KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS at KINETIC JAZZ

Chris Fields .

Kim Sanders and Friends is not a group that trots out the same old tunes and the same approach at every gig. Drawing from a pool of some of Australia’s finest improvising musicians who have studied in different traditions, the group is constantly evolving. This time they will be exploring the slightly jazzier part of their repertoire. Kim will be joined by long-time collaborator Sandy Evans and multi-instrumentalist James Greening (who need no introduction), and Chris Fields in his first appearance with the group.

Chris is a 3rd generation drummer and percussionist originally from Atlanta, Georgia. His father introduced him to Drum Kit, Afro-Cuban Percussion, and Indian Tabla. He has since continued his Tabla training under the intense guidance of his guruji, Pandit Ram Chandra Suman as well as the legendary Pandit Shankar Ghosh & Sri Yogesh Samsi.
Chris began playing & recording professionally at the age of 15 and has performed all over the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico. Since moving to Sydney Chris has enjoyed performing & or recording with the likes of Olivia Newton John, John Ferris (INXS) Hariharan (Bollywood Great), Sandy Evans, Guy Strazz, Sean Coffin, Bobby Singh, Matt McMahon, Rick Robertson (DIG), Tim Rollinson (DIG), The Felas (Afro Beat), and Sarangan.

“I’m looking forward to this gig”, says Kim. “It’s good to meet a percussionist who plays tabla at a high level, and also knows who Zigaboo Modeliste is!”

There are many approaches to improvisation, and between them, these are improvisers of the highest calibre. Turkish Sufi meditations, Hindustani Classical music, Balkan Gypsy dance grooves, bent jazz and new and strange originals will be heard. Something new and magical will be sure to emerge.

Kim Sanders: Ney (Turkish Sufi flute), gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe), kaval (Turkish/Balkan wooden flute), tenor sax
Sandy Evans: Soprano and tenor saxes
James Greening: Sousaphone, bass guitar
Chris Fields: Tabla, drum kit, percussion

The performance is part of the 2012 Kinetic Jazz series, featuring cutting-edge jazz and performances by Kinetic Energy Theatre Company.

The second part of the double bill will be two presentations by Kinetic Energy:

Untitled – an exploration of sound and image by Roger Dean (music) and Saha Jones (video visuals)
5 Days Lost – A transcendental trip into the rainforest. Text: Thomas Shapcott, Visuals and Direction: Graham Jones and Jepke Goudsmit, Sound: Australysis Electroband, Performers: Robert Gray and Jepke Goudsmit.

Saturday Oct 6

Doors and Kinetic Cafe open 7 p.m..

Kim Sanders & Friends music starts at 7.30 p.m. sharp.

St Luke’s Church Hall

11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore

Tickets $20 full, $15 concession (pensioner, student, child)

Bookings and enquiries  8313 9014     Info: info@kineticjazz.com

To arrange interviews, Hi-Res photos etc kimzgaida@hotmail.com

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 Kim Sanders  1948-2013

 


Kim with Glen Doyle, Solo International Ethnic Music Festival, Indonesia, 2008

Kim with Glen Doyle, Solo International Ethnic Music Festival, Indonesia, 2008

One time cane-cutter, meatworks labourer and documentary film researcher, World Music pioneer Kim Sanders has steamed up the coast of Sumatra in a tramp steamer full of rubber, survived border crossings with Georgian gun runners and been arrested for spying by a Macedonian Brezhnev lookalike. He has played on national radio in Bulgaria and national TV in Indonesia, with Gypsy wedding bands in Macedonia, in mosquito-ridden clubs in Gambia, tavernas in Greece, tea-houses in China and concert-halls from the Ataturk Cultural Centre in Istanbul to the Sydney Opera House.

Gypsy wedding band, Berovo, Macedonia, 1985

With Gypsy wedding band, Berovo, Macedonia, 1984

In ’84/5 Kim spent eighteen months studying and performing in the Balkans, Turkey and Gambia and Senegal in West Africa where he played with the Libidorr Band. In ’93/4 he returned to Turkey and the Balkans and performed with Turkish/Greek group Phanari tis Anatolis (aka Bosphoros or Anadolu Fener), Zimbabwean mbira-player Stella Chiweshe and musicians from the Filip Koutev (Bulgarian State) Ensemble. He performed solo on Radio Sofia and recorded with Phanari tis Anatolis and Turkish singer Oguz Yilmaz.

With Bayang-Bayang, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, 1996

With Sawung Jabo's Bayang-Bayang, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, 1996

In ’96 he toured Indonesia with Sawung Jabo’s innovative music/dance production Bayang-Bayang and returned to Indonesia in 00 and 03 with Indonesian-World group GengGong, in 05 and 07 with Trio Dingo and in 06, 07 and 12 as soloist. He has recorded in Indonesia with GengGong and singers Setiawan Djodi and Oppie Andaresta.

In ’00/01 Kim returned to Turkey to continue his studies in Turkish Classical, Sufi, Gypsy and folk music. He performed with Laz musician Birol Topaloglu and with the Turkish Ministry for Culture’s Istanbul State Modern Folk Music Ensemble. He was the subject of a short documentary on Turkish television. He returned to Turkey in 07/08 and studied with ney master Ahmet Kaya and Gypsy clarinetist Selim Sesler. Amongst others he performed with percussionist Okay Temiz and with the Turkish incarnation of Kim Sanders & Friends.

Performing with Tianchuang at the Jintai Museum, Beijing, 2004

With Tianchuang at Jintai Museum, Beijing, 2004

In 04 he performed in Beijing as a soloist and worked with pioneering Chinese World-Jazz ensemble Tianchuang.

In Australia Kim was co-leader (with Linsey Pollak) of Australia’s first World-Jazz band (Rabadaki, 79) and has since played with musicians from every continent except Antarctica (including Flamenco Dreaming, Nakisa, Okapi Guitar Band, Seaweed & Wire, Chichitote, Davood Tabrizi, Descendance and Balcano). He performed with Zülfü Livaneli and Fatih Kisaparmak (Turkey), Bahar (Iran) and the Bisserov Sisters (Bulgaria) on their Australian tours.

With Birol Topaloglu,  Istanbul 2008

With Birol Topaloglu, Istanbul 2008

In the 90s he lead legendary “Gypsy-Afro- World” band Brassov and worked with Bulgarian folk singer Silvia Entcheva in the Silvia Entcheva Trio.  He also performed in Australia with GengGong and led various ensembles featuring musicians including Indian tabla master Bobby Singh, Macedonian clarinettist Bobby Dimitrievski, Greek singer/bouzouki-player George Doukas and jazz masters Sandy Evans and Toby Hall.

Wedding in The Gambia with Bas Jobarteh, 2005

Wedding in The Gambia with Bas Jobarteh, 1985

Kim plays Macedonian, Turkish and Bulgarian gaidas (bagpipes), aardvark (Australian-Turkish- Bulgarian bass bagpipe); Bulgarian and Turkish kavals (long wooden flutes), saluang (Sumatran flute), furulya (Hungarian flute) and ney (Dervish flute); mey, duduk, guanzi (Turkish, Armenian, Chinese double reed instruments); zurna (Turkish/Balkan shawm); tenor sax; tin whistle; davul (dauli, tapan)(drum) and small percussion. He also arranges ensembles for special events, and composes music for films and stage productions.

Kim also teaches gaida, kaval, mey, ney, duduk and theory.

With Madurese group Semut Merah, East Jave Persussion Festival, 2008

With Madurese group Semut Merah, East Jave Persussion Festival, 2008

“Masterly control of subtlety…very soulful playing” – Diaspora Worldbeat Magazine

“Sanders’ skills as an instrumentalist are impressive… (As a composer, his work is) new and genuinely exciting” – Chris Williams, fROOTS Magazine (UK)

“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

Recording with Phanari tis Anatolis, Istanbul 1993

Recording with Phanari tis Anatolis, Istanbul 1993

“Virtually a force unto himself in world music scenes” – Drum Media

“…the magical voice of Kim Sanders’ saxophone” – Yogja Pos, Indonesia

“There are no more than a few Australian musicians who have made certain types of folk music their stamping-ground. Multi-instrumentalist Kim Sanders is one” – Australian Financial Review

With Stella Chiweshe, Istanbul 1994

With Stella Chiweshe, Istanbul 1994

“Kim Sanders was particularly effective on Turkish and Macedonian bagpipes, peeling off lines that were both inventive and convincingly idiomatic.” – John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald

“More, more, more!” – Kuranda Seyit, Australian Muslim News

Click here for a downloadable interview with Kim on the Jazz and Beyond Web site

and click here to hear Hans Stoeve of 2SER-FM talking with Kim

To hear some of Kim’s music, and links to videos, see the “Hear the music” page and the “Links” page

For information on some of Kim’s recent gigs see “Gigs and News” page

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