Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:50

360 Allstars: Urban Circus In Preview

Gene Peterson is a passionate and committed young musician rightly claiming that his ‘360 Allstars’ outfit is ‘purely fun’. The crew is something of a circus — if you want to call it that — but one that replaces animals with basketball freestyling; clowns with breakdancing; and hoola-hoops with BMX flat landing.
With that — and what’s more interesting — is that with partner-in-crime Sam Perry, the duo provides an interesting twist to the traditional music performance. “We’re two artists doing the music for the ‘360 Allstars’ show; we use live looping — everything we’re doing is running off stage — we have a keyboard, drum kit and synthesiser; Sam also has vocals running through a guitar-effects pedal and then channelled through a loop pedal which allows us to build something up – bigger and bigger. By the end, we’re sounding like a full band!”

Indeed, admitting he writes the music collaboratively with Sam — a very talented artist in his own right — they play the music live together. Gene explains, “I’m the producer and director of the show; I did all the casting and brought everyone together, even from overseas. There are lot of logistical things going on in the background — but even with that, I still get to be the session musician I want to be — it’s not an office job!”

But a dream job it sounds like. And as a youngster, he was open to any paid professional work. “My first opportunities came with session music and touring with shows. That’s how I got into this area of the industry. After touring with ‘360 Allstars’, they asked me to write the music for the show instead of just turning up to play the drums!”

And that was as exciting as it was life-changing. Yet this radical urban circus — as it were — is not Peterson’s first coup de grace, however it is the one where he feels most at home. “I do wear a number of hats,” chimes the multi-talented entertainer. “I don’t mean to boast by saying that,” he claims in jest, “but it is my baby — or monster as it has grown to be! It’s an intricate setup but it’s working well and we’ll be recording a live DVD at the Brisbane show. We’re many months into the tour and it gets better and better every time.”

No less, with 7 people on stage and 10 overall, the performances are more than just music. They take perspectives from all over the world and bring them together in a unique and compelling way. What’s not to like?

‘360 Allstars’ will perform AT Redland Performing Arts Centre, Thursday July 25; and Judith Wright Centre July 31- August 3.
To win a double pass to the show (valued at $78), click here.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:19

360 Allstars Double Pass

There will be breakdancing, basketball freestyling, BMX flatlanding and more at Redland Performing Arts Centre when the 360 Allstars perform their amazing new production!

Replace acrobats with breakdancers, substitute a basketball freestyler for a juggler, swap the unicyclist for a BMX flatlander, and throw in a Roue Cyr artist and you get an exhilarating circus performance, like nothing you have seen before!

And with live looping plus live music from Gene Peterson, 360 Allstars is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding.

To win a double pass (total value $78) to the performance at the Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland, Thursday July 25 at 7.30pm This competition has closed.
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