World Musicians

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ARIA-winning brothers, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan have played with orchestras and with Festivals around the world. Baroque, classical – even the Beatles – can be featured! Areas of speciality include World Musicians. Slava and Leonard have been performing professionally as a duo for about twelve years. Although they have performed much of the standard guitar repertoire for two guitars, they are committed to expanding the classical guitar repertoire through new arrangements, collaborations with contemporary composers, and their own compositions. In 2006 they made their debut at the Wigmore Hall in London. They have performed together in many countries, including Russia, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Estonia, and the US. They regularly tour Australia as a duo, performing with orchestras and at music festivals.

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Avenue Manouche is Australia's classiest European-flavoured jazz band. Areas of speciality include World Musicians. This stunning jazz vocal and acoustic ensemble performs jazz and soul, including an entire repertoire of French classic songs, as well as Spanish songs and the well-known songs from the American songbook.

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Let the spirit of Brazil come alive with the Batucada Drummers! With drums being the essential element, these performers take Batucada to a new level with their highly entertaining show. Areas of speciality include World Musicians. Lively and Energetic, the Batucada drummers will create the atmosphere of a Rio De Janeiro Carnaval. Who can resist dancing when the drummers are pounding these infectious beats!

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Experience the power of the Japanese taiko with this visually spectacular and powerful, high energy performance that is Taikoz! Areas of speciality include World Musicians. Combining the awesome power of the traditional Japanese taiko with the ethereal tones of the bamboo shakuhachi, TaikOz seeks to explore a synthesis of East and West, old and new.

TaikOz has established itself as one of Australia’s most energetic and exciting drumming groups.

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Ustad Sarshar and his sons Yama and Ali Sarshar have been performing around the world for many years. Ustad Sarshar playing the Sitar, with Rubab and Yama on the Tabla have performed on Channel 9 Footy Show as well as performing on ABC Radio, SBS and Channel 7 a number of times. Areas of speciality include World Musicians. Ustad Sarshar and Yama have performed for big name celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, and the Australian and Indian Cricket Teams just to name a few.

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These professional aboriginal dancers fill Australia's need for a wholesome, exciting, reliable and world class traditional performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Show. Areas of speciality include World Musicians. Representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers from many diverse tribes, the Aboriginal Dance Show preserves and promotes Aboriginal culture through their range of traditional and contemporary performances.

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Djangoholix infuse old-world swing tunes with a dizzying myriad of rhythm, flair and joyous energy guaranteed to inspire dancing and smiles all round. Areas of speciality include World Musicians. Djangoholix are five Sydney-based musicians hailing from different parts of the globe and who share a love for European music styles and jazz.

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Following sold-out shows at Sydney Opera House and The Vanguard in 2009, Arrebato Ensemble is now available for limited corporate events. Areas of speciality include World Musicians. At times ferocious and at others quietly stirring, the Arrebato Ensemble explores passionate musical territory, bringing to life a vibrant mix of instruments, backgrounds and cultures.

‘Arrebato’ is a Spanish word meaning ‘a sudden and intensive burst of emotion, a feeling of fury
or ecstasy’, is apt in describing the ensemble’s original music.

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Gifted guitarist and composer, Phil Moorea is a multi-style player of Classical, Flamenco and Latin. Phil discovered his first guitar at the age of seven, while playing in an old Victorian house in Paddington. Areas of speciality include World Musicians. Phil’s first teacher was guitarist Phil Skinner. Since then, he has studied with many famous teachers including, classical guitar teacher, Peter Calvo at The Sydney School of Spanish Guitar, as well as tuition in jazz guitar, with Ike Isaacs, at the Australian Institute of Music.

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EQUUS is a bold, imaginative music project that succeeds in an entirely new sound. EQUUS is about meetings, of people and traditions, and of musics. Areas of speciality include World Musicians. A gathering of four musicians of diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, Equus focuses on the traditional music of Mongolia. Sung by world renowned Mongolian throat singer Bukhu, fused with Middle Eastern strings and wind with a dynamic rhythm section.