DAHLIA DIOR - SPAIN AND BEYOND - Musical treasures of the Mediterranean
Sunday, 15th December 2013
Blue Beat, 16-18 Cross St., Double Bay
Fantastic end-of-year multi-cultural musical celebration..a dynamic showcase of rich and exotic songs from Spain, Greece, France, Turkey, Israel, and Morocco...
In Spain and Beyond DAHLIA DIOR will transport you from the exotic sounds of Moorish Spain into the rich musical tapestry of the Mediterranean, including hot-blooded Spanish and Ladino songs La Serena and Angelitos Negros; the evocative allure of Mon Amour Aranjuez; the popular Turkish hit made famous by Eartha Kit Uskudar; the Greek folk melodies Yerakina and Misirlou; the passionate Israeli Keren Or with its dazzling percussive artistry; the rousing desert sounds of Innocent and Middle East pleading for the fate of refugees; the well known Judeo-Spanish song Adio Querida in tango style with castanet flair; and Adamo's world music classic Inshallah.
Once again Dahlia will be accompanied by some of Sydney's finest musicians, with musical director Llew Kiek (guitar, oud, bouzouki), Mark Ginsburg (saxophone), Mark Szeto (double bass), Chris Fields (drums), Marilyn Schock (castanets), plus the dazzling vocal harmonies of the Songster Trio, Andrea Catzel, Judy Campbell and David Gal..
Jerusalem-born Dahlia commenced singing at a very early age, quickly establishing herself as one of the most popular performing artists in Israel, climaxing with her starring role in the Israeli musical - Kazablan (Israeli version of West Side Story), which ran for 2 years. She is a singer of enormous vitality and energy, and her styles include jazz, blues, torch songs, and international cabaret. Dahlia can authentically sing and interpret songs from all over the world, and is indeed one of the most versatile vocalists, singing in over 20 languages. She began her international career in London's prominent West End clubs including the Astor Club and George Raft's Colony Club on Berkley Square, and also in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila and Bangkok. In Australia Dahlia has performed on the same bill with legends, Ray Charles, Matt Monro, Blood Sweat and Tears, Lulo Reinhardt, and the famous Metropolitan Opera tenor, Jan Peerce.
"Dahlia does it all. She is relaxed, has great presence and charm, and is a communicator, delivering her own style and personality with tremendous energy and powerful voice. A natural singer and performer, she makes every song her own". - Variety Magazine
"I mentioned passion. That's the quality along with a superb vocal instrument that Dior brings to her performance at its best... The voice can rock rafters and she can hold a note without a trace of tremolo for what seems a small eternity - big lungs, great control, perfect technique. Here not only the voice but the face, the entire being of the artist is radiant". -Peter Morrison - The Australian Jewish News
Tango Paradiso, considered one of Australia's best and most established tango orchestras, brings the electric energy and smouldering passion of tango alive. Born in the bordellos of Buenos Aires at the turn of last century, the dance of tango is considered by some to be 'vertical sex'.
The music that inspires the dance plays the field between the harmonic complexities of jazz, the technical brilliance of classical music to finish finally in the silky sensuality of Piazzolla's great tango tunes.
This night they're joined by two special guests - the wonderful voice of Nadia Piave (http://nadiapiave.com/), a singer well know to ABC radio listeners with a repertoire ranging from renaissance song through to cabaret and world music and and virtuosic Slovenian accordion player Marko Deferri.
The band has performed and recorded in Buenos Aires, the home of tango, as well as having played to acclaim at many world music and tango festivals around Australia and is a regular at the Woodford Folk Festival.
Try out your tango moves or just watch the experts on the floor. Either way you're in for a night of sensual pleasure.
ONE NIGHT IN CUBA WITH SYDNEY'S 10 PIECE AFRO CUBAN ELITE
Friday, 6th December 2013
Blue Beat, 16-18 Cross St., Double Bay
Authentic Afro Cuban 10-piece band, led by Armandito Garcia, Cuban born and bred, now the number one Cuban bandleader in Australia. Presenting the real sound of Afro Cuban music in a high energy package guaranteed to fill any dancefloor from the very first uno, dos, tres. Contemporary Latin music at its hottest, pulsing with the energy of salsa, son, rhumba, guaguango, bata drums and santeria, spiced with jazz, rock and funk.
The band's name - Sydney's Afro Cuban Elite - says it all. Leader Armandito Garcia is Australia's leading arranger, composer and bandleader in the world of Latin music. Born in San Luis, Cuba, and educated at the Conservatorium in Santiago de Cuba, he's been playing professionally since he was a teenager. He played in the legendary Sonora La Calle, taking authentic Cuban music around the world, to the UK, Europe and beyond, sharing billing with the likes of Buena Vista Social Club and Los Van Van. He first came to Australia in 2002 with Sonora La Calle, then with international stage show Lady Salsa, and now calls Australia home.
Behind Armandito the band is a powerhouse of excellent players and singers, a slick unit schooled in the exciting sounds of traditional Cuban music with a big helping of spontaneity and improv.
Unarguably the greatest Cuban musical experience in Australia, this band is hotter than hot. 100% Cubano!!! 100% calliente!!
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City tour at Main Street Armory, Sun, Dec 1 7:00p
Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St.,
Some bands stay in a holding pattern their whole careers. Others jerk the steering wheel hard and fly off the road. On their second album, Vampire Weekend do neither. Or maybe they do both. "I think we sound more like Vampire Weekend than we did on the first record," says drummer Christopher Tomson. Contra pulls off a series of impressive feats: It's bustling with fresh ideas, and yet it sounds immediately familiar; it's heavily layered but taut and kinetic; it chews ravenously through sound palettes and rhythms, and yet it's nimble and assured; it's still breezy, and yet it smolders with a newfound emotional heft. "It's sadder than the first one, a bit more sentimental," says singer Ezra Koenig. The songs are catchy, fast, twinkling, clattering the darker themes of loss, doubt and regret accumulate almost imperceptibly, but they land a powerful blow. Ideas for this record had been bubbling since before the release of their debut. The band started recording in January 2009, only two weeks after finishing an 18-month world tour supporting their first record. They had initially planned to work in California, feeling that the new record's spiritual home was the West Coast. The decision to work in New York, however, ultimately provided the freedom and perspective to properly realize their vision. That March, the band toured Mexico for the first time. They recorded new material blocks away from Frida Kahlo's house in the Coyoacßn neighborhood of Mexico City. In Monterrey they found a kindred spirit in DJ/Producer Toy Selectah, exchanging ideas and philosophies over days spent listening to records in his home studio. They returned to New York energized. The finished product explodes any reductive notions of what constitutes Vampire Weekend's sound and aesthetic. The varied influences here include third-wave ska, the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Brazilian baile funk, Congolese thumb pianos, Repo Man, Sublime's 40 Oz. to Freedom, reggaeton, bachata, Bollywood, Philip Roth, Beethoven, NYC 1983, dancehall, and the Beastie Boys' second album, Paul's Boutique. All of these influences are incorporated with subtlety and sophistication, woven together into a seamless fabric of references that, heard in full, resembles nothing so much as itself. Vampire Weekend's music and lyrics serve to both construct and deconstruct a world around them. Like the word "contra" itself, the songs are layered with meaning and invite interpretation. With this album, Vampire Weekend have staked out an alien territory literate, crackling, alive that's unmistakably their own. ~AXS
Governor Hindmarsh (The Gov), 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh
Disco was the dance music phenomenon which broke through during the 1970s. Its musical influences include funk, latin and soul music and the sound features a four-on-the-floor beat that is unmistakable, irresistible and is guaranteed to get you shakin' your booty on the dance floor.
Narmon 'Brother T┬á Tulsi on hammond and keys has joined forces with stunning singers Louise Messenger, Cindy Dennis and Kylie Ferreira together with Andrew Bignell (drums), Corey Taylor (guitar), Tim Wilkinson (bass), and the Shake Your Booty tower of power brass section headed by - Chris Weber (trumpet) with Jason Mc Mahon on sax and Stephen McEntee on┬átrombone. Add to the mix Billy James on percussion and very special guest Gerry Masi of Lucifer's Lounge fame, and you've got yet another stellar cast for ONE NIGHT ONLY of solid gold disco.
This showcase of 1970s dance classics features artists such as the late great Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Trammps, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge, Chic, Hot Chocolate, and Earth Wind and Fire. Dress in your funkiest disco get-up for a nostalgic trip to the Boogie Wonderland of timeless 70s disco, performed live, and presented with the StageDirector multi-media show that will leave you breathless. Prizes for best 70s gear too! And DJ WiPod spinning classic gold 70s hits from the get go.
Limited Dinner and Show tickets available through The Gov with our EXCLUSIVE XMAS MENU for $65
┬áPhone 8340 0744 today to Book in with the lovely ladies, Rachael or Deb.
Doors open 6:00pm for Dinner
Show starts: 7:30pm
Show tickets are $35 on the door, so pre-buy to access your discounted Show Only ticket today!
MONDAY FUNK MIX: Phil Toke (Soul of Sydney, Our House Sydney, Spirit of House) Live at Soul of Sydney 2nd Birthday ├ó
Monday Funk Mix! Phil Toke putting on a party jam lesson at Soul-Of Sydney´╗┐ 2nd Birthday, warming it up legendary crate digger DJ & Producer Kon´╗┐. Straight Funk, Disco and Hip Hop party jams for...
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