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BEMAC partners with Brisbane International Jazz Festival to bring two exceptional concerts steeped in cultural and musical diversity to 2017 festival

BEMAC partners with Brisbane International Jazz Festival to bring two exceptional concerts steeped in cultural and musical diversity to 2017 festival

Late May heralds the fifth edition of the highly anticipated Brisbane International Jazz Festival (BIJF) at Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC). This year’s program sees the some of the finest genre-defying jazz musicians from around Australia and the world return to Kangaroo Point for a smouldering celebration of modern jazz from May 26 to June 4.

BEMAC has partnered with BIJF to host two concerts featuring world renowned jazz and world music artists, in an exhilarating examination of the intersection and fusion of the genres.

1 June 2017

On Thursday, June 1 BEMAC and BIJF are bringing a melting pot of diverse musical cultures to the QMC with a double bill featuring Estonian jazz ensemble Peedu Kass Momentum and The Toby Wren Trio

Comprised of the brilliant Kristjan Randalu, ambassador of Estonian jazz in the Western Hemisphere, Toomas Rull, who is considered the keystone of Estonian jazz drumming, and led by the prolific bassist and dashing stage performer Peedu Kass, Momentum’s adventurous rhythm and sparkling virtuosity has enraptured audiences around the globe.

The Toby Wren Trio,  with their suppleness of melodic invention, ranging from intricate and introspective to unbridled and uncompromising, are national treasures for contemporary Australian jazz. Tickets to this exceptional evening of contemporary jazz are $30 full price, $23 concession and $15 for students under the age of 25.

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3 June 2017

On Saturday, June 3 one of the festival highlights will see an international legend praised for her amazing dexterity for musical languages and a local ensemble that unites cultures in an explosive mixture of sounds where tradition, improvisation, musical arrangement and world-class performers weave an thrilling fusion of string quartet, Indian and western percussion.

Performing live is vocalist and composer Kavita Shah, a native New Yorker of Indian descent, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French. Kavita incorporates in-depth knowledge of diverse cultural traditions into her jazz-based repertoire, placing eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another.

Raised in Manhattan, she studied classical piano from age 5 and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center from age 10 as a member of the Young People’s Chorus of NYC.

Tickets are $33 full price, $26 concession and $20 for students under the age of 25.

Book your tickets here >>.