European folk music masterclasses set for Scenic Rim

TRAVELLING MUSICIANS: The MZAZA band will be in the Scenic Rim later this month. Photo: Supplied

TRAVELLING MUSICIANS: The MZAZA band will be in the Scenic Rim later this month. Photo: Supplied

SCENIC Rim musicians are invited to perform alongside Queensland Music Award winning group MZAZA at Beaudesert’s The Centre.

Producer Greta Kelly, who is one of the band’s violinists, said the sextet specialised in European folk-inspired music, performed with a modern twist.

The group will stop-off in the Scenic Rim later this month as part of a three month statewide Children of the Road tour.

Ms Kelly said instrumentalists, singers and songwriters could learn more about European folk music through a series of two-hour workshops delivered by the group.

The workshops will be held about a week before MZAZA’s performance at Beaudesert’s The Centre on Saturday, August 26 from 7.30pm.

While strings, woodwind, brass and percussion players will practice sprightly Balkan dance tunes, vocalists will be coached by MZAZA lead singer Pauline Maudy on Spanish tunes and harmony keeping.

Song composers and lyricists will be encouraged to reflect on their own ancestors’ travels for inspired music writing.

“We work with community choirs, folk, ukulele and writers’ groups to share our music and migration stories,” Ms Kelly said.

“After the workshops, we invite people to get up on stage during the show and perform a song with us if they want to.”

Ms Kelly said the rehearsal sessions were a great way for local musicians and creatives to connect with one another and the band.

Key dates

- The instrumental workshop is from 5.30pm on Friday, August 18, at Boonah Cultural Centre.

- The vocal workshop will be held from 10am on Saturday, August 19, at The Centre, Beaudesert.

- The writing workshop will be held from 3pm on Saturday, August 19, at Tamborine Mountain’s Zamia Theatre.

Those who register for a $20 workshop will receive a free ticket to the concert, held from 7.30pm on Saturday, August 26, at Beaudesert’s The Centre.

Concert admissions is $25 or $20 concession.

To register or to book, visit

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