THE SONG BALM SERIES
*Concerts * Workshops * Retreats
launching in Melbourne in 2019
touring Australia & internationally in 2020
Song Balm with Karen Knowles will be launched in Melbourne on Saturday 18 May 2019 at Campfire’s Melbourne venue, Midnight Sky, Fitzroy, Australia. Featuring original new music from Karen’s 7th studio release “Solid Ground” the music is inspired by the natural world. It draws on Karen’s experience throughout her life performing, song writing and also as a reconciliation ambassador, honouring the original stewards of our land and learning over time how best to connect with country.
We look forward to welcoming you to defrag from the stresses of the everyday, re-centre and drop into the ongoing ripple effect of spacious resonance.
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Song Balm - Melbourne
Song Balm - Melbourne
Wiilpa in association with Campfire present:
Karen Knowles in The Song Balm Series - Melbourne
When: Saturday May 18th 2019.
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 pm start - concert will run for 70 mins
Where: Midnight Sky, Studio 2, 101 Victoria Street, Fitzroy (very close to the corner of Brunswick Street and Johnston Street)
One of Australia’s most respected and loved vocalists is delighted to launch Song Balm in her home town of Melbourne in association with Campfire. The soft welcoming space is perfect for this Series. Featuring Karen Knowles and accompanied by Michael Kokinos on guitar and harp, the music Karen and Michael make will weave you into a soft holding place to reflect and be nurtured - perfect as the air in Melbourne starts to chill and we move into a more reflective season.
Some of the songs featured in the Song Balm concert are drawn from Karen’s latest studio album Solid Ground. Inspired by the natural world the album draws on the many threads that have weaved through Karen’s like - music, song writing, performing and as a reconciliation ambassador.
How much do I pay for my ticket?
Tickets scale from $50 - $250
$50 - This ticket is for GENERAL ADMISSION to the Song Balm concert (Karen Knowles (song) and Michael Kokinos (guitars / harp)
$250 These SUPPORTER tickets act as a gift to the Song Balm project so that our music, events and programs can continue to spread across Australia.
The SUPPORTER tickets are a vote of confidence in the power of the performing arts to grow and sustain thriving communities. Wiilpa and Campfire who share this common ethos of the thrive-ability of the arts to make a significant difference in the world thank you wholeheartedly for your support.
Tell me more about Song Balm and what I can expect...
Song Balm is a soft space to be held through the twists and turns of life. We uplift the audience with beautiful touching music so they leave the space inspired, recharged and centred. It is a performance, healing and story telling space curated by Karen and created in conjunction with our collaborators. We work gently to connect the audience back to themselves and remind them of connection to our amazing country that is always there to sustain us when we take the time to notice.
Each Song Balm event will be slightly different according to the local collaborators but each one is instilled with the same essence of healing and holding people with the power of love and connection to the natural world and what is happening in that particular moment. It is there that the magic happens.
7.15 for a 7.30 start
7.30 pm Concert commences
9.10 pm Concert finishes.
About Karen Knowles:
Karen's musical story began when she was eight years old, spending time singing her way into vocal competitions at venues in Melbourne, Australia. She was encouraged to audition as a contestant on Young Talent Time (YTT), one of the most successful television shows on Australian television of all-time. After winning her heats as a contestant at the age of 9 and 10 Karen soon thereafter began as a team member and stayed with the show for 6 years cementing her much loved position in the hearts and minds of Australians all over the country.
Ron Tudor, a pioneer of the Australian recording industry and also a judge on YTT offered Karen a recording contract with his Fable label when Karen was 16. Her first single achieved gold status making her the first Australian schoolgirl to receive a gold record. Her album You are the Reason achieved platinum status and Loves Us All the follow up album went gold. In 1981 and 1982 Karen Knowles was the highest selling female recording artist in Australia. Karen soon began performing in solo concerts around the country and continues to tour Australia to this day. Karen was asked to join the legendary group The Seekers in 1990 and toured with the group nationally and internationally for two years. She has continued to record and perform ever since becoming one of the most respected and loved singers in Australia with a performing career that now spans 40 years. As a singer, songwriter, performer, teacher, producer and Reconciliation Ambassador, Karen brings her creativity into everything she does. Karen has worked with indigenous elders and communities since 1994 leading up to her involvement in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the National Reconciliation Convention in 1997.
Her overall mission is to touch people’s hearts, help people feel the embodiment of connection to country and heal gently through her music. Her intention is always to be fully present and able to respond to what she finds needs exploration and expression in the moment.
Karen’s 7th solo album “Solid Ground” has recently been completed and will be officially launched in March 2020 in time for International Womens Day 2020.
In 2019, Karen is launching her Song Balm Series - a signature series of concerts and workshops at various locations around Australia.
For further details on the Song Balm Series and for bookings at various locations please visit:
About Michael Kokinos:
Michael commenced life as a musician but his pathway has taken him since on the path of a healing journey, becoming a skilled physiotherapist and cranial sacral practitioner. He has lived and worked with indigenous people in the Northern Territory of Australia for over 15 years and worked with various elders and musicians during that time.
Michael was asked to write the music for the Miriam Rose’s Dadirri video recording bringing sensitivity into the sound of “deep listening” as Miriam passes on her teachings.
He also worked with Tommy Little for many years, writing songs and toured with Tommy for various performance events. Michael is also a senior Takatina practitioner (rhythm awareness training).
Michael remains on a healers path but is delighted to be back in the musical world. The music he has been able to bring forth in supporting Karen recently to fulfil her vision for her new music about expressing connection to our country and to ourselves comes from the heart. He blends his skill as a musician and healer and plays from a deep, trusting knowing.
Wiilpa and all our collaborators respectfully acknowledge the original inhabitants of the land we live and work on and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.