KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS: GYPSY BLAST at CAMELOT

Boyd and Kim performing with Davood Tabrizi's "Kooch" project.

Boyd and Kim performing with Davood Tabrizi's "Kooch" project.

Friday June 29 will be a night of Balkan Gypsy brass-band madness – and that ain’t all! There will also be Persian reggae, African grooves and strange uncategorisable originals.

Kim has spent a lot of time in The Balkans and Turkey studying and playing with Romani musicians. “Those guys can really play!” says Kim. “And they know how to party too!”

Special guest with the band will be Boyd (one name, just like Madonna), who performed with Kim in legendary Gypsy-World band Brassov in the 90’s. Boyd is the only member of Kim Sanders & Friends who weighs less than his instrument. A very snappy dresser too.

The gig also marks the return of Bobby Singh on tabla. Bobby has been playing and studying in India and buzzing round Australia since this last performance with Kim Sanders & Friends last October. Tabla in a Balkan brass band may not be terribly traditional, but is an example of the cross-cultural fertilization that is part of Kim Sanders & Friends. Different musicians and different repertoire for every gig means the music never gets stale, and can sometimes go in some very strange directions…”As long as the pulse is there, the music can go anywhere”, says Kim. And usually does.

Kim Sanders: goat bag, breath tubes, medium-sized saxofon
Boyd: big saxofon, big clarinet
Llew Kiek: string things
Sam Golding: sousaphone honkenblurter
Bobby Singh: those little Indian bongo things

“I will never view animals in quite the same way after seeing Sanders’ inflated menagerie of bagpipes. But it was the saxophone that most warmed the blood: a big, braying, honking beast of a thing that could unexpectedly whisper sweet nothings in your ear”- John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Sanders’ skills as an instrumentalist are impressive, far superior to most Western players who make money from the same instruments…(As a composer, his work is) new and genuinely exciting…Great fun, full of ideas and surprises and an artist deserving of greater exposure” – Chris Williams, fROOTS Magazine (UK)
“Virtually a force unto himself in world music scenes” – Craig N. Pearce, Drum Media

Friday 29 June 2012
Camelot Lounge
19 Marrickville Rd (cnr Railway Pde, 2 mins walk from Sydenham station)
Marrickville, NSW
Entry: $25/$20

The band’s previous performance at Camelot was a full house, so best to book! http://www.trybooking.com/BDAJ

Doors open 7.30 for 9 pm start

Fully licenced. Pizzas, mezzes, snacks and sorbets available.

To arrange interviews, HiRes photos etc contact Kim at kimzgaida@hotmail.com

See http://www.camelotlounge.com/

KIM SANDERS AND BOBBY SING WITH MEY VIRTUOSO SONGUL KARAHASANOGLU

Due to popular demand Kim Sanders and Bobby Singh will play an extra concert with Turkish mey virtuoso Songul Karahasanoglu before she returns to Turkey at the end of May.

The first nearly-unplugged gig is at St Luke’s Church Hall in Enmore on Saturday May 26 , the second in an even more intimate setting in Leura on Sunday May 27.

Mey virtuoso Songul Karahasanoglu

Songul is professor of Mey at the State Conservatorium in Istanbul and was one of Kim’s teachers on his many trips to Turkey since 1984. She has taught and performed in the US, but this is her first trip to Australia. Mey is a Turkish double reed instrument similar to the Armenian duduk.

Kim has studied , recorded and performed in Turkey, the Balkans, West Africa, Indonesia and China. A true Australian World Music pioneer, he will be playing gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe), Ganesha (hybrid Bulgarian-Turkish-Australian-Balinese hybrid bagpipe), kaval (long wooden Bulgarian-Turkish flute), ney (long cane flute used by ‘whirling dervishes” (Mevlevi Sufis).

Tabla-player Bobby Singh is well-known to Australian and overseas audiences for his performances of Hindustani Classical music as well as many varieties of “world fusion” music.

The trio will draw from a variety of musical sources including Turkish Classical, Balkan and Turkish folk, traditional music from Central Asia and Classical Hindustani music. There will also be strange and uncategorizable originals. These are musicians with a deep knowledge of their sources. As Doug Spencer (Weekend Planet (ABC Radio National) says: No“world fuzak” here!

St Luke’s Church, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore
7pm – 9pm, Saturday May 26
$20/15
No bookings – get there early to be sure of a seat!
Drinks and snacks available before the show and at interval
This concert would not be possible without the assistance of Kinetic Energy Theatre Company

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Private and intimate house party at Leura in the Blue Mountains
5pm – 7pm, Sunday May 27. Address on booking.
Includes famous complimentary Palace chai. BYO snacks and drinks if you wish

Donation $25/20 ($5 discount if you don’t park in the street of the house – friendly neighbour policy!)
Limited seating – entry by booking only: meg.musichunter@gmail.com

For more info, to arrange interviews etc see www.kimsandersworldmusic.com

FIRST CONCERT: St Luke’s Church, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore 7pm – 9pm, Saturday May 26 SECOND CONCERT: 5pm, Sunday May 27 at a private house party in Leura (address given upon booking)

SILK ROAD CONCERT in CANBERRA

Songul Karahasanoglu

 

Kim Sanders will join regular collaborators Bobby Songh and Llew Kiek, together with Kim’s visiting mey teacher Songul Karahasanoglu and a cast of thousands (including the Song Company, Shohrat Tursun, Wang Zheng Ting, Mina Kanaridis, Michael Askill and more) in The Hall at the National Museum of Australia.

7.30 Sunday May 13

Tickets $65/59 (02 6275 2700)