The West Sessions returns to Blacktown in 2017

Love to jam?: "West Sessions is for musicians of any level who want to create and collaborate," Fortaleza said. Picture: Supplied
Love to jam?: "West Sessions is for musicians of any level who want to create and collaborate," Fortaleza said. Picture: Supplied

If you love music and you love to jam then this is your opportunity to shine.

Share the stage with some of Sydney’s best young musicians, when West Sessions returns in February to Blacktown Arts Centre.

Local musicians and bands are invited to take the stage with Dom Cabrera, session drummer for Delta Goodrem and Cyrus; and Eric Fortaleza, session bass player for Nathaniel Willemse – South African-born Australian singer and songwriter most notable for finishing sixth on the fourth season of The X Factor Australia.

“Jam nights are where pure imagination, improvisation and collaboration come together to create an infectious energy,” Fortaleza said. “Traditional gigs can’t capture that feeling.”

Fortaleza first met Nathaniel at a South African charity event.

He said ever since then the pair have really hit it off.

“We sort of have the same energy and the same connection. We love the same kind of music and have the same sort of drive and I think that’s what keeps us going,” he said.

“We have so many different projects going on and I think I’ve found the right guy who I want to jam with for the rest of my life.”

He said the idea for West Sessions was borne from a phone conversation with Cabrera while driving home from a gig.

“As musicians we’ve been rewarded with great opportunities – especially in the music industry – playing for different artists,” Fortaleza said. 

“But the one thing that Dom and I realised was Blacktown has so many amazing musicians.

“We wanted to find a way to give back to the community we grew up in and West Sessions is the perfect opportunity to.”

West Sessions is a free event for all ages, abilities and musical styles.

  • Starts February15 at Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown. Bookings essential: 9839 6558 or blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

Jam nights are where pure imagination, improvisation and collaboration come together to create an infectious energy. Traditional gigs can’t capture that feeling.

Eric Fortaleza, session bass player for Nathaniel.
Love music?: "This is for the musicians of the west," Fortaleza said of West Sessions. Picture: Raphael Miguel Canillas.

Love music?: "This is for the musicians of the west," Fortaleza said of West Sessions. Picture: Raphael Miguel Canillas.