East of West plays original music that primarily draws from the rich musical influences of the Balkans and the Mediterranean. With experience in jazz and Middle Eastern classical music forms, the band’s compositional focus is on creating beautiful story-telling melodies spun over rich traditional rhythms, allowing space for open solos and improvisation. Oud, double bass and percussion blend to create a sound that will awaken in the listener a sense of mystery and possibility.
The trio consists of Bosnian-born Goran Gajić (double bass), Philip Griffin (oud) and Malindi Morris (hand percussion). All three are active in professional music scenes (world, jazz, folk, baroque, to name a few).
Goran Gajić plays with and composes for the Queensland Music Award winning band Mzaza; Philip Griffin works or has worked with internationally renowned musicians such as Linsey Pollak, Tunji Beier, Frankie Armstrong and Ross Daly; Malindi Morris has worked with internationally known guitarists ‘Duo Aritmija’ in Slovenia, composing for and directing the project ‘Lastovka’ and was one of the founding band leaders of the Balkan brass band ‘The Transbalkan Express’.
Balkan Rhythms & Melodies Workshop – The concert will be preceded (5-6pm) by a workshop which will be free to those coming to the concert). In the fertile borderlands between genres, East of West explores the edges: Mediterranean, jazz and Balkan influences interweave through intricate compositions and improvisations. Join them at the Citadel before their evening concert for a workshop in which you’ll learn to play and/or sing a famous traditional Sevdah song from Bosnia.
The haunting urban folk music of Bosnia strikes a chord with many of us, speaking as it does of love, loss and the resilience of a strong and proud people. Bring your voice, drum or other instrument along and have fun while learning a traditional Sevdah tune with East of West!
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