Fine Blue Thread is an exciting collaboration of three creative musicians from very different worlds: Helen Mountfort (‘cello, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Cosmo Cosmolino), Ria Soemardjo (voice and viola) and Sam Evans (multiple tabla and percussion). This distinctly Melbourne trio plays finely crafted, fresh and intriguing compositions that are grounded in the traditions of Indian, Javanese and Western classical music.
The music of Fine Blue Thread has been featured along side Ravi Shankar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Nitin Sawhney in a BBC world music compilation CD, A Beginners Guide to the Music of India, as an example of a contemporary approach to the use of Indian instruments, recently released in Europe.
Since their sold-out debut performance at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Fine Blue Thread have been surprising audiences throughout Australia with performances of their own original music that is sometimes haunting, uplifting and breathtakingly intimate.
Fine Blue Thread received rave reviews for their debut album Red Mountain . This was followed in 2014 by the release of a second album Blueprint. Blueprint is a stunning collection of songs showcasing this unique combination of instruments. Exquisite and delicate textures, hypnotic and pulsating rhythms, this album creates a fresh new sound, distinctively Australian but drawing widely from our region. Special guest Anne Norman adds a new voice to the mix to two tracks with her world renowned Shakuhachi playing.
The music of Fine Blue Thread is moody, open, sweet and surprising – generating a distinctive modern Melbourne sound. Recent performance highlights include the Melbourne International Arts Festival, The Victorian Arts Centre, The Melbourne Recital Centre, The Famous Spiegeltents in Melbourne and Sydney and other festivals throughout Australia.