Her passion for music and entertainment began at Terra Sancta College in 1998, during Year 9 Learning Enrichment “Jam Time” with Mr Rizzardo and all the other music-heads.
“To be honest Jam Time on Thursdays with Gerard (we still call him Mr Rizz) was where it all started. His encouragement and support in developing skills and confidence in music; as well as his friendship and the natural way he engaged us as equals meant a lot to a group of 'alternative' teenagers who were testing out their individuality. I couldn't thank him enough for teaching me to play bass guitar and encouraging my parents to buy my first guitar and amp” said Kimberley.
Gerard Rizzardo is a staff member of StJPII who, as multi-skilled as he is, shares both his education in Science and music at the College still today! ‘Mr Rizz’ said, “I worked a lot of extra curricular with Kim from Years 9 - 12 doing music afternoons at Jam Time and helping her with her HSC music performance pieces. I'm very proud of her love for the music/ music industry and her determination to achieve what she is doing today. It's wonderful to see as an educator, metaphorically, how the water and nutrients one provided produces such a blossoming, confident and articulate beautiful tree.”
Today, Kimberley, Mr Rizzardo and others from Year 12 Music still keep in contact on social media and catch up in person every few years!
We have recently come to learn about Kimberley’s exciting and successful career path and would love to share it with our College community. Kimberley tells us about her journey….
“From there [Jam Time at TSC] I started playing bass in a band outside of school called Polystigma, we recorded and released a few EPs and played regular gigs in the city for a number of years. I took on management of the band handling our bookings, website and music releases.
I knew from all of this experience that I wanted to work in music for the rest of my life.
After school I studied Music Business for a year at TAFE and then got swept into the world of financial planning followed by IT for a few years where I improved a broad range of skills that would serve to support me working once again in music. I never stopped organising gigs throughout this time and developed my own events/record label called Octopus Pi which promoted underground shows for experimental and psychedelic bands and live artists. I also DJed and played sporadically with some bands throughout this time.
I gladly left the corporate world behind to pursue a career in music and was lucky enough to get a job with Australia's best community station - FBi Radio; first as their Office Manager and then as Venue Manager for their 200 capacity bar in the city - FBi Social which won a 2012 TimeOut award for Best Entertainment.
In 2015 I moved to the Byron Bay region to be closer to nature which I find is important to wellbeing. I created and hosted a radio show called The Arcane Ear on the brilliant community station Bay FM and was nominated in the 2016 CBAA (Community Broadcasting Association Australia) awards for Best New Music Program.
In September 2016 I was quite blown away to land my dream job at Bluesfest. As Touring Manager I organise and promote around 30 tours of 80 events per year for some of the biggest names in music (Patti Smith, Booker T, Mary J Blige, Rickie Lee Jones, Roy Ayers, UB40) and some incredible contemporary artists (Vintage Trouble, Gallant, Snarky Puppy, Corinne Bailey Rae). We're currently working on our 2018 line-up and I can't wait to see who I'll get to work with this year!”
Kimberley has recently gone on to accept the Best International Contemporary Concert on behalf of Bluefest and Patti Smith & Her Band at the 2017 Helpmann Awards, beating out the 2017 tours for Adele, Bruce Springsteen and PJ Harvey!
We would like to congratulate Kimberley on all her successes. The College is very proud to see our students achieving above and beyond.