NovaLaya is a collaboration between four culturally and musically diverse artists, each representing a different element of sound: Josh Bennett (strings), Tunji Beier (percussion), Linsey Pollak (woodwind) and Parvyn Kaur Singh (vocals and dance). A vast range of musical styles from across Asia and Europe collide for an immersive experience taking the audience on a journey of intricate melodic and rhythmic performance.

NEWS

NOVALAYA'S DEBUT PERFORMANCE AT MAPPING MELBOURNE

Thursday Dec 3 at The Wonderland Spiegeltent
120 Pearl River Rd, Docklands, VIC 3008Australia

Doors open 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm!
Tickets: $20/$15 (bookings at wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au)
http://multiculturalarts.com.au/event/mm-novalaya/

WHO WE ARE

Parv

Parv

Parvyn combines her rich heritage from ancestral Punjab with western influences such as jazz and folk to perform in her own unique style. On stage since she was five, singing with her father Dya Singh, Parvyn's stunning, pure and soulful voice has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Parvyn has studied both Khayal (North Indian Classical vocal) and Kathak (North Indian Classical dance) in Ahmedabad, India at the Kadamb Dance Academy and Saptak School of Music. Kathak dance is based on a traditional form of story telling, or miming, that was originally performed in temples. It incorporates the rhythmic patterns of the tabla/pakhawaj as intricate footwork that is performed with bells wrapped around the ankles. Parvyn a.k.a. ‘The Mysterious Lady’ is the lead female singer in Melbourne vintage Bollywood band The Bombay Royale and has performed on stages and festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad UK, NZ and Adelaide, Royal Albert Hall, Woodford Folk Festival, Winnepeg Folk Fest, Sakifo (Reunion Island), Global Fest- APAP (Webster Hall, New York) and many more. The Bombay Royale’s debut album You, Me, Bullets, Love was awarded iTunes Breakthrough World Music Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the year in The Age EG Music Awards in 2012.

Parvyn has been involved with many cultural and community projects that seek to bring music and dance of different cultures together such as The Meander Project supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria and ANAM, and No Passport Required, bringing together culturally diverse artists from the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Parvyn also regularly tours Australia with folk acoustic trio BluGuru and with her husband Josh Bennett performs a cultural education show on Indian music and dance – classical to Bollywood, at schools across the country and New Zealand.

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Linsey

Linsey Pollak is well known all around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia since 1996. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. He has also performed at most major Festivals around Australia and recorded 32 albums (solo & with various groups). He has devised many large Festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo!! (Woodford and Brisbane Festivals) “Sound Forest” (Qld Music Festival) and “The Dream of Zedkat Nabu” (APRA and Aust Music Centre Performance of the Year (Qld 2013). He has worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia).

Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from found objects such as rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms and bins. First developed in his solo show “Bang it with a Fork” and further in the acclaimed children’s show “Out of the Frying Pan”, this line of musical inventiveness has ultimately led him to spearhead Live Looping and develop his solo shows such as “Knocking on Kevin’s Door”, “Playpen”, “The Art of Food”, "Making Jam", “Cycology” and “Live & Loopy”. Linsey’s current musical projects include his new solo show “Live & Loopy”, World music duo “Dva” with Tunji Beier, and the Community Balkan Gypsy style street band "The Unusual Suspects".

Tunji

Tunji

Tunji Beier was inspired to study drumming at a very early age and continues to seek out new forms in the development of his work. He has incorporated teachings from Western Classical, Jazz, South Indian Classical and West African (Yoruba & Persian) masters into a unique style of his own that also includes elements of electronics and looping. Special tribute must be given to his guru, T.A.S. Mani & his wife R.A. Ramamani, of the Karnataka College Of Percussion for accepting Tunji into their home as a disciple at the age of 16. Tunji completed the Karnataka State exam in mridangam achieving first rank in his year and also received honors from the Karnataka College Of Percussion Tunji is currently working in Gary Daly’s projects, Sanctuary & Bungarribee, Shaun Parker’s dance piece with composer Nick Wales, “AM I” (which premiered at the Opera House for the Sydney Festival 2014), and Linsey Pollak’s new project, “Mrs.Curly & The Norwegian Smoking Pipe”. Tunji has had the delight of performing with exceptional musicians; Zakir Hussain, Billy Cobham, Charlie Mariano, R.A.Ramamani, Iain Ballamy, Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Djamched, Kehan & Bijan Chemirani, Rabiu Ayandokun, Trilok Gurtu, Keyhan Kalhoor and many other significant players.

Josh

Tunji

A dynamic performer on a multitude of strings, skins and hollow things, Josh is equally at home performing Indian raga on sitar as he is picking bluegrass on a mandolin. For Josh, each instrument has its own story to tell, with unique timbres and capabilities, and he has dedicated his time to drawing them out and making the most of them. Josh was first introduced to Indian music in his teens by Professor Michael Junius, a Sitar and Surbahar player who performed in the group Indian Pacific with Josh's guitar teacher Chris Finnen. He now regularly travels to India to study sitar from Smt. Manju Mehta, a student of Pt. Ravi Shankar. He has performed at the prestigious Saptak Music Festival in Ahmedabad India, and performed for Pt. Ravi Shankar at his home in Delhi. A festival regular and a compulsive jammer, Josh has been known to pop up in all manner of situations, and on all manner of instruments. He per forms with BluGuru, Dya Singh, Sadhana, and is the man behind the mask of "The Jewel Thief" in The Bombay Royale. He regularly tours around Australia and the world, records as a session musician, and composes and performs music for film and theatre.