Curtis Eller’s American Circus & Chaika: a double-bill of fantastic proportions in Sydney.
Doors at 7pm. Music at 8pm. Bar and dinner open!
USA Banjo rock n roll sensation Curtis Eller alongside ARIA nominated world music bending Chaika, will make for a wonderful evening of entertainment and sublime musical journeys.
Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller and his band The American Circus have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, highly physical stage performances and an extensive catalog of curious phonographic recordings. The iconoclastic musician has spent more than a decade relentlessly touring the club, theatre and festival stages of North America and Europe.
Eller is a gifted and prolific songwriter who’s banjo-driven songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. The band is thrilled to announce the release of their latest and most ambitious full-length album, A Poison Melody, on which they have augmented their indelicate, rock & roll rhythms with a tempestuous cloud of horns and a graceless choir of backsliders in their quest to bring Eller’s historically evocative compositions to vivid, cinematic life.
Melding the earthiness of folk, dexterity of jazz and the craft of classical, Chaika’s vast influences create superb genre-blending music that transcends labels.
ARIA nominated, described as “spine-tingling” (Rhythms) and “extraordinary” (Fine Music FM), the Sydney-based sextet create a multi-faceted kaleidoscope of sounds—a true culmination of compositional, arranging and improvising prowess, performed with stunning attention to detail.
Their latest 2019 ARIA nominated release for Best World Music Album, Arrow (2019), has received heartfelt reviews, recorded and produced by ARIA award-winning team Bob Scott and Llew Kiek.
At home wherever appreciative ears assemble—from roots and folk festivals to the world-class environs of recital halls—Chaika surprise, thrill and move the unsuspecting listener in a manner simply referred to by The Australian as “enchanting.”