golden-voiced improvising singer from Estonia, a virtuoso Iranian flautist and
percussionist, a Japanese didgeridooist, an English guitarist, and an
Australian woodwind maestro and creator of uncountable
reed and woodwind instruments - if Australian multicultural music has a name, that name is Eastwinds.
Exquisite melodies, sophisticated rhythms, free-spirited improvisation and
eclectic originality transport you to a new geography of sound. Winners of the 2016 WAM Song of the Year Award (World Music) and
recent performers at both the National Folk Festival, Canberra and Fairbridge Festival WA, Eastwinds breathe new life
into old traditions.
Eastwinds: Kristiina Malaaps (Voice & jaw harp - Estonia), Esfandiar Shahmir (ney & daf - Iran), Sanshi (didgeridoo & percussion), Steve Barnes (guitar & guizouki - UK), Mark Cain (saxophones & winds - Aus.)
Daramad traverse the terrain between music
of the Middle East and improvised jazz. Drawing on their different cultural
backgrounds and improvisational skills, they perform original compositions as
well as arrangements of tunes by famed composers of the Islamic
In 2012 Daramad won the Songlines/World Network Medien international competition, Battle of the Bands.
"Singly, Daramad's many fine qualities are not so
very rare; but you rarely find them all within one band. On the one hand, they
offer serious musicianship, integrity, well-informed respect for various
traditions. On the other, they are very playful, conversational, in-the-moment,
fun, inventive. Composition and improvisation, eastern and western elements,
tradition and innovation, quietude and jubilation are equally integral.
Daramad's music is vital and substantial; it is worldly, but blessedly free of
the crassness and/or tedious 'worthiness' that cripples rather too much
so-called 'world' music". Doug Spencer
(producer-presenter, 'The Weekend Planet', ABC Radio National)
“The group dynamics and improvisations in that
rich Middle Eastern context, colour this authentic fusion, rewarding the close
listener with jubilant exoticism". Peter Wockner, Jazz and Beyond
"The band blends traditional Middle Eastern
influences with the improvised energy of jazz. This it achieves with no small
measure of sophistication, subtlety and skill on an interesting selection of
instruments". Tony Hillier,
“You might like them for the musicianship, for the
intriguing conceptual endeavour or exploring the junctions of styles that are
worlds apart, for the near-psychedelic soundscapes that emerge or for the
remarkable composition that has gone into this project.” Lyndon Blue, Cool Perth Nights
“It’s difficult to imagine this music hailing from
anywhere in particular, but with it’s fluid rhythms, sinewy melodies and
exceptional musicianship it’s great that we can claim such an original musical
creation as our own.” Adam Trainor, Music Director RTRFM
"I've spent a few days listening to this and it
really is a very special album thank you Mark Cain, Reza Mirzaei, Mike Zolkier and Saeed Danesh and I so enjoyed the
concert with Kate Pass and Tara Tiba adding not only the
glamour but also fantastic passion and energy". Alma
“Working around a veritable snakepit of stealthy Middle Eastern rhythms,
it operates like some kind of deadly tango noir as various guitar-like
instruments encircle one another in a fevered embrace. Hunters for something a
bit different will no doubt be salivating with anticipation for the upcoming
album launch.” Drum Media
2006. NM126. distributed thru planet/mgm
Ozmosis are a duo comprising guitarist, Tim Chambers, who is well known for his passionate interest in hispanic string instruments and Mark Cain.
Intrepid boundary riders, they play a mix of Hispanic, Balkan and original music, all
laced with liberal doses of improvisation. Masters of a surprising
array of woodwinds, strings and percussion, their debut recording takes a free-range intercontinental journey beyond time and place.
regularly play tracks from Ozmosis on Classic Drive, ABC Classic FM. Virtuoso performers,
guitarist, Tim Chambers and reedman, Mark Cain, were drawn to the sounds emerging
with the birth of World Music in the 1980's. One had dived into music of the
Balkans, the other into the enchanting music from the
Andes. And now, 20 years on, they have released their first self-titled
cd OZMOSIS. And that's precisely what it is. And Ozmosis take on all they've
played and made and consumed in that 20 yrs, gently tinged with a jazz
feel at times. So this is neither Balkan not Andean, but is international
Perthean. And they're such fine musicians, that the appeal is
immediate. Between them, they excel on countless instruments, some of
which you'll recognize, some you will never have heard of. A one-off
sound." Julia Lester, Presenter, ABC FM Classic Drive
TO ORDER OZMOSIS
Aeti mu mõtsa (trad. Estonian
Blame Lulu Peanuts
by Steve Barnes
Maalaps Marjuke by Kristiina
Maalaps and lyrics by Lea Tabur
7 For Esi by Mark Cain
Zornery by Mark Cain
Tigris Eye by Mark Cain
Isfahan by Reza Mirzaei
Galactica by Michael Zolker
Includes Cain's Tune, Tigris Eye
Includes Cain's tune, Zornery
Santiago by Tim Chambers
Celtic Bazaar by Mark Cain
Quentin's Taragotino Mark Cain
Decameron (trad. Italian)
MARK CAIN: REEDS
2004. NM125. distributed thru planet/mgm
REEDS is a solo multi-layered recording featuring many of the wind and reed instruments made and played by Cain. On some of the tracks he is joined by percussionist, Paul Tanner.
It's hard when multi-tracking yourself not to emerge with an unsparky thick lifelessness. But Australian, Cain, experienced in several traditions and master of a wide range of conventional, ethnic and unlikely reeds and flutes with gorgeous rich tone, joined by percussionist, Paul Tanner, makes clear-cut melodies with and interplay and wit that sounds like a finely attuned group.
Andrew Cronshaw, Froots (FolkRoots Magazine), UK
REEDS is a new CD by West
Austalian composer and improvising multi-instrumentalist, Mark Cain. As its
name suggests, this album features a wonderfully diverse and exotic variety of
wind instruments ranging from saxophones and clarinets to ancient, ethnic and
newly-invented instruments, all played by a “one-man wind orchestra” with
occasional percussion support.
In surprising and imaginative ways
this richly textured music traverses jazz, non-western and early music
influences. Its a venturesome and very listenable recording that takes the
listener on a journey beyond maps and boundaries. As Cain puts it: “Since
my teenage years, I’ve listened to ‘music from the other side of the fence’.
It’s been a rich vein of inspiration that’s taken me into Balkan, klezmer,
jazz, folk and beyond, as well as inspiring me to make my own instruments”.
“Adventurous, highly diverse and readily
accessible, Reeds is an apt title for Cain’s cornucopia of winds, which
include lesser known instruments such as the gralla, a folk oboe from
Catalonia; the taragotino, a small wooden saxophone; the gemshorn, a medieval
bullhorn recorder and a range of self-made instruments, including the surgical
glove bagpipe, a PVC chalumeaux and the slide ‘didgeriloo’. Some of the tracks
also include some superb percussion courtesy of Paul Tanner.
The many instruments on this album
serve the music masterfully. Reeds is a breath of fresh air from a musician for
whom the next breath is just a sound away. Doug Spencer, Producer, The Planet, ABC Radio National
"Thank you, I
am already attempting to convert my office-mate to Reeds!!
(she's only heard half of the first song, and on a PC cd player so she's been
told to imagine a better quality sound!!) And now....
Smiles!!! Yes... this is the piece that just haunted me, I was walking past a
cemetary with my 7 month old who was finally asleep and everything was peaceful
and there was the view out over Cornellian Bay in Hobart and Classic FM played
this piece and I didn't have a pen to write down what it was and and and
and..... weeks later I heard it again in the car, pulled over and scrawled the
details in lipstick on the back of a catalogue which was doubling as car
flotsam... Thank you, if you come back to Hobart please make sure
there is heaps of PR leading up to the concert so I can arrange a
babysitter..... Cheers,A very hooked southern groupie??" Melanie
TO ORDER REEDS
FLYING CARPATHIANS: SLICE OF LIVE
Recorded live outside at a house party, this album captures the spirit of the band in concert.
A magic carpet ride embroidered by klezmer, Balkan, Carpathian and gypsy
musical threads, this is music for another present era, where life is a dance
and tradition never stands still long enough for the dust to truly
Voted best World Music Act at the 2008 WAMI Awards, The
Flying Carpathians play a contagiously energetic fusion of music from
central and eastern Europe with a uniquely Australian touch. A
dazzling array of instruments at their fingertips and influences from the Balkan
dance floors and beyond, theirs is an unstoppable flying carpet ride of
exuberant roots music! This versatile quartet features violin, cello,
guitar, saxophone, as well as electric bass, mandolin and percussion.
They also introduce traditional instruments such as the Macedonian
(bagpipe) and Turkish zurna (oboe).
Meet the The Flying Carpathians at the crossroads, where village
music meets Rom gypsy and jazz. And, yes, we also get down and dirty
to teach dances in traditional style – this is music where your feet do
the talking!So hold tight to that flying carpet... you're in for quite a ride.
Carpathians are: Tony Lane: fiddle & mandolin; Danielle Pender: guitar,percussion;
cello & electric bass. Mark Cain: saxophones & ethnic reeds.
by Abdullah Ibrahim