A musical melting pot

Way Out West are a multicultural musical collaboration based around eclectic Anglo trumpeter/composer Peter Knight and Vietnamese traditional music virtuoso Dung Nguyen. They are joined by world-renowned West African percussion master Ray Pereira, explosive saxophonist Paul Williamson, acoustic bassist Howard Cairns and firebrand young drummer Rajiv Jayaweera to create a soundtrack for multicultural Australia, or as they put it, “a truly new sound inspired by the cultural vitality and diversity of Melbourne.”

Way Out West won the prestigious Bell ‘Jazz Ensemble of the Year’ Award and have been playing at festivals all over Australia, Europe and Japan for the past 18 months. As well as their Vietnamese and African Influences, their new album The Effects of Weather draws on the minimalism of Steve Reich and the dirty blues of the Mississippi Delta.

They will be playing the Star Court Theatre on Friday June 11. Tickets are $22/18/14 from www.norpa.org.au


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