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

Wandering Minstrel at Festival of the Winds

Kites, food, music

Kim will be performing as a Wandering Minstrel (playing traditional music from the Balkans and the Middle East) at the Festival of the Winds at Bondi on Sunday September 9. Bring the kids.  Music, food, plenty of fantastic kites to look at (or bring your own)  ….and it’s free!

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 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)

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/

COMPOSITION PUBLISHED IN TURKEY

[Media Release]

World Music pioneer Kim Sanders has become the first Australian to have a composition of Turk Klasik Muzigi (Turkish Classical Music) published in Turkey.

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“Saba Saz Semai” has been published on www.neyzen.com, a website dedicated to the ney, the flute used by the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes, known as the Whirling Dervishes. It contains an extensive archive of Turkish Classical and Sufi music.
Sanders first visited Turkey in 1984, and has returned many times since to study and perform. Originally interested in Gypsy and folk music, he began his studies in ney and Turkish Classical Music in 1993.
“A makam is the equivalent of a raga in Indian Classical Music,” he says. “I have been studying Saba Makam for nearly twenty years now, and I felt I knew it well enough to attempt a formal composition. It is a great honour to be published by Neyzen.com.”
Kim will be performing on ney and a variety of other instruments with Kim Sanders & Friends at the Sound Lounge in the Seymour Centre on Friday December 9th.

For more info, HiRes photos, to arrange interviews etc contact Kim at kimzgaida@hotmail.com or +61 2 9569 4203

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

PERFORMANCE for ORIENTAL SOCIETY of AUSTRALIA

Kim will be joined by Peter Kennard to perform and talk about Turkish and Middle-Eastern music for the Oriental Society of Australia at the Efendy Turkish restaurant in Balmain on December 9.

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.