Karin Schaupp and Katie Noonan

Karin Schaupp and Katie Noonan

Karin and Katie Noonan have an intuitive musical connection. Their collaborations have earned them widespread praise and their latest co-creation, ARIA-award winning Songs of the Latin Skies once again has enchanted national audiences.

Together they journey through the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango, interpreting work by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more.

What began as a chance encounter at a festival twelve years ago, resulting in an impromptu performance of a couple of short songs, has now led to a significant ongoing musical partnership between two of Australia's most loved female artists.

Karin has been collaborating with multi platinum selling, ARIA award-winning songstress Noonan as a duo since 2011 and their collaboration has resulted in three CD projects, sold out Australian tours, two ARIA nominations for their first full length album, Songs of the Southern Skies, and an ARIA award for Best World Music Album for Songs of the Latin Skies.

Their first album, the EP Songs from the British Isles featured some of the greatest songs Great Britain has produced through the ages. Schaupp and Noonan's rendition of Sting's Roxanne, from this EP remained in the top three of the AMRAP AIR IT charts for four weeks.

Their second album Songs of the Southern Skies featured homegrown composers and songwriters from Australia and New Zealand and includes several distinguished guests like Iva Davies, Claire Bowditch, Diana Doherty, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and others. It includes world premiere recordings of new works by Elena Kats-Chernin and Australian song composition competition winner, Andrew Georg. Together, Karin and Katie have created a unique musical style, incorporating their combined diverse musical experience into a boundary-less form with broad appeal.

Karin and Katie's latest co-creation, Songs of the Latin Skies, was released in February 2017. The album Songs of The Latin Skies comprises thirteen tracks, paying homage to this wonderful genre and showcasing two of Australia’s most accomplished talents at their finest. Between March and June 2017, Karin and Katie toured nationally, thrilling and delighting audiences. In October 2017, Karin and Katie received the ARIA award for Best World Music Album.

“Katie Noonan has a voice like warm honey being decanted into melting snow. It is such a thing of beauty that finding a vessel to hold it can be difficult. Happily, in the music of acclaimed German-born classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, Noonan has found the perfect companion" THE AUSTRALIAN

“Once again it has been such a pleasure to make beautiful music with my friend Karin. The voice and the guitar have been at the core of Latin music for centuries and it has been great fun to re-arrange them for us, showcasing some of Australia’s finest composers for the guitar. We look forward to sharing this gorgeous music with you on our national tour!” KATIE NOONAN

“This album feels like our collaboration has really come into its own. We both have a great affinity for Latin music, the guitar is very much at home there and we’ve become such great friends that the recording process has been a deep joy, both personally and musically.” KARIN SCHAUPP