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HooRaah, Project hits Perth at last
HooRaah, Project hits Perth at last

For upcoming Australian bands on the east coast, Triple J is often the make or break for whether they come to WA.

When the Australian youth network declined to play the Raah Project's dazzling debut album, Score, there was no way the outfit, which expands to about 17 members on stage, could afford to make the trip.

"Triple J decided to pass on our record as they can choose to do," the band's Tamil Rogeon says with a regretful chuckle.

"So without the support of Triple J, it makes touring Australia almost impossible.

"And until just recently, the band was a 17-piece ensemble, like a big band with strings, so the scale of it made it tricky as well.

"But for the (Perth) Festival we're doing the whole 17-piece ensemble which will be awesome because it's so rich when you have that many people and because there is that much energy contributing to the music.

"The line-up is bass, some piano, myself, Ryan (Ritchie, vocalist), a string quartet and five horns and I'll be playing samples and electronics and stuff as well. We're bringing a string player and a horn player with us, and the rest we'll recruit locals.

"We like to perform and communicate to our audience as well so you know it will be a really raw performance that engages everyone, from the kids to the older people."

Indeed, we can be thankful to the Perth Festival for finally bringing this groundbreaking Australian act to our side of the country.

Formed by two members of another ambitious Australian act, True Live, the Raah Project was brought to life by improvisational violinist Rogeon and singer Ritchie. As a two-piece, they originally worked with samples and beats from their jazz and classical record collections.

The band then expanded to include a live orchestra and big-band arrangements, taking in about 40 players on Score.

It's been a while between drinks and fortunately a new album is in the works, albeit on a smaller scale, making this Friday night's Festival appearance all the more essential.

"We're in the final stages of a new Raah Project record," Rogeon reveals.

"We're working on a smaller-size ensemble as well so we'll be looking to release that in the next four or five months and then if Triple J plays us then we'll be able to tour."

'We like to

perform and communicate to our audience as well so you know it will be a really raw performance that engages everyone, from the kids to the older people.'