WHEN: Thursday March 11, 6PM
WHERE: The Street Theatre, outside under the trees (or in the theatre if it’s wet weather)
DJAN DJAN are Mamadou Diabate (kora, Mali), Bobby Singh (tabla, India) and Jeff Lang (guitar, Australia).
Three virtuosic instrumentalists stretching their skills into sublime areas of new musicality.
The music of Djan Djan stands alone as an uniquely new sound; intoxicating music steeped in tradition, yet brimming with innovation.
When the three musicians met in 2008, no one could quite have predicted the musical alchemy that would occur as a result.
Astonishingly beautiful and surprisingly natural, the conversational and virtuosic style that all three are renowned for is steeped in their respect of their cultural backgrounds.
Mamadou Diabate was destined to play the kora.
Cousin of legendary kora player Toumani Diabate, who was one of his most influential teachers, Mamadou was born and raised in the griot tradition of Mali; using music and oratory to preserve his people’s consciousness of their past.
From his Grammy-award nominated solo album, to his latest release Douga Mansa (King Vulture), Mamadou’s technical virtuosity and innovative approach have kept him in high demand internationally.
Bobby Singh spent much of his childhood in Mumbai studying tabla.
Recognised with a great talent, Bobby is the disciple of Aneesh Pradhan, one of the world’s most sought after tabla players.
Nurtured into a mature, internationally-renowned tabla virtuoso, both in traditional Indian and cross-cultural genres, Bobby has played with many of the top musicians in Australia and the world.
Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a guitarist, dynamic songwriter and startlingly unique live performer, defying description and genre.
His intuitive and idiosyncratic instrumental virtuosity are supported by songs that expand the boundaries of traditional folk, country and blues, creating a new blend of music which is undeniably and deeply steeped in tradition, yet with its vision set on future horizons.
As an instrumental storyteller, Lang gives the guitar a voice and then makes it sing.
More info @ www.thestreet.org.au or call 6247 1223