Digital sounds, Oriental blends

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Tribal fusion meets electro-pop and sitar at 24 Moons

You can call it a journey that celebrates the blending of Eastern sounds and Oriental choreography with the grooves and tales of a digital era. Featuring the tribal and fusion bellydance of Laura Entwined & The Svadisthana Project (Entwined Bellydance), the sitar-drenched beats of Sikander, and the electro-pop Bollywood vibes of The Fifths, this musical evening will take place at 24 Moons on Arthurton Road on Saturday, 14 April.

Laura Entwined is an accomplished Melbourne-based bellydance teacher, choreographer and performer. Initially part of Tribal Bellydance Troupe Red Belly Black, she has been performing as a soloist since late 2009, and in 2013 established Entwined Bellydance, her own dance school and performance ensemble.

Along with her various performance projects, including The Svadisthana Project, she has created dance performances for a numerous events and festivals locally, interstate and abroad including Woodford Folk Festival, and Rainbow Serpent. Laura Entwined, The Svadisthana Project, and students from Entwined Bellydance will present a variety of performances throughout the evening, opening with a live improvised blessing and procession to warm the floor, leading to a presentation of their colourful and hypnotic temple and classical Indian-inspired Svadisthana Project stage-shows.

If you’ve already seen them in action, you’d know that for The Fifths, it’s all about the experience, bringing together a blend of eastern and western music to make you dance. So diverse is the music that they have created their own genre—‘Electro Pop Bollywood’! Given their style of music, The Fifths have been invited to play at various iconic venues—Federation Square, Melbourne Town Hall, The Toff, LuWow, The HiFi Bar, Trak and several Diwali Fests, to name a few. In addition, they’ve also played with legendary Bollywood artists such as Udit Narayan and Lucky Ali on their Australian tours.

Sikander are a Melbourne-based outfit blending elements of Global Bass music with live sitar, saxophone, and vocals into a groove-laden sonic spread. They are Pradip Sarkar aka Docta Deep on beats, samples and percussion, Jeremy Malcomson on electric sitar and guitar, and Nifty on sax, synthesizer, and vocals. The band has performed in venues around town, at markets, and in music festivals, such as Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival, Rainbow Serpent, and Come Together. They describe their sound as “leftfield Bollywood meets the Arabian Nights in a Digital Age”.


The event is at 24 Moons, 2 Arthurton Road, Northcote, Victoria, Australia 3070, on Saturday, 14 April, from 8 pm to 3 am. Tickets $15 + bf, via Moshtix: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/dis-orientale-express/103128
For more information on the groups, http://www.entwinedbellydance.com/; http://thefifthsmelbourne.com/; https://www.facebook.com/pg/soundofsikander
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