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Joe Accaria – Musical Director

A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Honours Music and Education degree in contemporary and orchestral percussion, Joe has worked extensively worldwide as a performer, composer, music producer and music director.

Music Direction credits include Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs – 2005 World Tour, London West End 2009, Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa 2010-2015. David Campbell – Swing Sessions I & II, Good Lovin’, Broadway and Let’s Go Tours. Human Nature – Australia Motown Tours 2006-2008 and Las Vegas season 2009, Christmas and Jukebox Tours 2013 & 2015. iOTA – Young Hard and Solo Sydney Festival 2012, B-Girl Sydney Opera House 2015. Sydney New Year’s Eve Lord Mayor’s party at the Opera House 2011 – 2014. Velvet – Adelaide Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Sydney Opera House 2015.

Composition credits include works for – 2000 Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony, 2001 Bledisloe Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2013 & 2014 NRL Grand Finals, Tap Dogs New Year’s Eve 2014 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Joe also performed in the Helpmann Award winning Smoke & Mirrors for Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Auckland Arts Festival. Written and directed by Craig Ilott, Joe was a co recipient of the award for Best Original Score with iOTA.

Joe is currently Music director and music producer on VELVET featuring Marcia Hines directed by Craig Ilott and is composing the all-female percussion stage show – DrummerQueens – writing with Director, Nigel Turner-Carroll. Joe has also performed and recorded with Andrea Bocelli, Smokey Robinson, Ronan Keating, Robbie Williams, Cyndi Lauper, Anthony Warlow, Tina Arena, Wendy Matthews, Yothu Yindi and Jimmy Barnes.

 

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Adam Morris – Drums

Adam started playing drums in the rich yet unforgiving music scene in Newcastle, internationally known as the birthplace of such supergroups as Silverchair, John Paul Young, and the Screaming Jets. Having spent 15 years touring, recording, and performing as a dynamic and energetic drummer whose playing transcends a wide range of genres, he moved into the world of EDM, adding producing and DJing to his resume.

He all but pioneered the movement of DJing drummers in the Australian east coast music scene, becoming one of the most sought after performers, with a trademark performance style that continues to set him apart form the rest.

 

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Chris Luder – Vocals

Hailing from Queensland in Australia’s tropical north, Chris has had a colourful history in the music biz. Coming from a strong soul and RnB background, he rose to prominence touring internationally with supergroup, The Wiggles, as a dancer and understudy.

He further came into public view as a finalist on the 3rd season of Australian Idol where he was noted for his dynamic performance and vocal expertise. Since then he has established himself as a formidable talent and mainstay of the Sydney live band and sound system scene, appearing on Channel V and performing regularly with international renowned EDM brand, HedKandi in Australia and abroad. When not tearing up the stage with his infectious brand of rhythm and energy, he songwrites and produces for many other Australian acts.

 

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Turanga Merito – Vocals

Born and raised in Rotorua, New Zealand, Turanga Merito, aka “T”, is a singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, vocal coach and artistic director. Highlights of his career include playing Simba in Disney’s The Lion King in Sydney, Melbourne and China – clocking up just over a thousand shows in his professional debut. He also fulfilled the role of X Factor New Zealand vocal coach in season one and opened for Beyoncé with Stan Walker as a backing vocalist.

As a backup dancer, his credits include Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem, and Jessica Mauboy. As a backing vocalist, his credits include Bella Kalolo (opening for Chaka Khan), Ginny Blackmore (opening for One Republic), Australian Idol and the X Factor franchise.

He currently teaches private vocals at JMA Entertainment and LA Talent in Sydney and is both a national and international judge for Hip Hop International and World Supremacy Battlegrounds. He is also the Head Choreographer for New Zealand’s Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, and is the Artistic Director for New Zealand’s fashion and design show TIKI ĀHUA.

 

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Ron E Jones – Vocals

Ron E Jones is a singer, songwriter and performer based in Sydney, Australia. His career as an artist in Asia has spawned two #1 singles, heavy radio play, MTV Asia rotation, a loyal fan base and even a starring role in an Indonesian feature film. His notable skills as a songwriter have seen him pen songs for many artists including Marcia Hines, Russell Crowe, Diesel, Shannon Noll, and Timomatic.

He has also penned tracks for Justice Crew, New Zealand boy band Titanium & US Dance vocalist Chris Willis, most renowned for his work with David Guetta. He currently has the No. 1 single on the ARIA dance charts with the smash hit, Firefly. After co-writing Hines’ 2014 album ‘Amazing’, Jones was hand-picked by the Aria Hall of Fame songstress to not only be a major part of the show, but also to be the opening support act in dozens of venues all over the country.

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