This year's Melbourne International Jazz Festival features musical great Maria Farantouri along with Charles Lloyd, in collaboration with The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture.
Their concert will take place Sunday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. Saxophonist Charles Lloyd has been described as one of the most inventive and influential musicians in the history of jazz. Hellenic vocalist Maria Farantouri has been termed as: "A present from the Gods of Olympus", by The Guardian. The Greek songstress is best known for her vocal resistance during Greece's military junta in the 1960s.
The two gifted entertainers have been close friends for years and their new venture combines classic Greek ballads with jazz. Their performance includes a special "Greek Suite", and creations by Lloyd and Theodorakis. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival runs from May 30th to June 8th this year.
As stated on its website the Festival's mission is: "...to be one of the leading centres of jazz presentation in the world by providing a platform for performance, collaboration, education and engagement. Its diverse programming includes modern masters of jazz, late night art parties, free events, Australian/international collaborations and pathways for emerging artists". More information can be accessed at: http://melbournejazz.com.