ALMA MATER & REFLEJOS a special double bill
July 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
ALMA MATER & REFLEJOS
a stunning double bill
Their passion for passionate music brought the members of Alma Mater together.
Alma Mater reawaken the voices of worlds gone by, bringing to life the traditions of Portuguese fado. The music is fiery, gripping, tense, yet surprisingly delicate. With its rare combination of instruments and musical influences, the group creates a fresh yet faithful sound.
The group is led by singer Yuliya Mik, whose old-world sensibility and passion for music from times before her own breathes new life into into the haunting and beautifully robust fado melodies.
Since the group’s formation, Alma Mater has played at Melbourne’s best musical hideaways, including the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Paris Cat Jazz Club, The Butterfly Club, the Wesley Anne and others. The group has attracted radio features and has played at music festivals around the country including the Cygnet Folk Festival (Tas.), The Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), A Taste of Portugal festival (Melbourne), the Melt: Chocolate festival (Melbourne), and the Darebin Music Feast (Melbourne).
Alma Mater proudly launched their debut album, Fado ao largo (meaning ‘fado from offshore’), to a sold-out Melbourne Recital Centre Salon in May 2015, and looks forward to a follow-up release in 2017.
Reflejos bring in a collective of Melbourne’s finest musicians, led by singer and composer, Bonnie Smith, Chilean percussionist Luis Escudero and mischievous My-fly-is-undone-again flautist Michael O’Connor. Joining Bonnie, Luis and Mikey are a varying ensemble of some incredible musicians and together, this inventive seven piece ensemble create the atmosphere of being in Turkey one moment, and South America the next, carrying the audience along with them, leaving them moved and inspired.
Reflejos has toured extensively in South America and Europe, gaining a strong and dedicated following with a constantly evolving sound.