Thursday 23/3/17 -Sunday 26/3/17
BALKAN JAM on Thursday, 23/3/17 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….
MONIQUE ANGELE + RAILWAY CRESENT on Friday, 24/3/17 at 8pm:
Monique Angele is a Canadian-born operatic piano pop singer-songwriter that will take you through a journey of captivating originals tunes.
Railway Crescent is a grass roots original band with the flavours of soul, pop and jazz.
BREAKOUT on Saturday, 25/3/17 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! BATO on Saturday, 25/3/17 at 8.30pm:
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.
PETER VADIVELOO on Sunday, 26/3/17 at 5pm:
Charismatic and entertaining, Peter Vadiveloo plays original songs that make you both think and feel. Combining vocals, guitar and percussion, his songs are variously playful, political and provocative. Peter’s music covers an engaging and eclectic mix of genres including blues, folk, funk, latin, flamenco and cabaret.
NEUROPLASTICS on Sunday, 26/3/17 at 8pm:
Neroplastics' jazz and latin standards will spellbind and may create an irresitable urge to dance.
If you think you have experienced all there is in this music genre ... here is your chance to think again !