Six musicians you met in Cuban-based Caribe are coming to Bellingen in a slightly smaller group called ALLY. On this occasion billed as ALLY/Caribe at Bellingen Memorial Hall. ARIA-nominated ALLY presents global music drawn from Afro-Peruvian, Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and Andalusian traditional rhythms paired with a modern jazz aesthetic and spoken word with Brazilian poet Dai Moret. AND because they know Bellingen loves to dance, they'll be performing a set of Cuban rumba and son for you to shake those hips with spectacular Cuban dancer Cruz Vazquez Borges! Join us for a night of spectacular, trailblazing original music that sounds great sitting in a chair or moving on the dance floor.

The performance will feature wonderful wordsmith Dai Moret, the second set will showcase the elegance of Cruz Vazquez Borges and you on the dance floor.

Artists include two-time winner of Australia’s Poetry Grand Slam Brazilian Australian poet Dai Moret, saxophonist/composer Gai Bryant (Elio Villafranca, Jim McNeely), sensational trombonist James Greening (Lou Reed, Maria Schneider, The catholics), Peruvian Australian percussionists Giorgio Rojas (Burn the Floor, Ursula Yovich) and Julio Candela (El Orqueston, Felix Valdelomar), pianist Daniel Pliner (Watussi, Monsieur Camembert),and bassist Harry Birch (Holopeak).

ALLY/Caribe is supported by Los Vecinos (The Neighbours), a love child of the Bellingen music scene, incorporating Latin rhythms and sensibilities within a unique local sound, ready to bring you on an adventure with original compositions, performance and improvisation.
Oscar Eager (Trumpet and Compositions),Tom Tuohy (Saxophone and Flute), Louise Gore (Piano), Danny Stitt (Bass), Otis Narbutas (Drums and Percussion).

These live performances are marked with high energy and experimentalism. Critics John Shand said, “ALLY never quite lets your expectations settle.” Jessica Nicholas described the ensemble live as a “fascinating amalgam of styles and cultures”. Professor John Whiteoak’s experienced “the inexhaustibly inventive Gai Bryant at Melbourne’s Paris Cat backed by Latin rhythm and other accompaniment of astonishing virtuosity, textual density and distinctiveness.”

Have a listen to ALLY/Caribe here:

This performance is supported by Bellingen Shire Council through the Community Event Sponsorship Fund.



  • Saturday, 18 May 2024 | 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Bellingen Memorial Hall

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