KIM SANDERS & BOBBY SINGH at the VAULT

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Australian World Music pioneers Kim Sanders and Bobby Singh will join forces in an intimate gig at The Vault in Dulwich Hill on Sunday April 21.

“Bobby and I have been playing together for a long time now, so we have a good rapport,” says Kim, “so hopefully something magical will happen on the night. And it will be nice to do a nearly unplugged gig in an intimate space like The Vault.”

The duo format, and the traditions the musicians use, allows plenty of space for improvisation. They draw from a variety of sources especially Hindustani and Turkish Classical music, Balkan and Middle-Eastern folk. The duo may also play strange and uncategorizable original pieces.

Kim Sanders has performed with Gypsy wedding bands in Macedonia, in mosquito-ridden nightclubs in Gambia, smoky tavernas in Greece, on National Radio in Bulgaria and at concert-halls and recording studios in Turkey, China and Indonesia. He has played with Zimbabwean mbira-player Stella Chiweshe, The Bisserov Sisters (Bulgaria), Zülfü Livaneli, Fatih Kisaparmak, Okay Temiz, Birol Topaloglu, the Istanbul State Modern Folk Music Ensemble (all Turkish), Libidorr (Gambia), Oppie Andaresta and Setiawan Djodi (Indonesia) and Tianchuang (China).

English-born Bobby Singh spent a great deal of his childhood in Mumbai studying with tabla-masters including Aneesh Pradhan and is now one of the most sought after tabla players in the world. Through Aneesh’s guidance Bobby has become an internationally renowned tabla player, both in traditional Hindustani classical music and cross cultural genres. In Australia and overseas he has performed with Slava Grigoriyan, John Butler, Pandit Ashok Roy, Partho Sarathy, Joseph Tawadross, Shubha Mudgal and in Kim Sanders & Friends.

* Kim Sanders: Bulgarian gaida (bagpipe), Turkish ney (Sufi flute used by the Whirling Dervishes), kaval (long Bulgarian edge-blown flute), duduk (Armenian reed instrument).
* Bobby Singh: tabla

The Cafe will be open from 5.30pm with Greek Cheese and Leek/Spinach pies, toasted sandwiches, souvlaki in pita bread and sweets,espresso coffees, frappe and herbal teas. Wine and Ouzo will also be available. Bring a cushion if you would like to sit right at the front of the stage, otherwise chairs will be provided.

6pm (doors open 5.30) Sunday April 21
The Vault Performance Space in the Greek Bilingual Bookshop
837 New Canterbury Rd Dulwich Hill / Hurlstone Park (across the road from the 7-11). Nearest cross street is Old Canterbury Rd.

$25 (full), $20 conc (pensioner or student)
Bookings 95594424

For hi-res photos, interviews or more info: kimzgaida@hotmail.com

Kim’s website: www.kimsandersworldmusic.com and FaceBook page http://www.facebook.com/kimsandersworldmusic
Bobby’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/bobby.singh.7731?ref=ts&fref=ts and website: http://www.bobbysingh.com.au/

KIM SANDERS & FRIENDS at KINETIC JAZZ

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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 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)

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

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)

Kim’s CDs

Bent Grooves

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Magical collective improvisation framed by lush melodies and anchored by hypnotic rhythms, drawing from the traditions of Turkish Sufi and folk music, Balkan Gypsy brass bands, West African grooves, Indian Classical music, flamenco, blues and jazz.

Magical collective improvisation framed by lush melodies and anchored by hypnotic rhythms, drawing from the traditions of Turkish Sufi and folk music, Balkan Gypsy brass bands, West African grooves, Indian Classical music, flamenco, blues and jazz.

Featuring (in order of height): Sandy Evans: soprano and tenor saxes; Carlos Villanueva: charango; Bobby Singh: tabla; Kim Sanders: ney, Turkish gaida, aardvark, kaval, mey, tenor sax, saluang; George Doukas: bouzouki, Greek baglama; Llew Kiek: Turkish baglama; Steve Elphick: double bass.

The CD was produced by Tony Gorman, engineered by Ross A’Hern and mastered by Paul Bryant. The project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.

What the critics say about Bent Grooves

“That asinine term ‘world music’ actually acquires some meaning when applied to the art of Kim Sanders. The Sydney multi-instrumentalist has stewed in musical melting pots from Indonesia to Gambia and is especially steeped in the sounds of Turkey and Eastern Europe. Having absorbed these traditions, he plays within or without them as suits his creative impulses.Sanders’s long-term collaboration with tabla player Bobby Singh stretches the sonic world of Asia Minor eastward, towards the subcontinent, just as Steve Elphick’s bass and Sandy Evans’s saxophone bring jazzier sensibilities to bear. But Sanders never forces square pegs into round holes and his musical imagination unfolds with a marvellous fluidity, like a river being fed by many tributaries, with the main flow mingling beautiful, often melancholy melodies with evocative rhythms and exotic textures.His own braying tenor saxophone, assorted wistful flutes and sometimes imperious bagpipes radiate a joy in having such open dialogues with his gifted collaborators; dialogues that have been superbly recorded.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

“What I wouldn’t give to have friends like these!…Bent Grooves is an instrumental CD, beautifully measured and layered” – Jaslyn Hall, ABC Limelight Magazine“No ‘world fuzak’ here!” – Doug Spencer, Producer, The Weekend Planet, ABC Radio National

 

Trance’n’Dancin  

Kim Sanders’  CD Trance’n’Dancin is an exploration of trance music, from the etherial flights of the ney flute used in the rituals of Turkey’s Mevlevi Dervishes to the hypnotic dance-rhythms of the Balkans. It also features the world’s first composition for Bulgarian bagpipe and Hammond organ.

Featuring Kim Sanders: Turkish ney (Sufi flute), kaval (Bulgarian wooden flute), Bulgarian and Turkish gaidas (bagpipes), aardvark (Turkish/Bulgarian/Australian hybrid bass bagpipe), mey (Turkish double reed), saluang (Sumatran flute) & Peter Kennard: dhaf, bendir, darabukka, megabukka, riq, zills, gong-on-a-mattress, wood-blocks, dried budgies, surdo, ride cymbal, harmonium, keyboards, chan, another cymbal

 

What the critics say about Trance’n’Dancin

“Sublime, haunting…The album is a beautifully shaped journey from the spacious taksims to fast and upbeat dance tunes… Sanders has spent years studying the music of Turkey and the Balkans and his passion and skill for this music are clearly evident in this superb album.” – Oonagh Sherrard for www.indie-cds.com

“There is a profound dignity about the expression of sadness in Turkish music. With neither histrionics nor sentimentality, the sadness is distilled into beauty. Kim Sanders has immersed himself in this culture for years and achieves an extraordinarily haunting sound on ney (Dervish flute) for the rubato improvisations on this haunting album. He is accompanied by Peter Kennard, whose realisatons of the slowest tempos in tricky time signatures is a marvel of meditative concentration and execution.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

“What stirs you throughout this album is the realisation that the breath is what brings you closer to God, that is the ‘ruh’ or the soul. Kim’s brand of music is based on the movement of breath and an inner connection to the mind and spirit. The album is a must for world music conoisseurs and anyone who enjoys the world of Islam.” – Kuranda Seyit, Australia Fair, Dec 05

“A major part of this album is a modern interpretation of Traditional Mevlevi (Whirling Dervish) and Balkan dance music. Yet it loses none of the meditative and languid qualities of the original trance music…The real beauty of the album is the way that the bulk of the tracks achieve the near impossible feat of exuding a sound that is elegiac but at the same time spirited. The hauntingly beautiful “Gidemem Siraza Ben” is almost heartrending in this technically masterful and emotionally uplifting intertwining of the plaintive with the exuberant… Multi- instrumentalist Kim Sanders achieves total command over all his instruments and together with Peter Kennard has produced a masterful album which is an ideal vehicle for a breakthrough to a wider audience.” – Dush Perera, Jazz’n’Blues www.corporatenews.com.au

“This is an energetic and distinctive blend of virtuoso playing from multi-instrumentalist Kim Sanders, masterfully accompanied by Peter Kennard’s magic trunk of percussion… Trance’nDancin features several different fascinating musical styles – Sufi meditations, Turkish lullabies, trance music, folk tunes- as well as an enigmatic track, “Solitary Circumambulation”, which Sanders claims is the world’s first composition for gaida (Balkan bagpipes) and Hammond organ. Sanders is a relentless champion of world music and this CD celebrates the freshness and sheer excitement of the Balkan and Turkish traditions with added new twists and a funky rhythm section to create a joyful session of music for listening or dancing” – Jas Hall, ABC Limelight Magazine

 

You Can’t Get There From Here

Kim Sanders and Friends’ ARIA-nominated CD You Can’t Get There From Here showcases traditional pieces from the Balkans and Middle-East and original pieces including “Hepimiz Deliyiz” (“We’re All Crazy”), first performed at the Ataturk Cultural Centre with the Istanbul State Modern Folk Music Ensemble, 2001. Demented Gypsy-style collective improvisation, Indo-Turkish grooves and more…

Kim Sanders: ney, kaval, mey, duduk, saluang, Bulgarian and Turkish gaidas, aardvark, tenor sax, gong;  Bobby Singh: tablas;  Sabahattin Akdagcik: baglama, oud, yayli tambur;  Steve Elphick: double bass; Peter Kennard: percussion and Epizo Bangoura: djembe, balafon.

What the critics say about You Can’t Get There From Here

This is a dream of an album, full of emotion and skill – Carina Prange, Jazz Dimensions (Germany)

I was immediately conquered by the beauty of the arrangements, the high degree of musicianship and the perfect selection of the tunes featured there – Massimo Ferro, Radio Voce Spazio (Italy)

A gem …Great sounds, textures, clever improvisation over tricky rhythms, an album for conoisseurs – Dieter Bajzek, Folk Alliance Australia

A beautifully-balanced mixture of traditional and contemporary sounds from Turkey, West Africa, India and the Balkans …A fantastic array of moods and charms – K S Seyit, Australian Muslim News

Plenty of beautiful, breath catching moments – Craig N. Pearce, Drum Media

You are sure to want to linger in this musical mystery land – Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald

Deliciously eclectic! – Doug Spencer, Producer, The Planet, ABC Radio National

Chronic Rhythmosis

Brassov’s World-Gypsy-Jazz CD – re issued 2014       

Brassov are acknowledged as one of Australia’s most original and accomplished contemporary world music – jazz bands.  Their irrestistible rhythms and vibrant melodies have their roots in the music of the Romany (Gypsy) Balkans, West Africa and Latin America.  This is music to listen to, laugh with, and dance to!

The members of Brassov – Robert Guzmani: trumpet; Christine Evans: soprano/alto Sax; Kim Sanders: tenor sax, Balkan & Middle Eastern wind instruments, eastern bagpipes; Boyd: baritone, bass saxes; Peter Kennard: percussion; James Pattugalan: drums.

What the critics say about Chronic Rhythmosis

This is richly-layered brass instrument playing ranging from the fast and furious…to the sublimely lyrical and emotionally sustaining…it’s a brass band that has absorbed its world music, bebop and big band influences and remains true to itself with a rich and distinctive voice.  Chronically good – Realtime, Jan 98

..(with) a gargantuan bass saxophone honking out the bottom end, Brassov take brass band music on a rhythmic bender through Africa and Latin America.  The result is berserk folk-jazz dance music – Richard Guilliatt, Sydney Morning Herald Metro, Jan 97

Marvellously engaging…one of the most original and enthralling of musical ensembles you are likely to encounter – Craig N. Pearce, Drum Media, Oct 97

…an insouciant and vibrant world hybrid, perhaps better thought of as world music jazz.  In it you can hear Balkan, Romany Gypsy, ska, Persian, West African and Latin strains, mixed in a riot of exotic polyrhythms and time signatures – Shane Nichols, Australian Financial Review, Jan 98

Armed with an arsenal of Balkan bagpipes and enough strange instruments to send an ethnomusicologist into paroxysms of delight, Brassov have produced an album of world jazz which is energetic, inventive and fascinating – The Jazz Messenger, Dec 97

People lift up their arms, wiggle their torsos and shout ‘whoopah’…It’s not often that you get to see a gangster, a showgirl, and a Balkan shopkeeper in the one band – not in Sydney anyway.  These guys are like the Macedonian Village People – they can definitely groove, in three, give seven and eleven. – Hugh Worrall, Drum Media, Oct 97

It is obvious that the members of Brassov have a thorough understanding of the sources at the heart of their project and the results were exhilarating: exuberant, raucous playing – Peter Jordan, Sydney Morning Herald, Nov 97

One of the most stimulating and vibrant groups currently operating in the local music scene – Blowing, Drum Media, Nov 97

 

GengGong’s CD – Not Just Music

GengGong uses traditional musics from many cultures (Javanese, Madurese, Bulgarian, Turkish, Arabic, Sumatran) in contemporary arrangements and original compositions.  Indonesion drums, gongs and reeds are combined with guitar, Balkan &Middle Eastern bagpipes, didgeridu, saxophone and wooden flutes to produce a unique and totally compelling performance.

Sawung Jabo: vocals, guitar, bonang and other gongs, dance); Kim Sanders: tenor sax, aardvark, Deravish flute, Bulgarian bagpipe, Middle-Eastern reeds, Sumatran saluang, percussion;  Ron Reeves: Sundanese kendang, Sumatran sarunai, didgeridu, genggong, buzz flute, vocals;  Reza Achman: drum kit, percussion, vocals.

GengGong: "Not Just Music"

 

What the Critics say:

GengGong rock hard – Revolver

The whole blend of traditional music they performed…created a rhythm of harmonic and peaceful sounds, as if we were being drawn into a spiritual experience together with them – Newsmusik

A powerful performing unit – Richard Jasiutowitz, Diaspora

Their commitment to excellence in performance, professional deportment and creative synthesis of traditional and modern elements…[makes] this band…the fore-runner of exciting new developments to come in the fusion of east and west in Australia – Dr David Goldsworthy, Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of New England.

Wow, GengGong really went off!! – Seth Jordan, Director, Bellingen Global Carnival

GengGong have already made a significant contribution to contemporary Australian cross-cultural music, especially by promoting a sense of cultural exchange and understanding between Australia and Asia. – Lex Marinos, (former) Head of Carnivale.

 

 

Buying Kim’s CDs

All CDs are available directly from kimzgaida@hotmail.com.  Bent Grooves, Trance’n’Dancin and You Can’t Get There From Here are available from:Indie-CD’s www.indie-cds.com, Trad & Now www.duckscrossing.org/tradshop, Birdland (Sydney city) www.birdland.com.au, Lamdha Books (Wentworth Falls, NSW) www.lamdhabooks.com.au, Mara! Music www.maramusic.com, “Saba Nefes II” is included in the compilation “Groove Medicine – Groove Music” from Music Mosaic.  Individual tracks or full album downloadable online – http://www.music-mosaic.com/ecom/groove-music-medicine.php

You Can’t Get There From Here , Trance’n’Dancin,  Bent Grooves and Chronic Rhythmosis are now available online from iHear Music. You can download single tracks or whole albums.  iHear Music supports Australian musicians – support them if you can!

From the Archives: 

There are still a few copies available of pioneering Australian World Music group Nakisa’s Camels in the City CD and Nakisa’s first album Insallah (LP/cassette  format only)

Kim has also recorded with:

Phanari tis Anatolis,  Oppie Andaresta, Oguz Yilmaz,  Setiawan Djody, Silvia Entcheva Trio, Flamenco Dreaming, Indiajiva, Tansey’s Fancy, Seaweed and Wire, Chichitote, Caiseal Mor, Rick-e-Dee, Bob Wheatley, Sabahattin Akdagcik’s SASOM, David Hobson, Blair Greenberg, Roger Mason, Rabadaki, Tony Lewis/Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre, Turkish Art Music Ensemble, Global Roots, ABC Childrens’ series “0-9”  and others…