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Enjoy a true Latin chill in Bangalow

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp have joined forces for new album, Songs of the Latin Skies, and Australian tour.
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp have joined forces for new album, Songs of the Latin Skies, and Australian tour. Blue Murder Studios

SONGS From the Latin Skies is Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp's latest album.

The release sees the artists together on stage, as if they were in a beach in Bahia, Brazil, or in a field in Ecuador, doing a bit of 'Latin chillin'.

Once the parties are over and the mood quiets down, Latin music can be moody, romantic, relaxing and sexy, and it's that feeling that Noonan and Schaupp have captured in the release.

Ahead of their Bangalow show, Noonan said the show will be a very intimate show.

"It's a very intimate musical world that Karin and I make, and it brings it back to the simplicity of the voice and the guitar," she said.

"The guitar has been at the centre of the music of Latin America for centuries, so it felt like a logical place for us to go.

"It is Latin music but in a very intimate way, so it is just voice and the guitar, and a selection of songs spanning centuries from Venezuela, Spain, Brazil, and even an ancient Peruvian folk song that has been re-imagined into a new piece, so it is quite an interesting journey," she said.

Noonan said the music is ultimately defined by the rhythm.

"When you think of Latin music you think of rhythm, you think of dancing."

With so many countries to chose from, thousands of composers, millions of songs, Noonan said finding the songs was a daunting process.

"We had a very long short list (laughs) and were spoilt for choice, but we rally wanted to explore folk, jazz, classical and contemporary, though the filter of the geography of Latin America," she explained.

"The simple answer is that we had to love the songs, and the had to be something in the story, in the lyrics, that I was able to relate to.

"Most of the time I sing my own music and that's easier, but with this project I've gotta find something in there that relates to my life."

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