- August 5, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
“…a world where the past is ever-present and music knows no borders. FOUR STARS” – The Courier Mail
Recently returned from a huge debut European tour, two-time Queensland Music Award winners MZAZA are taking the world by storm with songs that are unlike anything else coming out of the Australian scene today. Lead by enchanting French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this award-winning group of cultural refugees from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia has been mesmerising audiences with powerful and inspired performances.
Intense live shows showcase the group’s phenomenal gift of reinventing musical traditions, creating something new from the old. This is a band of friends who have found each other at the end of the world to make music that blurs geographical, temporal and musical boundaries. Its members are excellent musicians who relish a direct and celebratory connection with audiences around the globe.
In 2015 MZAZA released Ghosts, an album mixed by ARIA-nominated engineer Robin Mai and featuring a collection of impressive musical collaborators. With much of the original material in French or English and inspired by Balkan music, Ghosts spent three weeks in the AMRAP Metro Charts, was feature album on Melbourne’s PBS and spent five weeks in 4ZZZ’s top 20.
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 fuel 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), Baro Banda (Turkey) and DJ Click (France).
Driven by Alana’s wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. They have been serenading audiences around the world since late last century.
Vardos have toured to every state in Australia; festivals include the National, Port Fairy, Illawarra, Cobargo and Fairbridge Folk Festivals, the Queenscliff Music Festival, the Alice Desert Festival, Dark MoFo Festival in Hobart and the Melbourne Festival where they launched the CD ‘Entertaining Countess Dracula’ to a sell-out crowd at the Famous Spiegeltent. They have also performed at the Falls Festival in Marion Bay, Tasmania and Lorne, Victoria and Harvest Festival, Victoria.
In Melbourne they have supported ‘Besh o Drom’ and ‘Antal Szalai Gypsy Band’ (both from Hungary), ‘Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’ at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne and the ‘Gipsy Kings’ at the Palais, St Kilda.
Television appearances in Australia include cameos on ‘Spicks and Specks’, ABC TV, ‘The Footy Show’, Channel 9, and Seachange (Series 3) ABC TV . They also feature in Ruth Cullen’s documentary on artist Vali Myers, ‘Painted Lady’.
Vardos have toured internationally to New Zealand, Noumea in New Caledonia, Geneva in Switzerland and around Hungary, have showcased in the United States, and had successful shows at the Famous Spiegeltent in the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival Spiegeltent. Vardos were nominated for the 2003 BBC Radio3 World Music Awards (Audience Award) and returned to Edinburgh in 2004 where they received a 4 star review.
VARDOS performed in 2010 at the West meets East Roma and Traveller Festival (London), Museum of the Bohemian (Amsterdam), Szent Ivan FolkFest (Hungary) and bars in Berlin.
In 2015 Vardos returned to perform in Sopron, Hungary, then played across southern France, from Marseille to Carcassonne, including a residency at Hôtel Sainte Valière.
The two most recent Vardos CD’s have been finalists for the Golden Fiddle Awards.
Please prebook your tickets online so that we have an idea of numbers. Payment is strictly CASH ONLY on the door. Please note we do not have EFTPOS facilities. Apologies for any inconvenience.
If you have any questions or problems with the booking system, please call Mel on 0403 336 056 or Tunji on 0468 544 077.