KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS: RHYTHMOLOGY at CAMELOT SEPT 1

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Kim Sanders & Friends return to Camelot on Sept 1 with a different line-up featuring some old friends. Bassist Mark Szeto has returned from Norway, where he has been working for the last year or so, bringing his own brand of excellence to the bottom end, and there will be two percussionists, Peter Kennard and Chris Fields. “Both these guys are very subtle players”, says Kim. “They are also well-acquainted with all kinds of rhythms – Balkan, Latin, Middle-Eastern, Hindustani classical, South African township jive…It’s gonna be a blast!”
The band will draw from different parts of their extensive repertoire, including Turkish Sufi meditations, crazed ska-jazz, tango, bent Bulgarian and Romani (Gypsy)-style dance grooves and seriously bent originals.

These are musicians who have studied the music at the source. Kim Sanders & Friends is unique.

The line-up is
Kim Sanders: ney, kaval, duduk, gaida, furulya, zaxofon
Llew Kiek: bouzouki, baglama
Mark Szeto: double bass
Peter Kennard: percussion
Chris Fields: percussion

CAMELOT LOUNGE
Sunday Sept 1
Doors open 6.30, show starts at 7.30 sharp
19 Marrickville Rd
Marrickville (near Sydenham Station)
9550 3777
$25 ($22.70 online)/$20 concession
Bookings at the door (but be early!) or http://www.stickytickets.com.au/10932 or www.camelotlounge.com
Bar and food available

More info: info@qirkz.com
For HR photos, to arrange interviews etc kimzgaida@hotmail.com

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS GYPSY PARTY at the CAMELOT LOUNGE

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They’re back! Get out your dancing shoes, and get ready for Kim Sanders & Friends in Gypsy Party mode at Camelot on Friday July 7. There will be bent Romany (Gypsy)- style brass-band grooves, Persian reggae, Kurdish pulsations, ska, Sth African township jive and all kinds of weird originals. At all times, rhythm is king!

 

This version of Kim Sanders & Friends is:
* Kim Sanders: goat bags, breath tubes, zaxofon
* Llew Kiek: stringy things with long necks
* Sam Golding: honkenblurter
* Mustafa Karami: big tambourine (no relation to Salvation Army) and singing too
* Peter Kennard: whacking and shaking things

Kim Sanders has studied, recorded and performed in Turkey, the Balkans, West Africa, China and Indonesia. He has grooved with the Roma (Gypsies) in the Balkans and Turkey. He is the first Australian to have a Turkish Classical composition published in Turkey. In Australia he has performed with musicians from every continent except Antarctica – even with Normie Rowe at Penrith Leagues! Now that’s street cred!

Another Australian World Music pioneer, Llew Kiek,has recorded 10 albums and performed in 20 countries with ARIA-winning folk-jazz group Mara! He was Australian World Music Instrumentalist of the year in 1999. Llew and Kim have been playing in each other’s bands since 1983.

Sam Golding performs in many musical settings from Senegalese mbalax through traditional music from the Balkans, jazz small groups, reggae and cabaret. He is currently working with Darth Vegas, The Glorious Sousaphonics, The Fantastic Terrific Munkle and that ain’t all.

Kurdish Iranian Mustafa Karami was declared Best Dhaf Player in Iran at the Festival of Dhaf in 2005/6/7. He also sings and plays oud. Mustafa has performed throughout Iran with ensembles such as Madakto, Javidan, Bamdad and Salmak.

Peter Kennard is another peripatetic world music pioneer. Colombia, India, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Ghana, Samoa…You name it, Peter has been there. He was also in Kim’s legendary Romani-style brass/ jazz band Brassov ( a band ahead of its time). Mustafa and Peter together drum up a storm.

Kim and his friends insist on respect for the sources of the music. “You can’t learn whatever music is current flavour-of-the-month from listening to a few CDs in your own lounge-room,” says Kim. “You gotta go to the source, study that, then maybe after ten years or so, you can start messing with it…”

No ‘world fuzak’ here! – Doug Spencer, “The Weekend Planet” ABC Radio National

Be early or book online!
Doors open 7.30pm Show 9pm
Friday 7 June 2013
Camelot Lounge
http://www.camelotlounge.com/
19 Marrickville Rd (cnr Railway Pde,
2 mins walk from Sydenham station)
Marrickville, NSW
Entry: $25/$20 at door
or Book Online at stickytickets.com.au/11132
Wheelchair access

Fully licenced. Pizzas, mezzes, snacks and sorbets available.
To arrange interviews, HiRes photos etc contact Kim at kimzgaida@hotmail.com

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS: GYPSY MADNESS, PERSIAN NIGHTS at CAMELOT

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.

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“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.

To arrange interviews, HiRes photos etc contact Kim at kimzgaida@hotmail.com
For more info http://kimsandersworldmusic.com/ and http://www.camelotlounge.com/

Kim Sanders & Friends Trio at Sea of Sound Festival in Bathurst

Peter Kennard

Don’t forget all you Far Westies: Kim Sanders & Friends Trio (featuring Peter Kennard and Llew Kiek) will be performing at the opening night of the Bathurst Inland Sea of Sound Festival on Tues 16 Oct. See their website for more info: inlandseaofsound.com

KIM SANDERS and LLEW KIEK guest performance with DVA at CAMELOT

Kim Sanders and Llew Kiek (a regular performer with Kim Sanders & Friends) will be guest performers with Dva at Camelot on Sunday 15 th July at Camelot.

KIm and Tunji with Bulgarian musicians in Bulgaria's first World Music concert

Linsey Pollak and Kim have performed together in many projects since 1979, including Australia’s first “Jazz/Wog” band Rabadaki (say it!) and Seaweed and wire.  This will be their first performance together for some time, however.  Kim also performed with Tunji Beier in Bulgaria’s first World Music concert in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1994.  Like Linsey, Tunji is based in Queensland, and both are keen to renew their musical acquaintance with Kim.

Llew Kiek has also performed with Linsey, but it has been a while…Llew has been a regular in Kim Sanders & Friends for many years, as well as other projects including the Silvia Entcheva Trio.

 

“Dva” features Tunji Beier on mridangam, kanjira & morsing (Sth Indian percussion) and Linsey on clarinis, Rosella, Crow & saxillo (self made wind instruments).

This is one of Dva’s rare Sydney appearances, so don’t miss them.

Linsey Pollak with Mr Curly

They will be joined by Kim Sanders (winds) and Llew Kiek strings)

“Dva” have performed together as a duo since meeting at the “Border Crossings Festival” in Germany in 1996. They create improvisations in an almost telepathic way and often collaborate with other musicians in an improvising context. At this covert they will be joined by Kim Sanders and Llew Kiek.

Linsey’s collection of wind instruments is unique with 30 years experience in making & experimenting. He has come up with new single reed designs, such as the various clarinis (clarinets) made from bamboo, wood, aluminium and glass and also the conical bore Saxillo. These wind instruments are combined with Tunji’s Mridangam and Kanjira (South Indian percusion instruments) that Tunji mastered during 3 years of intense study in India.

Audiences respond enthusiastically to the intense musical relationship between these two artists, and their repertoire of original compositions is constantly changing with a great deal of improvisation that is both technically and emotionally dazzling.

“Some partnerships, were meant to be.
Dva is unique in both instrumentation and output, Pollak having invented many of the wind instruments he plays. Beier, meanwhile, plays an array of hand-drums from Africa, India and points in between. Their combined influences – primarily the music of Eastern Europe, India and Africa – add up to a swirl of colours as they enjoy almost telepathic dialogues on self-penned or traditional compositions, which give way to thrilling improvisations. Dva is at the forefront of Australian creative music.”

John Shand – review in the ABC magazine “Limelight”

To book go to:
http://www.trybooking.com/BPBQ

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

 

 

 

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS: GYPSY MADNESS and a TASTE of IRAN at CAMELOT

Friday Feb 10th will be a night of Balkan Gypsy brass-band madness – and that ain’t all! There will also be Persian dance grooves, aetherial Sufi meditations and strange uncategorisable originals. Special guest with the band will be Iranian Kurdish percussionist Mustafa Karami, a master of the dhaf (traditional frame drum). He was declared Best Dhaf-player in Iran in 2005,6,7. Mustafa also sings and plays oud.

Mustafa Karami

“We’ve had some Persian and Kurdish 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, and hopefully that will be an ongoing project too. Llew Kiek has also played some Iranian music over the years, and 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, driven along by Sam Golding’s sousaphone.

Kim Sanders: ney, kaval, gaida, saxofon
Llew Kiek: bouzouki, baglama, oud
Sam Golding: sousaphone
Peter Kennard: percussion
and special guest Mustafa Karami bringing a taste of Persian nights on oud, vocals and percussion

Friday 10th February 2012
Camelot Lounge
19 Marrickville Rd (cnr Railway Pde, 2 mins walk from Sydenham station)
Marrickville, NSW
Entry: $25/$20

Doors open 7.30 for 9 pm start

Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/BDAJ

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

For more info http://www.camelotlounge.com/

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS at NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL

Performance details for Kim Sanders & Friends at the National Folk Festival in Canberra at Easter are as follows:
Friday 22 April, Cat & Fiddle, 5.30pm
Saturday 23 April, Brindabella, 10am
Sunday 24 April, Marquee, 9.30pm

…but check your programme!

Line-up for NFF 2011 is:
Kim Sanders (ney, mey, kaval, gaida, sax)
Llew Kiek (bouzouki, baglama)
Mark Szeto (fretless electric or double bass)
Bobby Singh (tabla)

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS BROADEN the HORIZONS at the CAMELOT LOUNGE

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS will follow their stunning gig at Peats Ridge Festival on New Years Eve with a more expansive performance at Camelot in Marrickville on Sunday February 27.

Line-up this time will be

Kim Sanders: ney,kaval, mey, tenor sax

Llew Kiek: bouzouki, baglama, oud

Mark Szeto: double bass

Bobby Singh: tabla

“It’s great playing with such great musicians with such varied backgrounds”,  says Kim.  “It means the music never gets stale.”

Kim Sanders & Friends will hit the stage at 7.30 pm. Second band will be Modern Gong Ritual, kicking off round 9 pm.

Modern Gong Ritual blend ancient and modern instruments as ” untraditionalists ” to create “ambience with attitude”. Featuring guitarists Kent Steedman from the legendary rockers the Celibate Rifles, Michael Trifunovic of  Aqualash and gong-playing sound-scaper David Bullock.

Camelot Lounge

19 Marrickville Rd (cnr Railway Pde)

Marrickville, NSW

7.30 pm

Entry: $25/$20/$15 youth (15 yrs and under)
Camelot is fully licensed (no BYO) and delicious food is available. Drinks are the most reasonably priced in any Sydney venue – no rip-offs here!
Plenty of parking in Railway Pde, or 1 min walk from Sydenham Station

On-line bookings will be up soon. See www.camelotlounge.com

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS at OSMAN’S in TOWNSVILLE

*   THIS SHOW IS NOW BOOKED OUT – BUT MORE ARE IN THE PIPELINE  *

Kim Sanders & Friends Trio will be performing at Osman’s Turkish Restaurant in Townsville on Saturday December 4.

The show will naturally have a Turkish flavour and will feature Kim on ney, kaval, mey and gaidas,  Llew Kiek on baglama, bouzouki and oud and Peter Kennard on dhaf, daire, darabukka and percussion.

7.30pm, Osman’s Restaurant, 241/43 Flinders St East, Townsville

Bookings 07 421 4772/info@osmans.com

Osmans website is www.osmans.com

Review of Bent Grooves CD Launch, Sound Lounge, Sydney, 9th May 2008

Such was a celebration of various cultures through regional music, a reflection of the endless pursuit of diversity for Kim Sanders. Whilst performances sharing the theme of diversity have not gone un-acknowledged over the past decade, it felt to me like the shackles of the Howard monoculture had finally been broken during this performance which represented more than just creative music but friendship, inclusiveness, respect and genuine inter-cultural collaboration. Sanders might look like a gypsy with his long greying locks, his Bohemian garb and his goat skin bags but his manner and his dialogue is as Aussie as the next bloke and this fact almost defies the reality of his ability to converse in several languages across the Asian, European and African continents, let alone his ability to foster musical conversations in as many languages using over 14 wind instruments.
Along with Kim Sanders, the core quartet of the ‘Friends’ include Sandy Evans tenor and soprano saxophones, Bobby Singh tabla and Steve Elphick double bass. They opened with Heyamoli a Northern Turkish lament which saw Kim playing Turkish gaida (bagpipe) and Sandy in unison on tenor.
Next they performed the suite A Journey in Saba Makam. The ney is a sufi flute made of bamboo which Sanders freely improvised the first movement Bas Taksim over a singular Elphick drone followed by the additive of Evans and Singh. Such was Evans sensitivity on tenor during the second movement Saba Nefes I that her shadowing was simply an additional tonal flavour of the smokey fluted melody. The final movement showcased the awe-inspiring talent of Singh on tabla.
Sanders who is also a keen surfer, at one time took up the boogie board instead and soon found that serious surfers refer to them as a Speedbump but what commenced as a gypsy jam ended up a Congolese groove thanks mainly to the synchronicity of both Singh and Elphick.
Yet another continent was thrown into the mix with the addition of Chilean Carlos Villanueva and his Andean charango playing the flamenco tinged The Bad Bodgie Bulerias. With an almost clenched fist, Villanueva’s finger nails rapidly raked the repeated four chords of this piece on this instrument of only ukelele dimensions. By now parts of the capacity crowd were shrieking.
Kay Yagar which is interpreted as ‘snow is falling’ was a further showcase of Sanders skills; this time on the double reeded flute, the mey. His circular breathing and tonguing of this instrument created a spellbinding vibrato which preceded his swap to the bagpipes. Another dimension of this piece was the addition of Llew Kiek from the renowned band Mara! on the baglama or Turkish lute.
Istanbul Blues allowed Sandy Evans on tenor a precursor of what was to come on Oi Havar where she simply soared, taking the audience with her on a carpet ride of freedom and joyous expression.
When George Doukas arrived on stage the battle of the bouzouki’s began with Kiek choosing his own richly decorated axe. While Doukas proved a virtuoso, nothing was going to prepare us for the arrival of the final friend Bobby Dimitrievski on clarinet who displayed an agility on the instrument which is rarely witnessed. Following a standing ovation the group finally returned to the stage for a fitting finale. But what was probably the most musically intuitive passage of the performance came after Evans (during her solo) cried to Dimitrievski to ‘join in Bobby’. The result was a lesson to us all in genuine conversation where listening is just as important as speech when the magic of their respective instruments interwove a singular dialect of perfect harmony.
This was nothing less than a triumphant performance by Kim Sanders and Friends

– Peter Wockner, Jazz and Beyond, May 08 (www.jazzandbeyond.com.au)