The Eavesdropping Concert Series begun in 2004 as an annual program of events for Sunwrae, presenting 6 concerts a year in Melbourne Australia, and showcasing various combinations of the Sunwrae Ensemble, from solo to a 12-strong ensemble. From 2007 Eavesdropping grew to an annual National Tour, before Rae's focus on international projects from 2011.
Joining Rae on piano & vibraphone, some performers over the years include:
Karen Heath on clarinets
Belinda Woods on alto flute
Natalia Mann, Xanya Mamunya, Emily Rosner, and Mary Doumany on harp
Rachel Kim, Zac Johnston, Alies Sluiter, Atilla Kuti, and Tamil Rogeon on violin
Phoebe Green, Louise Woodward, Biddy Connor, and Su Ying Aw on viola
Tim Blake, Julian Swinnerton, and Caerwen Martin on cello
Luke Richardson and Anita Hustas on double bass
Joel Bloom on lap-steel guitar
Amy Valent Curlis on marimba
Neda Rahmani & Naomi Jean on percussion
Pip Atherstone-Reid on Drums
Eavesdropping: Live at St Stephen’s is the second official album from the Sunwrae Ensemble, recorded live during the Eavesdropping Concert Series at St Stephen’s Church in Melbourne Australia. This album features 14 musicians on piano, vibraphone, string quartet, harp, clarinets, lap-steel guitar, double bass & percussion. 7 tracks, 76 minutes, released in 2006. Also available on itunes.
The Sunwrae Ensemble
Illustrations by Jason Roberts