The Enchanted Flute - Melissa Doecke and Mark Isaacs
|The River||Mark Isaacs|
|Three Improvisations||Mark Isaacs / Melissa Doecke|
|Ocean Idyll||Ross Edwards|
Flautist Melissa Doecke and pianist-composer Mark Isaacs have hatched their collaboration over seven years, coming together initially around original compositions of Mark’s which Melissa commissioned, and branching out into exploring French and other Australian repertoire, as well as their own improvisations and arrangements of popular songs.
Their first performance was at the 2009 Australian Flute Festival and since then they have recorded a recital for ABC Classic FM and made their debut CD Ulpirra Sonatines as well as giving concerts at Elder Hall, Adelaide and Melbourne Recital Centre.
Their focus is firmly on music which is both touchingly lyrical as well as being engaging and exciting. Both are performers who love audiences and the joy of pure musical engagement. Performances last one hour and are suited to any space with a performance-standard piano.
“Melissa Doecke was fully in touch with French sensibility - l’esprit gaulois - shaping her line with elegance and restrained emotion . . Mark Isaacs’ alter ego as a jazz pianist led him to an interesting approach with some spiky accents and a strong rhythmic underpinning . . a fresh, engaging performance by these two fine musicians” - THE ADVERTISER