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Music By The Sea believes that ART is essential for the wellbeing of the community


Music By The Sea Festival 2016 (8 - 10 January)


Sandgate Town Hall performances


Friday, 8th January, 7:30pm  -  Flamenco Fire


Dazzling footwork, compelling rhythms, stirring songs, Flamenco Fire evokes the exotic roots of the sensual and mesmerising art form that is Flamenco. Flamenco Fire will thrill audiences with a heady mix of traditional and contemporary flamenco music, dance and song. Featuring Australia’s finest flamenco performers - Simone Pope (dance), Andrew Veivers (guitar) and Shenton Gregory (Violin) along with visiting international guests direct from Spain - Olayo Jimenez (singer), Francesca Grima (dance) and Andrej Vujicic (percussion). Flamenco Fire will transport you to España…...¡Olé! 


Music By The Sea presents the annual Music By The Sea Performance Award to a local Sandgate District State High School student chosen by the school. The prize carries with it, $500 and an opportunity to perform at the festival’s opening night. The winner of the Music By The Sea Performer of the Year Award for 2015 is Year 12 student and Cultural Captain – Blake Hadley. Blake has excelled at both performance and composition throughout his high school years. He has achieved VHA in both Music and Music Extension (Performance Option).

Blake will open the evening with his composition.


Saturday, 9 January, 11am - 12pm  -  Kavisha Mazzella 

“A power and presence that’s beyond words” Colum Sands


ARIA award winner and songbird Kavisha Mazzella uses lyrical ingredients in her original songs that include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert. Singing in English and Italian, she will take you on a journey of well-crafted  stories and songs ringing with echoes of Celtic, Fado and Gypsy influences that will strike a resounding chord within. With six solo albums under her belt, she has sung at national music festivals and abroad.

She will be accompanied by the exquisite violinist Matthew Arnold who has been her long time accompanist.



Saturday,  1pm - 2pm  -  Scott Cook (Canada)


A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth has managed to distil the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse.  Cook’s songs are stories, weaving folk, roots, blues, country and soul influences over spacious finger-style guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements.  His 2013 album One More Time Around was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track Pass It Along won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”.  All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.



Saturday, 3pm - 4pm  -  The Poozies (UK)

The Poozies are one of the longest-standing UK folk groups, having earned a reputation as pioneers and trail-blazers - not only by being the first all-female folk band, but also because of the ease with which they crossed folk with pop, soul and Gaelic. Founder members Sally Barker (guitar) – who reached the 2014 final of BBC1’s The Voice, mentored by Sir Tom Jones – and Mary Macmaster (harp), feature alongside Mairearad Green (accordion) and Eilidh Shaw (fiddle), delivering spine-tingling multi-instrumentals and tight four-piece harmony vocals. Their seventh studio album was released at the end of May, to great reviews, and their live sets present a comprehensive selection of their back catalogue (including Another Train and Love on a Farmboy’s Wages) – pleasing fans from throughout their long career.

Saturday, 5pm - 6pm  -  Maru Tarang (India/Australia)

Jeff Lang (Guitars & Vocals), Asin Langa (Sindhi Sarangi & Vocals), 

Bobby Singh (Tabla), Bhungar Manganiyar (Khartal)

Deep in the deserts of Rajasthan, Australian artists Jeff Lang and Bobby Singh met Asin Langa and Bhungar Manganiyar. Spanning continents and genres, a remarkable collaboration commenced - Maru Tarang. A virtuosic repertoire including traditional Rajasthani songs refreshed by Australian roots; seminal blues by Robert Johnson 

enriched by Indian flavours; soulful expressions through deep, original and fiery improvisations and compositions.  These artists have developed their music and their music is stunningly eloquent. Maru Tarang has performed in India (Jodhpur RIFF), Scotland (Celtic Connections), Spain (Womex) and Australia (Parramasala).


Saturday, 8pm  -  Circle of Rhythm

Greg Sheehan, Ben Walsh and Bobby Singh

‘Percussion Group’ does not adequately describe this unique collaboration between three of Australia’s best loved rhythmatists. Yes, percussion instruments are played dexterously, innovatively and with an astonishing degree of virtuosity, yet what Circle of Rhythm offers is beyond the boundaries of the standard percussion group. Greg, Ben and Bobby have, as individuals, changed the landscape of music in Australia. Circle of Rhythm brings together years of collaborative work and worlds of experience, creating a new force in rhythm to showcase to the world. Blending soul, emotion and feel with technical mastery, coupled with a formidable in-depth knowledge of the rhythms of ‘the other’ gives Circle of Rhythm a point of difference to other percussion groups.


Sunday, 11am - 12pm  -  Zoe Black (violin) and Joe Chindamo (piano)


Program  -  Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 and works by Joe Chindamo


Zoe Black and Joe Chindamo are a new voice in contemporary classical music. During the past year, they performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Port Fairy Spring Festival, Canberra’s Street Theatre, and Music By The Sea. They are regular performers on ABC Classic FM Sunday Live and have their own series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In February 2014, following the release of their CD, Dido’s Lament, they were nominated for an ARIA Award for best classical album of 2014.

The duo performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations, with newly composed counterpart for the violin by Joe Chindamo.

Zoe and Joe recently performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations at New York’s Carnegie Hall to great acclaim.


Sunday, 1pm - 2pm  -  Simon Tedeschi - piano recital



Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, op.39 

 Morning Prayer, Winter Morning, Mama, The Little Horseman, March of the Wooden Soldiers 


Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Extraordinary Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi is thrilled to present one of the greatest works in the keyboard literature; Mussorgsky’s, Pictures at an Exhibition. In this all-Russian program, Tedeschi also performs Tchaikovsky’s delightful and innocent Album for the Young. With the highly anticipated release of a new solo CD for ABC Classics in 2015 (Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition), Simon has received outstanding reviews. Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianists, awarded several prestigious prizes. As a soloist, Tedeschi regularly performs with top orchestras around Australia and worldwide.


Sunday, 3pm - 4pm  -  Kupka’s Piano (trio)



Macarthur Clough (clarinet), Adam Cadell (violin) and Alex Raineri (piano)


Krzystoph Penderecki // Three Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano // 1954

Beat Furrer // Lied // 1993 

James Tenney // Koan // 1965-71

Beat Furrer // Voicelessness, the snow has no voice // 1986 

Peter Sculthorpe // Songs of Sea and Sky (selections) // 1991

Phillipe Manoury // Michigan Trio // 1993


Contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano aims to entice audiences into hearing new sounds, new structures and new musical ideas. Having enjoyed an ongoing residency and sold out concert series at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (since 2013), the ensemble has performed internationally and within Australia to critical acclaim. Kupka’s Piano has appeared on ABC Classic FM and the MBS’s networks and have collaborated with artists such as Ensemble Interface, Ensemble Offspring, MakeShift Dance Collective, Aventa Ensemble. Today’s program features contemporary works from Switzerland, Poland, America, Australia and France.


Sunday,  5pm - 6pm  -  Elena Kats-Chernin (piano)



Elena Kats-Chernin will present works from her new piano album published by Boosey & Hawkes.

This new compilation traces pieces from her childhood to the present day. It includes some of her earlier pieces; Lullaby For Nick, old favourites from the ballet Wild Swans, e.g. Eliza Aria and Green Leaf,  as well as recent works such as Dance of the Paper Umbrellas. 

Elena studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover. She has created works across nearly every genre, from rags to operas, works for robotic instruments to a full scale choral symphony. She has received several awards including the Sounds Australian,  Limelight, Sydney Theatre Award as well as the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award.


Ms Elena Kats-Chernin will not only perform at the festival, she will also stay in Sandgate for a while to compose the ‘Sandgate Piano Sonata’ - commissioned by Music By The Sea, which will premiere in Sandgate in April 2016, as part of the Music By The Sea Concert Series.


Sunday,  8pm - 9pm  -  The Australian Haydn Ensemble (quartet)


Skye McIntosh (violin 1), Matthew Greco (violin 2), James Eccles (viola), Anton Baba (cello)


Michael Haydn - String Quartet in C Major

Manuel Canales - String Quartet in C minor op 3 no 3

Joseph Haydn - String Quartet in E Major op 17 no 1


The Australian Haydn Ensemble quartet is made up of some of Australia’s finest period instrumentalists. Formed in 2012 by principal violinist and Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh, the group has quickly established a reputation as a leading chamber and orchestral figure in the Australian music scene. Since its formation, the group has established its own thriving music series at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room and was ANU’s Ensemble in Residence in 2014. It has toured to New York - performing at the Julliard school of Music and has appeared in the Melbourne Festival in their Quartet’s at Sunset - Haydn for Everyone series. Members of the Ensemble regularly perform with amongst others, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Pinchgut Opera. 




Festival program includes free performances in local venues

EclecTea Vintage Cafe - 15 Gladstone St, Brighton

Saturday 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Ewan MacKenzie, Jan Van Dijk and Miranda Deutsch

(Gypsy Jazz)

 Sunday 5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Swamp Penguins

(Folk, originals and Deep South)

Matthew Thomas Cafe - 50 Eagle Terrace, Sandgate

Saturday 10am - 11am

 Miriam Lieberman (kora)

Sunday 1pm - 2pm

Sallie Campbell and Innes Campbell


Cardigan Bar - 198 Seymour St, Sandgate

 Saturday 2pm - 3pm

Miriam Lieberman (kora)

Sunday 2pm - 3pm

Sallie Campbell and Innes Campbell