A world premiere for Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
Songs for Psychedelics brings together moving stories, anecdotes, immersive videos and favourite songs and show tunes.
Featuring Tania de Jong AM and Anthony Barnhill.
Tribes have sung, danced and used plant medicines to heal and raise consciousness throughout human civilisation.
Tania and her brilliant pianist, Anthony Barnhill, will share stories and songs to entertain, educate and uplift spirits in times of chaos and increasing mental distress, accompanied by curated psychedelic videos.
Join us for an interactive and enchanting trip that will leave you feeling lighter and much more connected!
Tania de Jong AM
LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus
Co-founder Mind Medicine Australia, Founder Creative Universe, Creativity Australia, The Song Room & Creative Innovation Global
Tania de Jong AM is a trail-blazing Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst, spiritual journey woman, storyteller and global speaker. Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators developing 5 businesses and 3 charities including Creative Universe, Creativity Australia and With One Voice, Creative Innovation Global, Mind Medicine Australia, Dimension5, MTA Entertainment & Events, Pot-Pourri and The Song Room.
She works across the public, private, creative and community sectors and is passionate about mental health, innovation, diversity and inclusion. Tania speaks and sings around the world as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri releasing twelve albums. She is Founder and Executive Producer of future-shaping events series, Creative Innovation Global.
She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008. Tania was named in the 100 Women of Influence, the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs and named as one of the 100 most influential people in psychedelics globally in 2021. Tania’s TED Talk ‘How Singing Together Changes The Brain’ has sparked international interest. Tania’s mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!
AMusA, LMusA, BMus, BEd (Hons)
Pianist, Composer and Conductor
One of Australia’s leading young musicians, Anthony Barnhill is a versatile pianist, composer and conductor. His performances have been described as ‘heroic’ (Wilma Smith, concertmaster MSO), ‘sensitive and intelligent’ (ArtsHub review), and displaying ‘incredible showmanship’ (Tina Arena). Anthony’s credits span radio, national television, and as guest soloist with symphony orchestras.
In 2019, Anthony was the Associate Musical Director for the international tour of West Side Story (Opera Australia, GWB entertainment, BB group). Tour highlights included conducting performances at renowned opera houses around the world, including Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and the Sydney Opera House. Other musical theatre credits include Evita (Opera Australia), Oklahoma! (The Production Company) and, most recently, as AMD for the Australian production of Chicago (GFO).
Anthony has worked for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, Monash University and Opera Scholars Australia. He has been pianist for Grammy nominated RnB artist Mario, toured China as Musical Director for Australian International Productions, and served as Composer in Residence for Creative Innovation Global.
Anthony studied at Monash University where he won numerous awards including the flagship Concerto Competition, while also achieving the university’s highest performance result in each year of study. He was winner of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award.