Sandy Evans & The Iyer Brothers


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & The Boite


‘Evans’s embrace of Indian music is more exciting than any similar attempt heard in Australia.’ The Age

‘National treasure’ (The Age) Sandy Evans is a supremely versatile performer. Her desire to fuse jazz with other cultures has led to a great variety of artistic collaborations. She’s delved into everything from Balkan brass to contemporary Japanese music. Now the star saxophonist is journeying to South India, to the mystical world of Carnatic music. Joining her there are virtuoso veena (plucked Indian lute) duo The Iyer Brothers and mrdangam (two-headed Indian drum) player Sridhar Chari.

When they perform in India, brothers Ramnath and Gopinath Iyer perform for audiences in the thousands. Their mastery of the veena – a beautiful sounding instrument that is notoriously difficult to play – is mesmerising to watch. In this performance with legendary saxophone player Sandy Evans and Sridhar Chary on mrdangam, the challenge is to synthesize these different, highly expressive musical voices into a unified whole. These gifted artists have all it takes to pull it off.

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Sandy Evans saxophone
Ramnath Iyer veena (plucked Indian lute)
Gopinath Iyer veena
Sridhar Chary mrdangam (two-headed Indian drum)


This production is part of the following series:

Season One: Awaken

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.