Musicians prepare for Spanish fiesta

The Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association will celebrate its first birthday on Saturday, October 6 and to mark the special event, musical friends are coming from far and wide to perform at Jamberoo School of Arts.

The theme is “Ya esta La Primavera!” (Spring is here) and some community musicians have prepared South American pieces from the tango repertoire, as well as traditional Spanish folk to warm up the audience.

Segundo Vasquez, classical guitarist, is pleased to be returning to Jamberoo after his successful June concert in Jamberoo Uniting Church. He will be joined by friends in the vibrant Boccherini Guitar Quintet “Fandango” as well as share some of his favourite Spanish solo pieces.

Following intermission, which includes cake, coffee and tea, acclaimed Wollongong based group Ruido Flamenco will take the stage with a thrilling set of Spanish music and dance.

Ruido are storytellers, harnessing authentic rhythms, songs and gestures from flamenco to share forgotten songs from far-flung places as well as their own award winning compositions. This show is certain to inspire both the experienced and novice musicians in the audience to express their own talents.

In the small streets of Seville there are spontaneous intimate pop-up events in noisy little bars called peñas where families and friends perform. Like the music association’s events, they draw together anyone with a love of music and unite audience and performer.

The Kiama Jamberoo Music Association was formed in October 2017 as a small String Orchestra with the assistance of a cultural grant from Kiama Council. The Association’s low membership fee ($25 per year), convenient location (Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace at Wyalla Road) and ethos of encouraging musicians of all ages and ability has seen it grow rapidly in its first year.

They now run regular rehearsals and musical events with a String Orchestra, Folk Group, Bluegrass Group, Mixed ensemble (guitars, mandolins, strings, flutes) and a classical mixed vocal / instrumental group. The Association is run by volunteers who love music and hope to see more of the community finding their musical talents.

All are welcome to share in the celebrations on Saturday, October 6 at 2pm. Tickets cost $20 and are available to purchase at trybooking.com/YICK (includes cake, coffee and tea).

Enquiries can be directed to KJcommunitymusic@bigpond.com

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