Presented by Sounds Across Oceans in partnership with SunPAC
Oceans of Love
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Sat 27 May 2023
SunPAC 470 McCullough St Sunnybank
Child 12 years and under: $10.00
Oceans of Love is an immersive concert experience combining live music, dance, digital art and poetry. This sensorial provocation explores our disconnection from nature and one another and maps a path from fear to bliss and fearlessness.
Curated by acclaimed guitarist/composer Dr Anthony Garcia the concert will feature renowned musician Linsey Pollak, Indian Fusion singer Menaka, Chinese folk singer Zi Wang, cellist Dr Danielle Bentley, koto master Takako Haggarty Nishibori, percussionist Tunji Beier, DJ and tabla performer Saie Ishan Chand, Mohiniattam dancer Bindu Ragendren and contemporary dancer Denise Comba.
Experience a hypnotic fusion of sound, movement and vision blending elements of traditional folk song and chant, improvisation, traditional and contemporary dance and spoken word poetry.
Bring friends, family and loved ones to experience the healing power of live music and dance.
Brisbane based Anthony Garcia is an acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator. He has recorded, toured and performed extensively throughout the world and collaborated with artists and creatives across a diverse range of artistic disciplines. Dr Garcia’s exploratory philosophy of music-making and teaching has generated a highly personal creative approach, embracing both ancient and contemporary forms, world and ethnic musics and improvisational practice. His self-titled debut album Soniclines released in 2022, features renowned artists William Barton and Tyronne Noonan. He is artistic director of Sounds Across Oceans and executive producer of BrisAsia Festival and The Ground Beneath Us.
Linsey Pollak is renowned throughout Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia since 1996. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. He has performed at most major Festivals around Australia and recorded 35 albums (solo & with various groups).
Papua New Guinea born drummer Tunji Beier has also lived in Nigeria, Germany and Australia. Influenced by exposure to the strong Yoruba drumming tradition of Nigeria as a child, during his formative years Tunji studied Classical and Indian percussion in Germany and Bangalore India. More recently Tunji was artistic director of the Bayreuth Border Crossings Festival (Germany) and toured extensively throughout Europe over 10 years.
Eminent Koto performer Takako Nishibori brings the classic sounds of Japan alive through her mastery of the Koto. Having played the Koto from the age of six, Takako studied with Grand Master Shizu Fujino from the Ikuta Ryu Miyagi school and also studied the Shamisen from the age of 16. Completing her teaching license at the Miyagi school of Tokyo, Takako was placed in the top ten for all of Japan. Takako first visited Australia in 2001 and following postgraduate study in Newcastle NSW she has lived in Brisbane since 2005.
Bindu Rajendren is a multidisciplinary artiste and Mohiniattam dance practitioner, researcher and educator based in Brisbane, Australia. A “dancer who has the ability to convey the essence of deeply significant stories through dance” (Woodford Folk Festival, Australia), Bindu has performed widely across Australia, UK, New Zealand, UAE, and India, and on multiple online platforms.
Award-winning cellist Danielle Bentley specialises in Australian art music and is co-leader of Ensemble Sooon. She was Australian Arts Fellow at Omi Music Residency, New York and is a recipient of an APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence. Danielle has worked across a broad range of genres and for 7 years directed the art music ensemble Collusion.
Originally from Argentina, contemporary dancer Denise Comba has been based in Brisbane since 2015. Her contemporary dance studies in Buenos Aires included modern and contemporary dance, ballet, choreography and improvisation. After further studies in Europe (Brussels) Denise performed and co-created various projects in the independent dance scene of Buenos Aires.
Menaka is a Brisbane-based singer, songwriter, and teacher. Hailing from musical family deeply rooted in South Indian (Carnatic) music, Menaka’s unique sound is an intersection of traditional and contemporary, East and West. In 2019 challenged by deteriorating vision, Menaka launched her debut solo album, My Eyes Can See at the Queensland Multicultural Centre to a sold-out audience.
Saie Ishan Chand is a Tabla percussionist, DJ, producer and musician from Meanjin. Having learned the Tabla (Indian percussion instrument) from 8 years old, Sai’s passion for music grew stronger expanding to multiple eastern and western instruments, and the Meanjin DJ scene. With strong classical, cultural and urban influences, he explores multiple genres of music and roles as a performer, producer and composer.
Chinese folk & classical singer Wang Zi has performed roles in Chinese national opera and has sung at a number of major events in China. Following graduation from the China Conservatory of Music, his curiosity and exploration of vocal art prompted Zi to come to Australia to study of Western vocal art. He is currently taking post graduate studies in voice at University of Queensland.