Blue Mountains world music band Skorba are back to perform their latest musical and historical project, a musical and visual telling of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.
Skorba came together in 2005 to to represent the cultural history of the Maltese archipelago through songs and music of the region and culturally significant influences on the Maltese Islands.
The music is supported by the presentation of beautiful images depicting the history of Malta from the magnificent neolithic temples to the great siege and modern times.
Skorba represent an idea coined by Andy Busuttil, the group’s founder: "Transcultural Australia at its best."
A Skorba show is a concert and a history lesson in one. Audiences will learn about the great siege of Malta, a story operatic in scope involving the Ottoman Empire, the Maltese people and the Knights Hospitalier, the tragedy and impact of war on people on both sides of conflict.
Presented as an epic narrative, visuals and original music composed with great respect and learning and drawn from the music of Malta, Turkey, Greece and Renaissance Europe from some of Australia's most renowned exponents of world musics.
Internationally renowned Blue Mountains musicians Busuttil, Llew Kiek and John Robinson are joined by widely renowned cellist and senior lecturer at the University of NSW, John Napier, to perform this eclectic and artful suite of original music which covers folk music of the Mediterranean to a chamber music feel and Ottoman Court music, in what promises to be a show of great historical interest and fine music, east and west.
It is on Saturday, December 2 at 7.30pm at Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mountains Community Centre, Lawson. Tickets : $25 $20 concession – available at The Turning Page Book shop in Springwood and Megalong Books Leura, or online at : https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/skorba-great-siege-of-malta. Twenty per cent of proceeds go to the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group.