Lia Gery of Israel’s Sumsum spoke with Seven about the upcoming show with Shakshuka in Mullumbimby this week.
How do you integrate gypsy, Eastern Mediterranean and folk?
The ‘sound’ of our band is very wide and therefore fits many different kinds of music. I guess the combination of instruments gives us the possibility to bring such diversity all together under one show.
Why do you think gypsy music is so evocative?
Whatever comes from the heart talks to the heart.
How have you developed such a strong world wide following?
In the last six years we have played more than 1000 shows all around Europe and Israel etc. People listened to our music and responded really positively. It’s all about bringing happiness to people’s lives.
Our songs are mostly about those particular moments in life when things go the opposite way you think they should!
Everyone in the band writes. Then we all come together, hear each other’s songs and the musical arrangements are done by the whole band. Each person brings his own sound, instrument and perspective to the song until we feel satisfied with the overall sound. It’s a real collaboration.
How does the language you sing your songs in change the way they are performed or received?
Our music is not about understanding through the spoken language. Our songs are built on the feelings of the crowd and we give energy and emotions. This is universally received and understood.
Does the music reflect your view or experience of Israel?
Although we are Israeli citizens, our country is not the motivator for our music. Most likely we are influenced by the views and energy of people in our country, but we don’t write as a result of that. We write about situations in life that apply to all people and cultures.
Is music also about resilience and the restoration of spirit?
In general, not really. We feel very blessed in our lives. Our music is about many emotions and situations in life and not just about the hard times. Often it’s about the surprising and beautiful things in life.
What should we expect for your show in Mullumbimby?
Expect from yourself to enjoy and we will help you do it in whichever way that manifests!
Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Friday at 8pm. Online (+BF): Adult $22, youth $12, child $8, under 5yrs FREE. Door Tickets: Adult $25, youth $16, child $10, under 5yrs FREE. Bookings & info: www.mullummusic.com. Ph: 02 6684 6195.