Travelling: Intercultural Ensemble and Bulgarian Voices

When:20 Sep 2017, 7pm - 8:30pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio
Who:Intercultural Music Group & Bulgarian Voices
Travelling: Intercultural Ensemble and Bulgarian Voices

The Intercultural Ensemble and The Bulgarian A Capella group with the power of the voice and a little rhythmic stomp will fill the Io Myers Studio with music. Join the music stars of the future for a thrilling concert of exploring music past, present and future.

Intercultural Music Group

Yet again the Intercultural Music Group is all over the place. This is not a reflection on how we play, but of what we aspire to do: to play a wide range of music that reflects our interests but not always our backgrounds. New Australian music if you like. For “Travelling”, we draw on the music of South East and Central Europe, South India, Appalachia and other places located less in geography and more in the creative mind.

Intercultural Music Group:
Melissa Abdallah, Melissa James Butler, Michael Cindric, Andrei Espiritu, Terina Fan, Rebecca Gore, Lauren Guerrera, Jordan Keith, Grace Leung, Madeleine Moore, Nhu Nguyen, Jarrah Purcell-Smith, Lauren Sandeman, Larrah Slender, Britney Trevithick, Jie Zhang, Lachlan James. Matthew Lister, Monique Nguyen, Chelsea-Lee Morrow, James McDonald, Rachael Bulanadi, Stephen Doan, Tieu Mi Huynh Duong, Samuel Jackson, Ashleigh Hannon, Rushane Sumanasekara, Serena Lin, Emilia Hatzakis, Thomas Heptinstall, Eric Grella, Robert Liley, Priyanka Pinto, James Donald

John Napier

Bulgarian Voices

Bulgarian Voices will take you travelling through time and space to Bulgaria in a bygone era; when most people worked on the land, life was hard and everything was produced with manual labour. Yet the Bulgarians had an ingenious way to lighten their load and relieve the drudgery of their work. It was to sing and dance together! They sang while they worked, on the way to the fields and home again, while they ate, when they gathered together in the evenings for working bees and celebrations. There was a song or dance for every occasion. We hope you catch a glimpse of the power of this music to lift our spirits, no matter how dark the day may appear.

In 2016, Australia’s diva of Bulgarian song Silvia Entcheva and Martenitsa Choir director Mara Kiek, ran the first undergraduate course in Bulgarian traditional choral singing at UNSW as part of the School of the Arts and Media course work. The success of the first course led to its repeat in Semester 2 this year.

Silvia immigrated to Australia in 1994, leaving a career with the Grammy Award winning Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares choir. Since then she has carved a new career in music and theatre in Australia as featured soloist with Sydney’s famous Martenitsa choir, directing her own ensembles (Silvia Entcheva Trio, Trio Nadpiavka & Trio Pippero) and performing at major festivals here and abroad and in theatre productions at Belvoir St Theatre, the Seymour Centre and the Victorian Arts Centre among others.

Mara Kiek is the founder/director of Sydney’s Martenitsa choir and an authority on Bulgarian folk singing, having studied extensively in Bulgaria and completed a Master of Applied Science by research (Bulgarian Singing), giving her specialised knowledge of the requirements for non-Bulgarian singers to achieve this extraordinary sound.

Don’t miss the Bulgarian Voices ensemble in concert with special guest Llew Kiek on bouzouki.

Bulgarian Voices:
Ben Turner, Elise Overton, Haeun Bae, Isabella Mazzarolo, Jong Yeon Kim, Marianne Daher, Michael Crone, Sarah Parkin

Silvia Entcheva - soloist
Mara Kiek – conductor & tapan

Special Guests:
Llew Kiek – bouzouki
Martenitsa choir members

Finding us.

Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows.

There is limited parking in the Gate 2 area around Io Myers Studio but free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave.

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