ARIA-award-winning Zulya and The Children of the Underground bring their exquisite original music inspired by Zulya’s unique Tatar, Russian and Australian identity to our stage for a very special intimate concert showcasing music from their latest release.
The group’s most ambitious work to date, On Love and Science is a science fiction fairy tale sung in six languages and features evocative storytelling delivered through meticulously crafted and arranged songs. This limited edition CD is released as a larger format hardcover story book with stunning artwork by Dilka Bear. On Love and Science is presently in the top 10 of the European Transglobal World Music Charts and has been attracting high critical acclaim, including a 5-star review in the Weekend Australian.
On Love and Science is an impressively immersive work, a combination of music, literature and art that unites the creative writing skill, linguistic ability and sublime singing of Russian-Aussie Zulya Kamalova, the musicianship and compositional flair of the songstress and her superb band, and the illustrative charm of artist Dilka Bear… Aesopic fairy-tale noir. – Tony Hillier, the Weekend Australian
While their music defies easy categorisation, it has been described as “Kurt Weillish, Euro-Cabaret jazz colliding with lullabies constructed to tear your heart out.” It is transformative concert music that is nuanced and theatrical, with Zulya’s smouldering vocals supported and enriched by accordion, piano, clarinets, guitar and double bass.
Having relocated back to Melbourne from Sydney, pianist/composer/ Sam Keevers is joined by Brett Hirst (bass), Simon Barker (drums) and Javier Fredes (percussion). Before moving to Sydney, Keevers was leader of his own popular Salsa band, Los Carbones. He also had stints as Musical Director for Vince Jones and Kate Ceberano (as well as recording Katie Noonan’s ARIA award winning CD "Blackbird" in New York with Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Ron Carter and Lewis Nash). More recently Keevers has performed with Meshell Ngedeocello, Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, Joss Stone, the Black Arm Band and Ali Mcgregor. While Keevers’ jazz projects have been somewhat sidelined in the past by stints with other leaders, his last two CDs on JazzHead (No Conditions and No Exceptions) documented his originals through the realisation of a specially formed ‘all-star’ Nonet, featuring Bernie McGann, Scott Tinkler and Jamie Oehlers. He also released an acclaimed duo album of originals with Oehlers, Grace (also on JazzHead).
He will be performing mostly afro-cuban influenced originals and standards with his trio and quartet in preparation for his ABC recording with Jazztrack.
“....outstanding. Keevers has assembled his nine-piece band with the love and quality control that Italians reserve for building Ferraris...... As to which CD to buy, that's easy: both." - John Shand, Limelight, August 2006