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The Rock-itt : October 2009
vocals. I've been with them for about 5 years now so it's really like a family now. I like writing so the band often give me music they've composed and I get to write the lyrics and create the melodies so it's really developed into a great working relationship. Rick Roberston from DIG (Directions in Groove) who plays saxophone in the band actually founded EON and I came on the scene a little later. EON actually got to entertain Beyoncé Knowles in trio mode whilst she was here in Sydney, so that was a real treat! Your regular gig at the Establishment which is all "impro" is very different - how have you found such a solid musicianship to work so freely like that with other musicians? Is there a leader? I perform at Hemisphere every couple of weeks and the thing I love about that gig (apart from the absolutely gorgeous surroundings) is the fact that it is completely improvised! We literally make up songs on the spot so we really get those creative juices flowing. Paul Chenard who plays saxophone pretty much runs the band but in terms of where the musical journey goes, we all play our part. Paul Gray (not the one of Wa Wa Nee fame) plays keys, I sing and together with some loops and tracks thrown in, we create a soulful ambience that really suits that lush venue. How did it come about that you were selected into the top 20 business finalists to tour Australia - that sounds like an amazing experience! Someone gave my name to the director of the Local Business Awards and I was invited to audition. (We actually toured NSW not the whole of Australia). You recently worked on Australian Idol? What was that like? Do you have inside goss for us? Yes, I was privileged to be invited to be a part of the Australian Idol band last season which was a tremendous experience and lots of fun. It was a lot of hard work though, particularly at the beginning of the season as we virtually had 12 hour days for 2 weeks running and limited time to learn vocal parts and choreography which were of course committed to memory - no cheat sheets with lyrics allowed! I had worked as part of a house band before but not for live television. Live TV leaves no room for error unlike pre-recorded TV. Australian Idol has definitely assisted in my growth from a musicianship perspective without a doubt! (No goss though) With so many amazing experiences already behind you - where to next for Evelyn? I'm going to be concentrating on my song writing and will be putting together my own band together which is exciting. I'm also keen to work with some artists overseas as I've already been so privileged to work with some phenomenal artists here in Australia. Where can we find you? www.myspace.com/evelynduprai Evelyn's Latest Update In the month of October, Evelyn has a couple of trips to Queensland. She is performing in Brisbane this week and Cairns next week. Evelyn is back in Sydney on Saturday October 10th, and people can catch her at the Fairfield Supper Club from 7.00pm. This club is undoubtedly the swishest jazz club in Sydney (Evelyn's favourite in fact). She'll be the guest vocalist with the band Jazz Nouveau which includes New Zealand's 2007 Jazz album of the year winner, Charmaine Ford on piano (who incidentally tutors at Oxford Falls Grammar on the Northern Beaches, although she lives in Sydney's inner city suburbs). The address for Fairfield Supper Club is: Fairfield RSL: 14 Anzac Avenue, Fairfield, New South Wales 2165 and it's free entry. For those who like something a little more danceable, Evelyn will be performing with EON Beats ( the only band Beyoncé saw perform whilst on her Australian tour - she stayed for an hour and a half!!) Eon Beats are at the Dank St Festival in Waterloo on Sunday October 25th which starts at 11.00am. There'll be lots of music, art and food stalls throughout the day and apparently they get up to 20,000 people along. Dank St is located just off Bourke St in Waterloo, and is about 15 minutes from Redfern Station. It'll be a great family day.