You might be familiar with your Beethoven, Bartók and Bach, but how often do you broaden your musical horizons? How often do you seek out Salento dances? Bulgarian preludes? Improvisation?

Mediterranean is your passport to this rich musical landscape. Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital and Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima present four centuries of culture from opposite sides of the sea. These good mates will use words and music to share traditional Salento, Bulgarian, Turkish, Sephardic and Macedonian works. We’ll also forge new traditions when Giovanni plays one of his own improvisations, followed by Tarantella orientale from composer Eliodoro Sollima (or, as Giovanni knows him, Papa).

Nestled between these experiences will be a couple of Baroque sonatas (enter Italian legends Scarlatti and Castello), and a 17th-century canzona from Frescobaldi.

So come along. Listen to music with world roots brought to local stages. Be part of a musical community as diverse as Australia.

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Avi Avital & Giovanni Sollima will be livestreamed on Tuesday 27 September at 7pm AEST.

AVI AVITAL Mandolin
GIOVANNI SOLLIMA Cello

‘Mediterranean’

TRADITIONAL SEPHARDIC Yo en la prison
TRADITIONAL TURKISH Nacyem Nacyem
TRADITIONAL MACEDONIAN Ako umran il zaginam
SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K89
SOLLIMA Improvisation
SOLLIMA ‘Federico II’ from Il viaggio in Italia
SOLLIMA ‘Alep Pesce’ from Il bestiario di Leonardo
CASTELLO Sonata No. 4
SOLLIMA Tarantella orientale (1939)
FRESCOBALDI Canzona No. 3
TRADITIONAL SEPHARDIC Una ora
TRADITIONAL SALENTO Fronni d’alia

Sydney: The Saturday 8 October concert is a Ken Tribe Tribute Concert.

Concert Champions

Tuesday 20 September, Melbourne – Peter Lovell 
Saturday 24 September, Melbourne – Greg Shalit & Miriam Faine 

"'[Avital is] one of those rare musicians whose scintillating virtuosity is amazing and whose innate musicality creates utterly convincing interpretations."
— The Australian
"[Sollima is] a first-class soloist."
— Limelight

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Melbourne   20 September 7pm
Newcastle   22 September 7:30pm
Melbourne   24 September 7pm
Sydney   26 September 7pm
Brisbane   27 September 7pm
Perth   2 October 6:30pm
Canberra   5 October 7pm
Adelaide   6 October 7:30pm
Sydney   8 October 2pm

Location

Multiple Venues

Please check the venue in your city when booking tickets.