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Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute and Small Space Music, in association with Creative Victoria,  present the Season Finale of the BMI Music Series of contemporary jazz, world music and new sounds featuring some of Australia’s finest performers. Enjoy a night of intimate music in the historic Humffray Room.

Room Humffray
Concert Time: 7.30pm
Doors open: 7.00pm
$20, $15 Concession (Students, Seniors, Health care card, Unemployed, BMI members)
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Friday 27th March 2020

Omelette + Antelodic


Omelette is an ensemble of longtime collaborators making a deeply personal, eclectic and very Melbourne type of music.
“…charms with its warmth and bursts of stunning originality” John Shand
The music of Omelette pivots between written and improvised music-making.  The written serves to suggest a direction, feeling or colour, the improvised to see this idea and sound to the next one and so on.  There is no expectation but to listen and trust.  “We like the music to dance and sing.  We hear it as our folk music, made in the moment.”  Although influenced by all the music we listen to there is a nod to the folk music traditions of East and West Africa, Persia and Cuba, Miles Davis, Tony Allen, Ornette Coleman, Johnny Cash, Morton Feldman, Jimi Hendrix, Kendrick Lamar, Fela Kuti, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, ……………… you get the picture.

Jordan Murray trombone
Stephen Magnusson guitar
Javier Fredes percussion
Ronny Ferella drums


Antelodic is an instrumental trio formed in 2012 by members of Melbourne contemporary jazz ensemble cleverhorse. Antelodichave developed a truly unique sound that spans chamber jazz and contemporary classical.

The band draws equally on the jazz aesthetic of Jimmy Giuffre, the singer-songwriter tradition of Joni Mitchell, the deep soul of Krystle Warren, the atmospheric impressionism of Debussy, the folk stylings of Lau and the experimental sonic journeys of Bill Frisell.

Gentle, optimistic, lyrical and engaging.

“There is a translucency to these compositions that is quite mesmerising. Monty Mackenzie and Gideon Brazil seemed to revel in the technical and tonal demands required to achieve the subtlety and grace demanded by Robbie Melville’s compositions” – Paul Simmons

Robbie Melville guitar
Gideon Brazil tenor sax
Monty Mackenzie alto sax

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Saturday 24th August 2019

Michelle Nicolle New Quintet

Michelle Nicolle is undoubtedly one of the most talented, creative and original jazz voices this country has ever produced.

Three of Australia’s most unique jazz voices get together to create a new ensemble of stunning virtuosity, Michelle debuts her new Quintet which features guitarist Stephen Magnusson and pianist Luke Howard. Showcasing new arrangements but always digging deep into the world of jazz this group will be a highlight of the BMI series.

Michelle Nicolle voice
Stephen Magnusson guitar
Luke Howard piano
Tom Lee bass
Ronny Ferella drums

Saturday October 19th 2019

Mary Doumany

Mary Doumany is a Victorian-based composer, harpist, singer, and lyricist, considered to be Australia’s most accomplished Jazz harpists. In her solo performances, she combines voice and harp in her unique renditions of both original works and jazz standards.

Her music, particularly her harp and her vocal works, have been performed and recorded extensively. Her compositions have appeared on  ABC releases, and her work features on Australian and international film soundtracks, among them, “Shine’ and “The Truman Show”.

Doumany has worked in multiple genres collaborating with Slava Grigoryan, Paul Grabowsky and David Jones among others. Her eclecticism is reflected in her recent compositions “The Butterfly and the Phoenix”, “Portraits of Four Australian Women” – written for guitarist Karin Schaupp, works for Alice Giles’ Seven Harp Ensemble and collaborations with soundartists Ross Bandt and James Hullick. She travels regularly to Europe and Tokyo to perform original music.

Mary Doumany harp

Cheryl Durongpisitkul Group

Saxophonist and composer, Cheryl Durongpisitkul, has been playing and writing music across Australia over the last 10 years. Her music bounces across genres, wiggling and worming its way around and has trouble staying in one place. Her melodies sweep through time and space and layer themselves dreamily yet thickly like a vibrant Monet painting.

As a saxophonist she moves effortlessly between worlds, playing with the Australian Art Orchestra one day and on Triple J’s Like A Version the next. She has studied with world renowned artists such as Vijay Iyer, Esperanza Spalding, Ravi Coltrane, and Wadada Leo Smith.


Cheryl Durongpisitkul – Woodwinds
Reuben Lewis – Trumpet
Josh Bennier – Trombone
Marcos Villalta – Guitar
Stella Anning – Guitar
Harry Cook – Piano
Stephen Hornby – Upright Bass
Leo Kavanagh – Drum Kit





























Saturday November 30th 2019
A Night of Latin American Music

Entretango Duo

Entretango Duo Both from Argentina, Elian Sellanes (piano) and Elena Gonzalez (vocals) bring the flavours, passion and landscapes of their homeland straight to Melbourne. Performing a selected repertoire of Tangos and contemporary Folk music they create a perfect atmosphere not only for Tango lovers but for all music lovers.


Panorama Brasil with Dany Maia

After all these years, this will be Panorama Brasil’s first ever performance in Ballarat!   For this special concert, they will be joined by the amazing Dany Maia.  Dany is a force of nature.  Come and find out why she has become one of Australia’s favourite Brazilian singers.

Panorama Brasil draws on the diverse musical landscape of Brazil: music with influences from the arid interior, the Amazonian basin, and the streets of Rio and Salvador – samba, MPB, bossa, folkloric music and regional styles mixed with jazz and more.

Musical director of Panorama Brasil is drummer/composer Alastair Kerr, a long-time student of Brazilian music, and recognised as one of Australia’s leading exponents of Brazilian percussion. Kerr is known for his work with groups such as The Doug de Vries Trio, The New Sheiks, Sexteto Zona Sul, and Trio Agogo, and leads this stellar group.

Panorama Brasil have performed at major festivals, including the 2013 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, 2014 Stonnington Jazz Festival, 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival (with Vince Jones and Alda Rezende), and 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (with Vince Jones and Doug de Vries).  In 2017 they performed a sold-out Melbourne Recital Centre concert of Os Afro Sambas (with Alda Rezende), and they returned to the MRC in 2018 with Brazil’s Modern Poets.

They are joined by Dany Maia, a multi-talented performer with an irrepressible stage presence, Dany Maia embodies the true spirit of Brazil.

From Salvador da Bahia in Northeast Brazil, Dany’s irrepressible stage presence makes her a captivating performer, as she sings samba, bossa nova, MPB and more, supported by this incredible band.

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