Friday Feb 1st sees the return of Kim Sanders & Friends and their unique style of Balkan Gypsy brass-band madness – and that ain’t all! There will also be Persian dance grooves, aetherial Sufi meditations, Sth African township jive and strange uncategorisable originals. Special guest with the band will be Iranian Kurdish percussionist Mustafa Karami, a master of the dhaf (frame drum). Mustafa also sings and plays oud.


“We’ve had some Persian tunes in the repertoire for a while – including Persian reggae” says Kim “but this gig will give us a chance to learn a few new grooves. Mustafa and I played together in Davood Tabrizi’s Far Seas last year. Llew Kiek has also played Persian music in Mara! and with Kim in Nakisa, Tansey’s Fancy and various ad hoc ensembles over the years, Peter Kennard is a great frame-drum player, so there should be a lot of things happening”.
There will also be music with a Balkan Gypsy brass band feel. Kim has played with Gypsy musicians in Macedonia and Turkey, so he is quite at home with improvisation in 11/8 and other bent rhythms. “The trick is” says Kim, “not to count. It’s all feel – the grannies in the villages in Macedonia have never heard of 9/8, but they can do the dance OK! And of course, you always get Romani musicians for your wedding – they’re the best! They are the only people who understand that going half-way round the world to play music doesn’t mean you have a big house and a Ferrari by the pool at home. I remember staying with Romani friends in Berovo, Macedonia, and the party started half an hour after we arrived. Even the 10 year-old kids could play…”
The band will be driven along by Sam’s Stylish Sousaphone.

Kim Sanders: ney, kaval, gaida, saxofon
Llew Kiek: bouzouki, baglama
Sam Golding: sousaphone
Peter Kennard: percussion
Mustafa Karami: oud, vocals and percussion

“The enthusiasm and passion of this globetrotter’s music makes the listener get carried away from the first notes” – Rootstown (Belgium)
“Exotic and uplifting world music with a contemporary feel”
– Paul Petran, Producer, Music Deli, ABC Radio National

“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)

Doors open 7.30pm Show 9pm
Friday 1st February 2013
Camelot Lounge
19 Marrickville Rd (cnr Railway Pde, 2 mins walk from Sydenham station)
Marrickville, NSW
Entry: $25/$20
Wheelchair access
Last show was sold out – be early or book online!
Fully licenced. Pizzas, mezzes, snacks and sorbets available.

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The Kinetic Energy Jazz Festival continues to expand it’s horizons, and this year’s festival should be a ripper. Kim Sanders has just returned from performing at the Sawahlunto International Music Festival in Sumatra. He will be joined in a concert of flute music by touring fue maestro Kaoru Watanabe and shakuhachi-master Riley Lee.

Kaoru Watanabe

New York-based Kaoru Watanabe, a former member of the Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo, is a practitioner of various Japanese transverse bamboo flutes, especially fue and also Western flute. He is also an active performer of traditional Taiko music. He has collaborated with musicians from many backgrounds. His music has been described as “an ever shifting blend of the folk and classical traditions of Japan with contemporary improvisational and experimental music.”

Riley Lee

Riley Lee is the recipient of two of the oldest and most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komusô, or “priests of nothingness” of the Edo period in Japan. In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan or Grand Master. Now resident in Australia, he has performed here and overseas with musicians of many backgrounds. He is also well-known as a soloist and as a performer in Taiko group Taikoz.

Kim Sanders

“World Music” pioneer Kim Sanders first went to Turkey in search of music in 1984. In 1993 he took up the ney (Turkish Classical/Sufi flute), studying with Neyzen Ahmet Kaya and other ney masters. He is the first Australian to have a Turkish Classical composition published in Turkey. He was honoured to be included in the Family Tree of Neyzens in Ahmet Kaya’s book “Ney Metodu”. Kim has also studied kaval (long wooden flute) in the Balkans and Turkey. He has performed in West Africa, Indonesia, the Balkans and Turkey with Stella Chiweshe, Zulfu Livaneli, Okay Temiz and Sawung Jabo.

All three musicians are well-versed in improvised music. Each musician will play solo and all three will play together in an improvised format. Should be interesting!

The concert is part of the Kinetic Jazz Festival, which runs from 22nd – 27th January.

This will be Kaoru’s only Sydney performance – not to be missed!

Sunday 27 January 2013
Music starts 6pm sharp!
St Luke’s Church
11 Stanmore Rd Enmore (opp 7/11. Limited on-site parking)


This performance will be followed by Urban Gypsies 7.20pm and Kinetic Jazz Orchestra 8.20pm.

Tickets for the whole evening: $35/25

Bookings and enquiries: or Phone 0415 391 533 or 8313 9014

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