Lismore musician, composer and music teacher Pietro Fine, who successfully established Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde in Melbourne, is seeking fellow musicians for a Lismore-based ensemble to play music including Middle Eastern, Klezmer, Balkan and Flamenco.
Pietro, who returned from Melbourne to Lismore in 2010, said that a number of people had suggested that he start a community orchestra like Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde in the Northern Rivers.
Pietro says that the big multicultural community musical ensemble is designed to enable the whole community to make music, make connections and have fun.
‘It’s designed to be fun, and more like a folk orchestra but with a big string, brass and woodwind section – a gypsy orchestra but with guitars, pianos and chord charts! We are looking for people of all abilities, whether they play one note every now and then, or perhaps lead a section, or even join our soloists because they have the ability to lead a piece. It won’t be “my” orchestra in the end, it will be a members’ orchestra with members able to choose the direction of the orchestra’, says Pietro.
Fortnightly rehearsals for Orkeztar Lizmore will be held at the Italo Club Lismore Blue Room from 6pm to 8pm Mondays starting 18 August, 1 September and 15 September. For info call Pietro 0409 425 119 or Megan 0414 393 370.