Exotic rhythms and melodies that tap into the beating heart of humankind.
"The further we travel the more truth we can comprehend." Hypatia, astronomer and philosopher
World music favourites MZAZA bring you their brand new show, The Birth and Death of Stars. After a successful Queensland tour in 2017, these warm and consummate performers return with a show that encourages us to take a step away from our daily lives to contemplate our place in the universe.
The Birth and Death of Stars draws inspiration from history’s philosophers and astronomers, leading us on a wonderful voyage through the ether to explore what links us to each other and the world around us in ways that are are poetic, moving and at times funny.
Driven by their eclectic backgrounds and European influences the members of MZAZA will take you on a musical ride built on exotic rhythms that make you smile and melodies that tap into the beating heart of humankind.
Lead by enchanting French vocalist Pauline Maudy, this group of talented musicians and songwriters from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia will mesmerise you with inspired performances on accordion, violin, shah kaman, percussion, double-bass and guitar.
Don’t miss this multi-award winning, international touring group that relishes connections with communities across Queensland.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
- 6 musicians and 1 optional sound and lighting engineer
No adult content or critical technical requirements.
MZAZA is one of the most unique bands coming out of Australia today. Lead by acclaimed French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this award-winning group of cultural refugees from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France, Sephardic Spain and Australia has been mesmerising audiences with powerful and inspired performances. With a fascination for making something new from the old MZAZA create their own set of traditions from a tapestry of skilfully woven influences.
In 2015 MZAZA released Ghosts which was very well received. Accolades include:
- Best Song [World] and two High Commendations in the Queensland Music Awards
- Airplay on major radio stations including SBS, ABC Radio National, Triple J, RRR, QANTAS, Virgin
- Feature Album with Melbourne’s PBS
- 5 weeks in 4ZZZ's Top 20
- Single ‘Enfants du Chemin’ spent 3 weeks in the AMRAP Metro Charts -Tracks released on SBS 'Chill' Universal and BEMAC 'Echoes' (2014) and 'Echoes' (2015) compilations
- FOUR STARS in the Courier Mail
It is the timelessness of the music and stories that fuels an intense live show, an unforgettable musical journey, that has enraptured audiences at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Cygnet, National and Woodford Folk Festivals, and sold out Brisbane Powerhouse twice.
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Unique Selling Point
MZAZA's audiences strongly connect with their award-winning songs and emotional and sensual show that blend influences, and unusual instrumentation. The universal nature of the show themes and the energy of the performance bring audience and musicians together as one.
MZAZA works with community music groups and choirs across Australia to teach French, Ladino and Balkan songs and to introduce unusual rhythms and scales in a series of incredibly fun workshops, which culminate in the participants performing a song with the band. Audience members are also invited to sing and clap along with some unusual rhythms, and dance.
MZAZA's media pack includes a media release, full colour bio with photos, video links to live performances, and copies of their latest two albums. MZAZA's new photos and videos will be developed shortly through their ‘Birth and Death of Stars’ album launch.
MZAZA’s media team successfully secures interviews and live-to-air performances on local/national radio, newspapers and music blogs.
MZAZA's teaching resource pack is sent in advance to leaders of relevant community music groups, school teachers and folk organisations.
MZAZA's extensive connections with community choirs, cultural groups, folk music and dance associations and language learning groups will benefit ticket sales.
MZAZA’s workshops can take place on the day of the performance, or a day or two prior to the show. MZAZA can target their workshops towards primary or high schools, adult music groups, physically or mentally disabled groups, or seniors. The workshops, which are targeted specifically to the level of the group, introduce unusual languages, rhythms, songs, ornaments and scales.
The goal of the workshops in the short term is to invite participants to perform a song or two with the band during the show. The long term goal is to expand local music students’ knowledge of world music, and enrich existing community music group practices.
MZAZA loves to work with communities of broad ethnic backgrounds and facilitate the sharing of their cultural knowledge with the broader community.
Through regular and informative social media posts, and their email list, MZAZA keep in touch with the participants after their workshops/concerts. MZAZA also love to return to regional communities, and to work with the same music groups over the years.
When not touring, the musicians of MZAZA work as classroom music teachers, instrumental music teachers, language teachers, community workshop facilitators and music therapists.