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Wed, 8 June 2016

Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra

Filed under: acoustic music, world music — site admin @ 4:16 pm

Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra. Open to all guitarists of any ability (ability to read music not essential), the SCGO draws its repertoire from musical traditions from around the world: Spanish, Appalachian, Irish, Africa, Australian and more. Directed by Andrew Veivers, the SCGO is a People’s Orchestra project, a community orchestra model created by Andrew Veivers and performing arts company Red Chair. The SCGO is supported by The Events Centre.
Rehearsals - Caloundra & Noosaville
The Events Centre (Caloundra): st & 3rd Wednesday of every month
Central Qld University (Noosaville): 2nd Monday of every month
Times: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $12 - $15 per rehearsal

Bastille Day Gala

Filed under: jazz music, world music, Gigs — site admin @ 4:14 pm

Bastille Day GALA
Royal Queensland Golf Club
15 July 2016
A glamourous evening to celebrate Bastille Day at the Royal Queensland Golf Club! Fine French Food and Wine, Jazz Music, special guest speakers, in a magnificent venue… Make sure you book early for this not-to-be missed special celebration! During the night, you will tantalise your tastebuds with fine French product experiences and we will keep you entertained with French Jazz Music and more.
Time: from 5pm
Cost: $85 | $95

Vardos @ Speakeasy HQ 19th June 2016

Filed under: world music, contemporary music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 4:10 pm

VARDOS take the audience’s eyes and ears on an extraordinary musical journey around Eastern Europe.
Alana with dynamic gusto leads on violin, Kirri drives the bass-line while Sofia bounces from accordion, to song, to viola.
Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians during their Eastern European adventures. Since last century Vardos have serenaded audiences worlwide, supported incredible acts such as ‘Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’ and ‘Gipsy Kings’, appeared in films, ‘Spicks and Specks’, ‘Seachange’, released 4 CD’s and been nominees and finalists for the Golden Fiddle Award, Aria Awards and BBC Radio3 World Music Awards. They are joined by the stunning tribal fusion serpentine dancer Ronicka and the slithery Snakey.
Sun 19 June 6-8pm
Speakeasy HQ, 522 Flinders St, Melbourne,
presents some of the most exotic musical and dance performances drawn from along the Silk Road.
Live music by Vardos, accompanied by world renowned Serpent Dancer, Ronicka.
General admission $25, snacks, meals and deluxe packages also available.
All the best,

Mon, 25 April 2016

Vardos back in Melbourne gigs

Filed under: world music, folk music, General — site admin @ 9:32 am

Sun 1 May 8pm
Eat Pierogi Make Love with Vardos and VULGARGRAD at the Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St Collingwood.International Workers Day! Pierogi Lovers Unite! In solidarity with the workers of the world Pierogi Pierogi return their highly successful Polish pop-up kitchen to The Gasometer to put a tasty dumpling shaped spanner into the machinations of an oppressive flavourless state. Home made lemon vodka will flow! Pierogi, classic polish soup, pickles and kanapka - traditional open sandwiches. Music by Russian criminal folk revolutionary bards Vulgargrad and their very special guests, gypsy apparatchiks Vardos Trio. Dinner from 5pm. Vardos play 8.30-9.15pm. 18+ event. $18 + booking fee. To book online click here.

Sat 7 May 10am-1pm
Coburg Shopping Centre, Sydney Rd Coburg. Vardos celebrate Mothers’ Day on the streets of Coburg.
Fri 13 May 6.30-8pm Speakeasy HQ, 522 Flinders St, Melbourne. Gypsy Jazz - Live Music from the Silk Road. Speakeasy HQ presents some of the most exotic musical and dance performances drawn from along the Silk Road. Produced by world renowned Serpent Dancer, Ronicka, Gypsy Jazz features The Ukelel Sounds of Beirut, Romania and Northern Middle East, including dance in performance by tribal fusion artists and belly dance performers. General admission $25, deluxe packages also available!

Thu, 17 March 2016

The Woohoo Revue

Filed under: world music — site admin @ 12:00 pm

The Woohoo Revue
Estonian House
Saturday, 19th March @ 7:00PM
$22 + BF
A frenzied blur of Balkan, gypsy, swing and jazz

Playing their first headline show in Melbourne in over a year, The Woohoo Revue are back on Brunswick’s biggest stage with their unique brand of balkan jazz. This fiendishly talented collective has tirelessly toured their all-out instrumental party across Australia and Europe (including Glastonbury, Fusion and Colours of Ostrava).
Joined by the Turkish Gypsy stylings of Galata Express and The Willie Wagtails, expect electric performances, extravagant costumes and frenzied virtuosity. The historic Estonian House in West Brunswick will be transformed into a full scale concert venue by Shadow Electric for a series of unique shows as part of this years BMF.

Thu, 25 February 2016

Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

Filed under: jazz music, world music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:52 pm

Thursday March 10 2016
Thornbury Theatre

Based on traditional material – mainly from the Mediterranean Area and the Balkan – Savina Yannatou and the group Primavera en Salonico offer an open sound without borders or labels, from simple songs extending to contemporary music forms.
Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico have been giving concerts all over the world since 1996.
This includes the whole of Europe, the United States, Australia, Israel, South Korea, China and Taiwan, in venues like the Queen Elizabeth Hall (various times sold-out), the Barbican in London, UCLA in Los Angeles, the Melbourne Concert Hall, BELEN Cultural Centre in Lisbon and various WOMAD festivals in different parts of the world, as well as numerous other world music and jazz festivals – to name a few: Stern Grove in San Francisco, Taipeh World Music Festival, Fiesta des Suds in Marseille, Moers new Jazz Festival, Music Meeting in Holland, Etnosur Festival in Spain, Musicas do Mundo in Portugal, International Jazz festival Muenster, London Jazz Festival, New Directions Festival in Umea, Sweden, Oct-Loft Jazz Festival in Shenzhen and TCC Jazz Festival in Guanzhou, China, Ulsan World Music Festival in South Korea and many others.

Vardos gigs March 2016

Filed under: acoustic music, world music, folk music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:44 pm

Sunday 28 Feb 11am-2pm Dandenong Market Cleeland/ Clow St Dandenong. The Market is the centre of community life, bringing together 150 different nationalities under one roof. It’s here you will find an amazing variety of fresh local produce, fruits and vegetables, spices, rices, lentils, beans and nuts. Dandenong Market is a haven for bargain hunters, a utopia for treasure seekers and paradise for food lovers of any description.
Sat 5 March 3pm
Mesopotamia Festival, Belle Ville, Globe Alley, Melbourne, Australia 3000 . With Vulgargrad, Smadj (France), Bashka, DJ Systa BB and more!
Thurs 10 March 6.30pm Coburg Library, Corner Victoria and Louisa Streets, Coburg Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians. Local Moreland band Vardos bring their energetic music to Coburg Library. Driven by Alana’s wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing. Free event.Public transport: Sydney Road tram Jewell and Brunswick Stations on the Upfield train line are ten minutes walk. Bus routes 504, 506, 508 and 509 have bus stops on nearby side streets off Sydney Road.

Thurs 10 March 6pm
Women without Borders’, International Women’s Day event. Eltham Community Reception Centre 801 Main Rd Eltham Tickets are $30 (dinner and drinks).Bookings are essential; tickets are available for purchase throughwww.trybooking.com/176502 by 26 February 2016. Vardos play 9pm.

Friday 11 March 6.30pm Várdos Trio & Folk Dancing Korona Csárda 760 Boronia Road, Wantirna VIC 3152, Australia. This has proven to be a very successful event at Korona Csarda with Vardos playing live and Gyöngyösbokreta dancers (along with improvised performances by the waiting staff) ensuring it will be an outstanding night. Dinner: Buffet $55 p/p / No BYO Event / Seats are Limited!!! To book please call 9801 8887

Sunday 13 March 6.30pm Dandenong World Fare Dandenong Market, Cleeland/ Clow St Dandenong. Delight in market classics and exotic new tastes when Dandenong Market transforms into an outdoor pop-up food bazaar showcasing the best of our region’s delicious multicultural cuisine and street food. With 25 delicious street food traders outside, and 15 inside. The live music will keep visitors entertained and kids will love the face painting and craft workshops.

Easter 2016, 23-28 March
Szászcsávási Dance Camp Canberra, Birrigai, Block 10 Paddy’s River Road Tharwa, ACT Australia.
Come and learn the beautiful and wild Hungarian and Romanian dances from the village of Szászcsávás. Guest teachers all the way from Hungary: Kovacs Norbert and Lorincz Hortenzia. Dance to Live Music from the Transylvaniacs and Vardos.

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