World Music Double Bill at Camelot

World Music Double Bill at Camelot

Kim Sanders with Bobby Singh, and Horse and Wood feature in a double bill at 7.30 at Camelot on Sunday May 5.

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Kim Sanders (ney, kaval, duduk, gaidas) has always avoided the shallow pastiche approach so prevalent in World Music. A pioneer of World Music since the late seventies, he remains at the cutting edge of the World Music scene. He has studied, performed and recorded in the Balkans, Turkey, China, Indonesia and West Africa. Collaborators have included Zimbabwean mbira-player Stella Chiweshe, the Istanbul State Modern Folk Music Ensemble, Turkish percussionist Okay Temiz, The Bisserov Sisters, Zulfu Livaneli, Indonesian World Music pioneer Sawung Jabo, Greek/Turkish rembetika/Turkish Klasik group Phanari tis Anatolis and Chinese fusion group Tianchuang. He has performed as a soloist on National Radio in Bulgaria, Indonesian national television with GengGong and in 2001 was the subject of a short television documentary on Turkish television (NTV).
Born and raised in England, Bobby spent a great deal of his childhood in Mumbai studying at Sangeet Mahabharati an institute of music started by the great tabla maestro Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. Recognized with a great talent at a young age, Bobby became a student of Pandit Nikhil Ghosh’s senior disciple Aneesh Pradhan, now one of the most sought after tabla players in the world. Through Aneesh’s guidance Bobby was nurtured into a mature internationally renowned tabla player, both in traditional Indian classical music and cross cultural genres.
Now a resident of Australia, he still spends most of his time between India and Australia. Bobby has received numerous awards and accolades and has performed with some of the finest musicians in Australia and overseas including Slava Grigoriyan, Greg Sheehan, Ben Walsh, David Hirschfelder, John Butler Trio, Sandy Evans, Pandit Ashok Roy, Aneesh Pradhan, Shuba Mudgal,Purbayan Chatterjee, Joseph Tawardros, Charlie McMahon, Sandipan Samajpati, Partho Sarathy, Tony Gorman and Adrian McNeil amongst many others.
“Bobby and I have been playing together for a long time now”, says Kim, “so we have developed a rapport that lets us go to lots of unexpected places. Sometimes we even surprise ourselves!”
“The music is sometimes mystical…but can also be full of tension and real virtuousity” – Eelco Schilder, Folkworld (Germany)

Horse and Wood

The second part of the programme features Horse and Wood. This is project combining the sounds of the Mongolian Horse Fiddle and Harmonic throat singing with the classic Arabian textures of the Oud. Featuring Bukhu (Bukhchuluun Ganburged) and John Robinson. This is a unique fusion of galloping Mongolian rhythms, sparkling harmonic singing, and the warm, evocative nuances of the oud, and other exotic strings. An ethereal delight!

The two duos will perform separately and together in a four-handed collective improvisation. A world first!

Doors open at 6.30 for 7.30 start
Camelot Lounge,
19 Marrickville Rd,
Marrickville (near Sydenham Station)
Tickets: $25 at the door, $22.70 online
Bookings: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/10932 or www.camelotlounge.com

Bar and food are available

Info: www.kimsandersworldmusic.com, http://www.bobbysingh.com.au/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Horse-and-Wood/451370038264238?ref=ts&fref=ts

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS: GYPSY BLAST at CAMELOT

Boyd and Kim performing with Davood Tabrizi's "Kooch" project.

Boyd and Kim performing with Davood Tabrizi's "Kooch" project.

Friday June 29 will be a night of Balkan Gypsy brass-band madness – and that ain’t all! There will also be Persian reggae, African grooves and strange uncategorisable originals.

Kim has spent a lot of time in The Balkans and Turkey studying and playing with Romani musicians. “Those guys can really play!” says Kim. “And they know how to party too!”

Special guest with the band will be Boyd (one name, just like Madonna), who performed with Kim in legendary Gypsy-World band Brassov in the 90’s. Boyd is the only member of Kim Sanders & Friends who weighs less than his instrument. A very snappy dresser too.

The gig also marks the return of Bobby Singh on tabla. Bobby has been playing and studying in India and buzzing round Australia since this last performance with Kim Sanders & Friends last October. Tabla in a Balkan brass band may not be terribly traditional, but is an example of the cross-cultural fertilization that is part of Kim Sanders & Friends. Different musicians and different repertoire for every gig means the music never gets stale, and can sometimes go in some very strange directions…”As long as the pulse is there, the music can go anywhere”, says Kim. And usually does.

Kim Sanders: goat bag, breath tubes, medium-sized saxofon
Boyd: big saxofon, big clarinet
Llew Kiek: string things
Sam Golding: sousaphone honkenblurter
Bobby Singh: those little Indian bongo things

“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
“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)
“Virtually a force unto himself in world music scenes” – Craig N. Pearce, Drum Media

Friday 29 June 2012
Camelot Lounge
19 Marrickville Rd (cnr Railway Pde, 2 mins walk from Sydenham station)
Marrickville, NSW
Entry: $25/$20

The band’s previous performance at Camelot was a full house, so best to book! http://www.trybooking.com/BDAJ

Doors open 7.30 for 9 pm start

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

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

See http://www.camelotlounge.com/

KIM SANDERS AND BOBBY SING WITH MEY VIRTUOSO SONGUL KARAHASANOGLU

Due to popular demand Kim Sanders and Bobby Singh will play an extra concert with Turkish mey virtuoso Songul Karahasanoglu before she returns to Turkey at the end of May.

The first nearly-unplugged gig is at St Luke’s Church Hall in Enmore on Saturday May 26 , the second in an even more intimate setting in Leura on Sunday May 27.

Mey virtuoso Songul Karahasanoglu

Songul is professor of Mey at the State Conservatorium in Istanbul and was one of Kim’s teachers on his many trips to Turkey since 1984. She has taught and performed in the US, but this is her first trip to Australia. Mey is a Turkish double reed instrument similar to the Armenian duduk.

Kim has studied , recorded and performed in Turkey, the Balkans, West Africa, Indonesia and China. A true Australian World Music pioneer, he will be playing gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe), Ganesha (hybrid Bulgarian-Turkish-Australian-Balinese hybrid bagpipe), kaval (long wooden Bulgarian-Turkish flute), ney (long cane flute used by ‘whirling dervishes” (Mevlevi Sufis).

Tabla-player Bobby Singh is well-known to Australian and overseas audiences for his performances of Hindustani Classical music as well as many varieties of “world fusion” music.

The trio will draw from a variety of musical sources including Turkish Classical, Balkan and Turkish folk, traditional music from Central Asia and Classical Hindustani music. There will also be strange and uncategorizable originals. These are musicians with a deep knowledge of their sources. As Doug Spencer (Weekend Planet (ABC Radio National) says: No“world fuzak” here!

St Luke’s Church, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore
7pm – 9pm, Saturday May 26
$20/15
No bookings – get there early to be sure of a seat!
Drinks and snacks available before the show and at interval
This concert would not be possible without the assistance of Kinetic Energy Theatre Company

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Private and intimate house party at Leura in the Blue Mountains
5pm – 7pm, Sunday May 27. Address on booking.
Includes famous complimentary Palace chai. BYO snacks and drinks if you wish

Donation $25/20 ($5 discount if you don’t park in the street of the house – friendly neighbour policy!)
Limited seating – entry by booking only: meg.musichunter@gmail.com

For more info, to arrange interviews etc see www.kimsandersworldmusic.com

FIRST CONCERT: St Luke’s Church, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore 7pm – 9pm, Saturday May 26 SECOND CONCERT: 5pm, Sunday May 27 at a private house party in Leura (address given upon booking)

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.

CAFE CARNIVALE PROGRAMME CELEBRATING GYPSY MUSIC

On Friday August 5th Kim will be participating in Kooch, a programme celebrating the migration of Gypsy peoples around the globe.

Musicians are
Davood Tabrizi: kemanche and percussion
Bobby Singh: tabla
Suki Singh: harmonium
Kim Sanders: gayda, tenor sax
Boyd: baritone sax
Metin Yilmaz: kaval, zurna
Mustafa Karami: daf, darabuka, doholl
Rafael Alceola: vocals
Greg Alfonzetti: flamenco guitar

8.15 pm

Eastside Arts in Paddington

Details and bookings: http://www.musicaviva.com.au/whatson/cafe-carnivale/kooch

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

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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

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)