The Boite – World Music Cafe

The Boite’s World Music Cafe brings eclectic world music to listeners in the tiny acoustic venue in North Fitzroy, and other spaces in the municipality.

Yarra is home to a kaleidoscope of world music performed by artists from many cultural streams. Operating out of Mark Street Hall for the last 27 years, The Boite will present more contemporary collaborations, ancient musical traditions and new works, as part of their Sounds and Spaces Program in 2017.

Gosia and Zosia Kaszubska – Saturday 8pm 18 March 

In this show, four women explore beautiful traditional songs and tunes: Sarah Wade and Jess Foot play a mix of instrumentals sourced from Northern traditions, the Celtic countries and Scandinavia. Gosia and Zosia Kaszubska arrange and sing Polish songs.

Hari Sivanesan – Saturday 8pm 25 March 

Let different genres of Indian and Sri Lankan music take you city by city on a journey from Chennai to Jaffna. Your guide, veena player, Hari Sivanesan has toured internationally with world music ensembles.

Vinod Prasanna and Roderick McLeod – Saturday 8pm 1 April 

Be soothed by the serene music of this collaboration between Vinod’s bansuri (Indian flute) and Roderick’s kora (African harp-lute) as they launch their first CD.

Klezmania – Saturday 8pm 8 April 

Inspired by sadness and joy, Klezmania embraces the old and the new. Grounded in the present, yet steeped in Eastern European Jewish roots, their music looks ahead, evoking a conversation about passion and life, a journey from quiet intensity to wild delight.

Co-cheòl and Anatole Road – Sunday 2.30pm 9 April 

Spine tingling harmonies, contemporary arrangements and new interpretations of mainly Celtic songs, characterise these two ensembles of young musicians who bring old songs to life for a new generation. Introducing Co-cheòl’s newest singer, Stephanie Firth.

Daniel Weltlinger – Saturday 8pm 22 April 

In a rare visit to Melbourne from Berlin, violinist, Daniel Weltlinger launches Samoreau, the third in his trio of tribute CDs, acknowledging the work and brilliance of Django Reinhardt.

Sarah Mandie and Liron – Saturday 8pm 29 April 

Sarah Mandie is known for many musical adventures, from her distinctve tenor role in Nude Rain, to Spiel Azoi, Soleluna and her work with Liron community choir. Here they showcase her arrangements of Jewish songs.

The Yugotones – Saturday 8pm 6 May 

The Boite presents a beautiful night of music from the former Yugoslavia. 5-piece band, The Yugotones will dance you through mid-twentieth century Yugoslavian soundscapes and awaken your inner Balkan!

Lalor and Plumb – debut performance – Saturday 8pm 20 May

Luke Plumb and Stephen Lalor explore their mutual interest in the mandolin, from slightly different angles. Expect a concert of music in which the mandolin does everything and more. With bassist, Shannon Birchall.

Nordanlaat + Dutch Choir Melbourne – Saturday 8pm 27 May

Four piece instrumental group Nordanlaat play tunes from Scandinavia, inspired by the visit of Kvonn to Australia in 2014. Dutch Choir Melbourne, directed by Jeannie Marsh, sing boppy Dutch pop songs, without a trace of Tulips from Amsterdam!


Sounds and Spaces is funded by Council’s Creative Yarra Triennial Funding Program.