Kim Sanders’ Friends

2022 – 8 Sept gig at Camelot was a delight.

The long delayed performance by the Friends was worth the wait. The musicians fired off each other and the challenges presented by Sanders’ compositions. Sublime introductory solo, or ezgia, by Llew Kiek on baglama which he had tuned to a Black Sea scale to play his and Kim’s parts simultaneously.

From L to R – Ivaylo Karamanliev, Llew Kiek, Sam Golding, Stuart Vandegraaff, Mark Szeto (hidden), Chris Fields and Boyd.

This sublime combination of musicians are beginning to explore Kim’s compositions and develop them in their own ways. Kim was definitely still in the room but their improvisations are growing in new directions.

This will continue in future concerts and configurations for sure. Who knows what the next “Kong’s Dream” will sound like?


Hurray – gig is now rescheduled for Thursday Sept 8, 2022.

Llew Kiek (all things string), Stuart Vandegraaff (saxophones), Ivaylo Karamanliev (kaval), Boyd (big saxophones), Mark Szeto (bass), Sam Golding (trumpet), Peter Kennard (percussion), Chris Fields (percussion) and special guests if we are lucky.

Sorry, we had to cancel the performance on 27 March 2022 due to Covid contacts.


The stunning line up of “Kim Sanders’ Friends” – Sandy Evans, Llew Kiek, Boyd, Stuart Vandegraaff, Mark Szeto, Sam Golding, James Greening, Ivaylo Karamanliev, Peter Kennard, Chris Fields and Ron Reeves – were so excited from playing Kim’s music again that they decided they wanted to repeat the experience.

snippets from the book launch of October 2019

the above link is a little taste of what went on at Camelot that night.

Below is a 30 minute sample of the marvellous book launch on 27 October 2019 at Camelot Lounge.

The pieces on this clip are Waste of Time Busking, Kong’s Dream, Mopti at Last, Impossible Dreams of Sonia and Tarian KunangKunang.

30 minutes of funky fun from Kim Sanders’ Friends in October 2019

So look out for them again at Camelot Lounge in November, and maybe at Woodford 2020 and Womadelaide 2021 if we are lucky and the dreaded Covid 19 lets the music play.