Under the Eastern Moon was a delightful collection of both familiar and exotic (at least to the Indian ear). Hosted by ABC Music Deli’s Paul Petran, the free for all concert featuring a true aural feast full of exquisite music, voices and strings from Turkey, Afghanistan, Japan and India, made in Australia.
Artists featured were Dya Singh (India), Khalil Gudaz (Afghanistan), Noriko Tadano and George Kamikawa (Japan) and Huzzam (Turkey).
The evening began with the youthful sibling band of the Sevin family in rendering of the Huzzam – an entrancing form of classical Turkish music. Gul, Melike, Menekse and Gamze Sevin played their way into the audience’s hearts. The Sevin band also featured their youngest little brother who was debuting with his amazing percussion skills.
Followed by which was Ustad (Maestro) Khalil Gudaz, who is one of the most outstanding practitioners of Afghani and Hindustani music in Australia today. The highlight of his performance was his sitar rendition of a Pashtuni folk song. His nephew Ramin was a outstanding tabla accompaniment.
We moved from the mountain soundscapes of Afghanistan to the land where enduring tradition and technology both are an integral part of modern life.
The Shamisen is an instrument steeped in Japanese tradition. Throw in a bit of southern Blues. You will end up with the pair of Noriko Tadano and George Kamikawa. Japanese Tsugaru shamisen player Noriko Tadano joins blues singer and guitarist George Kamikawa to play an fantastic mix of Japanese blues. George was the recipient of the Australian Country Music Busking Championship in 2004 at Tamworth and recently of the 2008 Australian Busking Championship. Sugoi was the word for the pair of these performers!
Dya Singh and his troupe consisting of his daughters Parvyn, Jamel and Harsel performed Gurbani – an original style of Sikh (spiritual), Punjabi and North Indian music with influences from many cultures. Fusing and embracing music virtually from any other part of the globe including blues, jazz, folk (all kinds), country & western, country, Australian indigenous and bush, Dya Singh through his music aims for people to find Peace, Love, Laughter and Contentment.
**[This event is presented and produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria and Music Deli with the generous support of the City of Melbourne as part of The Emerge Festival. From Africa to the Far East, from the traditional to the contemporary, from the emerging to the established, music, dance, visual arts, exotic foods, ancient crafts and ceremonies – Emerge Festival is a dynamic celebration of Victoria’s many rich and undiscovered refugee and emerging cultures. Emerge Festival commemorates the United Nations World Refugee Day and celebrates Refugee Week in Australia with a series of amazing performances and unique cultural experiences around Melbourne from 16 June to 26 July 2009.]** Source: Multicultural Victoria