QMF “Under This Sky” tech rehearsals. Brrr!

BRRR! Under This Sky (UTS) tech rehearsals into the cold night! The lights are blue, like our hands!

QMF Under This Sky Logan

Steve Francis plays a haunting bass clarinet solo in one of the early scenes in the show. Steve composed this piece in a songwriting workshop last year, and the QMF team sought him out and asked him if he would like to perform it solo in UTS. How cool is that?


Steve plays many wind instruments in shows at Beenleigh Theatre Group, and has a business making clarinet pick-ups. He has loads of information about this on his Piezobarrel website.

Taane Thomas and Wendy Salter moved to Logan a few months ago from New Zealand and are stoked to be involved in the arts here. In UTS, Taane performs a traditional Māori ritual, which he said is almost prayer-like in its reverence for sunrise and the arrival of dawn.

Maori, Logan, Under This Sky, QMF, Taane Thomas

Oboist Kath is a joy to sit next to. When she’s not playing, her head bobs up and down and side to side to the sound of the All Stars band. She said she was particularly hyped because she won her high jump trials, jumping just under 7 feet. She also did well in all her running events this week. Good on ya Kath!


Last week Creative Director Sean Mee was walking around during our sitzprobe looking so stern!

He said, “I’m not upset, just the opposite! I’m trying to visualize how this will look when it all comes together!

This is not a concert, not a musical, not theatre. It is an original work.

Yes indeedy. This celebration of Logan is massive, involving schools, community choirs and many local associations. If you live in Logan, you will know someone performing this weekend, for sure. Here is the UTS FAQ, find out everything you need to know before this weekend!

Under This Sky Logan QMF

Oh lastly, a big thank you to Mia Cobbin for including a link to this blog on the UTS blog. Yay! :-)

UTS blog post about Joanna Funk blog
Screenshot from my phone

And soon it begins…

So we had our first on-site orchestra rehearsal, on raised scaffolding with a backdrop of purple up-lit trees!

QMF, Queensland Music Festival, Logan Orchestra, melodica,

Our orchestra pit (can it be a pit when it’s raised?) is in a massive field, with front-of-house on a smaller platform. They dictate to us from there, as infinitely patient sound engineers proceed with the sound check.

QMF, Queensland Music Festival, Logan Orchestra,  Logan, Logan Entertainment Centre
Sam Tuuga on the keys, and Bob Johnson, an infinitely patient soundman.

This FAQ link has everything you need to know about the QMF Under This Sky event.

Wendy and her purple bass
Tiffany and her purple bass

Purple trees and… a purple bass! Tiffany’s been playing double bass for almost 9 years and also plays bass guitar. That’s a very cool young lady!

And who else is cool? All-Star band percussionist Liam Madden. He is cool as a cuke. I’m seated next to him, and I’m mesmerised as he layers our music with glorious textures using gongs, cowbells, bongos and many other rattling and shimmering instruments I have no vocabulary to describe.

QMF Queensland Music Festival Logan Orchestra Percussionist Liam Madden
Percussionist Liam Madden


These guys are knocking me out. Love being in this orchestra Under This Sky!

QMF “Under This Sky” is in 2 weeks! Go Melodica!

QMF Queensland Music Festival Under This Sky Logan orchestra melodica Morganics Shaun Dorney
Setting up before a rehearsal at Canterbury College

My Melodica and I are getting ready for Under This Sky. It’s in two weeks! A big free event happening Aug 1-2! Where? When?

Venue Event Information Social
Football Field
Logan Brothers Rugby League Club
Wembley Rd, Logan
Gates open 3pm
Arrive early to secure your spot
Bring a blanket, chair or cushion
Food will be available for purchase
This is an alcohol free event

There is an overwhelming sense of community being part of this production. Under This Sky pulls people together for orchestra, choir, dance and drama. Everyone in it is from Logan, this thing is happening in my neighbourhood!
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My Logan: Sunday Markets in Woodridge

Logan, Woodridge market, Queensland, Brisbane,

I’m generalising a bit, but most cities seem to be made up of areas with distinct characteristics: there’s usually the cultural area with its stately museums and galleries; a historical financial district giving ground to swanky new businesses; neighbourhoods known for quiet elegance or tightly-knit permanance.

There’s often a colourful side of town, where new migrants come and the community is a cultural potpourri. I live in Logan, and that’s what it’s like here. My local Sunday market is in Woodridge.

Logan Woodridge market Brisbane Queensland

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Treasury Casino photoshoot

Here are a few pixs from a photoshoot last year. The client was Treasury Casino in Brisbane, and right now these are very big posters on the casino walls! I haven’t been there to see them yet, but my husband took these photos. I must get over there, hope they don’t change them any time soon.

Treasury Casino2

Treasury Casino1

In a happy coincidence, my aunty Shirley from Singapore stayed with me recently, and Mike took us to Boundary Markets in the West End. It was my first time going there. Shinji Ogata (who was with me in that photoshoot) has a studio there where he does live portraits. Shinji did a portrait of my cousin Melanie, and here we all are!

Shinji at the West End markets

This is his website: Acoustic Drawings: The Shinji Ogata Gallery. Here’s his 20 minute watercolour of me, which he did while we were working. He had a small bag of paints and paper with him, to paint something in between shoots. That’s an artist!

Joanna Funk by Shinji Ogata

Shinji calls his work Acoustic Drawings because it’s a one-take work, like improvisation. To top it all, his favourite jazz musician is Bill Evans! So’s mine!

Here’s his take on Bill. Click on it to go to the original work.

Bill Evans Shinji Ogata
Bill Evans by Shinji Ogata

This isn’t a post about piano lessons or even playing piano, but it’s still great to end it with something connected to an awesome jazz musician :-)