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February 2019

Heard Instinct Open Mic Nights

Heard Instinct Open Mic Nights is a new initiative for and by a growing community of young creatives from diverse cultural backgrounds living in Shepparton. Kicking off on Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14 February, the nights will take place fortnightly from 6 -10pm at Shingo’s Coffee Lounge and will be hosted by veteran hip hop artist/ producer 1/6 (aka Aaron Stephanus). Flavoured with self produced beats, lyrics, rhymes and spanning genres from hip hop and rnb to soul and gospel, acts…

March 2019
9.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
MRC Yohai Cohen

Yohai Cohen Quintet

Internationally renowned oud player, vocalist and percussionist, Yohai Cohen performs Moroccan Andalusian and cha’abi (popular) music in Hebrew and Arabic. In June 2017, Yohai Cohen officially launched his new Quintet, a Moroccan Jewish music project with sold out concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, captivating crowds with an exciting range of energising, foot-stomping songs of celebration, melancholy hymns and outstanding musicianship. Improvisation plays a key part in their animated and vivid performance. Details: 16 March 2019 (Saturday) 9 PM (1 hr no interval)…

Multifuturism- Cool Out Sun + The Senegambian Jazz Band

Join us for a night that fuses Afro jazz, deep world music beats, and funk to create some truly awe-inspiring rhythms and melodies, perfect to get cha body moving! Senegambian Jazz Band It is nearly impossible to describe in words, a world act that covers so much ground in a single performance. Trying to explain their musical spirit is like trying to paint an ethereal and intensely beautiful dream. Some clues reside in the band’s heritage. Their members, hailing from…

April 2019
7.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
MRC Lamine Sonko

Lamine Sonko presents 13:12

Lamine Sonko’s work is a unique synthesis of contemporary and traditional Senegalese music, steeped in a rich cultural musical legacy that has informed his work as a composer and multi-instrumentalist. Praised for ‘speaking a new language’ where ‘the vibrations and soul felt in the music are uplifting’ (The Age), 13:12 now sees the artist explore how West African culture interacts with celestial bodies, unveiling ancient connections between art and science. Details: 3 April 2019 (Wednesday) 7 PM (1 hr no interval)…

June 2019
7.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
MRC Four Corners of Albania

Four Corners of Albania

Diaspora is a Melbourne-based ensemble comprising the heavyweights of the local Albanian music scene. Performing an array of dynamic and moving traditional Albanian folk songs that touch on the four corners of the region, this unique ensemble presents a window into one of Melbourne’s oldest and diverse migrant communities. For most musicians and musicologists in the West, traditional Albanian music remains an obscure subject, even though Albania has produced monumental cultural and corresponding musical heritages. Diaspora brings you a selection…

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