WEDNESDAY 16/8/17 -SUNDAY 20/8/17
READ OUT on Wednesday, 16/8/17 at 7.30pm:
Read out is an opportunity for people to come out and lounge about at Farouk's and simply read their book and have a drink or two. No conversation is expected but feel free to chat if you so wish. Some books available at Farouk's.
BALKAN JAM on Thursday, 17/8/17 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….
SANTA TARANTA on Friday, 18/8/17 at 8pm:
Santa Taranta play traditional music from southern Italy. Their musical styles include Pizzica, Tammurriata and Stornelli, as well as Polkas from the barbershop and the occasional serenade d’amore.
Two of the band members are grown in the traditional music of Puglia and Basilicata. Another is a fine guitarist from South America, joined by one of the best musician of the local music scene.
From the Salento peninsular to Mt Vesuvio they will infect your blood and keep you dancing like a spider and weeping like la Madonna…
OPA! BATO and OPA! SEKO on Saturday, 19/8/17 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.
THE GREAT UNKNOWN on Sunday, 20/8/17 at 5pm:
Semi Acoustic SENSATIONS playing Folk/Pop/Blues/Country
4 Melbourne musicians.
2 jazz + 2 blues = Semi Acoustic Folk, Country Blues
Mark Lowrie on Guitar and Vocals
David Taylor on Double Bass
Charlie Bedford on Guitar
Melinda Traves on Kit and Vocals