GIGS at a GLANCE
SAT Feb 24th 8 pm Woody Guthrie and Songs of Freedom Project Theatre Royale Castlemaine( tickets selling fast)
FRI March 16th A concert celebrating 30 years of the festival . Kavisha is part of SONGS of 3065 Brunswick Music festival book here
WED March 21st 6.30pm for 7pm start Harmony Day with Kavisha and Riturnella Trio ( Jack Norton and Nicholas Lyon )The Chapel WELCOME CENTRE 145 Victoria St Ballarat tickets www.trybooking
MAY- Italy Artist Residency -May 12-19 OSTRA Marche, May 21-June 2 Lucca-Siena and surrounding areas CANTIAMO 2018 annual trip exploring Tuscany in depth through art music history and food. Co lead with Valdo Micchelangeli
RADIO " Planetary Wanderer" on Friday mornings 11 am -1pm repeated on TUESDAYs 3-5pm Music and talk Celebrating many cultures and faiths through music at Castlemaine's own Community Radio Station 94.9 Maine FM
Join us! THE MOONS A BALLOON CHOIR.ALL WELCOME to join with us Tuesday Nights hosted by Wellways .Starts at 7.45pm at rear of Saint Marks Baptist church Hall 100 Hodgkinson st Clifton Hill .Gold Coin Donation .Food to share afterwards Enquiries please call Kavisha ph 0412893355
Ballarat Italian Association CHOIR Neil St Uniting Church Hall Ballarat Wednesdays 5.30pm -7pm. All Welcome contact HERE
ECO CDS ;New editions of Kavisha CDS with NO extra Plastic ARE HERE!!!!Produced by Eco company AUSTEP MUSIC from Brisbane. New editions of Kavisha's CDS are available Now ! You can order classics MERMAIDS in the WELL, Fisherman's Daughter, Silver Hook Tango and Love and Sorrow and of course Riturnella and Kavisha's new live CD The Fearless Note .
About RITURNELLA Kavisha's traditional folk album from Larry Schwartz's article in the AGE 2014
The anonymous songwriters, mostly from Italy's south, dealt with love and betrayal with a directness Mazzella says has influenced her approach to songwriting."When you sing these old songs you are connecting with generations and generations," she says of the music from regions including Sicily, Campania and Puglia, with a funeral lament from Abruzzi and an anti-war song from Piedmont.
"You are going back in time and you're really connecting with a kind of a psyche that is of the pre-industrial age. It is a psyche that understood the weather, the stars, the wind, the earth and the seasons. It is very earthy and somehow a relief to all the spin and glitter and glitz and the speed of our times."
- Fammi Restari (Sicily 1600s)
- Riturnella (Calabria 1800s)
- Ricciulina (Campania 1700s)
Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha's original song's lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert. Singing in English , Italian and other languages, she will take you on an uplifting boundary riding journey of well-crafted stories and songs ringing with echoes of Celtic, Fado and Gypsy influences that will strike a resounding chord within.
A recipient of many awards ,her 1998 album Fisherman's Daughter produced by Australian rock legend Mick Thomas won an ARIA Award. Her 2003 album Silver Hook Tango produced by irish guitar master Gerry O' Bierne was nominated for an ARIA Award.In 2011 her album "Love and Sorrow" produced by Chilean Nano Stern won the National Film and Sound Archive award for best folk release.
Other wards include a WARMIA award for songwriting in 1992 and best female vocals in 1993. A Green Room award for musical direction in 1996 for Graham Pitts' hit play "Emma ,Celebrazione! In 2000 an Italia Nel Mondo award from the italian government for her work in promoting italian culture in Australia . In 2008 she won a Mutlicultural Commission award for excellence .
Passioniate about social justice,she was awarded an Order Of Australia in 2011 for her services to singing songwriting and reflecting the experiences of aboriginal,refugee and multicultural communities through her performances.Based in Melbourne, Australia,she continues to perform her original songs and share her love of italian folk music at numerous national and international music and arts festivals .
Kavisha has worked with many of Australia's finest musicians namely Mick Thomas (ex Wedding Parties Anything , Dave Steel ,Archie Roach ,Ruby Hunter ,Tiddas ,Paul Kelly ,Louis McManus ,Andy White ,Matthew Arnold ,Phil Carrol ,Jack Norton ,Luke o' Neil ,Dave De Santi ,Mark Holder- Keeping , Peter Vadiveloo ,Irine Vela and is a proud member of Gunditchmarra songman Richard Frankland's Charcoal Club.
A strong composer for choirs, Kavisha has recieved many commissions.She has also written school songs for Saint Andrews Primary School in Werribee and Our Lady of la Vang Special School in Adelaide. She was commissioned to write the womens anthem "Love and Justice" for The Victorian Women's Trust celebrating 100 years of the womesn vote and a chorale for the Victorian Government celebrating 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade in the Echoes of Freedom festival in Ballarat
All of Kavisha's music is © owned and published by Mazzella Music.
BOOKINGS- phone manager on 0412 89 33 55
WHAT THE PRESS SAY
"Mazzella's voice has a wonderful purity of tone and can lift over a melodic line with bell-like, weightless grace." Jessica Nichols -The Age
"She sings with the voice of a heartbroken angel"Victoria Laurie -The Australian
"Her songs have a great sense of melody and lyrical depth.." Jim Lee, Dirty Linen Magazine. UK
"Irrestistable,heartfelt collection of beautifully produced songs" Robyn Johnston , ABC Radio National on " Love and Sorrow"
"Fabulous album, sophisticated, aromatic, beautiful, soulful, moody." Matthew Donlevy ,Peermusic on " Love and Sorrow"
"Kavisha herself is in as fine a form as ever, delivering her superb mixture of homespun stories and traditional gems. Her voice is shimmering and effortless - she has the remarkable ability to throw her voice at a microphone from a metre away, almost like a ventriloquist, then move right in for the kill." Mike Moroney, Edinborugh Folk Club, Dunedin NZ
"Her voice flows like tears of joy and sorrow.There’s a saltiness and warmth of sensuality here that sings the great bitter sweet song of life. Kavisha Mazzella may have the first and last letters of the alphabet in her name but in truth, there’s a power and presence in her stage performance which is simply beyond words." Colum Sands - "Rootin'About" for RTE Radio in Dublin. Folkclub BBC Radio Ulster
"Clear and beautiful vocals" Bruce Elder - Sydney Morning Herald
"Kavisha ha collaborato e collabora con numerosi artisti australiani e internazionali. La sua musica originale contiene echi di folclore italiano, influenze celtiche e gitane, la sua voce calda e appassionata trasmette emozioni che toccano il cuore. La sua energia e amore per la musica sono contagiosi" (Gabriella Gomersall Hubbard- Il GLOBO)
"Kavisha has collaborated and collaborates with numerous australian and international artists.Her original music contains echoes of italian ,celtic and gypsy folklore, her warm voice and passion transmits emotions that touch the heart.Her energy and love for music is contagious."Gabriella Gomersall Hubbard- Il GLOBO
Kavisha's Music is now on
A MESSAGE FROM KAVISHA
H there friend ! Thankyou for coming to my site. Through you buying an actual cd rather then burning one,I can keep composing and creating new music .That means alot to me .Thankyou! All songs © Mazzella Music For all enquiries please email kavisha(at)kavisha.com
LOVE and JUSTICE Choir Women's Anthem with VICTORIAN WOMEN'S TRUST CHOIR
With Rich'n'Famous ( live at Port Fairy Folk Festival )