EarthArtBeat - 3 days of elevating performances

Ganga Giri

Ganga Giri is a world renowned didgeridoo virtuoso and innovator of a fusion of the ancient instrument with electronic beats, that has taken the dancefloors of the world by storm since the dawn of the 21st century.

“Ganga Giri is a wonderful musician. I first heard of him at Womad festival, and I loved the mix of his ancient and primitive instrument with a wide range of great dance grooves. Ganga is really taking the didgeridoo places it has never been before and developing a unique style of music. – Peter Gabriel

https://www.facebook.com/gangagirimusic

Djirri Djirri Dance Group

We are called the Djirri Djirri Dance Group, which is the Woi wurrung (Wurundjeri)  name  for Willy Wagtail.  We named our group Djirri Djirri as it is a little black bird who is well known to dance all the time.

We offer dance that is a contemporary interpretation of our culture with the essence of traditional dance/ceremony.  All of our dances have a story about creation, family and Country. We have many children who we encourage to take on a leadership role through the use of language and knowledge exchange in dance creation.

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan

Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain provoking songs using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording pedal called Derek. And Kylie (who’s played with Orchestra Victoria and the likes of Stevie Wonder and Barry White!) provides violin and voice in a perfect balance to Mal’s nutsness. Their arrangements are intricate and playful. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.

Kofi Kunkpe & Afro Diaspora

Kofi Kunkpe: Kofi Kunkpe, an Ewe Master Drummer, educator and multi-instrumentalist, moved from Cape Coast, Ghana to the Yarra Valley, Australia in 2012. Since this time he has performed and taught extensively throughout Australia in schools, universities, at private functions, major festivals and events. Passionate about his culture, Kofi enjoys working with all ages and abilities. He has ongoing teaching work with disability arts programs, with Chamber Made Opera at the Venny, and works as a percussionist and bass player with many of Melbourne’s best performers including Lamine Sonko and Ajak Kwai, taking him to Port Fairy Folk Festival, White Night, Womadelaide and beyond.

Afro Diaspora: Led by Ghanaian / Ewe Master Drummer, Kofi Kunkpe, Afro Diaspora brings together exceptional West African artists for original, one off performances. Drawing on, and sharing the traditions of their homelands, Afro Diaspora deliver compelling rhythms, dynamic grooves and captivating moves direct from West Africa. Prepare to lose your shoes and shake your boom boom!

Kofi Kunkpe & African Diaspora

8 foot Felix

A multi-genre enigma, with soaring vocals, triumphant horns and deep bass grooves that fray the fabric of time & space.

Described as maverick, whimsical and anchored tight, their unique brand of dance music is crafted from gypsy, ska and funk roots, with the salty taste of sea shanties and a good splash of hip-hop and blues.

Captain Will Tait: Rhodes piano, vox.  Steve Turnock: Drums.  Brendan Jones: Trumpet, vox.  Jamie McElhinney: Bass.  Kate Constance: Glockenspiel, percussion, dance, vox.  Daniel Tedford: Violin, Mandolin, Guitar.  Thomas Starr: French Horn.  Francesca Mountfort: Cello.

Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/8footfelix

Tap Dancers

Grant Swift, is not your ordinary tap dancer. With an early career as a state champion boxer, turned male stripper in Europe, his journey to tap dance was anything but conventional.

Though once tap dance found him, there was no turning back, and he has made it his life. He lives the art form with an unwavering authenticity and his love of tap is indisputably infectious.

Lily and King

Lily and King are a quirky, musical junkyard from Melbourne. Their aim is to use all of their limbs for making music at the one time. Lily and King create rousingly catchy music that sits somewhere between a captivating 40’s nightclub routine and the raw, rambunctious spirit of New Orleans street buskers.

Dixieland punk, sailor songs, weird carnie show tunes and the odd bit of curious pop, their music is joyful, beautiful and a bit dirty and wicked too. Their act is a lilting, luring, sensual haze of smoky opiate vocals that transport the captivated audience to a redly lit burlesque bar from the 1940s, where the smoke curled thickly in the air and people only ever drank whiskey.

With trombone, sweet and sassy vocals, toy piano, guitar, half a drum kit and an abundance of foot stomping, their melodies are infused with wild exuberance and joie de vivre – a Lily and King gig is a truly wild and joyful experience.

“When Lily and King unleashed a thunderous trombone in the regal surrounds of the Vue Grand, all of Saturday morning’s cobwebs were cheerfully annihilated. Lily’s dextrous multi-instrumentalism was a glorious highlight while the duo’s ragged New Orlean’s stomp was impossible to resist.” (Graham Blackley, Beat Magazine)

Esme with love and Squalor

Rock out with Esme with Love and Squalor including special guests on violin and brass!  Predominantly 2 piece original rock band playing original Rock and roll with melodic hooks and funky grooves.

Simon Oats - Orpheus

Simon Oats is an acclaimed storyteller, singer, songwriter, actor and playwright.

Orpheus in the Underworld is the epic tale of one man’s quest to take back his lover from the Gods of death – told through 11 original songs interspersed with spoken-word narrative.

A heart-broken musician journeys to the underworld to rescue his beloved from the god of death. On this perilous quest he encounters a horny goat-man, a hip-hopping ferryman and a three-headed death-metal dog. And finally… Death himself.

Simon Oats- Orpheus

Little Giants

Little Giants is a Funky Folk trio that spread infectious energy through their music, where you just can’t help but groove along to their unique sound!
Fresh out of Little Yarra Steiner School these trailblazers will surely impress you!

https://www.facebook.com/littlegiantssound

 

Entwined Bellydance

Set to a soundtrack of exotic electronic beats and bleeps, Laura’s performances draw on a plethora of dance forms, including American Tribal Style, Tribal Fusion, Gothic Fusion, Classical Indian, Dancehall and traditional folkloric bellydance.

Made from a combination of contemporary and antique adornments, laces, trimmings and fabrics, harking from the Middle East, India and Asia, Laura creates all her own intricately detailed and lovingly hand crafted costumes to perform in.

Entwined Bellydance

Moving Landscapes

Be immersed in beautiful imagery and sound while witnessing the dance of the forest emerge and unfold around you. Feel the ageing trees dripping in moss, the tree ferns collapsing into the stream, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash. Experience the landscape transform into a dry, open and desolate one as a result of the effects of logging and fire, and then witness the life of the forest slowly re-emerge.

The ‘Moving Landscapes’ project aims to highlight the beauty and fragility of the Yarra Ranges landscapes, particularly the precious tall forests and water catchments.

Through film, dance/movement, and projections, it seeks to connect people to our forest landscapes and be moved, as the dancers are moved, by the richness of life and contrasting loss of life through fire and logging.

30 minute multimedia dance performance

Dub/funk Band

One off performance of established musicians playing a random selection of dub and funk grooves. This 4 piece includes exceptional talents of Andrew Darling on Trumpet and Vox, Michael Arvanitakis on bass, Ollie on drums and Nikko on guitar.  This will be a truly surprise performance.

 

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Esquir3

Zucchini Clan (“Kooky Zooks”) founder, former Understorey frontman “Major Listen”, dynamic hard hitting percussionist and free-range music voyager Jme Antonio (Esquir3) has recently transcended into the electro-centric realm and has been busy creating a diverse cornucopia of eclectic-electronic traX in his remote Goongerah studio for his upcoming debut album Amygdala3.

Esquir3’s set promises to be an ominously cerebral journey that will transmit the audience into the domain of a frozen stowaway lost in a neon-cybernetic galaXy…

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Phoebe like the moon

Phoebe like the moon

In 2015 Phoebe like the Moon successfully crowd funded her debut double album ‘Into the Wildwood’ & ‘Bird Whisperer’, which was released on CD and vinyl and is available online at Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Radio and many more.

Recently returned from Cygnet Folk Festival and Yackandandah Folk Festival.

Phoebe is currently working on a Australian Summer tour and European tour for winter 2017 whilst spending winter composing new music in the forests of Finland and Australia.

https://www.facebook.com/Phoebe.like.the.moon

Dj ORing

Mashing up Dub, ghetto funk and electro swing to produce a funky party vibe. DJ ORing is reknown for bringing a wondrous high vibe dance journey the floor.

Get down and dirty and a little bit flirty.

Blunderbuss

Neoretic, real and synthetic with words that stir a hot brass garnish.  Blunderbuss Jones carves out  beats and breaks and pops and drops, wielding his trumpet like a weapon.  With sultry tones and saxophones, dandelion Jackson makes a scene.  Mr manifold brings mad skills on decks. Blunderbuss pulls all kinds of tricks from his mixed bag of ghetto funk breaks, future vintage and drum and bass.

Beats, brass and bass lines. Lyrical weapons. Fire at will. Game on!

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Dj Wonderfeel

Wonderfeel makes music harkening back to our primal roots ~ earthy rhythms for healing dance.

Based in rural Australia, Wonderfeel creates with rich organic textures, journeying ever deeper into raw hypnotic funk.

Plus there is the ever evolving Wonderfeel Oracle which allows anyone to channel their subconscious wisdom.

Bhakti Sunset

Bhakti Sunset is a Melbourne-based ensemble of singers and musicians committed to the practice of bhakti (devotional) yoga, in particular kirtan (call and response chanting). We focus on classic mantras and use traditional instruments including harmonium, dholak & mridanga (drums) and khartals (hand-cymbals). Members of the ensemble take turns leading chants and playing instruments, which ensures our kirtan gatherings have variety and colour. Participants are encouraged to join in chanting the mantras, clapping and dancing as they feel moved to do so in order to experience the full benefits of this form of yoga. Current members of the ensemble are Andre, Briony, Cinnamon, David and Sameer, with special guests joining us from time to time. We are available to lead kirtan for your group by invitation.

Accompanied by special guest Gauri Ma Grace

 

Bhakti Sunset
Murray Goodchild

Murray Goodchild

Murray is a singer/songwriter who draws upon the transformative power of story and song to turn life’s challenges into life affirming declarations.

A number of his songs have been written for gatherings to be sung together so be prepared for the lines to blur between audience and performer.
His songs are a blend of folk and roots performed on acoustic guitar and ukulele.

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