Folk Jazz trio Elixir features Jazz saxophonist Zac Hurren and singer Katie Noonan and has existed for over 19 years. The trio has enjoyed much success and great commendation along the way including: an ARIA Award (Best Jazz Album 2011), 13 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Jazz Chart, TV & Festival appearances and most recently a tour to South East Asia. The trio exists to explore new musical opportunities and relationships and thrives in unusual collaborative environments. Elixir seeks to explore the relationship between text and sound and celebrate great Australian poetry. Their latest collaboration sees them set incredible music to the iconic poetry of national treasure – Michael Leunig.
Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. The 5 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music. Her recent releases include collaborating with guitarist Karin Schaupp for their ARIA Winning album 'Songs of the Latin Skies' and with the world famous Brodsky Quartet for the acclaimed 2016 album ‘With Love and Fury'. She has also worked with the country’s top orchestra’s including her fruitful collaborations with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and recently with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Zac Hurren won the National Jazz Award (in 2009) and was a Freedman Fellowship finalist in 2012. He is a truly unique and distinctly Australian saxophonist, composer and improviser. Steeped in the jazz heritage of Coltrane, Shorter, Coleman and Shepp, Zac’s debut album ‘Exordium‘ was released in Australia in 2007 on the Jazzhead label, receiving critical acclaim and heralding a triumphant new arrival on the contemporary jazz scene.
One of this country's most celebrated artist/poets, In 1999 Leunig was declared a national living treasure by the National Trust and awarded honorary degrees from La Trobe and Griffith universities and the Australian Catholic University for his unique contribution to Australian culture.