Music is where Jonathan’s heart is
Jonathan Andrew turns his passion for music into his career. On Thursday 25th November, Jonathan performed a lively jazz set for over 100 guests at an intimate cultural celebration in South Yarra Melbourne.
Jonathan is a guitarist of Yorta Yorta, Tatiara and South Sea Islander descent. He is a passionate musician who started playing guitar when he was 8 years old at Dundoola State School in Mackay Queensland. His passion for music developed as a young boy, spurred on by his father and influenced by Tommy Emmanuel. After seeing Tommy play, Jonathan was hooked.
Jonathan studied jazz at Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and taught music for three years in Mackay to earn his way. He moved to Melbourne a year ago with his partner after returning from Scotland. His move to Melbourne was a conscious one. The music and arts scene in Melbourne has really taken off and he can get a steady flow of gigs, join the festival circuit and be inspired by other artists.
Jonathan has performed a wide range of music genres including jazz, rock, country and blues. He is interested in traditional Aboriginal music, and is keen to create traditional sounds, such as the didgeridoo on the electrical guitar.
He has performed nationally and internationally at venues such as, the Opera House, Crown Casino, The Dreaming Festival in Brisbane and recently in Scotland. For the Koorie Heritage Trust 25th Anniversary event Jonathan performed jazz for the crowd.
Jonathan works at the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc to support his passion for music. He enjoys his work here, meeting people and learning from CEO Jason Eades and founder, Jim Berg. The Koorie Heritage Trust Inc is a not-for-profit Aboriginal community organisation that aims to protect, preserve and promote the living culture of Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia. Whilst Jonathan enjoys his work at the Trust, music is where his heart is.
Jonathan enjoyed playing for the crowd, believing music is an important part of culture. The evening was a great success with several partners including GenerationOne, community members, sponsors and donors turning up to show their support for the Trust.
Jason Eades, CEO Koorie Heritage Trust was excited to celebrate 25 years with the Indigenous community, sponsors and donors. “It is important for us as an organisation to raise an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of Koorie culture in south-eastern Australia and work towards the broader goals of reconciliation for all Australians, “ he said. Jason was pleased to have Jonathan perform and encourages him to pursue his career in the music industry.
Jonathan’s message to any budding musicians out there is, “to start young, stick at it and enjoy the steps along the way.”
GenerationOne partnered with Koorie Heritage Trust Inc in Melbourne to help celebrate bridging the cultural gap in Australia and raising awareness of the cultural diversity of Koorie culture in south-eastern Australia.