Sounds Across Oceans and SunPAC presents
Earth Rising: JADE New World Collective and MZAZA in Concert
part of The Ground Beneath Us Festival
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Sat 28 May 2022
SunPAC 470 McCullough St Sunnybank
Family (2 Adult + 2 Child): $40
90 minutes (no interval)
Earth Rising is a special celebration of Brisbane’s evolving cultural and musical identity featuring two of Brisbane’s finest exponents of world music fusion. This transcendent concert experience will include performances by, JADE New World Collective, MZAZA and feature guest artist Charulatha Mani.
Two-time Queensland Music Award winners MZAZA are committed to delivering Balkan-French inspired compositions to music lovers around the world. Led by enchanting French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this group of musicians from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia has been mesmerising audiences with powerful and inspired performances.
The impressive musicianship of MZAZA – deftly realised with accordion, violin, percussion, double bass and Flamenco guitar – embraces diversity, the old and the new, the familiar and the foreign, through timeless melodies. It is the timelessness of the music and stories that fuels an intense live show, an unforgettable musical journey, that has enraptured audiences at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Cygnet, National and Woodford Folk Festivals, and visited airwaves internationally. Jaw-dropping technique, unique compositions and captivating shows have earned Mzaza supports for the likes of the Violent Femmes (USA) Yasmin Levy (Israel), Melbourne Ska Orchestra (AUS), Baba Zula and Baro Banda (Turkey), and DJ Click (France).
About JADE New World Collective
JADE New World Collective explores the length and breadth of Australia’s evolving cultural landscape through a repertoire or original music and rare arrangements fusing Asian and Western classical elements. Consisting of four core musicians, JADE features Indigenous didgeridoo musician David Williams, Japanese koto master Takako Haggarty Nishibori, Nepalese tabla virtuoso Dheeraj Shrestha, and Australian guitarist/composer Dr Anthony Garcia. The ensemble began in 2018 through an incubation and residency program facilitated by QPAC and Sounds Across Oceans and performed their debut concert Crystal Moonlight at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, as part of BrisAsia Festival in 2019. The group has performed and collaborated with an eclectic collective of international and local artists, presented lectures on intercultural music-making and cultural diplomacy and most recently recorded a series of new tracks for the City Symphonies project for Queensland Music Festival.
About The Ground Beneath Us Festival
Beneath us pulses a force that energises and shapes our lives. Artists are gifted with a rare capacity to harness this force, reminding us of who we are and connecting us with its power.
The Ground Beneath Us is a festival designed to build bridges between cultures and communities, to dissolve the barriers that separate us and promote a soundscape that is representative of our time and of our evolving cultural identity. The festival will feature talented musicians, groups and emerging artists presenting their unique cultural musics as well as collaborating together to create new sounds that transport audiences to a place of inner harmony, cultural understanding and communal wellbeing.
The festival will also include a community forum that explores the Healing Power of Music and a sonic meditation program, Singing to the River, where people can sing, chant and share in the healing experience.
For further information go to: https://soundsacrossoceans.com/ground-beneath-us-festival
The Ground Beneath Us Festival is made possible through funding from Brisbane City Council & Queensland Government.