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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.

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Tom Lee – Double Bass

Tom has been playing in and around 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.

Stephen Stanisic – Piano Accordion & Guitar 

Stephen Edward Stanisic is a musician, composer and teacher from Melbourne. A multi-instrumentalist, he has played guitar, banjo and accordion in bands as diverse as the short-lived psychedelic surf group Havala, alien neo-folklorists Baba Yaga Orkestar, and the beloved celtic and western outfit Green’s Dairy Angel Ensemble. His compositions have been performed by Darebin world-music collective Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, and he was a finalist in their annual composition competition in 2014.

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Andre Vikas – Clarinet

Hunter Valley wine region in NSW. He showed a keen interest in clarinet from a young age, and listened to a wide variety of music. He studied at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, where he enjoyed playing in Orchestras, Big Bands, Jazz combos and chamber ensembles. He followed the path trodden by many musicians, and moved to Melbourne in 2010. Since then he has played in Gypsy/ Balkan band Baba-Yaga Orkestar, before finding his home with Babaganoush. Andre currently works as Head of Woodwind at Westbourne Grammar School.

Babaganoush’s Guest Artist
Volga Tunca percussion (darbuka),
Stefan Noceveski trumpet.