Multi Cultural Performances

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Every year the Festival of the Winds main stage is filled with the colour and movement of music traditions spanning the globe. From Balinese gamelan orchestras to African drumming and Latin dance music, the festival celebrates the joy everyone experiences from many wonderful music cultures. 

This year the tradition continues. Waverley Council and the Sydney Improvised Music Association are proud to present the magical sounds of the world transported into your home via a dedicated Festival of the Winds website.

Waverley Council would like to give heartfelt thanks to our co-presenter SIMA, the Bondi Surf Life Saving Club for hosting the event, Ross Ahern for broadcast sound and Big Spin Productions for their live streaming expertise.

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Sept. 13, 2020 at 11.30am

Hamed Sadeghi (oud) / Michael Avgenicos (saxophone) / Adem Yilmez (percussion)

Miriam Lieberman

Sept. 13, 2020 at 12.30pm

Miriam Lieberman (kora/vocals) / Susie Bishop (violin) / Mohammad Bangoura (djeme)

Victor Valdes Trio

Sept. 13, 2020 at 1.30pm

Victor Valdes (harp/vocal) / Mario Melo (Mexican bass) / Atilio Villegas-Vihuela (Mexican guitar)

LIVESTREAMS @ 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm
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Hamed Sadeghi (oud) / Michael Avgenicos (saxophone) / Adem Yilmez (percussion)

Tar, Setar and Oud virtuoso and composer, Hamed Sadeghi specialises in classical Iranian music.

Beginning his studies in Tehran, Hamed began his musical career performing traditional Persian music with various ensembles in Iran. He then moved to Malaysia where he discovered fusion music, touring throughout Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Taiwan performing traditional Persian music in collaboration with Asian musicians.

After moving to Australia Hamed began collaborating with well-known Australian jazz and classical musicians. He formed Eishan Ensemble with the purpose of creating new music for the present time. The ensemble has performed nationally and internationally to critical acclaim, quickly gaining a reputation for their flawless and captivating energy.  

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Victor Valdes (harp/vocal) / Mario Melo (Mexican bass) / Atilio Villegas-Vihuela (Mexican guitar)

Victor Valdez is a walking encyclopaedia of Latin music past and present. He has redefined the concert harp as a solo and lead instrument in a multitude of musical contexts, applauded for his vivacious musicianship and brilliance.


Victor has played with everyone from Angus & Julia Stone and Los Lobos to Jimmy Barnes. He has appeared on folk, world music, rock and blues festival stages Australia-wide including Bluesfest, Woodford Folk Festival, and Womadelaide. As a solo harpist Victor has performed in 25 countries worldwide. Victor was an integral member of multi-award-winning Mexican folk group Tlen Huicani, touring the world for over 10 years and gracing the stages of iconic international music halls world-wide.

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Miriam Lieberman (kora/vocals) / Susie Bishop (violin) / Mohammad Bangoura (djeme)

Miriam Leiberman is an award-winning singer-songwriter and Bondi local who performs mostly on kora - African Harp.  Infusing her love of nature, and West African rhythms into her songs, they inspire a feeling of bold wanderlust.  Miriam is joined by the soaring strings and luscious vocal harmonies of trio member violinist Susie Bishop as well as special guest Mohammed Bangoura. Mohammed is a West African master djembe player. Once a soloist in “Percussion de Guineé” he is known by many as “hands of fire’.


Rhythms magazine describes Miriam’s latest album Full Circle as “A thing of intoxicating beauty” (Nov 2016). With a new EP out soon expect to hear more from this dynamic trio.