CURATOR/PRODUCER/MANAGER – VICKI GORDON
Vicki Gordon (Ngati Kahungunu) is a New Zealand born Australian who has worked as a musician, music and festival director, record label manager, artist manager and music theatre producer.
Barefoot Divas is the culmination of her kaupapa (sacred cause) to explore her connection to her Maori heritage and her commitment to showcasing women singer/songwriters on the International stage. She produced Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Contemporary Music Festival With Open Eyes, Australia’s first All Girl Rock Festival Fast Forward and managed and produced Australia’s first ARIA nominated Indigenous pop artist Brenda Webb. She has been honoured with a Human Rights Commendation Award, Community Cultural Development Award, Women in the Arts Fellowship as well as numerous Gold and Platinum Awards in recognition of her success as an artist manager and record producer. She was the first female Director on the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Board to represent independent artists and is the Founding President and Creative Producer for the not for profit association Cicada International Inc. She is currently Creative Producer for Vicki Gordon Music Productions and Associate Producer for Romaine Moreton’s new work One Billion Beats. She has work in development with Ursula Yovich (Barbara & the Camp Dogs) and a new Barefoot Divas show for 2016/17. www.vickigordonmanagement.com
WRITER/DIRECTOR – ALANA VALENTINE
Alana Valentine is a writer and director who has worked with some of Australia’s most celebrated Indigenous artists in Australia and New Zealand, most recently in 2014 with Stephen Page and Bangarra’s Patyegarang and Dharug Elder Aunty Rhonda Grovenor-Dixon on The Fox and the Freedom Fighters about her father Aboriginal activist Chicka Dixon, which opened at the Performance Space, Carriageworks in Sydney. She is an award-winning writer who has been distinguished with Australian Writers Guild awards in 2014 for Comin’ Home Soon and in 2013 for Grounded, which won the Major AWGIE for that year as well as the Inaugural David Williamson Award. In 2014 she won the BBC International Radio Writing Competition (1000 entries from 86 countries) for The Ravens and in 2012 she won the 5th STAGE International Playwriting Award for Ear to the Edge of Time. Her plays Parramatta Girls and Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah are both on the NSW Schools Syllabus. In 2015 her play Head Full of Love will tour nationally with Annie Byron and Paula Delaney Nazarski. www.alanavalentine.com
MUSIC DIRECTOR – ADAM VENTOURA
Adam Ventoura is an established bass player, vocalist, percussionist, composer, music director and producer.Specializing in Pop, R&B/Soul and Rock, Adam has played, recorded and toured with an array of world-class artists and musicians. Artists include Kelly Rowland, Al Green, Jon Stevens, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Stan Walker, Ian Moss, Kate Ceberano and Vika & Linda Bull. He is widely recognized as one of Australia’s top bass players, with a vast and extensive musical knowledge, which has taken him to audiences across the globe in South America, USA, UK, Asia, the Middle East and New Zealand. Founding Music Director and Band Member of Barefoot Divas