Kooii Album Launch
Kooii's music has a timeless quality that is instantly familiar, resonating with people of all ages. Their sound weaves through the city, hills and ocean.
The group comprises of a main vocalist/trumpeter Peter Hunt, two guitarists Lachlan Mitchell and Conan Griffiths, bassist Tom Hinchliffe and drummer Charles Wall. Peter provides the seeds of the songs that the group helps to grow. Together their open-hearted feel, compelling groove and improvisation engage and bring joy to their audience.
They began 2010 with a tour of reggae-loving New Zealand where their unique Australian brand of African and jazz-infused reggae was a hit. They continue the year with a focus on touring Australia and a spring release of their much-anticipated 2nd album.
The group has been honing its’ tone for over 7 years and the relationships between it’s individual members have been maturing for many years in various bands. All the members express a love and respect for the playing of their respective instruments and creating music.
In 2005, they released their debut album to rapturous reviews both in Australia and overseas. Tracks from the album have received airplay in the US, Brazil, UK, Canada, France and community stations across Australia. The album made the top 20 and scored rotation on more than a dozen college stations in the US. It has become a much-loved collection of songs for many and has woven its way through the consciousness of their local community. Young and old relate to the album. It has a timeless quality about it and its appeal grows upon repeated listens.
Songs of the groups have twice been finalists in the Q song awards of 2007 and 2009.
They have appeared at festivals across Australia and have toured extensively on the country’s East Coast. Their recent New Zealand tour included a main stage performance at the Parihaka International peace Festival. They were included as part of a compilation for the March 07 edition of the Rolling Stone magazine, featuring prominent Australian artists who have been a part of the John Butler Seed program. This inclusion acknowledges the band’s contribution to Australian contemporary music.
Notes: Show times are approximate. Most tickets are for General Admission / standing room only - if you wish to book a table or a booth, please call the Red Bennies office to make a reservation on (03) 9826 2689