Journey with Perth’s extraordinary Kohesia Ensemble into the evocative world of Persian Music and Jazz.
Kohesia is a cross-cultural collaboration reflecting the increasing diversity of the Australian population. Their music is contemporary, original and multi-cultural jazz that has not been heard before by WA audiences.
Led by double bassist Kate Pass, Kohesia Ensemble brings together a stellar line-up of Australian and Iranian musicians – Daniel Susnjar, Ricki Malet, Esfandiar Shahmir, Reza Mirzaei, Chris Foster, Mike Zolker, and Marc Osborne. The group combines the sounds of Persian instruments such as the Persian flute (ney), percussion (daf) lute (saz) and oud with jazz instruments. This concert features Kate’s original compositions, influenced by her passion for both jazz and Persian music.
Kohesia Ensemble’s show “Shahnameh: Songs of the Persian Book of Kings” won the 2020 Martin Sims Award at Fringe World – the top tier prize for the “Best new WA work that is destined to succeed on the world stage.” Kohesia Ensemble released their debut album “Kohesia” in 2018, and were nominated for 2018 WAM Best Album, Best Jazz Act and Best World Act. They have performed at an array of festivals including National Folk Festival (ACT), Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), Fairbridge Festival, WAMFest, Perth International Jazz Festival, King Street Corner Pocket Festival, Margaret River Guitar Festival and Nannup Music Festival.
Join us for a truly unique listening experience as Kohesia share both the stories behind their songs, and an explanation of the Persian instruments.
Date Tuesday 9th March
Duration TBA mins
Cost Free to schools selected through the EOI process. Limited number available.
Musical engagement with communities is important to Kohesia Ensemble.
Most of the musicians in the ensemble are experienced music educators who between them teach primary and secondary age children around Perth as well as at WAAPA and WA Youth Jazz Orchestra. Interactive music workshops can be designed to suit your needs and enhance your music program. These can include workshops that introduce students to the instruments of Kohesia Ensemble, and give students a chance to play with the Kohesia Ensemble. The ensemble is able to work one on one or in groups (20 – 30 students) and let students come away with some new thinking about instruments and music creation.
Kohesia Ensemble are also experienced at presenting workshops to non-musicians. This can provide other students with an introduction to Persian music, poetry, culture and rhythms. Express interest in a workshop via the Booking Form.
Bookings & Enquiries can be made to BREC’s Education Team online via email email@example.com or by telephone 08 9792 3111.