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ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
Masha's Legacy features a stellar cast of artists who will guide you on a sensory and sensual journey: expect oriental sounds, deep groove, a touch of Flamenco, improvisation and something original - Masha's melting pot is deep and fragrant. Each performer is a renowned exponent of various forms of Global styles, with specialist experience among the group spanning Egyptian, Greek, Jazz, Flamenco, Indonesian, Brazilian, Spanish, Cuban, Middle-Eastern, Funk, Klezmer and many other styles. The resulting blend is a 100% locally sourced, free range, organic Australian original.
A unique synergy of expert performers from a diversity of musical and cultural backgrounds, Masha’s Legacy explore frontiers of creative expression while maintaining a deep respect for the traditions from which it draws. The performance is an integrated multi-sensory experience of sound and movement built upon deep groove, oriental sounds, compelling improvisation and the intangible essence of creative originality.
Stuart Vandegraaff – MD, compositions & arrangements, saxophones, clarinet, Arabic nays
Christopher Soulos – electric bass, FX
Elsen Price - contrabass
Mahammd Lelo – Q’nun
Adem Yilmaz – percussion
Nick Southcott – keyboards
Adnaan Barake – ‘oud
James Tawadros – percussion
Miriam Waks – vocal
Jrisi Jusakos - dance
Previously featured artists include Jessica Moreno (dance), Fay Sussman (vocal), Nadya Golski (vocal), Emad Nosir (violin), Walid Bebe (nay), Yuval Ashkar ('oud), Deva Permana (percussion), Hilary Cinis (dance), Nancy Nesnas (dance), Mina d'Oro (dance) and many others.
Masha's Legacy is a collaborative ensemble that seamlessly reunites dance and music on an even level, where neither the dance nor the music take precedence: we are all creative equivalents in a unified group.
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**** "This album shows Australian multiculturalism is not just alive and well, it is sometimes soaring to the heavens, whether jubilantly or with exquisite melancholy."
- John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Masha’s Legacy … has created one of the best cross-cultural albums I’ve heard in a long time.” – Peter Winkler, Loud Mouth
Co-produced by Christopher Soulos and Stuart Vandegraaff, Masha's Legacy's debut album "Safe Haven" was recorded on 30 and 31 July 2016 at iconic studio Music Feeds (formerly Magaphon). The session was engineered by the great Guy Dickerson (who built the studio more than 25 years prior) with the assistance of George Sheridan. This recording is a significant artistic statement on multiculturalism, interfaith and the unique collaborative possibilities available in modern Australia. January 25 is the perfect date for us all to celebrate the true evolution of inclusive diversity in our peaceful land of sunshine.
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MASHA'S LEGACY "SAFE HAVEN" LAUNCH - Follow up
We had a hugely successful album launch for "Safe Haven" on 25 January 2017. The near full-house crowd was treated to the full ensemble experience, and the feedback we had on the night was fantastic. The album has since been reviewed in glowing terms by Music Council Australia's Music Trust "Loud Mouth" online e-zine, the full review is here.