About the Band

The Paul Kunne Band

The Paul Kunne Band (L to R): Oscar Chandra – Bass; Paul Kunne – Guitar; Shoshanna Rose – Vocals; Jeremy Sandroussi – Keyboard; Mitchell Benham – Drums

Paul Kunne

Paul has been playing guitar since the age of twelve. He has been studying music full-time for four years; first, at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Tasmania, studying sound production and contemporary guitar, and now at the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, with a major in jazz guitar.

Paul played guitar with high his school band Under Contract, performing series of fondly-remembered destroy-the-guitar solos, and winning the 2003 Arts Queensland Youth Injected Songwriting Award. Paul went on to be a founding member of Gold Coast punk band Don’t Tempt Thieves, recording a 6-song EP as the band’s guitarist and also as audio engineer.

Embarking on a busking tour of the eastern coast of Australia, Paul returned to what inspired him to become a musician — 90s alternative music, referencing a ‘childhood of obscurity’. Paul later turned to Jazz and the Blues, forging his own style that can only be a product of real life experience and hardship.

Working as a sound technician, Paul has worked with some of the biggest names in music. Local production for major touring acts such as Coldplay, U2, Kylie Minogoue, Powderfinger and The Wiggles have called on Paul’s expertise to blow away Australian audiences.

Paul’s varied musical and technical experience has led him to become a sought-after session guitarist and musical/theatre/orchestral performer.

 

Shoshanna Rose

Shoshanna Rose is quickly becoming known for her sensational performance style and outstanding vocals. This versatile young artist performs Jazz, soul and funk classics, mixing the sounds of yesteryear with a modern flair. With her smooth vocals, classic style and effortless grace Shoshanna charms her audience and leaves them wanting more.

A natural talent of the rarest kind, Shoshanna’s voice and unique style will both haunt and heal.

 

Oscar Chandra

Oscar Chandra is an unstoppable groove robot sent back through time to funkify humankind. Oscar Chandra bought his first bass in 2007 and immediately fell in love with it. His experience grew quickly and he has been involved with numerous bands featured in venues such as the Press Club, Cloudland, The Scratch and Five Sisters Café.

With a good ear and tendency to groove from the heart, he has been known to be a solid and reliable bass player. His playing style is influenced by the likes of Victor Wooten, Stuart Zender and Paul Turner (Jamiroquai), Jaco Pastorius, Nathan East and Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops). He plays across different styles from Jazz, Funk, RnB, Motown, pop and rock. His instrument of choice is an active Fender Jazz Bass.

 

Jeremy Sandroussi

With a penchant for the musically bizarre, Jeremy Sandroussi is more than just a hairy face. A Skilled multi- instrumentalist, you will often find him tinkering away on the piano, strumming a guitar or abusing any and every percussion instrument he can get his hands on. As an unconventional composer with many unusual influences, from working at the iconic Woodford Folk Festival to an Anzac Day march through the Brisbane CBD and a televised appearance in the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols playing with the SoundStruck Percussion ensemble, Jeremy Sandroussi has already established himself as a strong force in the Brisbane music scene.

 

Mitchell Benham

Mitchell began drum lessons at the age of seven, after his father told him to “learn them properly, or stop playing my drum set.” In high school, Mitchell played drums for Under Contract, winning the 2003 Arts Queensland Youth Injected songwriting award. He also played drums for the school jazz band, and the bassoon in the orchestra. He played has since played Double Bass in many community orchestras and live theatre groups.

He has earned a Diploma of Music Performance on the drums, a Certificate IV in music production and did a minor in sound as part of a degree in architecture. After composing and innovative soundtrack for ‘A Slip of A Boy,’ the work was performed as part of the 2006 Brisbane Festival. Award-winning student film Rive Noir is another example of Mitchell’s combination of screenwriting and composition expertise.

 

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