performances musicians repertoire history

BabaGanoush's standard lineup is a four-piece band, featuring violin, clarinet, accordion, vocals and double bass. BabaGanoush also perform as a duo (violin, accordion, vocals), trio (+clarinet) and quartet (+ double bass). For larger events, Babaganoushcan perform with a percussionist and dancers. If you would like to book a specific combination of performers, please ask.

Malini Chidzey                  Violin & Vocals

Malini is a violinist who plays with the soul of Eastern Europe. Her love for beautiful traditional and Gypsy music has led her to travel widely. Her inspiration for Eastern sounds has led her to travel through the Balkans (Transylvania, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia) in search of finding other musicians who have kept their traditions alive in their home countries. She has collaborated with many great musicians such as "Taraf de Haidouks" lead violinist Caliu, Alex Horvarth, village violinist from Transylvania and "Kolo” the National Folk Orchestra of Serbia. She has performed with well-known bands including Sljivavitz Orchestra.
Andre Vikas                          Clarinet


Stephen Stanisic                  Piano Accordion & Guitar

Tom Lee                               Double Bass

Tom has been playing in and aroTom Leeund the Melbourne jazz scene since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002.  He has played a diverse range of musical styles at many national and international festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, WOMADelaide, Queensland Music Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival.  Tom has performed and recorded with many groups including the Michelle Nicolle Quartet, Tim Wilson's Cannonball, Aaron Choulai Trio, Mark Fitzgibbon Quartet and the Nat Bartsch Trio.


Byron Triandafyllidis               Darbuka, bouzouki & vocals 

Byron Triandafyllidis is an Australian born of Greek descent Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and lover of the arts and sciences. His main instruments are stringed such as guitar, bouzouki, violin and oud but also percussion such as the Darbuka. He has performed at numerous festivals and events around Australia and New Zealand as well as in Greece

Byron has opened for performers such as Greek singing legend George Dalaras, world music composer/multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and as a percussionist for Greek pop star Michalis Hatzigiannis. Also, as a session musician, he has played on various labels and movies. Some of his vocals/playing can be heard on the Buddha Bar label and the movie Death Defying Acts, starring actors Catherine Zeta Jones and Guy Pearce.

Babaganoush's Guest Artist

Volga Tunca