- Tuesday 08 September 2020
One of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular live venues is ready to raise the curtains again with its first ticketed event since the COVID-19 pandemic now on sale.
Two-time Queensland Music Award winners MZAZA have emerged from lockdown with a brand-new studio album and riveting theatre show, The Birth and Death of Stars, that will tour Venue 114 on 16 October.
Operators have been working hard behind-the-scenes to ensure patrons can still experience live theatre and music in a COVID Safe environment.
Venue 114 Manager Louise Thompson said she was looking forward to warmly welcoming audiences back.
“We are very excited to see performances take to the stage again, but in particular would like to reassure patrons that they will be able to thoroughly enjoy experiencing this show in licenced, cabaret setting that has been very well planned and complies with all social distancing requirements.
“Tickets will be capped to an intimate audience so we strongly encourage people to book now to avoid disappointment.
“While people will be seated with their families there will be lots of comfortable space between groups and thank everyone in advance for adhering to our strict COVID Safe practices.”
Drawing inspiration from astronomy, philosophy and Greek mythology, The Birth and Death of Stars explores what links us to each other and the world around us in ways that are poetic, moving and oftentimes dipped in humour.
The conceptual collection of songs, linked by a thematically rich exploration of humanity in our contemporary world, is brought to shimmering life on stage by the individual skills of MZAZA’s stunningly talented and diverse musicians, and the creative contribution of acclaimed director Benjamin Knapton (Circa).
With striking visual aesthetics contributed by Finnish collage animator Laura Matikainen (videos and the AV design for the show) and Brisbane artist Emily Devers (who created the album art), The Birth and Death of Stars is an irresistible voyage through the ether, built on exotic rhythms that will make you smile and dance into the beating heart of humankind.
Led 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.
After months of cancelled shows and isolation, Pauline Maudy said the group cannot wait to perform live again.
“We simply cannot wait to get back on the road and what better way to do it then to connect with communities we love and bring them a brand-new show and album to celebrate our resilience and the joy music can bring,” Ms Maudy said.
MZAZA will conduct workshops for local musicians, emerging artists and other community creatives throughout their tour.
Listen to MZAZA at www.mzaza.com
When: Friday 16 October, 2020, 7pm
Where: Venue114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult
FREE WORKSHOP / strictly limited numbers
What: Balkan and Turkish Folk Tunes
When: Friday 16 October, 5-6pm, Studio 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Learn a couple of folk tunes with MZAZA. Greta Kelly, on violin and shah kaman (Middle-Eastern spike-fiddle), and John Robertson on guitar will teach you a couple of tunes which demonstrate some of the unusual rhythms, ornaments of Balkan folk music. Percussionists can learn some uneven rhythms with Jordan Stamos, on darabuka (Turkish/Arabic hand percussion), and tapan (Turkish double-sided drum). Bring your guitar, uke, stringed or wind instrument or hand percussion. A couple of weeks before the workshop MZAZA will send you audio recordings, sheet music and how-to videos if you'd like to familiarise yourself with the music before attending the workshop. On the day of the workshop please bring your instrument and recording device if you wish.
Please fill in this form to register for the free workshop which will be conducted in accordance with the venue's COVID-safe guidelines
*Image taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and before physical-distancing measures were in place.