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Contessa

Contessa
 
Performance Times

11.30am, Saturday
Mezzanine

3pm, Saturday
Sunk Bar

Overview

Deeply personal and poetic, this husband-wife duo have travelled the world performing together. Gavin and Niyati Libotte share their musical stories, drawing you into a space of fragility, beauty and depth that encompasses many facets of the human experience. Tales of travel, tales of finding home, tales of birth, death and reconnection, and some classic tunes we all love and recognise. A unique confluence of jazz, alt pop, folk, soul, blues, Latin and World music.

Gavin Libotte was born in Kent, England and moved to Perth, Australia in 1981. Shirking a real job for the gypsy lifestyle, he travelled the world busking with his guitar in exotic places like India and Greece. Eventually the love of playing guitar became a crusade, and he studied classical technique with the likes of Perth virtuoso Stephan Bulmer and Colin Reeves. Completing an Associate Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the Perth Conservatorium of Music, Gavin formed the jazz/Latin fusion guitar band Urban Gypsies with Glenn Rogers. He released the fiery debut album Gypsy Fever, to wide acclaim in 2000.

Gavin went on to support the Buena Vista Social Club, Cassandra Wilson, Demis Roussos and many others. In 2003, he moved to Sydney to continue the widely respected Urban Gypsies brand with singer/songwriter Simon Phillips. Together they recorded the gritty second album Sauvage, featuring instrumental guitar world music. It was released through MGM and promoted through SBS, the ABC and local media, receiving a 3/4 star review in The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2008 Gavin collaborated with European-based guitarist Gordon Tan for a third, more polished album titled Beautiful Catastrophe. 

Gavin has won numerous international awards for writing and performing.

Gavin has been lucky to live his dream as a guitar specialist, playing with other acclaimed Musicians at concerts and festivals and simply making beautiful music together! This list of collaborators includes cellist Anatoli Torjinski,Dieter Kleemann,Jonathan Zwartz and james Hauptman. Gavin continues to perform and teach around Sydney, and is releasing his debut solo album in 2019.

Niyati Parikh was born in Gujarat, India and spent her early years in London before moving to Sydney, Australia in 1982. As the child of runaway lovers – both performers in their own right who eloped from India during the turbulent 70’s- romance and drama is in the blood. Not surprising then that she grew up performing and singing for a variety of stage acts, musicals and plays whilst completing her studies in Communications and International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney and the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France.
Since graduating Niyati has continued her passion for dramatic storytelling through several avenues: writing and producing for TV, Film and Radio; running the weekly show Between the Covers at Jazz/Arts station Eastside Radio 89.7FM…
and of course, telling it like it is with her honeyed vocals in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Contessa.

Byron Mark is a professional percussionist, pianist and composer, who has established himself as an in-demand funk, flamenco, jazz, and pop performer both in Australia and internationally. Beginning with study in classical piano from a young age, Byron continued on to learn drums, percussion and saxophone, and has pursued specialist training on cajon in Spain and djembe in West Africa. Having completed a Bachelor of Composition and Masters of Teaching, Byron regularly performs and composes for various artists around Australia, as well as managing and conducting high-school concert and stage band ensembles. His current projects include percussionist in contemporary flamenco groups ‘Arrebato Ensemble’ and 'Trilogy', keyboards in Frank Zappa show ‘Petulant Frenzy’, and working on his originals project ‘Amalgamation’. Byron is also well known for his unique performance setup when playing in pop duo/trio formats – where he plays keyboards and percussion simultaneously

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