Blue Mountains Theatre presents
Friday 26 February, 8pm
Explore the intriguing history of the Maltese Archipelago with this beautiful and evocative concert from Blue Mountains-based ensemble Skorba.Turkish lutes, cello, exotic winds and percussion and stunning vocals bring to life “The Great Siege” of 1565 and its outcomes which changed the history of the world.
Magnificent original compositions inspired by the Renaissance, the Mediterranean Basin and the Ottoman Empire itself swirl together with the beauty of the Maltese language, complemented by exquisite visual images of Malta’s magnificent Neolithic temples through to modern times.
The musicians in this Skorba ensemble are: strings player Llew Kiek – a multi-ARIA award winning player who has excelled in the music of the Balkans, Asia Minor, the Middle East and the Renaissance and Baroque periods, musicologist and ethnomusicologist; Dr. John Napier – a specialist cello player and tenor who is well schooled in music from many different regions with a special interest in accompaniment of North Indian vocal music and a strong tradition of improvisation in many different genres; John Robinson – a graduate in music from the UWS school of music, a player of a multitude of stringed instruments including the Turkish and Arabic Oud, Turkish lute, Western guitar, Balkan tambura and mandolin; and Andy Busuttil – one of the front-runners in transcultural fusion music in Australia – a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and one of the creative leaders of folk music in this genre sourced from the Mediterranean region, The Balkans, Asia Minor and The Middle East.
Skorba has performed at many of Australia’s great music festivals and venues, including: National Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, National Multicultural Festival, Maldon Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Camden Valley Arts Festival, Folk in the Foothills, Songbridge Festival, Global Grooves Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk festival.
All tickets $35*
*A $3.30 booking fee applies per transaction.