Thursday 20/4/17 -Sunday 23/4/17
BALKAN JAM on Thursday, 20/4/17 at 8pm:
This jam is lead by the leader of Australia's only Balkan brass orchestra Opa and often other members of Opa join! Come and jam out on the funky east west fusion that is Balkan music. Learn tunes or improv with other players or just come and enjoy with a shot of authentic Serbian Slivovic….
CHEAP FRILLS on Friday, 21/4/17 at 8pm:
Cheap Frills has a diverse repertoire: Jaz sings songs made popular by artists from Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday to Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Willie Nelson, Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra. Cheap Frills are; Jaz Stutley (vocals), Brett Willis (reeds), Brian Paulusz (guitar), Rod Evans (bass) and Bill Thomson (drums).
BREAKOUT on Saturday, 22/4/17 at 5pm:
“Breakout” comprises Colin Garrett on saxophone, Robert Pettinato on drums, Peter Ryan on guitar, and Stan van Hooft on bass. Each player brings years of musical experience to the group and the band has performed successful gigs at the 2015 Castlemaine Jazz Festival and at several popular venues in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
With a repertoire of modern jazz classics ranging from Miles Davis’ “Tune-up” and Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments” to contemporary Australian compositions such as Paul Grabowky’s “Angel” and Bernie McGann’s “Spirit Song”, the band is sure to appeal to both a wide and a sophisticated listening audience.
OPA! SEKO & OPA! BATO on Saturday, 22/4/17 at 8.30pm:
The little sibling of Opa Bato, Opa Seko has a familial repertoire of traditional Balkan and Gypsy tunes spanning musical riches across vast space and time. Comprising an irregular line up of unpredictable members - you never know who you'll get, but not what you'll get, which is always great music!
Opa! Bato is the only ‘Trubacki Orkestar’ (trumpet orchestra) in Australia . The band performs authentic contemporary Balkan brass music from the rich traditions of Serbia, Macedonia and beyond. Since the early 1800s, this music has accompanied major events in the life of these regions, with its energetic rhythms, soaring melodies and wild Turkish-influenced improvisations. Dushan Mitrovic, a composer and performer originally from Serbia/Czech Republic, formed Opa Bato to showcase the unique fusion of European and Oriental influences in this music. This event will showcase the contemporary Balkan Brass music as heard at the biggest brass band music festival in the world namely the Dragacevo Assembly in Guca, Serbia.
ELLEN MARY FISH on Sunday, 23/4/17 at 5pm:
Ellen Fish grew up in a musical family and has been playing, writing and singing folk songs since 2001. She recorded her second album at Run Stop Sound in Abbotsford, Victoria which was produced by Neil Kelly. Ellen's style ranges from poignant traditional folk to light country rock. Her songs explore local Australian themes and create personal inner landscapes. While known for her haunting songs of love and loss, Ellen writes funny songs too. Ellen performs at the local Newport Folk and Fiddle Club Open Stage evenings and at a range of venues around Melbourne. Ellen's album The Only Colour was launched on Saturday 15th November 2014 at Yarraville's Bar of Bengal. She is currently writing and recording more songs for her forthcoming EP.