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Mapping Melbourne: Novalaya
December 3, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm$15 – $20
Lead singer of Bombay Royale, Parvyn Kaur Singh has joined with musical innovators Josh Bennett, Tunji Beier, and Linsey Pollak to create NOVALAYA, a quartet seamlessly blending each member’s unique cultural heritage and musical influences. Musical styles from across Asia and Europe collide for an immersive experience, taking the audience on a journey of intricate melodic and rhythmic performance.
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm!
Tickets: $20/$15 (bookings at wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au)
NOVALAYA is part of Mapping Melbourne 2015, a four day showcase of independent contemporary artists exploring the theme of Asia across art, craftivism, dance, live art, multimedia, music, performance and theatre from 2-5 December 2015 across the City of Melbourne. #mappingmelbourne
Parvyn combines her rich heritage from ancestral Punjab with western influences such as jazz and folk to perform in her own unique style. On stage since she was five, singing with her father, Parvyn’s stunning, pure and soulful voice has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Trained in both Khayal (North Indian Classical vocal) and Kathak (North Indian Classical dance), Parvyn studied the artform in Ahmedabad, India at the Kadamb Dance Academy and Saptak School of Music.
Nowadays, Parvyn a.k.a. ‘The Mysterious Lady’ is not only the lead female singer in Melbourne vintage Bollywood band The Bombay Royale, but also part of the folk acoustic trio BluGuru and with her husband Josh Bennett performs a cultural education show on Indian music and dance – classical to Bollywood, at schools across the country and New Zealand. This has seen her globetrotting having performed on stages and festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad UK, NZ and Adelaide, Royal Albert Hall, Woodford Folk Festival, Winnepeg Folk Fest, Sakifo (Reunion Island), Global Fest- APAP (Webster Hall, New York) and many more.
Aside from her music, Parvyn has also been involved with many cultural and community projects, such as The Meander Project supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria and ANAM, and No Passport Required, bringing together culturally diverse artists from the Western suburbs of Melbourne.
A dynamic performer on a multitude of strings, skins and hollow things, Josh is equally at home performing Indian raga on sitar as he is picking bluegrass on a mandolin. For Josh, each instrument has its own story to tell, with unique timbres and capabilities, and he has dedicated his time to drawing them out and making the most of them.
First introduced to Indian music in his teens by Professor Michael Junius, a Sitar and Surbahar player who performed in the group Indian Pacific with Josh’s guitar teacher Chris Finnen, Josh now regularly travels to India to study sitar from Smt. Manju Mehta, a student of Pt. Ravi Shankar.
A festival regular and a compulsive jammer, Josh has been known to pop up in all manner of situations, and on all manner of instruments. He performs with BluGuru, Dya Singh, Sadhana, and is the man behind the mask of “The Jewel Thief” in The Bombay Royale. He regularly tours around Australia and the world, records as a session musician, and composes and performs music for film and theatre.
Tunji Beier was inspired to study drumming at a very early age and continues to seek out new forms in the development of his work. He has incorporated teachings from Western Classical, Jazz, South Indian Classical and West African (Yoruba & Persian) masters into a unique style of his own that also includes elements of electronics and looping. Special tribute must be given to his guru, T.A.S. Mani & his wife R.A. Ramamani, of the Karnataka College Of Percussion for accepting Tunji into their home as a disciple at the age of 16. Tunji completed the Karnataka State exam in mridangam achieving first rank in his year and also received honors from the Karnataka College Of Percussion
Tunji is currently working in Gary Daly’s projects, Sanctuary & Bungarribee, Shaun Parker’s dance piece with composer Nick Wales, “AM I” (which premiered at the Opera House for the Sydney Festival 2014), and Linsey Pollak’s new project, “Mrs.Curly & The Norwegian Smoking Pipe”.
Tunji has had the delight of performing with exceptional musicians; Zakir Hussain, Billy Cobham, Charlie Mariano, R.A.Ramamani, Iain Ballamy, Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Djamched, Kehan & Bijan Chemirani, Rabiu Ayandokun, Trilok Gurtu, Keyhan Kalhoor and many other significant players.
Linsey is well known all around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia since 1996.
He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. He has also performed at most major Festivals around Australia and recorded 32 albums (solo & with various groups). He has devised many large Festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo!! (Woodford and Brisbane Festivals) “Sound Forest” (Qld Music Festival) and “The Dream of Zedkat Nabu” (APRA and Aust Music Centre Performance of the Year (Qld 2013).
He has worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia).
Linsey’s current musical projects include his new solo show “Live & Loopy”, World music duo “Dva” with Tunji Beier, and the Community Balkan Gypsy style street band “The Unusual Suspects