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FRINGE REVIEW: YOUTUNES BY ADAM PAGE

RAD LIFE

FRINGE REVIEW: YOUTUNES BY ADAM PAGE

Isabella Carbone

Winner of the 2016 weekly awards for Best Music and Tour Ready performance at last year’s Adelaide Fringe, Adelaidian musician and composer Adam Page is back with his interactive music show YouTunes.

Before you even step foot inside of the venue, Page comes out and addresses the audience and asks them to make a variety of sounds and noises, recording them merely on an iPhone before disappearing back into the Ukiyo tent. As soon as you are seated, Page constructs an entire song using only these pre-recorded sounds.

Armed with little more than a saxophone, a loop pedal, a key board and a couple of microphones; Page improvises the entire show using sounds and interactions from the audience. One sound is fed through Page's keyboard, building layer upon layer until he has spontaneously composed a fully formed funk, reggae or wonk jazz song.

I guarantee you that you’ve never heard a complex and funky tune orchestrated out of a mouth-made, primary-school-kid-level fart sound. There’s a first for anything, and you can’t miss one of Adelaide’s most talented jazz saxophonists improvise over the beat of a whistle/fart/clap.

Adam Page is a showman, not only are you blown away by his extraordinary musical talent, but his quick wit and humour (with the occasional dad joke) will keep you laughing.

YouTunes concluded on a touching note, soloing on a Native American harmony flute in the centre of the stage. With just a single spotlight on him and his flute, Page’s presence is enthralling.

Hey, but don’t take my word on it: Tim Minchin said "It is a rare treat to see a musician with such a masterful grasp of his craft performing with such effortless charisma, humour, and inventiveness. I was blown away. There's no one doing it quite like him".

This is an audience interactive show; therefore no two shows will be alike!

YouTunes will be playing until the 11th of March, and then the 14th through 19th of March at the Ukiyo tent at the Royal Croquet Club so don’t miss out!

You can grab tickets here, or for more information check out the Facebook event!

Rating: 4.5/5

Header via The Adelaide Fringe website