In light of our concert being cancelled in the beautiful town of Bundanoon due to the fires burning through the Southern Highlands, we have decided to put on a house concert in Engadine, in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire this Sunday 12th January. All proceeds with be going towards the local RFS in the Southern Highlands. We will start the music at 4pm. Please aim to arrive from 3.30pm. Suggested donation of $25, cash and card accepted – but please give as much or little as you can spare.
We will also have special musical moments band members other guises ‘Laura & Susie’ and Ren Stone.
Tell your friends far and wide to join us for an afternoon of positive community coming together, enjoying good things in life and helping our wonderful friends in the thick of fire devastation. We can share information and ideas on how we can help the situation as well.
Please BYO food and drinks. There is a pool for those who would like a swim. The house is about 15 min easy walk from Engadine train station. Direct trains from Central Station are easy. If coming by car there is plenty of street parking. The house is at the top of a shared (steep) driveway with 66 and 68.
We know many people fighting for their lives, their properties, our wildlife and bushlands. This is only the beginning and we will continue to do what we can over the coming months to assist in what way we can.
ARIA Award nominated ensemble melding the earthiness of folk, dexterity of jazz and the craft of classical, Chaika’s vast influences create superb genre-blending music that transcends labels.
Described as “spine-tingling” (Rhythms) and “extraordinary” (Fine Music FM), the Sydney-based sextet create a multi-faceted kaleidoscope of sounds – a true culmination of compositional, arranging and improvising prowess, performed with stunning attention to detail.
Their latest album, ARROW (2019), has received heartfelt reviews, recorded and produced by ARIA award-winning team Bob Scott and Llew Kiek.
“Like a gust of wind ushering in a new season of possibilities … Arrow, as the title suggests, offered listeners a new direction in Australian Folk music, an innovative blend of beautifully crafted pieces.” (What’s on Sydney)
“This is Chaika at their best – incorporating the world of rhythms and sounds of traditional music and channeling them into something beautiful” (Timber and Steel).
Chaika comprises some of Australia’s most sought after musicians: Susie Bishop (violin, guitar, vocals), Laura Altman (clarinet, vocals), Emily-Rose Sarkova (accordion, piano, vocals), Laura Bishop (percussion, piano, accordion, vocals), Johan Delin (double bass, vocals) and Rendra Freestone (percussion, guitar, vocals).