AJ Leonard & Jenny Rowlands
Multi instrumentalist, arranger and recording artist A.J. Leonard is one of Australia’s pioneer ukulele players and is highly regarded to be among the best in the world. “I strongly identify with the music of Hawaii where the ukulele has never been a novelty.” Such inspiration sowed the seeds for AJ’s debut album Tales From the Tropics. “My number one hobby is listening to music and (through that) I’ve gained a greater appreciation of the past …..its influence on me as a writer and arranger and of course the ukulele draws it all together.”After attending the VCA Jenny Rowlands continued her study of the cello overseas and has performed professionally throughout the classical scene in Australia. The duo with cellist Jenny Rowlands is a result of an appreciation for classical and film music. They have performed and conducted workshops at major festivals and ukulele retreats across Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Together they are a true melding of musical minds, known on the world circuit for their unique ukulele/cello interplay and finely crafted arrangements.