Music in the Gardens is back

01 September 2015

The popular Music in the Gardens series returns for a Spring series to the beautiful Albury Botanic Gardens later this month.

The free open-air concert series will kick off with Gypsy world fusion band Lolo Lovina, on Sunday 20 September, from 1-3pm.

Fronted by Hungarian Romani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak and Serbian Romani-Gypsy guitarist and drummer Nenad Radic, Lolo Lovina draws on influences from Balkan Gypsies, Gypsy swing jazz and tango.

"The audience can expect virtuosic musicians playing a fusion of authentic, traditional and contemporary Rroma Gypsy music," Bedak said.

"There will be some well-known songs arranged in the Gyspy style and the only vocalist in the country that sings the Rromanes (Gypsy) language. We will perform passionate, exciting, danceable music mixed with some divine ballads."

Legendary music producer Brian Eno said of the band: " You have to listen to these people... This is the future of music."

Lolo Lovina's latest album Rroma Sapien took two years to produce and pushes new boundaries within the Gypsy world music genre, internationally as well as here in Australia.

AlburyCity's Events Team Leader Ros Walls said Music in the Gardens had entertained more than 15,000 people since it started three years ago and Lolo Lovina would be a lively way to start this year's series.

"This is going to be a lot of fun so put it in your calendar as well as the 18 October and 15 November performances," she said.

Food and drink is available to purchase and BYO alcohol is permitted.

A limited number of chairs and tables are provided and concert goers are encouraged to bring their own picnic rugs and cushions. Presented by AlburyCity and Johnsons MME in association with Musica Viva Australia. 

The spring series of Music in the Gardens concerts will be held at Albury Botanic Gardens, Wodonga Place, on: 

  • Sunday 20 September, 1pm-3pm – Lolo Lovina 
  • Sunday 18 October, 1pm-3pm – Shirazz
  • Sunday 15 November, 1pm-3pm – Simon Tedeschi