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Emma Pask

Photo: Kurt Sneddon

A large number of readers may recognise Emma Pask’s name from her stint on television’s The Voice in 2013, but there is much more to this prodigious talent than being just another manufactured reality television star.

Emma has been performing for over 20 years now and recalls how naive she was in the beginning. “I never knew it was even possible to do this for a living so I’m so appreciative to be doing what I love,” she said.

Throughout her career Pask has had some incredible milestone moments such as performing in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, in China with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and one show which particularly stands out in her memory was “singing the national anthem to Princess Di when she came out to Sydney in the late 90’s”.

Despite these big moments in her career Emma explained how important playing in more boutique jazz clubs is to her. “It doesn’t need to be the big momentous occasions, sometimes it can be really small jazz clubs where all the small details align dynamically and musically that everything works out fantastically, which leaves you on the biggest high after a gig.”

It is this exact sensation that Emma and pianist Kevin Hunt hope to capture tonight with their performance at the Camelot Lounge in Marrickville.

“With all the camels in there it’s such an eclectically quirky venue. We love that it’s a club that’s not particularly on your route to anywhere, you’re not going to be walking past and stumble in, you have to specifically be going there to check out the music,” explained Pask. “As an artist that’s such a great thing because you can tell that the people have made the effort to come see you play live and for the venue to be so full most nights of the week is a testament to it being such a great venue.”

For tonights show Emma and Kevin will be performing in a duo setting which Emma explained is “such a thrill because we’re in such an exposed setting with nothing to hide behind”.

The duo head into this show with very little planned, “we have a general idea of what we’re going to play but our repertoire also allows us to take requests and do quirky little arrangements on the spot.” (JA)

Sep 1, 8pm. Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville. $27.90. Tickets & info: www.camelotlounge.com

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