SHOWCASING SONGS

Leah's development as a producer began informally more than thirty years ago with her own one-woman cabaret shows. More recently her efforts have been poured into projects that showcase admired singers and musicians.

In 2019 Leah was creative producer for 'The Genius of John Rodgers' for the Queensland Music Festival with QPAC and the QSO.  

 

Her most noteworthy collaborations include:

  • 'Foolish Things', (Museum of Brisbane 2003) a performance and exhibition for which Leah and Helen Russell interviewed generations of Brisbane musicians

  • 'The Ultimate Prize' (Brisbane Cabaret Festival 2005) which framed the songwriting of John Rodgers in a comedic narrative,

  • 'Whoa Tilly!' (Sydney Children's Festival 2010) which celebrated the warmth and charm of Barbara Fordham in a suite of new jazz songs for children

  • 'Little Birung' (Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair 2010) which brought together John and Megan Sarmardin to create a song cycle telling the story of six generations of a proud North Queensland Indigenous family

  • 'Remembering the Primitif' (Creative Sparks 2015) which assembled the musicians and patrons of Brisbane's original modern jazz hub, sharing their homage to Peter Hackworth's hip cafe with the new generation of young jazz players

 

Her heartfelt project in 2019 was a musical review of stories about death by a trio of singers, 'The Bardo, Epicurus and The Banshee'.