Safe Haven (sample) - Masha's Legacy
Las Estreyas (sample) - Masha's Legacy

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Masha’s Legacy @ The Vanguard, Newtown

42 King St Newtown

Sunday 30 Jan 2022

Tickets available here

Dinner and show options available


Making their return to stage after a turbulent 2-years, Masha’s Legacy bring their acclaimed cabaret show to the Vanguard for the very first time.


Now in their 12th year, Masha’s Legacy are a synergy of celebrated performers representing a uniquely Australian diversity of backgrounds, spanning a myriad of music and dance traditions including Arabic, Jazz, Turkish, Oriental and European classical and folk styles.


The group explore new creative frontiers while maintaining a deep respect for the traditions from which they draw: the performance is an ecstatic experience of sound and movement built upon deep groove, oriental sounds, compelling improvisation, community and the essence of expressive originality.



Stuart Vandegraaff - saxophones, Arabic & Turkish nays, clarinet, compositions & arrangements

Nick Southcott- keyboards

Christopher Soulos - electric bass

Mohammed Lelo - qanun

Adem Yilmaz - percussion

Devi Mamak - dance (Tribal Fusion)

Jrisi Jusakos - dance (Raqs Sharqi/fusion)


and featuring guest vocalist Ghada Daher.

More guests to be announced.


Masha Kleinzinger was a refugee, survivor and mother whose approach to life can be summed up in her own words:


“I could choose to cry for the rest of my life or laugh – I chose to laugh.”


Masha’s Legacy is exactly this: to allow the events of your life and circumstance to shape you, but not to define you. It is an ethos of collaboration, celebration and pluralism: making the most of our diverse experience and backgrounds. We celebrate the transcendence of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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, Brazilian, Spanish, Cuban, Middle-Eastern, Funk, Klezmer and many other styles. The resulting blend is a 100% locally sourced free range organic Australian original.

The musicians:

Stuart Vandegraaff – MD, reeds; Christopher Soulos – electric bass, FX; Elsen Price - contrabass; Mohammed Lelo – Qanun; Adem Yilmaz – percussion; Nick Southcott – keyboards; James Tawadros – percussion; Miriam Waks – vocal; Jrisi Jusakos - dance

Previously featured artists include Adnaan Barake (‘oud), 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.

**** "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 Guy Dickerson 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. The launch on January 25 was the perfect date for us all to celebrate the true evolution of inclusive diversity in our peaceful land of sunshine.

You can visit our facebook page, or view video footage here.



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.