Sat 18 Nov Coorabell - Arabesk (gypsy soul)

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Nov 18th Coorabell Hall
Doors open 7.30 for Show at 8pm
Tickets $16/!4 at the door
Food and drink by Coffee Oasis

Arabesk’ are some of Australia’s top and most respected musicians: Veren Grigorov on violin and viola, Rob Shannon on guitar and D’rrbuka, internationally renowned drummer/percussionist Calvin Welch and bassist James Haselwood. A Sydney based quartet, they have adopted the rhythms and melodies of a vast global symphony and moulded them into their own unique style. Theirs is a journey of constant discovery that has taken them from the tradition steeped back streets of Eastern Europe to the bustling bazaars of Turkey. Added to this potent worldly brew are a list of influences that include luminaries such as guitarist Django Reinhardt, jazz drummer Elvin Jones, Tango master Astor Piazzola and bassist Stanley Clarke.

Formed by Veren Grigorov and Rob Shannon, Arabesk’ is a stunningly talented quartet of musicians. Bulgarian born founder Veren has previously played with Four Play, toured with chamber orchestras and INXS and composed prolifically for theatre and TV productions. Co-founder Rob has been with numerous world and jazz combos and is an avid fan of the great gypsy virtuoso Django Reinhardt. Michigan born Calvin Welch is one of the most respected and experienced musicians on the local and international music scene, having played with the likes of Sonny Stitt, Grant Green, Renee Geyer, Jackie Orszaczky and Professor Groove to name just a few. The youngest member James has an equally eclectic background and in just a short space of time has already played with artists such as Panjea, Paul Mac, Abby Dobson, Jade McCrae and Alex Lloyd.

With such a wealth of musical experience it’s little wonder Arabesk’ are such a powerhouse of invention and innovation, fused with constant hypnotic rhythms and laced with the lushness of violins and guitars. Their music has been likened to a series of “conversations across the ages” where all kinds of traditions converge into a modern day celebration of intoxicating global grooves. Judging by the enormous reception they received at the recent Great Escape Festival, from an audience across all age groups, it’s obvious they have hit upon a true international language.

Arabesk’ play a brand of music that is often described as Gypsy Soul. For those looking to embark on a journey of authentic musical exploration, not contained by any cultural boundary, they are a band guaranteed to put some real “gypsy” in your “soul”.

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