EASTWINDS is a quintet of diverse cultural roots and a captivating original sound
Four of Eastwinds members are overseas-born. Vocalist, Kristiina Maalaps, hails from the Baltic nation of Estonia. Her remarkable voice draws strongly on both the Estonian runic tradition and broader Scandinavian influences, with the versatility to sing in different languages, including Farsi, Ladino and English. Virtuoso Persian ney (flute) and daf (frame drum) player, Esfandiar Shahmir, is one of his country's outstanding younger generation musicians, who in addition to playing with Eastwinds, continues to perform in one of Iran's leading Persian classical ensembles, Mastan. Didgeridoo phenomenon, Sanshi, has an enviable reputation both as a player and promoter of the didgeridoo tradition in Australia - all the more remarkable given his Japanese heritage. Whilst English-born, former music festival Director, Steve Barnes (guitar and cittern), is a highly seasoned performer and saxophonist and multi-reedman, Mark Cain is well known both as a musician and educator with a long and distinguished pedigree in world music and as a maker of innovative instruments.
Eastwinds have recently released their debut self-titled CD. Their genre-bending music deftly traverses the rich cultural diversity within this group and one clearly hears Persian, Estonian, Balkan and also undeniably Australian sonorities in this music. The album also features guest performances by versatile Iranian percussionist, Nikou Javadi playing tombek, cahon and darbuka and the lyrical mbira of Australian multi-instrumentalist songwriter, Jamie David.
Eastwinds are international boundary riders breathing new life into old traditions. They are rather unlike any group you have heard. Their music is a vibrant blend of cultural threads, where exquisite melodies, sophisticated rhythms and the vocals of a songbird will transport you to other lands and a new geography of sound.
*See Eastwinds' Stage Plan under "PDFRider Download" on ourContact page
Venue: Stirk Park Kalamunda Rd, Kalamunda. Time: 11.00am.
Eastwinds at the Gypsy Tapas House Fremantle
Eastwinds coninues it's fourth Friday of the month gig at the Gypsy Tapas House (cnr High & Queen Sts, Fremantle). Always a popular live music venue, the Gypsy Tapas has been a great supporter of Eastwinds over the last two years.
Nanga Music Festival - Eastwinds
The Nanga Music Festival (Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup, WA) is one of the important music festivals on the WA calendar. Set in an exquistite bush location adjacent Nanga Brook, the festival runs on the weekend of October 7 - 9, 2016
Eastwinds play the Ellington Jazz Club
Eaatwinds debut concert at popular Ellington Jazz Club promises to be a watershed moment for the group. The Ellington is a classy venue and should suit the band sound very well.
Eastwinds Live in Concert at St John's Church, Kings Square in Fremantle WA
Concert in historic venue with a fine acoustc. Performance will feature many of the original compositions written by members of Eastwinds.
Eastwinds to play in Albany for the Harbourside Concert Series 2015 - date TBA
Eastwinds look set to play at the 2015 Harbourside Concert Series in Albany which is run over the late autumn/winter months. The series is held at the Albany Entertainment centre and proved a real winner in recent years.
We will plan a short tour of WA's south west to coincide with playing in Albany and as date emerge, we'll keep you posted.
Eastwinds to play Kalgoorlie Multicultural Arts Festival
Eastwinds will be performing concerts and conducting workshops at the Kalgoorlie Multicultural Festival in an all-day event at Centenial Park (between 11.00am - 3.00pm).
Eastwinds debut CD at the Fairbridge Festival on April 11. Announcements about an official launch date will follow shortly.
Eastwinds will be previewing their debut CD release at the Fairbridge Festival on April 11. Announcements about an official launch date will follow shortly.
UPDATE: Eastwinds had a fantastic Fairbridge! There was great interest in our new CD and sales way exceeded expectations. What a great festival to be a part of and terrific opportunity build on our audience. Viva Fairbrige!
Eastwinds to release debut CD
Eastwinds debut CD is an extraodinary journey across frontiers and a geography of sound. The remarkable voice of Eastonian singer, Kristiina Maalaps is matched only by a rich tapestry of accompaniement that is panoramic and subtle by turns. This music will transport you.