘birthday’ with a special free performance – including the live recording of a wax cylinder – at the NFSA Theatrette on 21 March.
“This milestone allows us to quantify the hard work and achievements we take from our music. It is also pretty rare these days for female bands to last this long too, so that makes us proud too,” said Nardi Simpson.
Nardi and Kaleena will look back at the band’s history, their own personal career highlights and what lies ahead. They will also perform favourites from their discography, and record a brand new song using 19th century wax cylinder technology. This will be the second wax cylinder the duo records with the support and technical expertise of the NFSA, but the first to be recorded live on stage rather than in a studio.
Nardi added: “We are really looking forward to the experience. All our songs are time capsules of certain points in our lives and careers, but I prefer to think the one that best represents us is our next unwritten song – the one that is bubbling and boiling in our hearts and minds at the moment. It’s a possibility of the future sound, of exploring opportunities that lie ahead and going with the flow.”
Their music has taken the Stiff Gins all around Australia, and as far as North America, the UK, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Abu Dhabi, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.
“Those tours were all amazing experiences, but the most important journey has been the one we have taken personally, in exploring and understanding where we fit into the world, translating our culture and outlook to others, practising and refining the craft of our own creativity, and learning about ourselves. That has been the most rewarding place music has taken us,” explained Nardi.
Senior Indigenous Curator Peter White will host the event on 21 March. The session is part of the NFSA’s new Indigenous Voices program.
INDIGENOUS VOICES: STIFF GINS
When: Friday 21 March, 5:30pm-7pm
Where: NFSA Theatrette
Tickets: Free event. Bookings recommended by calling (02) 6248 2000