WEDNESDAY 13/12/17 -SUNDAY 17/12/17
THE WEDNESDAYS COMMUNITY CHOIR END OF YEAR CONCERT on Wednesday, 13/12/17 at 7pm:
The Wednesdays invite you to their third annual end-of-year shenanigans. The Wednesdays are an inclusive community choir, based in Westgarth, with a growing performance reputation for spicing up fetes, birthdays, and unsuspecting tram travelers (really). Led by the ever-encouraging Alicia Egan, The Wednesdays repertoire includes popular, folk, jazz, and good-natured tomfoolery. In warm company, see out the year with a night of sweet harmonies, laughter, surprise solos, and singalongs. Come and join us!
BALKAN JAM on Thursday, 14/12/17 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.
SCUTTLE on Friday, 15/12/17 at 5pm:
SCUTTLE returns to Farouk's to play more crazy tunes....
Theo Carbo, Robbie Belchamber - Guitars and compositions
Angus Radley - Bass
Dom Stitt - Drums
Led by guitarists Theo Carbo and Robbie Belchamber, "Scuttle" plays original works which are driven by improvisation and influenced by beat-based electronic music, West African polyrhythmic structures, minimalist composition and contemporary jazz.
JOHNNY CAN'T DANCE TRIO on Friday, 15/12/17 at 8pm:
Cajun Trio Melbourne’s own ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Trio are one of Australia’s leading Cajun/Creole acoustic music ensembles and dedicated practitioners of the traditional dance and social music of Rural Southwest Louisiana. Featuring Driving, bluesy and hypnotic button accordion and fiddle lead grooves with Cajun French vocal, guitar and percussion, performing live and fully acoustic at Farouks Olive for your listening and dancing pleasure! Craig Woodward. Cajun accordion/fiddle/vocal, Susan Shaw. Guitar/vocal/ti’ fir & Campbell Shaw. Fiddle Two-Steps, One-Steps, Waltzes, Blues and Stomps from the Swamps!
BREAKOUT on Saturday, 16/12/17 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 AND OPA! SEKO on Saturday, 16/12/17 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. http://www.opabalkanbrass.com/wordpress/
SvG 4TET on Sunday, 17/12/17 at 5pm:
Lead by trombonist and composer Scott van Gemert, this group aims to push the boundaries of a chordless quartet by performing original compositions interwoven with improvisations from the unique individual voices of the members of the ensemble. Come on down for an evening of fresh creative music!