Thu Jan 19 The Zoo - Chris Berry, Spankinhide, Tribalicious

Posted on behalf of Talkin' the Drum...

Chris Berry, Spankinhide and Tribalicious at the Zoo for the Big Bang Thursday January 19th.
The Big Bang returns to the Zoo for a one-off show presenting, in conjunction with Sydney’s Top Shelf Productions, Chris Berry. Chris will do an acoustic performance on the mbira (Zimbabwean thumb piano). Tribalicious supports and then Spankinhide becomes backup band for Chris as he rocks it out on the djembe performing such pieces as Vakourou, Tchisakoto, Katimbe, Dine, Mafuwe, Moukatitambe and Zebola.

Call the Zoo for more details.

Jan 11-13 - Drum/Dance courses with Elliott & Josie start

Posted on behalf of Talkin' the Drum...

6 week combined Drum and Dance course with Elliott and Josie.
In Africa drumming and dance are ONE, the rhythm and movement inseparable, the one mirrored in the other. These classes are dedicated to providing understanding of this connection. Half of each class focuses upon the drumming & the other upon the dance, as the rhythm continues. Participants are encouraged to learn both or may choose to focus on either side of this union.

6 x 2 hour classes over 6 weeks.
Wed nights Jan 11th and 18th, and Feb 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd.
Culminates in a performance at the Feb Pulse.
AHIMSA house, 26 Horan St. West End.
Cost is $105 for the course.
Drums are available for hire and sale.
Contact Elliott or Josie 0407 372 5554

5 week Intermediate Drum course
These classes are open to drummers with significant experience in African drumming, particularly on the djembe. Ability to play a clear tone and slap is a must.
5 x 2 hour classes over 5 weeks.
Thu nights Jan 12th and Feb 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.
Culminates in a performance at the Feb Pulse.
Venue: St. Andrews Church Hall, cnr Vulture St. and Cordelia St, South Brisbane.
Cost is $87.50 for the course.
Drums are available for hire and sale.
Contact Elliott 0407 372 5554

5 week Beginner Drum course
These classes are open to all drummers, or would-be drummers. No experience in African drumming necessary, as technique will be covered and traditional African rhythms taught.
5 x 2 hour classes over 5 weeks.
Fri nights Jan 13th and Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.
Culminates in a performance at the Feb Pulse.
Venue: Metro Arts, Level 4, 109 Edward St. City.
Cost is $87.50 for the course.
Drums are available for hire and sale.
Contact Elliott 0407 372 5554


Jan 6-8 Sandgate - Music By The Sea Festival

Forwarded on behalf of Music By The Sea...

Dear music lover

Sandgate Music By The Sea Festival 2006 (6 - 8 January)

The annual festival will again produce a high quality program of classical, folk, jazz and world music at 5 different venues.

The Festival Highlights:‘Roger Woodward in Concert’ – world renown classic pianist

Joe Chindamo on stage’ – jazz piano genius from Melbourne

They both perform on Steinway piano at the Sandgate Town Hall.

Other artists include Sunas, Doch, Oka, Totally Gourdgeous, Jigzag form Sydney, Freewheelin’ Franklins with a Santana Tribute Show Spectacular, Troy Martheze from Melbourne, Quintet of the Brisbane Chamber Orchestra, Gregory Hartay-Szabo, Louise King from Sunshine Coast, Soursob Bob from Adelaide, Seaside Symphony Orchestra, Kamal Krishna from Camberra, and many more. In total 26 acts with close to 100 artists.

The Festival will open with a free open-air concert on the Shorncliffe Beach.

The Sandgate Community CentreThe Festival Club will feature comedy, theatre and music. - Ticketed

The Uniting Church in Deagon will stage performances of an organ recital and a cello recital. - Ticketed

Full Moon Hotel’s program will include blues, folk and jazz. - Free

Sandgate Town Hall will be a main venue for classical, jazz and world music. - Ticketed

Tickets are available at the Ironwood Cottage 8 Hancock St (Sandgate) and also online.

For more information about the program and ticket sales visit – www.musicbythesea.com.au/festival/2006

Festival tickets – great idea as a Christmas present


Thursdays West End - Matthew & Shen play Sarod & Tabla @ Checocho

I'll be practising with my friend Matthew Noone (upcoming sarod lad) at Checocho every Thursday evening after work, ie around 6pm-8pm.
All are welcome to come and listen, and who knows, some other interesting musicians might well turn up from time to time.

Cafe Checocho
69 Hardgrave Rd WEST END
Thursdays-6.00 onwards


Sat 17 Dec West End - EthnoSuperLounge Christmas Party!!!

.............Poster images by Erika Hayashi (mbira and dancers) & Karma Phuntsok (White Tara)

EthnoSuperLounge Christmas Party

Tenzin Choegyal (Tibetan sounds)
Cieavash Arean (Persian sounds)
Lansana Camara (kora, balafon)
Marcello Milani (guitar, vox)
Mbira Myoyo (mbira trio)
Matthew Noone (sarod)
Shen Flindell (tabla)
and friends...

Celebrating unity in diversity
Please come add your energy and focus!

This will be Shen's last gig in Australia before going to India until April.

7pm Saturday 17th December
Core Yoga Studios, 43 Vulture St, West End

Entry $15/$12
Sweets and chai available
Ph. 0415-106428


Fri 16 Dec Fortitude Valley - "Open My Art to You - Maxine Stibbes exhibition

Hi all you fantabulous people…. Just a little invite to the opening of my SUMMER STUDIO GALLERIA.. called MAX GALLERIA “Open My Art to You”
Friday 16th December 2005 6pm…till late..103 Brunswick st Fortitude Gallery…

I have 2 live electronic performers- Strangemaster and Guru Jaques and a DJ/VJ- Optik Nerve to help entertain you all so make sure you come along and bring all your Art loving friends…and forward this on to them please..
See you there : ) X Max


Thurs 24 Nov & 8 Dec West End - Mbira Myoyo @ Checocho

Once again, regular Checocho sparring-partner Matthew Noone will be away for a couple of Thursdays, so his worthy space will be filled by the lovely Mbira Myoyo - Donna Gee, Ruth Bromley and Vanessa Smith on mbira, accompanied by Shen on tabla.

Cafe Checocho
69 Hardgrave Rd WEST END
Thursday 24 Nov & 8 Dec - 6.00 onwards
(every other Thursday is with Matthew Noone on sarod)


Sun 4 Dec 4ZZZ - Live to Air with Tenzin & Marcello

Tenzin, Marcello & myself will be playing live-to-air on Rick Heritage's World Beat program on 4ZZZ 102.1FM, 4-6pm Sunday 4th December.


Sat 3 Dec Raby Bay - World Music Cafe with Tenzin and friends

World Music Cafe In Raby Bay
Join Ross Smith for a pre-Christmas night of music and food!

Tenzin: Tibetan nomadic performer famous for his powerful vibrato voice

Accompanied by:

Katherine: Cello
Shen: Tabla
River: Saxophone

Tenzin will also be serving traditional Tibetan food and Chai (spiced masala tea)

5 Seacrest Court, Raby Bay

5pm Saturday, December 3, 2005

Cost: $25.00
Includes music, meal and chai!
With proceeds going to
Tibetan communities in India


Sat 26 Nov West End - Pulse meets EthnoSuperLounge!!!

The new EthnoSuperLounge lineup will be performing at Pulse on 26 November at The Drum, Souths Leagues Club, West End.

Tenzin Choegyal - Vocals, dranyen (Tibetan lute)
Cieavash Arean - Vocals, ney, camanche, tar (Persian flute, violin, lute)
Marcello Milani - Vocals, reggae and African guitar
Shen Flindell - Vocals, tabla

A really fun, dancey lineup!

DETAILS courtesy of Elliott Orr...

Pulse this Saturday will be very special!! I'm excited!
In order of appearance:
(Hausa for "Come play music")
- 3 groups of beautiful people giving this thing called African drumming their best shot. Kicks off with a 20-strong beginners group performing Vakourou, the dance of the Ancestors including a rather lovely song! Then the intermediate group come out and perform Kassa, a harvest rhythm from Guinea, complete with some complex unison soloing. This crew is then joined by the drumming AND DANCING group performing Mamaya, also from Guinea.
- this 4-piece will be both sublime and divine, with a whole lot of passion. Shen Flindell, of Bubada Dubada fame(!) and numerous appearances around Brisbane with traditional Indian musicians and dancers is currently on Australian soil. This will be the most awesome opportunity to hear his fantastic tabla playing before he returns, yet again, to India to continue his evolution as a highly respected tabla player. Shen has brought together for the November Pulse Persian musician Cieavash Arean, Marcello Milani and Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal. Together they explore their musical styles in a mix that is an upbeat blend of global influences - Tibet, Persia, India, Africa, Jamaica and Australia.
- Pulse house band Spankinhide are totally ecstatic to now include one Lansana Camara of Guinea, West Africa. Sana (for short) arrived just 2 weeks ago and is here for 6 months. He follows in the wake of his older brother Mohamed Bangoura and performs the music of his people, the Malinke and Susu of Guinea. His magic on the balafon (African xylophone), his delicacy on the kora (African 21-stringed harp) and his insane power on the djembe will quite simply leave you spellbound. Performing together with Spankinhide, Brisbane's most kick-ass drumming ensemble, Sana is ready to fly!!
PULSE - World Music Dance Party
SAT 26th November
Doors open 7pm, music begins at 8.
Beautiful food available courtesy of Vanessa (mmmm.....!)
Bar open.
$15 and $12 concession at the door.
THE DRUM - Souths Leagues Club, Jane St. Davies Park, West End
- come hang out under the magnicent fig on the deck, a perfect summery vibe.


Fri 18-Sun 20 Nov Gold Coast - JoyFest 2 (featuring EthnoSuperLounge!!!)

JOYFEST 2 - November 18th, 19th, 20th 2005

This year Joyfest will feature a special EthnoSuperLounge set with Tenzin Choegyal (Tibetan vocals and dranyen), Cieavash Arean (Persian vocals, ney, camanche), Marcello Milani (African/reggae guitar) and Shen Flindell (tabla)!!!
We will be performing on Stage One, Sunday 1.00-1.45pm.


JOYFEST is a 3 day music & lifestyle festival featuring brilliant live music, markets, workshops, street theatre, kids activities and more FUN than you can handle.

Carrara Sporting Complex
Nerang-Broadbeach Rd, Carrara, Gold Coast
plenty of parking at venue or buses run every half hour between Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach and Nerang train
station with stops right at venue.

Friday 18th November 6pm to 10 pm
Saturday 19th November 10am to 10pm

Sunday 20th November 10am to 10pm

Limited 3 day tickets $77 + b/f untill 24th Oct ( gate price – if available - $119)
Limited 1 day tickets $45 + b/f untill 24th Oct ( gate price – if available - $65)

One day tickets may be used on any day
Children under 16 FREE (if accompanied by a paying adult)
Tickets can be purchased online through Moshtix

For more info please visit http://www.joyfest.com.au/


Fri 18 Dec Sth Bris - Sudha (sitar) with Shen

Again, no details on this...
I'll be accompanying Sudha (sitar) at a concert this Friday at St. Mary's Church Hall, Cordelia St, South Brisbane, from 7.30pm.


Fri 4 Nov BEMAC - ‘TUNES ASIA’ ~ ‘Amazing Tunes & Voices from Asia’

Forwarded on behalf of Arts BEMAC [zzarts@uq.net.au]...

Friday 4 November - Not to be missed!!! The last Cultivart of 2005!!!!!
BEMAC ‘Cultivart’ series presents
‘TUNES ASIA’ ~ ‘Amazing Tunes & Voices from Asia’

With prominent Tibetan musician and singer Tenzin Choegyal, a Master of traditional instruments such as the Dranyen (long-necked lute) and Lingbu (transverse bamboo flute). Tenzin is also accomplished on ritual instruments such as the Suna (reed instrument), and he utilises singing bowls, bells, and gongs within his compositions. Tenzin has an outstanding voice, rich and memorable in its poignancy and intensity.

Baatar Sukh from Mongolia, is a Master of the horse headed fiddle Morin chuur and throat singing, where two or three vocal lines are produced simultaneously by selectively amplifying harmonics.

Shigeru Yomei Nakajima from Japan, is an accomplished Kinko-ryu Shakuhachi Master who has performed in Japan, China and Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane).

Guest artist on the dance floor is Omar Pumar Romay, Theatre Director from ‘Orisha International Arts’ presenting traditional Balinese Mask Dance.

Time: 8.00pm
Venue: BEMAC Indoor Space, Yungaba 120 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Tickets: $14 full Price / $12 concessions / $10 BEMAC members
Bookings: Phone BEMAC on 33914433
Licensed Bar


Sat 5 Nov Annerley - Deepavali event

Don't know too much about this one...
The Tamil Association of Qld is holding an event for Deepavali this Saturday.
I will be accompanying Sudha (sitar) in a brief (10 min.) performance.


Thu 3 Nov West End - Mbira Soul Music with Shen @ Checocho

This week Matt Noone is on tour in Sydney (sarod rock-star!), so this Thursday's Checocho gig will feature Mbira Soul Music - Donna Gee, Ruth Bromley and Vanessa Smith - accompanied by Shen.

Details as usual:
When: 6-8pm
Where: Cafe Checocho (old Bohemian Cafe), 43 Hardgrave Rd, West End

See you there!


Sat 29 Oct Brisbane - "Roses & Spices" (Bulgarian)

Posted on behalf of Zhiva Voda and Judith Wright Centre...

ROSES & SPICES - a night of Bulgarian folk music, dance & food

Presented by: ZHIVA VODA

Dates: Sat 29 Oct Times: 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)

Venue: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley (opposite the Coffee Club)

Prices from October 2 will be: FULL WEB/PHONE $25/$27 CONCESSION WEB/PHONE $20/$22

PLUS 3-course Bulgarian meal (salad, choice of main and dessert) for only $20

Bookings: Judith Wright Centre or ph: 07 3872 9000 (Mon to Fri 12noon to 4pm & 1 hour prior to the performance)

An amazing journey through the rich traditions of Bulgarian music and culture.

Experience the spirited, yet haunting sounds of the Bulgarian vocal tradition from trio Zhiva Voda with renowned singers Reni Pavlova-Bojilov and Ann Bermingham accompanied by George Gaydov on gaida and gudoulka and special guest guitarist Ewan Mackenzie. Plus gorgeous Bulgarian costumes, traditional dance and heavenly Bulgarian food.. There will even be a Bulgarian dance workshop during the interval and plenty of opportunity to practise your newly acquired skills after the show!

Zhiva Voda means living, magic waters. Experience the spirited, yet haunting sounds of the Bulgarian vocal tradition, expressed with powerful soaring solos and spine- tingling harmonies. The performance includes traditional instruments, the gaida (bagpipes) and gadulka (stringed, violin like instrument) echoing an experience of vibrant life and deep yearning.


Fri 28 Oct West End - PULSE feat. World CitiZen + Tribalicious

Posted on behalf of Elliott Orr...


World CitiZen
Simultaneously easy listening and danceable, Byron based World CitiZen is an 8-piece led by singer/songwriter and global nomad Yeshe. The music is a mix of traditional and original tunes focussed around the mbira (Zimbabwean thumb piano) and Yeshe's soothingly husky voice. The band also includes Afrian percussion, drums, double bass, cello, violin, guitar and backing vocals.

The fantastically vibrant African drum and dance troupe Tribalicious will be turning up the heat once again for Pulse. Shaking their tush Afro style and crankin' out totally wicked beats - this is pure excitement!

African grooves by many hands - let the rhythm begin!!

Friday October 28th
Doors open at 7pm, music kicks off at 8pm.
At the Drum, South leagues club. Jane St. Davies Park, West End.

$1 from all tickets go to rebuilding the nasty government bulldozing of our dear mbira teacher Garikai Tirikoti in Zimbabwe.


Sat 22 Oct West End - EthnoSuperLounge presents "Akbar's Court"

EthnoSuperLounge presents...
Akbar's Court
An Evening of North Indian & Persian Classical Music

Cieavash Arean - camanche, ney, tar, vocals
Ben Kashi - Persian santoor
Matthew Noone - sarod
Shen Flindell - tabla

Saturday, October 22nd, 7.30pm
At: Core Yoga Studios, 43 Vulture St, West End
Tix: $12/$10conc.
Bookings: 0405 383753

Indian sweets and chai will be available.


20-22 Oct Brisbane - "Village To City" (Ivory Coast music theatre)

Forwarded on behalf of BEMAC [bemac@uq.net.au]...

“Village To City”

Drum beats…foot beats and vibrant African colours will fill the Brisbane Powerhouse next week with the presentation of Village to City. The show involves the production and presentation of an original, vibrant, music, theatre, dance show which uses traditional Ivory Coast music and dance. It tells a universal story of the importance of culture and belonging,- the building of bridges between the young and old and between traditional and contemporary life.

The project is the original concept of Bobo Salley originally from the Ivory Coast, who has written the script and music and will also perform. Village to City is a story of a young girl ‘Emmanimo’ who leaves her African village for the big city with her parents, who were looking for work. Emmanimo misses the village way of life and her friends and feels isolated in the big city. She gradually withdraws into herself and shuts out everyone around her. At first, the parents were too busy to notice the changes, but finally came to the realisation that their daughter was extremely unhappy. They decided to take Emmanimo back to the village, to reconnect with her past memories and sense of belonging by undergoing an initiation ceremony. Bobo Saley, says that “Emmanimo recovers and learns that the spirit is always with her-and that happiness comes from within. She learns from her experience in the village that even in the city, she can initiate community sharing through music and dance”

Village to City includes original music with contemporary and traditional rhythms. The show involves live band (Acoustic Guitar, Bass and Traditional Drums). Performers and musicians will include Bobo Salley (composer, singer, drummer) and Adeline Salley (dancer) who will be joined by Brisbane based professional actor Senayte Mabratu (Ethiopia),and some of Birsbane’s best African musicians including Richmond Achapong “Joe T” (Ghana), bass player, Phil Emmanuel (Tanzania), Joe Okelo (Kenya) Keyboard player, Anton Durira, back up vocals Zen Gumede and Moira Clayton all from Zimbabwe) The group will be joined Tusa, a member of a touring Ghanian drummers and dance group, Walla.

The project is funded by Brisbane City Council, Creative Sparks Grant program and supported by Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre

Performances at Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre

Thursday 20/10, Friday 21/10 and Saturday 22/10/2005

Bookings at Brisbane Powerhouse Box office: 3358 8600

For more information, and phot opportunities, please contact Lome Swan on

Telephone: (07) 3311 1033, Mob: 0405 188 475


Fri 21 Oct QPAC - BEMAC World Music Cafe "African Express"

Forwarded on behalf of Arts BEMAC [zzarts@uq.net.au]...

Friday 21 October
BEMAC & QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) present
BEMAC World Music Café Series 2005 at QPAC Cascade Court

A high-energy trans-African rhythmic journey from Kenya to Ethiopia, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa with ‘Jambezi’ Marimba ensemble & special guest Fabio Chivhanda, ‘Papasa’, with Sam Okoth & Nii Armah & Yenenesh and Amarech of The Ethiopia Bahil Dance Group

Venue: QPAC Cascade Court
(Entrance to Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane)
Time: 7.45pm
for 8.15pm start (Food from 6.00pm)
Tickets: $28.75 – Full Price $20.50 - Concessions $18.50 - BEMAC Members
(Prices include all transaction fees)
Bookings through Qtix Tel: 136 246 - Enquiries: Phone BEMAC 3391 4433


21-23 Oct Brisbane - Lama Choedak Rinpoche visit to Brisbane

Posted on behalf of Peter Lester [pl121010@bigpond.net.au]...

Lama Choedak Rinpoche - How to Remedy Depression

In this teaching Lama Choedak Rinpoche explores the nature and characteristics of depression with his usual warmth, humility and candor. Depression has been on an increase of our modern society both individually and collectively. Never before, has there been a need to find ways to deal skillfully, and compassionately with this disabling condition. Rinpoche-la’s long and deep connection to the teachings of the Buddha and great communication skills always makes his talks both inspirational and up-lifting. Rinpoche has had twelve years of rigorous monastic training, including a three and half year solitary retreat sponsored by H.H.the Dalai Lama. Lama Choedak was trained under the guidance of his teacher His Eminence Chogye Ttichen Rinpoche. Lama Choedak has been teaching meditation in the west for over fifteen years now and has an excellent understanding of the western mind.

When: Fri 7.30pm 21st.Oct SWARA. 61 College Rd. Spring Hill
: 22nd and 23rd Oct 9.00am-4.00pm Teachings on the Heart Sutra
Cost: Fri $15 ($10 conc)
: Sat $35 ($25 conc)
: Sun $35 ($25 conc)
There will also be an empowerment at 7.30pm Sat (by donation)
(Contact us in case of genuine hardship or sponsorship)
Don’t miss the Opportunity!
Phone: Peter 33524730


Sat 22 Oct BEMAC - Fabio Chivhanda Workshop (Mbira etc)

Forwarded on behalf of Arts BEMAC [zzarts@uq.net.au]...

Saturday 22 October - BEMAC & QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre)
present BEMAC Workshop’ series
FABIO CHIVHANDA WORKSHOP ~ Zimbabwean Mbira Music, Chanting, Dance and Percussion

Fabio offers a colorful workshop based around the Zimbabwean traditional
music, chanting, percussion and dance of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, where ‘Bira’ music ceremonies are based on traditional Zimbabwean Mbira (a kind of Thumb Piano) music. Participants are invited to choose from a variety of ways to join in the workshop: - Learning the melodies & rhythms on Mbira (if they have their own instrument), Rhythms on their own percussion instrument – hand-drums or shakers etc, Dance rhythms and moves, Chanting with the Mbira melodies.

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: BEMAC Indoor Space, Yungaba 120 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Entrance: $15 full Price / $12 concessions / $10 BEMAC members
Bookings and further workshop info: Phone BEMAC on 33914433

Sun 16/23 Oct West End - "Are You Being Heard?" Microphone Workshop

Posted on behalf of Yani...

Hey everybody,

There are still some places left for this beginners microphone techniques workshop but we need you to let us know if you're coming.

Please send replies to both me and Matt.

We'd love you to pass this flyer on to your networks or people who you know may be interested. Its even great for public speakers. Don't worry its a very non threatening environment and it'll be heaps of fun. You even get to be the sound engineer and twiddle knobs too!

For those who emailed me , just to reassure:
the workshop on 16th is the same as the 23rd
You can come to one or the other, you have a choice
(you can come to both if you want more practice and to let all the info sink in!)

In harmony



A workshop for SINGERS (and public speakers)
A hands on experience

Never be afraid of a Microphone again!
You Will...

*Learn good microphone technique

*Learn how to be heard throughout the room
*Make the best use of a microphone
*Understand the differences between microphones
*Surprise the sound technician by speaking their own language!
*Get to sing through different types of microphones
*Get to twiddle the knobs on a sound desk and get a basic understanding of what they do
*Be guided through a professional sound check

*Be empowered to get the sound you always wanted on stage!

Tutors - Matthew Moline & Yani

With 40 years of experience between them (Matthew says he's not that old!)Matthew & Yani will give you an informative and fun experience. And you'll know how to say those cool terms like foldback and "side fill" know what they mean and impress everyone!

Sunday 16th October 12noon till 3pm
Sunday 23rd October 12noon till 3pm

The Drum, Upstairs South's Leagues Club
Davies Park Jane Street West End

Bookings - 0406 114 931
Cost - $35
Duration - 3 hours
Maximum of 20 per workshop

matt@7thdimension.com.au and CC yani@yaniworld.com


15/16th Oct Jamboree Heights - Vijayadashami Carnatic Music Festival

Posted on behalf of Swara Mohini...

Swara Mohini Inc. is pleased to announce its Vijayadashami signature event: a feast of Carnatic Classical Music over the weekend of 15/16th October 2005. The details are as below:

Featured Artistes
Smt. Chitra Krishnamurthy
Smt. Vijaya Viswanathan
Smt. Rajyashree Josyer Shrikanth

Violin - Smt. Ammula Satyavathi
Mridangam - Sri Sridhar Chari

The School Auditorium
Jamboree Heights State School
35, Beanland Street

Saturday, 15th October
Smt. Rajyashree Josyer Shrikanth (Carnatic Classical Vocal)
05:45 pm to 08:30 pm

The session commences at 05:30 pm with opening speech and artiste introduction.

Intermission at 07:15 pm

Sunday, 16th October
Smt. Vijaya Viswanathan (Carnatic Classical Vocal)
10:00 am to 11:00 am

The session commences at 09:45 am with opening speech and artiste introduction.

Intermission at 11:00 am

Smt. Chitra Krishnamurthy (Carnatic Classical Vocal)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

The session ends at 1pm.


Admission by Donation
To cover the cost of this event we solicit donations.

Season Passes by Donation
Family Pass $20 (admits 2 adults + 2 children under 12)
Single Pass $10 (admits 1 adult)

Unfortunately there will be no single day passes available.

Donations can be made at the gate.

Please circulate this message among your friends and associates to help make this event a great success. This is a rare treat for the lovers of Indian classical music. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

Thanks and regards.

Anant Bellary

Swara Mohini Inc.
Phone +61 7 3849 2030
Mobile 0421 423 856
Email musicmagic@iprimus.com.au
Web http://swaramohini.cjb.net


Sat 8 Oct BEMAC - Dva CD Launch

Forwarded on behalf of BEMAC Events [events@uq.net.au]...

We'd like to invite you to our cd launch at BEMAC
(Yungaba, 120 Main St, Kangaroo Point)
on Saturday 8th October at 7.30pm
admission will be $15 and $10

We are very excited about our third cd, as we feel it has captured the new direction that we have moved in with our duo "Dva".
The quality of sound (recorded by Stuart Koch) and the overall production is fantastic and we feel like proud parents.
So please come along and be part of the birth of "six four five eight six four seven eight".
In this new repertoire we concentrate a great deal on the beauty of certain sounds and feature instruments such as "Mrs Curly"
(a beautiful glass spiral contra bass clarinet) and gorgeous sounding rocks that Tunji brought over from Nigeria.
As a result of this new direction in our music we have generated quite a lot of interest from overseas Festivals and will already perform in Brazil later this year.
But first we want to launch the new album locally.

The album received the following review from John Shand (who is music writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC Radio's Limelight magazine):

Even the dullest of us are fascinated by difference. Some get it from sci-fi films, fantasy novels or drugs, some from exotic food, wondrous places or meeting new people. What's at stake is a sense of having one's life expanded from a just room, a suburb or even a country into something approaching the infinite. It can be derided as escapism - sometimes true - but such instinctive curiosity is also what broadens minds, fires imaginations and breeds tolerance.
Tunji Beier and Linsey Pollak offer a path to the same destination via music. To enter their sonic world is to dare to leave the known behind, and to step back in time to what it was like when you first heard music as a child. Often you don't know how the sounds are made, but you are prepared to give yourself up to them and be rewarded by the wonder, the playfulness, the piercing melancholy and the flashes of wit. Then there is the implicit beauty of those sounds, and the seamless way that ancient instruments and exotic new inventions blend, as do acoustic instruments and digital technology. Behind those sounds, behind the vibrant composing and improvising, lie two rampant imaginations, harnessed to a fierce discipline of performance.
After two magical live CDs, this is the duo's first studio album, and each piece is will take you somewhere you - and often the musicians! - haven't been before: other worldly sounds that are always intensely, irrepressibly human.

Please come along and help us celebrate the launch of new cd and if you want to buy one we are offering them for a reduced price of $20 at the launch.

Hope to see you there - Linsey & Tunji


Fri 7 Oct Byron - Balawan & Batuan Gamelan

Forwarded on behalf of kupromo [kupromo@bigpond.net.au]...

Get ready for a unique and inspiring night of exciting world music not to be missed. Direct from Bali...

Balawan & Batuan

An electrifying fusion of Balinese Gamelan with contemporary grooves.

Friday October 7th, Bangalow A & I Hall

Doors open 7pm for Indonesian food by Juki

Show at 8pm

Tickets $25/$20 are going on sale Monday 5th September from: Barebones Artspace, Bangalow 6687 1393, Mullumbimby Book Shop 6684 1413, Way Out East, Ballina +booking fee (+BF) 6686 8111,

All Music and Vision, Lismore (+BF) 66 22 5399,

Music @ Byron, Byron Bay (+BF) 66 857611 OR $30 at the door

The music that Balawan and Batuan Gamelan plays brilliantly combines Balinese gamelan with modern jazz influences. The Balinese style is fast and intricate in terms of its rhythmic complexity and features repeated notes. Using this traditional style they add contemporary western instrumentation to develop songs about Balinese life which reflect a successful fusion of East and West.

All members of Batawan and Baluan Gamelan play a selection of traditional instruments, including reong (rows of gongs), suling (bamboo flutes), rindik (bamboo xylophone), genggong (bamboo jaw’s harp), kendang (hand drum) and cengceng (cymbals) as well as keyboard and electric guitar and bass.


Sun Oct 2 Brisbane - Qld Multicultural Festival '05

For full info please visit the Multicultural Festival website.

Sunday October 2nd, 9.15am-9.00pm at Roma St Parklands

EthnoSuperLounge artists performing:

9.15am - Sulagna Basu
11.30am - Sruthi Swara Laya (Vijaya Visvanathan and co)
1.15pm - Pejvaak (Persian musicians two of whom will be performing at Akbar's Court)
2.45pm - Rahim Zullah
3.15pm - Tenzin Choegyal (Tibetan)
5.00pm - Rajyashree Josyer Shrikanth (Carnatic veena, vocal)
5.30pm - Jaleos Flamenco

ALSO, my Indian music selection -
Saikat Bhattacharya (sitar) with Dheeraj Shrestha (tabla) - 2.30pm and 6.30pm
Dya Singh (Sikh devotional song group) - 1.15pm and 4.30pm

See you there!


Fri 30 Sep Seven Hills - The Gundecha Brothers!!! (Dhrupad vocal)

I highly recommend this - Indian music lovers MUST go!!!

Rahim's School of Music

Sur Singaar

An evening of Hindustani Classical Music Concert


The Gundecha Brothers - Dhrupad (Vocal)

Shubha Sankaran – Surbahar (instrumental)

Pakhawaj Accompaniment By Akhilesh Gundecha

(in financial aid of Indian Fine Arts School, Lalitha Kala Bharathi)

Umakant and Ramakant, prominently known as Gundecha Brothers are one of India’s leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music and the most active young performers of Dhrupad in India and international circuits.

Received their conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena) in Dhrupad Kendra Bhopal. The Brothers received national Fellowship (1993) by Govt. of Madhaya Pradesh and Daga Gharana Award by Mewar Foundation (2001). Performed at many important International music festivals and institutions in Europe, U.S.A, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Bangladesh, U.A.E etc.

Akhilesh Gundecha, the youngest of the Gundecha Brothers, will accompany Umakant and Ramakant on the Pakhawaj, Mrs Shubha & Dr Rashpi on Tanpura. Akhilesh Gundecha is a prominent Pakhawaj Player of India and learned this art from Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh Jundeo. Mrs Shubha Sankaran will be presenting a solo performance of Sur Bahar, which she learnt from Ustad Imrat Khan.

Venue: The Clearview Centre, 3 Clearview Tce, Seven Hills

Date: Friday 30 September 2005 - 8.00pm

Tickets: $30.00, limited seating, so please book early

Light refreshments will be on sale at reasonable prices from 7.00pm

For tickets please contact:

Mr Rahim Zullah: 0414988907 or 32001604 (A/H)


Sep 16-18 Byron - Peace Carnival

Forwarded on behalf of kupromo [kupromo@bigpond.net.au]...


Byron Bay is to host a three-day Peace Carnival

September 16, 17th & 18th.

The carnival begins with the “Peace Lovers Moon Dance” at the A&I Hall in Bangalow on September 16. The new Byron Peace Carnival CD will be launched and contributing artists will showcase their works. These include: GYAN, COOLUNGUBRA, BUNNA LAWRIE from COLOURED STONE, BLISSMONGERS, GINA LAKOSTA'S 'ONE HEART PARTY', THE OLD SPICE BOYS, RACHEL ZINMAN and RUSSELL HIBBS.

A candle-lit procession and indigenous ceremonies taking place at sunset on the night of September 17 will welcome the World Peace Flame -a permanent flame of peace that will burn eternally, on display in Byron Bay’s Community Centre.

Peacemakers carrying a World Peace Flame torch will lead a colourful street parade on Sunday 18 September, with singers, drummers, and hundreds of rainbow peace flags through the streets of Byron Bay to the Butler St Peace Park. (there will be car parking at the Market site). Music, peace talks, market stalls, a healing village, children’s activities, and festive activities that express the culture of peace that has flourished in this region will make this a great finale to a weekend of Byron and beyond residents working together to make this world a better place!!

Australian actor JACK THOMPSON, a man of reconciliation and a lifetime activist will speak, and the final scene of “The Gathering”, a film that he is narrating, will be shot at the event.

The Byron Peace Carnival will also incorporate community forums including the Thursday Plantation sculpture exhibition opening, and a screening of the opening ceremony of Earthdance 2005 from California USA with a live address to Byron by Michael Franti.

“The northern rivers region has had 35 years of peace in action”, says organiser Paul Joseph.“But it is time our community now became a modern living example of peaceful relating. We want to inspire the rest of the world with the joy of a thriving culture of peace.”

For more information on the event please call Paul Joseph on 6684 7579 or visit www.byronpeacecarnival.com

Fri 16 Sep Mt Gravatt - Indian Bazaar

Not sure about the details at all, but I'm playing as part of the Indian Bazaar at the Mt. Gravatt Showgrounds this Friday night at 6.30pm. I'll be accompanying classical vocalist, Siddhant Bhatia and Carnatic veena player, Rajayashree Josyer.

Thu 15 Sep Schonell - Songs of Mahulbani (Indian Art Film release)

Press Release

New Indian Art Film Release – Schonell Cinemas 15 September 2005 6.15pm

Title: Mahulbanir Sereng (Songs of Mahulbani)/ M (Mature Themes)
Distributor: Bollywood Dreams Level One 109 Edward St Brisbane City 4000
Tel. 07 3002 7152 Mob. 0410 420 004

Director Shekhar Das’ debut film raises the dilemma of native cultures losing faith in their traditions while searching and transitioning to a new one, through chosen and unchosen forces and influences. The audience is free to conclude if the new evolved cultural faith answers questions, especially in the light of the final community and individual gains and losses.

This Bengali film is set in Mahulbani, a fictitious name of a tribal village that actually exists under another name in West Bengal, India and is based on a book of the same name. The story of the film is narrated in the backdrop of ‘Tribal Movement’ that began in the 1980’s as Indian tribal communities sought an identity of their own.

Nature and art dominate the film’s visual palette contributed by the production designer, Hiran Mitra, a noted painter. The screen becomes a canvass, as the colours of the landscape reflect the communities’ relationship and emotional bond with the land. The seasons harmonise with the changing mood of an evolving community and the contradictions that exist within the societal layers.

The lives and loves of the village people, their tribal laws, festivities, songs, love of local brewed liquor, warmth and hospitality cocoon a torrid affair between married though childless, Saheli and the new village doctor. The relationship triggers a series of events that transform the village forever.

There is a strong focus on traditional folk songs and dances to beautiful music composed by Chirodip Dasgupta. Apart from the six main actors the rest of the cast were all ‘villagers’, creating a very authentic cultural experience.

The film had Fipresci and Netpac nominations and has been screened at Pan-Asian Screening, Singapore, Brisbane International Film Festival 2004, Asia Pacific Film Festival, Berlin, Washington D.C. International Film festival. Brisbane audiences now have another opportunity to immerse in this beatifically crafted cultural journey.

Sun 11 Sep Broadbeach - World Peace Concert

Forwarded on behalf of KJ Promotions [events@kjpromo.com.au]...KJ Promotions presents:

World Peace Concert - FREE entry

Sunday 11th September (4th anniversary of the 2001 World Trade Centre terrorist attacks)

Albert Waterways Community Centre

cnr Sunshine & Hooker Blvds, Broadbeach (next to library, behind Pacific Fair)

Doors open at 11.30am

12 noon -A special opening by Aboriginal elder Graham Dillon

Performances 12.10 pm to 4pm

Delicious meals, snacks and non alcoholic drinks available from Open Table Catering

Here’s the brilliant line-up:

Headlining this special event is international act DobaCaracol from Montreal, Canada a 6 member world-music group with beautiful harmonies and a unique blend of Afro-beat, Reggae and Funk influences with French lyrics and wicked rhythms. DOBACARACOL are one of the most exciting acts to come on to the World Music scene and have recently performed alongside other top Canadian acts such as Bryan Adams, BareNaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo and Neil Young. This year alone, DOBACARACOL toured in Africa, Mexico, France, and are currently on a 4-week tour of Australia. Their new album "Soley" (available at the gig) is a mature and sensitive masterpiece. Flowing from slower electronic textured and atmospheric tracks to all out African trance with a twist of roots reggae.

Future Native have a varying line up ranging from tribal drums & didgeridoos to pop rock vocals & innovative guitars. They have played with many top artists including Savage Garden, Killing Heidi, The Whitlams & toured with Jimmy Barnes. Their lyrics reflect their strong social, environmental & political attitudes, while their music has been described as a cross between The Living End, The Foo Fighters & Midnight Oil.


Nathan Kaye is an inspiring singer/songwriter and musician who plays an original blend of rootsy folk music, reggae, energetic funk, and didgeridoo. He has just returned from a European tour playing the huge Glastonbury & Edinburgh festivals. Nathan's soulful vocals, acoustic guitar playing, and conscious lyrics have similar roots to Ben Harper, John Butler and Jack Johnson.

Queensland based Lady Bird is the coming together of sister's Lani and Sheri. Their lavish live performance is one not to be missed; these sister songstress' guide you on a musical adventure that will always leave you grinning from ear to ear. Having studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Lady Bird's sound is always surprising you, and their stage presence makes any audience gaze like hynotised lovers and can be compared to the sounds of The Waifs.

Lecia’s style has been described as Indie, Rock, Pop, Alternative and even a dash of Country. As a guitarist Lecia has supported some of Australia’s biggest names such as Killing Heidi, The Butterfly Effect and Grinspoon. She played at The Woodford Folk Festival 2004/05 and was featured at Joyfest (Ash Grunwald). Lecia has played extensively over South East Queensland at venues such as The Troubadour, The Zoo, The Troccadero and The Hard Rock Cafe.

Acoustic music for the soul is how Robyn (vocals and percussion) and Thilo (guitar) describe their full and creative sound. They spent 3 years touring Europe playing Jazz and Blues bars, Festivals and the good ol’ Irish pubs. Influences Jazz, Blues and Soul from artists such as Ricki Lee Jones, Tuck and Patty, and Cassandra Wilson

This will be a totally heart opening experience as all the performers have a total passion for peace & unity in their music & share a common vision for a more peaceful world. Each performer will do songs of their choice in line with the theme.

Everybody from musicians, Council hall hire, sound & light, promotion etc has donated their time or service for free for this special event.

Full details on this and other exciting KJ Promotions including "What the Bleep" movie (final screening Sat 10th Sept), Sacred Earth and Joyfest are available on website

Keep Smiling!

KJ Promotions Pty Ltd

PO Box 369
Burleigh Heads
QLD 4220
Tel 07 5533 8960
Fax 07 5533 8961
Email: ken@kjpromo.com.auWeb: www.kjpromo.com.au

Sat 10 Sep Jamboree Heights - Sruthi Swara Laya

Sri Krishna Music Academy presents

Sruthi Swara Laya
An Annual Concert of Carnatic Classical Music and Bhajans

Date: Saturday,September 10, 2005
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Jamboree Heights State School

Proceeds of this concert will be donated to the Sri Ramakrishna Mission Upcountry Scholarship Fund in Sri Lanka

Family: $20
Adult: $8
Single/Pensioner: $5
For tickets, please contact Mr. Ramanujam on 3376 4910

Vocal performances by students of the
Sri Krishna Music Academy

Musical accompaniment by

Mridangam: Senthuuran Thevaraja

Tabla: Shen Flindell
Sitar: Sudha Manian
Keyboard: Victor Sandan
Guitar: Deepan Sandan

Orchestral arrangement by Smt. Vijaya Visvanathan

Sat 10 Sep Byron - Barb Dwyer CD Launch

Forwarded on behalf of Barb Dwyer [beelzebarb@hotkey.net.au]...

Barb Dwyer and The Prisoner’s of Gurdy”, are launching her new CD “La Langue Sauvage” on Saturday Sept. 10th at Ewingsdale hall near the Byron Bay turnoff from highway. This fab 4 piece will be joined by backing vocalists Anna and Alicia, impro theatre performer, Gabrielle Griffin, and other mystery guests. Doors open at 7:30pm $12 entry (incl. Glass of bubbly)

Barb Dwyer – Mistress of the Hurdy Gurdy. Barb Plays hurdy gurdy, sings and plays accordion with her new band “Barb Dwyer and the Prisoner’s of Gurdy”. With George Urbaszek on Double Bass, Claire Yerbury on Cello, Alex O’Reilly on drums, they create an ambience of a string quartet with the wacky presence of the crazy Hurdy Gurdy, and a rhythm section.
Barb Dwyer and the Prisoner’s of Gurdy play new arrangements of traditional folk music from France, Spain, Georgia, Gypsy music from Romania and compelling originals. Original compositions range from B-Grade horror soundtrack, to new classical/avant garde, circus and soooo much more.

Fri 9 Sep BEMAC - Cultivart 'Ragas'

Forwarded on behalf of Arts BEMAC [zzarts@uq.net.au]...

This Friday 9 September 2005 at 8.00pm BEMAC presents Cultivart 'Ragas' ‘A
night of Indian classical songs, sitar and tabla from North India’ - an
event not to be missed!!!
Cultivart ‘Ragas’ brings together an array of gifted local musicians: Mrs
Shrabani Choudhury is a talented Indian female sitar player who has
performed broadly in India and Australia; Mr Dheeraj Shrestha is one of
Australia's leading tabla percussionists also recognised as the foremost
Indian classical tabla player in Australia. They are joined by guest
artist, Mr Huib Schippers. Mr Schippers belongs to the first generation of
western sitar players to perform in India. Also featuring Nisha Rao, she is
presenting a range of devotional, classical and semi classical pieces based
on ragas from North Indian Music. She is accompanied by Mr Rahim Zullah on
harmonium and Mr Alpesh Vaitha on Tabla.

See attached flyer and please be aware that 'Ragas' is now to be held at
Yungaba, Room 1 (instead of BEMAC venue) same address, 120 Main Street,
Kangaroo Point.
Room 1 is at the back of the main building. You can park at the entrance and
follow the path around the main building, Room 1 is at the right side.

If you haven't booked for "Ragas' yet, please call 3391 4433

See you on Friday!!!

Ana Barassi
Arts Development Coordinator
Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre
Phone: 3391 4433
E-mail: arts@bemac.org.au
PO Box 7299
Web: www.bemac.org.au

Wed 7 Sep Brisbane - Shrabani Choudhury & Shen @ RiverFest

Sorry, I don't know much about this event... We are playing as part of the River Festival, and I think it's part of "RiverFeast" at the Goodwill Bridge, Southbank. Here's the info I have:

Sitar - Shrabani Choudhury
Tabla - Shen Flindell

Performance 1: 7:45pm – 8.15pm
Goodwill South Entry Feature

Performance 2: 8:20pm – 8:40pm
Main Stage – Goodwill Bridge


Sun 4 Sep Brisbane - "Harvest" @ Northey St City Farm

Forwarded on behalf of BEMAC [bemac@uq.net.au]...

I hope you will be able to join us on Sunday 4 September at NORTHEY STREET CITY FARM , 16 VICTORIA STREET WINDSOR, 10am – 5pm. Please see below Program for the day
10am – 5pm
Opening of Festival
10.25am – MC (Introduce Councillor Maureen Hayes)
10.30am - Councillor Maureen Hayes (Introduces Lord Mayor)
10.35am – Lord Mayor – OPENING ADDRESS
(Introduces Representative from Qld Government Multi Cultural Affairs)
10.45am - Representative from Qld Government Multi Cultural Affairs
(Introduces BEMAC President Alice Orozco)
10.50am – BEMAC President – Alice Orozco- Harvest/ BEMAC Info (Introduces City Farm MC Rep)
10.55am – NSCF Management Committee Rep – Address/NSCF Info
11.00am – MC – Introduce Main Program
11.00am – 11.15am
11.25pm – 11.50am
‘Papasa’ – 7 piece group
Music & Dance from Kenya & Ghana (25 mins)
12.00pm – 12.15am
Phil Monsour
Palestinian Singer (15 mins)
12.25pm – 12.40pm
Sri Lankan Community Dance Group (15 mins)
12.45pm – 1.05pm
Peace n’ Choir
(Mount Nebo Community Choir) – (20 mins)
1.10pm – 1.25pm
Kurdish Community Dance Group (15 mins)
1.40pm – 2.00pm
Hazara Afghani Music Group (20 mins)
2. 10pm – 2.25pm
Croatian Community Dance Group (15 mins)
2.40pm – 3.10pm
Walisuma de Los Andes
Andean Music Group (30 mins)
Seasonal songs include the beautiful ‘Flor de Undia’ – dedicated to a rare flowering Andean Cactus Plant that flowers but once every few years and for one day only!
3.20pm – 3.40pm
Bayaan Baathar Sukh
Mongolian Harmonic Song & Horsehead Fiddle (20 mins)
According to Mongolian legend, a star prince, who has taken a Horse herdswoman as his lover, falls
to Earth periodically to create fertility and abundance – his bones comprise the Horsehead Fiddle
3.45pm – 4.05pm
‘Bolivia Marka’ Dancers
Vibrant Latin American Dance
(with ‘Tinku’ Earth Fertility Ritual Dance) (20 mins)
The Tinku dance originates from a sacrificial fight that was enacted with letting of blood onto the Earth as a sacrifice for a bountiful Harvest – the City Council however have a moratorium on blood letting!
4.15pm – 5.00pm
‘Wala’ from Ghana
Dynamic Ghanaian Dance & Drumming (45 mins)
Wala perform seasonal ritual dances used for Seed Planting and an engaging dance for encouraging improved Rainfall for the crops – kindly saved for the end of the day!
11.30am – 3.00pm (ongoing)
Costume Making with Re-cycled materials
(in Marquee in Children’s area - with Costume Parade on Stage at 4.00pm)
12.00 Noon – 12.30pm
'Atmo's Veggie Garden’ - Mime show with 'Atmo'
Interactive children's mime show with live music and hands-on participation (2 characters)
plus interactive/feedback component
12.30pm – 1.00pm
Children’s Seed Planting Session
1.00pm – 1.15pm
Joe Castellana
Zuffolo Flute Music from Sicily
(with demonstration of Zuffolo – how to play instrument in Children’s tent 1.15pm – 1.30pm)
1.30pm – 1.50pm
Contact Inc Refugee Group Dance Display
2.00pm – 2.30pm
Sierra Leone Dance Group
2.45pm – 3.05pm
‘Fabulicious Fambool’
African-style Hip Hop Dancers (20 mins)
4.00pm – 4.15pm
Children’s Costume Parade (on City Farm Stage)
School Gardens and City Farm displays
Museum of Brisbane ‘40 Years of Migrant Gardening in Brisbane’ Photo Display
(On-going all day in Marquee by the City Farm stage)
CITY FARM – Cooking workshops, City Farm Tours, Organic Gardening in the City Workshops
(times to be confirmed)
Gita Harmon
Joe Castellana
Roving Accordion
The Armenians – Pat & Hedi Keogh
Armenian Dance & Percussion
Atmo & Friends
Mime, Unicycle, Balloons, Funny Interactions
Thank you and see you on Sunday. Come with friends & family to enjoy in lovely multicultural food & music. Lots of fun for children.
Kind Regards
Gordana Savic
Administration Officer
BEMAC News Coordinator
Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre
P: 07 3391 4433
F: 07 3391 2802
E: bemac@bemac.org.au
W: www.bemac.org.au