Hanggai, from the steppes of Mongolia by way of Beijing, is a crossover band that blends traditional music and rock. The band’s members come from Inner Mongolia which covers a vast portion of China’s north, Xinjiang in China’s far northwest, Qinghai’s Haixi Mongolian Prefecture in northwest China and Beijing, China’s capital which lies far to the east.
Formed in 2004 when Ilchi and fomer band mate Xu Jingcheng re-discovered the beauty of traditional Mongolian music, the band has now grown to seven players, Batubagen (Inner Mongolia), Yiliqi (Inner Mongolia/Beijing), Yilalata (Inner Mongolia), Hurizha (Qinghai), Yin Bao (Inner Mongolia), Niu Xin (Inner Mongolia) and Ailun (Inner Mongolia).
“Hanggai have made the leap from folk phenomenon to crossover pioneers without losing their soul. Built from — and meant for — Mongolia’s wide open spaces, this music will make you homesick for a … Read More »
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Thursday 20th February – 8.00pm
Perth Festival – Chevron Festival Gardens
Monday 24th February – 7.30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre
Genre-crossing compositions & a unique musical language
Born 1986 in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbaer, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavîk, composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live-shows.
Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007 he has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to a unique musical language.
Arnalds journey has not been the typical path for classical composers – beginning his music career instead as a drummer for metal bands.
In 2004, Arnalds was asked to write instrumentals for the album of metal band, Heaven Shall Burn. This led to more work in the field … Read More »
Due to serious injury to a family member, Lloyd Swanton, bassist with cult improvisational band The Necks, is unable to undertake the first leg of their Australian tour in Byron Bay (Feb 7), Brisbane (Feb 8), Adelaide (Feb 9), Perth (Feb 10 & 11). Instead Tony Buck (drums/percussion) and Chris Abrahams (piano) are offering audiences two solo sets for those dates.
Both Chris Abrahams and Tony Buck are acclaimed soloists, each performing and recording in their own right. Chris Abrahams has released eight albums and has performed solo concerts in Australia, US, UK and Europe. His pieces use intense rhythms and beautiful melodies to create an immersive experience for the listener. Tony Buck has been performing solo concerts for two decades and is considered a leading light in the experimental movement in his adopted city of Berlin as well as internationally. … Read More »