Saturday 8 May 2021  |  7:30PM


'UKARIA is a garden in which music grows within the larger nurturing landscape of the traditional lands of the Peramangk nations. Its unique qualities allow musicians to deliver highly focused, personalised performances. Streaming allows these special events to be shared with global audiences, particularly during a time in which international touring (and tourism) is so severely limited. However I believe that streaming will continue to be part of future live musical experiences. Advances in virtual reality and hologram technology will allow an immediacy which UKARIA already promotes in its intimate connection of performer to audience. It is therefore very exciting for me to be part of this new chapter in UKARIA's extraordinary narrative.'

– Paul Grabowsky AO

Since UKARIA opened its doors in 2015, Paul Grabowsky has been one of our most popular artists. He's performed with Lior, Vince Jones, Kate Ceberano, Megan Washington, Deborah Conway, Lisa Gerrard, Paul Kelly and Archie Roach, and many of these performances have marked the beginning of collaborations that continue today.

In 2014, Paul released the album Solo on ABC Jazz. This is jazz for the connoisseur: rich, engaging, full of allusion and wit. It's also jazz at its most seductively approachable, in the tradition of Bill Evan's Alone and Keith Jarrett's The Melody at Night With You.

In his first solo appearance at UKARIA, Paul performs many of the works from the acclaimed album, closing the set with one of the most achingly beautiful standards of all time: Hoagy Carmichael's 'I Get Along Without You Very Well.'

We're delighted to announce that this event will be live streamed to a special audience in Japan by Eight Islands, as part of their 'Music with a View' series. Paul's international followers will be able to gather in front of a large screen in a newly opened park in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, and experience the concert in real time.

The stream will be filmed by distinguished South Australian photographer Alex Frayne, who has already pre-recorded footage of Paul at Twin Peaks, introducing UKARIA and the Adelaide Hills region to our Japanese audience. Alex is also collaborating with Paul on Light Visions, Dark Intervals – one of the centrepieces in the upcoming Illuminate Adelaide festival (16 July–1 August).

This performance will be presented in our cabaret-style setup, and patrons will be permitted to bring their drinks and refreshments inside the hall, and to enjoy them while they listen. Cheese and charcuterie platters are also now available to pre-order. We invite you to be part of this very special international event.

Duration | Approximately seventy minutes without interval.

Photo: Woodrow Wilson


The wellbeing of our audience and artists is our first priority. We've implemented a number of measures to make your experience at UKARIA as safe as possible.


UKARIA holds an SA Health approved COVID-Safe Plan. Our maximum capacity (220 patrons) is reduced when we present events with cabaret-style seating, which means that face masks are not required to be worn for this performance.

Checking In

Upon arrival, we require all patrons to register their details for contact tracing. Checking in is quick and easy:

  • Download or log in to the free mySA Gov app
  • Scan the QR code (located in the concert hall foyer) with your phone's camera
  • Enter your name and phone number
  • Follow the prompts
  • Done – you're checked in!

If you do not have a smartphone, or experience any issues checking in on your device, don't panic: we will have a sign-up sheet available in the foyer where you can manually write down your details. Please see our front-of-house team in the foyer, who will be able to assist you.


This performance will be presented with cabaret-style seating. Ticket holders will be contacted one month prior to the event regarding their seating preferences. If you require mobility-impaired access, please let us know by emailing or phoning (08) 8227 1277.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be provided in the foyer and temporary bar (see below for more information).

Entering the Auditorium

The doors of the auditorium will open approximately thirty minutes prior to the start time of the event. Please see our front-of-house team in the foyer, who will check your ticket details and direct you to an usher who will help you find your seats.


Architect Anton Johnson's design for the new alfresco space, visualised by perspective artist Michael Blazewicz

In response to the wonderful growth of our cultural program, our alfresco area will be reconfigured to provide a larger and more comfortable space for patrons to enjoy at all times of the year.

Our architect Anton Johnson has designed the space to maintain the existing atmosphere and connection with the landscape, and truly embrace the garden and surrounding views. The space will be fully enclosed, and will include glass sliding doors that can be opened on warm summer days and closed on cooler winter nights. A retractable glass partition will also give us the possibility to create a separate area for small dining groups, functions and pre-concert talks.

A polished concrete floor with in-slab heating will greatly enhance the experience for dinners and lunches. A beautiful hemlock acoustic ceiling (like the one currently used in the concert hall foyer) will reduce the ambient noise during periods of congestion and provide a seamless transition into the concert hall.

In order to facilitate construction for the upgrade, the alfresco area will be closed to the public from the beginning of April until the end of September. This will have a few implications for your UKARIA experience, and will affect this performance. We greatly appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

Temporary Bar:
Refreshments and Afternoon Tea

During construction of the new alfresco, refreshments and afternoon tea will be served in our temporary bar at the southern side of the venue, adjacent to the Ngeringa Vineyards. Please exit the concert hall and head towards the artists' greenroom. Our front-of-house team will be on hand to ensure you find your way.

Toilet Access

During April–September, access to the toilets will be through the concert hall foyer, adjacent to the main entrance of the auditorium, through what was formerly our staff office. There will be signage to ensure the entrance is clearly visible, and our front-of-house team will be on hand to assist you to find your way.

Disabled Parking

There are limited disabled parking bays along the driveway on the right of the property, however we encourage patrons who have difficulty walking up the garden paths to attend events with a friend who can drop them near the top before returning down to the main car park at the bottom of the garden. The parking bays near our alfresco (usually reserved for mobility-impaired access) will not be available from April–September.

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