WollCon Jazz Showcase returns

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WollCon Jazz Showcase returns


June 20, 2022
American Percussionist to perform at WollCon Jazz Showcase

Towards the end of 2020 America was experiencing the worst of the Covid 19 Pandemic.  Young percussionist Narrah Padilla Smith was stuck at home in his Colorado home, and like many musicians around the world, unable to play music with his friends and band members at his High School for the Arts where he played in the school orchestra and jazz band. 

America had been hit particularly hard at this point, while Australia had been doing comparatively well.

Narrah’s father, who is originally from Wollongong but now living in Colorado with his American wife and family, made the decision to send Narrah to Wollongong to live with Narrah’s aunt.  They wanted him to be able to continue to play music at a high level, so Narrah’s parents contacted WollCon.

It was Eric Dunan who assessed his skills and put him in one of the WollCon Jazz Ensembles where he could continue to work on his jazz skills on the vibraphone.  Being a multi-skilled percussionist, Narrah also joined the BlueScope Youth Orchestra where he was able to work on his orchestral skills on various percussion instruments.


With his music opportunities going well, Narrah decided to stay and complete his schooling in Australia and during in the past two years he has participated in various WollCon performances.

People can come see Narrah as well as the many other students who study jazz at the Wollongong Conservatorium at out End of Term Jazz Showcase on Sunday 26 June from 2-4pm at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.

“It’s testament to the universal language of music that wherever you go, if you play music, you’ve immediately got a community of people who share this interest.  We are super pleased to include Narrah in our music community here at the Wollongong Conservatorium. Narrah is an exceptional musician with diverse skills, and we are so fortunate and pleased that he sought out and got involved with our program here at the Wollongong Conservatorium.”

Eric Dunan

Director of Jazz Studies, WollCon

Entry to the Jazz Showcase is FREE and open to anyone.

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