Despite the rain over the past week, Earth Beat will be going ahead as planned in Pioneers Memorial Park, Norton St Leichhardt.
Sunday 8 November 2015, 4pm to 7pm
Earthbeat is a wonderful world music event part of Leichhardt's Sunset Series, held every two years at Pioneer’s Memorial Park in Leichhardt.
The event has a lovely family-friendly vibe, drawing music from cultures around the world. Bring a picnic and settle back for some amazing world sounds.
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4pm - 4.45pm: Shohrat Tursun Trio
5pm - 6pm: Azadoota
6.15pm - 7pm: Taikoz
Shohrat Tursun Trio
The Shohrat Tursun Trio is a dynamic combination of ancient Uyghur melodies and African chant and rhythms woven into contemporary compositions that could only have been forged in Australia. The multi-lingual ensemble is a vision of this country’s future musical horizons.
Shohrat Tursun is a world-renowned vocalist/ musician and Uyghur bard who has travelled the world performing the hidden treasures of his culture. A seventh generation musician, Shohrat's soaring vocals and agile Dutar playing provides a foundation for the Trio to meld their diverse sound.
Yaw Derkyi is a Ghanaian percussionist who brings a sense of the animistic to the collective through his driving tribal rhythms and chants.
Richard Petkovic is the trio’s musical director/producer and provides a deftly modern twist by actively inviting the musicians to share their cultures from fresh perspectives.
Live these musicians deliver the thunderous attack of a rock and roll band through to emanating the contemplative vibrations of a Sufi-inspired hymn. A cerebral experience; Shohrat's timeless voice will change your internal chemistry.
The Trio are a prime example of the endless possibilities of new sounds, that reflect our multicultural neighbourhoods.
Be inspired by the sound of multicultural Australia!
Iraqi-born songwriter Robin Zirwanda sings in his native Assyrian Neo-Aramaic language, once the common tongue of the civilised world but now considered to be in danger of extinction. To the mysterious sound of this ancient language he adds the familiarity of poprock and the spicy heat of Latin rhythms. It’s a dance concoction pitched at mainstream audiences, and it has made Azadoota one of Australia’s most popular world music acts. In costumes derived from Ancient Assyrian fashion, Azadoota perform a repertoire of catchy originals, which extends from percussive dance tunes to sexy love songs, to solid funk and a touch of reggae - always conveying an irrepressible sense of celebration.
Since 1997 Taikoz has established a unique performance aesthetic that reflects the group’s passionate dedication to the forms of wadaiko and a desire to create new music for today’s audiences. The group undertakes a year-round schedule of workshops, teaching and performances that have seen them appear on the stages of Australia's finest concert halls, as well as those of Japan, Paris, Bangkok, Taiwan and most recently, Abu Dhabi. The group regularly appears in the theatres of regional Australia, having undertaken four Australia-wide tours.
Taikoz has composed over thirty original works for wadaiko, including several in combination with instruments such as shakuhachi, koto, marimba, saxophone, cello and didgeridoo.
Taikoz has collaborated with artists and companies as diverse as John Bell and the Bell Shakespeare Company. The group has also appeared in concerto works with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Dresden Sinfoniker in Europe.
Taikoz will perform as part of a commemoration to the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima @ Earth Beat 2015.