Mapleton QLD 4560
Recently returned from a huge debut European tour, two-time Queensland Music Award winners MZAZA are taking the world by storm with songs that are unlike anything else coming out of the Australian scene today. Lead by enchanting French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this award-winning group of cultural refugees from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia has been mesmerising audiences with powerful and inspired performances.
Intense live shows showcase the group’s phenomenal gift of reinventing musical traditions, creating something new from the old. This is a band of friends who have found each other at the end of the world to make music that blurs geographical, temporal and musical boundaries. Its members are excellent musicians who relish a direct and celebratory connection with audiences around the globe.
Driven by Alana’s wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. They have been serenading audiences around the world since late last century.
Vardos have toured to every state in Australia; festivals include the National, Port Fairy, Illawarra, Cobargo and Fairbridge Folk Festivals, the Queenscliff Music Festival, the Alice Desert Festival, Dark MoFo Festival in Hobart and the Melbourne Festival where they launched the CD ‘Entertaining Countess Dracula’ to a sell-out crowd at the Famous Spiegeltent. They have also performed at the Falls Festival in Marion Bay, Tasmania and Lorne, Victoria and Harvest Festival, Victoria.
In Melbourne they have supported ‘Besh o Drom’ and ‘Antal Szalai Gypsy Band’ (both from Hungary), ‘Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’ at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne and the ‘Gipsy Kings’ at the Palais, St Kilda.