FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Live at the Village and Blue Mountains Theatre present an all-day festival of music from some of Australia’s most evocative and contemporary artists in concert. Catch world-class performances in fusion, jazz, world and folk music: a whole day of vibrant, stunning performances – live and local.

Tickets are sold separately for each festival concert, so you can choose to attend one, or as many concerts as you like from the program.  All performances will be held onsite at Blue Mountains Theatre + Community Hub, in either the main theatre or in Studio 1.

CARAVAN DANCE COMPANY AND CARAVAN BAND

1:00 PM | VENUE: STUDIO 1

Devi Mamak and the Caravan Band will be performing original classical, jazz and world fusion compositions and arrangements which will be mirrored in the movements of dance troupe Caravan Dance Company (formerly Ghawazi Caravan). This unique show finally combines local artist Devi Mamak’s 25-year dual careers as composer, pianist and bandleader as well as world-renowned dance and fusion belly dance troupe director.

THE MORRISONS

2:00 PM | VENUE: THEATRE

Sydney’s much-loved bluegrass darlings The Morrisons tell Australian stories, steeped in the sound of folk and old-time music.

KEYNA WILKINS DUO

3:00 PM | VENUE: STUDIO 1

As an innovative soloist, Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician. Keyna explores stream-of-consciousness improvisations alongside her composed pieces, often using loop pedal and visual projections, inspired by contemporary human rights issues, astronomical phenomena and thoughts. For this performance, Keyna will be joined by improvising jazz drummer Shane Carpini.

MARA! BIG BAND: ZASHTO?

4:00 PM | VENUE: THEATRE

The Mara! Big Band, a 12-piece version of dual ARIA winning Mara! Band, performs new work: Zashto? – setting poetry by Australian migrant and refugee poets to music from five composers and band members, telling stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation, in search of a dream.

SIMON BARKER AND BRONWYN KIRKPATRICK

5:00 PM | VENUE: STUDIO 1

Steeped in the ancient and beguiling music of the Shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute, these master improvisers, Simon Barker and Bronwyn Kirkpatrick, will take you on an exotic and unforgettable musical journey.

ZELA MARGOSSIAN QUINTET

6:00 PM | VENUE: THEATRE

ARIA-nominated Zela Margossian Quintet creates an exotic musical atmosphere, performing original works in ethno-jazz, carrying influences from Armenian music, that takes audiences on a pleasurable, emotive journey.

SANDY EVANS QUINTET: ‘AHIMSA: MEDITATIONS ON GHANDI’

8:30 PM | VENUE: THEATRE

Created and directed by ARIA winning saxophonist, Sandy Evans, Ahimsa fuses jazz, Hindustani and Carnatic chant with contemporary electronic sounds, in a musical response to Gandhi’s writings on Ahimsa (non-violence).

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