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SARAY Iluminado – Bruised River

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST

An intricate blend of the contemporary and the ancient.
Embark on a captivating journey as SARAY Iluminado weaves the rich tapestry of ancient Balkan melodies into the vibrant cultural landscape of contemporary Australia. Specialising in Bosnian Sevdah and Sephardic Jewish music, their spellbinding performances skillfully straddle the borders of music and theatre.
In this intimate Salon experience, Bruised River pays homage to the profound significance of rivers and waters in Bosnian Sevdah and Sephardic Jewish music, as well as in Nela Trifkovic’s original compositions. This three-fold repertoire is thematically underpinned by spoken word and poetry performances, drawing inspiration from literary masterpieces such as Ivo Andric’s Nobel Prize-winning Na Drini ćuprija (The Bridge on the Drina) and Meša Selimović’s Derviši smrt (Death and the Dervish). Featuring original writings by special guests, join SARAY Iluminado in this stirring concert where culture, music, and poetry converge to create an enriching experience.
Praise for SARAY Iluminado
‘Trifkovic’s voice is something to behold; it cuts through the thick stifled air like a knife through butter, and her ability to draw you inwards through song is only made stronger by the rest of this ensemble as they interchange instruments…’ – Melbourne Critique

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        


June 18
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
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Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt Street, Southbank
Melbourne, 3006 AU


Melbourne Recital Centre