Coburg musician – Andre Lobanov a finalist

Darebin Music Feast showcases and celebrates the diverse music community with an eclectic program of events. From rock to folk to gypsy to jazz and everything in between, the Darebin Music Feast sees community music groups perform in local halls, alongside touring international acts in some of Melbourne’s most prestigious live music venues.

Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde’s Balkan mashup show, 3 Coceks & a Junkyard Tango, hits Northcote Town Hall on November 1 for Darebin Music Feast, bringing brass, bass, beats, competition… and a hint of hard-rubbish.

Following last year’s sold-out show, this Balkan-inspired party marks judgement night for 4 Melbourne composers whose original tunes will battle live for a swag of cash and prizes via judging panel and live audience vote. The party also includes a foot-stomping showcase of Balkan and Romani tunes.

The 4 finalists are Malini Chidzey (Cocek Feast); Andre Lobanov (Three Euphoniums and a Hard Rubbish Guitar); Robbie Melville (Tango in Pusan) and Joel Ritchie (Nadezhda).

As well as an industry judging panel, audience members will vote via a token-system for their favourite tune. A tango? A Romani or Balkan cocek (dance)? Or a piece inspired by a bit of hard-rubbish on a Brunswick street? You be the judge!

Each tune will be performed live by Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, a Northcote-based, Eastern European-styled ensemble that celebrates community and diversity through world music traditions.

“The Orkeztra’s performances are always a highlight. This is local people playing great music from around the world and having visible fun doing so. The Ork encourages innovative tune-writing, cultural diversity and fun! It’s what multiculturalism is all about: developing understanding through doing diversity.” Roger Holdsworth, Global Village, PBS FM.

Orkeztra Music Director, Gemma Horbury, says audiences should expect a wild ride. “It’s a huge band this year: think blazing trumpets and saxes, pumping accordions and a big new Turkish drum firing up the rhythm section,” she said. “The People’s Choice Award is a real game-changer. We’ve already got four great tunes, but now the composers are really taking things up a notch to entertain and win over the audience.”

3 Coceks and a Junkyard Tango will fire up Sunday November 1, 6.30pm at Northcote Town Hall. Tickets ($20/10 – children free). Tickets on the door, but bookings recommended.

Features of the 2015 program include Hello Sunday, our massive, free, day-long takeover of Northcote Town Hall on Sunday 25 October featuring: Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir with special guest Kylie Auldist, Scrimshaw Four, Hello Satellites, The Furbelows, Melbourne Ukulele Kollective and The UFO with Uke4Kids plus special guest Jen Cloher, The Northcote Campfire, Gamalan DanAnda, Dan Flynn, Patches, Darebin Songwriters’ Guild, Sonic Interventions and more!

The Darebin Music Feast will also include a range of unique music events as part of our Town Hall on High program, and the opportunity to explore Darebin’s amazing local live music venues with an enormous program of Local Venue Shows. Shop Talk also returns this year with a far reaching program of seminars, workshops, talks & conferences to inform and inspire Darebin’s passionate musical community. Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award also return’s with entries closing on Wednesday 23 September and the Grand Final concert to be held on Sunday 1 November at Northcote Town Hall.