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 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

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: ELPHICK’S LAST STAND

Kim Sanders & Friends will present a tribute and farewell to long-time bassist Steve Elphick at the Sound Lounge on Friday December 9. A regular performer with the band for more than ten years, Steve is moving to Melbourne in January.

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“The thing about Steve is, wherever the music takes us – and in this band we go to some places that might seem pretty strange to some people – Steve always plays so musically” says Kim. “Tonally, melodically, rhythmically. He’s a great improviser, and has been playing various kinds of ‘world music’ – how I hate marketing terms! – for long enough to be able to play without thinking about the sources he has internalised. And I have been playing with Steve, Sandy and the others for so long now that we can all forget that stuff, and just play! That’s when the magic happens!

A lot of my tunes consist of a circular bass-line, a melody-line and a rhythm. The bass-line holds it all together. When you have a bass-player like Steve, when you are improvising, you always know exactly where you are, even though the tune might be in 13/8 or 17/8, because the feel is there. It’s like a Cuban son tune – Cachao Lopez never plays the bass-line the same way twice but the feel is there, all right! The African infinite-minute-variation approach.

We’ll be sorry to see him go, but we’ll all be fired up at the gig!”

In a career spanning more than twenty-five years Kim Sanders has performed with Gypsy wedding bands in Macedonia, studied with Sufi ney-masters in Turkey, played in mosquito-infested night-clubs in Gambia, tavernas in Greece, concert-halls indonesia and China and on national radio in Bulgaria.

The occasion is also an opportunity for the band to perform with two drummers, Toby Hall, a regular at the Sound Lounge and Peter Kennard, a superb colourist and a master of the frame drum. Together with Steve, it’s a dynamite rhythm section! They will be joined by saxophonist Sandy Evans, herself an explorer in many World Music idioms including the Classical Carnatic tradition of Southern India.

* Kim Sanders: Ganesha (hybrid Bulgarian/Turkish/Balinese/Australian bagpipe), ney (Turkish Sufi flute), kaval (Bulgarian wooden flute, mey (Turkish double reed), tenor sax
* Sandy Evans: tenor and soprano saxes
* Steve Elphick: double bass
* Toby Hall: drums
* Peter Kennard: dhaf (Middle-Eastern frame drum), darabukka (Balkan/Middle-Eastern goblet drum), percussion

8.30 – 11pm
Friday Dec 9
The Sound Lounge
The Seymour Centre
Cnr City Rd & Cleveland St
Chippendale
$20(non-member) – $15 (member) – $10 (student)
Details and on-line bookings at www.sima.org.au

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

This is the second in the Elphick’s Last Stand series put on by Sydney Improvised Music Association. The first will feature Steve with “The World According to James” at the Sound Lounge on Saturday November 26. Details, bookings at www.sima.org.au

By popular demand – “KOOCH” SECOND CONCERT

KOOCH (Persian meaning journey or migration):
An extrordinary music event celebrating the migration of Gypsy people around the globe.
Davood Tabrizi is an accomplished composer and performer from Iran. Trained in Western Classical and Persian Classical music, he has written, recorded and performed music extensively in Australia, Iran, Canada and the USA.

Tonight Davood brings together the most amazing world musicians in Australia –

Bobby Singh – tabla master; Aria award winner; disciple of Aneesh Pradhan; most sought after world musician
Kim Sanders – saxophone/wind instruments; studied Turkish Classical, Sufi, Gypsy and folk music
Metin Yilmaz – composer from Turkey; Kurdish master of kaval (trad flute)+ zorna; toured Middle East, Europe
Sukhi Singh – studied under Indian masters (Pandit Ashok Roy); recorded numerous classical/fusion albums
Boyd – clarinet/brass; composer/performer in theatre/film/radio; Sydney Con. graduate of Jazz Studies course
Mustafa Karami – Persian born daf and oud player & vocalist; best daf player award (Iran 2005,’06,’07)
Damian Wright – flamenco guitarist; studied extensively in Spain; founded Sydney-based ‘Bandaluzia’
Zoe Velez – flamenco singer and dancer; performed with several Australian flamenco ensembles
Jrisi Jusakos – Middle Eastern belly dancer; studied oriental belly dancing, flamenco and classical Indian dance

What the audience thought of ‘Kooch’:
“The music was truly magical” Anna
“…a combination of the best musicians – I’ve never seen anything like it!” Leo
“This is the best Cafe Carnivale concert ever” Lisa

NOTES
75 Enmore Road
Newtown, 2042

Info & Bookings:    http://noteslive.net.au (02) 9557 5111

Sat Oct 8th. Doors open and dinner 7, music starts 8.45.

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)

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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

Because of the spam deluge, “Comments” have been disabled for this website.  If you would like to comment on any aspect of Kim’s musical activities you can do so by email (kimzgaida@hotmail.com) or on the “Kim Sanders World Music” page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kim-Sanders-World-Music/131697043563700?sk=info ).

Kim Sanders and Friends at the Chapel by the Sea

Kim, Sandy at Bent Grooves launch

Kim Sanders, Sandy Evans

Kim Sanders & Friends bring their unique blend of serene Sufi meditations, deranged Balkan Gypsy dance rhythms, magical Indian wizardry, Persian reggae and seriously bent Afro-jazz grooves to the Chapel by the Sea in Bondi on Friday September 18.
Kim will be joined by Sandy Evans, Steve Elphick and Bobby Singh. “There is a pool of wonderful musicians who play in the band,” says Kim, “and this helps the music stay fresh and keep evolving. I couldn’t think of anything worse than playing the same old stuff with the same old musos (or their clones) over and over again (sorry Mick and Keith, you poor sad b*ggers!) I have been playing with these guys for a long time now, but they each bring different things to the band, and what’s more, they are all wonderful improvisers, so every gig is different, and sometimes amazing stuff happens!”

  • Kim Sanders: ney (Sufi flute), kaval (Bulgarian wooden flute), gaidas (Balkan bagpipes), mey (Turkish double reed) or maybe duduk (Armenian double reed), tenor sax
  • Sandy Evans: tenor and soprano saxophones
  • Steve Elphick: double bass
  • Bobby Singh: tabla

7.30 pm, Fri 18 September
Chapel by the Sea
95 Roscoe St Bondi Beach
Tickets available at the door. $20/15 (conc)
Bookings 02 9130 3445 chapel@ucabondibeach.com.au
Public transport info: http://www.chapelbythesea.unitingchurch.org.au
Light meals are available at Ruby’s Café onsite

Kim Sanders and Friends

Kim also works with a variety of small ensembles, known collectively as Kim Sanders & Friends. The group can be tailored in size, personnel and repertoire to suit particular events. The friends include:

Bobby Singh

Bobby Singh

Bobby Singh’s talent was recognised at an early age by Pandit Nikhil Ghosh, and became a student of his senior disciple Aneesh Pradhan, who remains his guru. Bobby is now a “must see” performer on the world music circuit as well as the Indian Classical scene. He has performed with Ashok Roy, Slava Grigoriyan, Joseph Tawadross and many cross-cultural ensembles including Flamenco Dreaming and The Bird. He currently works with Circle of Rhythm and Dha, amongst others.

Bobby Dimitrievski

Bobby Dimitrievski

Australian-born Macedonian clarinettist/saxophonist Blagojce (Bobby) Dimitrevski has degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music but has also learned the old-fashioned way from his father Ivan. He has performed extensively in the Macedonian scene in Australia, with Balkan folk/jazz ensemble Mara! and with Nadya and the 101 Candles Orchestra. He can blister the paint off the walls.

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Steve Elphick

Double-bassist Steve Elphick has been for many years regarded as one of Australia’s   most creative improvising musicians. He has made many overseas tours with folk-jazz group Mara! and played with jazz greats including Lee Konitz and Steve Lacey. In Australia he has performed and recorded extensively with cutting-edge improvising bands including The World According to James, The Andrew Robson Trio, Ten Part Invention, Bernie McGann Trio and The Umbrellas.

Llew Kiek

Another Australian World Music pioneer, Llew Kiek (bouzouki, bağlama, guitar, tambura, keyboards) has recorded 10 albums and performed in 20 countries with ARIA-winning folk-jazz group Mara! In Australia he has worked with The Bisserov Sisters, Tenzing Tsewang, Silvia Entcheva, Martenitsa, Nakisa, the Renaissance Players, Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre and singers Jeannie Lewis and Margret RoadKnight. Australian World Music Instrumentalist of the year 1999.

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Sandy Evans

Saxophonist, composer and three-time ARIA-winner Sandy Evans is one of Australia’s leading performers in improvised music. She has played and recorded extensively in Australia and overseas the own Sandy Evans Trio, Clarion Fracture Zone, The catholics, austraLYSIS, the Australian Art Orchestra, MARA!, Bernie McGann, Waratah and many visiting American artists. Named Australian Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2003 Bells Awards. She is also heavily involved with Southern Indian Classical music.

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George Doukas

Singer, composer and master of the bouzouki, baglama, tzouras and guitar, George Doukas has performed with such Greek luminaries as Sakellariou, Doukissa and Floriniotis as well as a multitude of local Greek artists. He was musical co-director for internationally-screened Concert 2000. In recent years he has has been involved in several exciting collaborations with musicians from a variety cultures, as in his own band Balcano.

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Toby Hall

Drummer Toby Hall has played and recorded with outstanding Australian improvisers including Mike Nock, Lloyd Swanton, Bernie McGann, Alister Spence and Sandy Evans as well as leading his own groups. He has also played with many visiting performers including jazz vocal legend Sheila Jordan. Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, New York’s famous Knitting Factory – Toby’s been there, done that.

Sawung Jabo

Sawung Jabo

Reformed rock star, dancer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, choreographer, actor, producer and social activist Sawung Jabo is well-versed in traditional Indonesian music and dance as well as contemporary forms. He is highly respected for the energy, beauty and passion of his words and music. He has released twelve top-selling albums in Indonesia, and performed in Japan, Korea and the US.

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Blair Greenberg

Multi-instrumentalist Blair Greenberg has played guitar, steel drums, djembe, didgeridoo, marimba, darabukka and all kinds of percussion (not to mention electric neck) in many countries with Trio Dingo, Epizo Bangoura’s African Express, Muhammad Bangoura, Pape Mbaye, Zulya Kamalova, Christine Anu, The Flying Fruitfly Circus, the Electra String Quartet, Jeannie Lewis and the very strange Paranormal Music Society.

Davood Tabrizi

Davood Tabrizi

Davood Tabrizi studied percussion and Persian string instruments at Tehran Conservatorium and the Uni of Tehran before coming to Australia in 1979. He has performed in many pioneering cross-cultural bands including Tansey’s Fancy and Nakisa, toured America with his own group Far Seas, and has written award-winning scores for theatre productions and films including The Navigator and Serenades.

Linda Marr

Linda Marr

Singer Linda Marr is one of the world music and a cappella scene’s most respected and talented personalities. Acknowledged as a pioneer in bringing world music to a wider audience in Australia, Linda has appeared on more than 20 CDs and toured extensively in Australia and overseas. A founding member of Musica Linda, Blindman’s Holiday and Keklik Aile, Linda has also performed with Tokakros, Cumana and with Kim in Nakisa.

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Tony Lewis

Singapore born percussionist Tony Lewis has collaborated with leading musicians from many cultures, including Aboriginal dancer/musician Matthew Doyle, koto-player Satsuki Odamura, harmonic singer David Hykes and sitarist Raj Kumar Sharma. He has also worked with Southern Crossings, Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, Nakisa, Waratah and Dhamor Percussion. He has studied and performed in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

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Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard has studied drumming in West Africa and performed overseas with Colin Offord’s Great Bowing Company, the Turkish State Theatre, Stalker Theatre Company, Sirocco andCathie O’Sullivan. In Australia he has played with sarod virtuoso Ashok Roy, Lulo Reinhardt, Moussa Diyakite, the Flying Fruitfly Circus, Chai Chang Ning, Flamenco Dreaming, Heval and Brassov.

Ron Reeves

Ron Reeves

Percussionist Ron Reeves lived and studied for many years in Indonesia, and specialises in traditional instruments from West Java and South India. In a long and varied career he has played with the Trilok Gurtu, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Nigeria’s Lebe Olarinjo Masqueraders, the Karnataka College of Percussion, Billy Cobham, Hossam Ramzy,  heavy plastic band AC/PVC and with Kim in GengGong and Trio Dingo. He leads Indonesian-based groups Warogus and Earth Music.

Peter Boyd

Boyd

Enigmatic Kiwi Boyd is the composer of the Martian National Anthem. He also plays  bass and baritone saxophones with intergalactic intensity. He has performed with Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, Jackie Orszcaszki’s Budget Orchestra, Brassov and The Monday Club. The only member of Kim Sanders & Friends weighing less than his instrument, he is a genuine saxophone heavyweight.

Mark Szeto

Hong Kong born Mark Szeto plays double bass and fretless electric bass in a variety of styles. He has performed with Monsieur Camembert, the Sydney Opera House Orchestra and Sydney Chamber Orchestra.  His own band, Low Flying Hippies, released their debut CD Adventure Before Dementia in 2009.

Sam Golding

Multi-instrumentalist Sam Golding (trumpet, tenor horn, trombone,  sousaphone,  flutes, ukelele) performs in many musical settings from Senegalese Mbalax through traditional music from the Balkans, jazz small groups, reggae and cabaret. He is currently working hard with the bands Darth Vegas, The Glorious Sousaphonics, The Fantastic Terrific Munkle, Teranga, Tango Saloon and The Mango Balloon.

Mustafa Karami

Kurdish Iranian Mustafa Karami studied dhaf (traditional frame drum) at Karkars Music College in Tehran and is now recognised as a master of the instrument. He 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.  In Australia he has performed with Kim in Davood Tabrizi’s Far Seas.

James Greening

One of Australia’s leading improvising musicians, James Greening has been widely praised for his work on trombone, pocket trumpet, sousaphone and bass with Ten Part Invention, Wanderlust, The catholics, The Umbrellas, The Australian Art Orchestra, Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach, the  Sruthi Laya Ensemble, Matthew Doyle and various strange ensembles led by the late, great Jackie Orszaczky. He leads his own band The World According to James.

“What I wouldn’t give to have friends like these!” – Jaslyn Hall, ABC Limelight Magazine

“In a perfect world, these artists would figure among out national treasures”Michael Rofe, Weekend Australian

“The music is sometimes mystical…but can also be full of tension and real virtuousity” – Eelco Schilder, Folkworld (UK/Germany)