Lolo Lovina

Lolo Lovina

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandWorldFolk

Lolo Lovina play table top dance worthy, rapid fire Gypsy world fusion music..an intoxicating brew of Gypsy mayhem!

Biography

With members from Ukraine, Hungary and Australia, Gypsy world fusion band Lolo Lovina draw influences from across Eastern Europe, French chanson and Tango. The band features part Australian, part Hungarian Rromani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak, bassist Johnny Maddox, Romanian accordionist & saxophonist Leonid Beshei, guitarist David Carr and Mark Atkins on Didgeridoo. Lolo Lovina play with a range of exceptional guests including Sam Golding on Trumpet and Sousaphone
Sydney born singer Sarah Bedák fronts the band with a truly captivating voice. Her ancestry is Budapest Romani-Gypsy (her grandfather was a well-known violinist from Budapest who played with Sandor Lakatos & The Bobe Gaspar Erno Orchestra). Sarah has just returned from an Australian Arts Council funded study tour of Serbia and Hungary where she had the opportunity to study with and collaborate with members of Kal, Boban Markovic Orkestra and Andro Drom. Sarah is a featured vocalist on Roma Kal's upcoming album, produced by Asphalt Tango Records.
Ukrainian accordionist Leonid Beshlei grew up in Bukovina and has played gypsy music & jazz across the Europe, USSR and at all the major festivals & venues in Australia.

'You have to listen to these people, this is the future of music.' Brian Eno

“Planet/MGM is pleased to be distributing Lolo Lovina's debut album nationally. Musically and culturally we consider the group to be in the forefront of contemporary world music coming out of Australia. Their live performances are exciting, varied and professional with consummate performance skills from all members. ...” - Graeme Regan, MGM the Planet Company, 2009

“..Sydney support act Lolo Lovina deserves attention for its spirited and deservedly popular opening performance, in which Romanian Gypsy music, bluegrass and Irish folk were blended with great warmth, sometimes at hair-raising speed. ...saxophone player Leonid Beshlei (was) impressive.” - Lynden Barber, The Australian,| June 04, 2009 (Brian Eno’s Luminous Festival, The Sydney Opera House)

“With musicians from Ukrainian/Romanian, Hungarian and Brazillian backgrounds, this music is authentic to its roots and played with vigour and precision.” -Bradfield Dumpleton, 2009

“...There is no doubting that „Baro Love? is an impressive first album from a seriously talented local band” – Seth Jordon, ABC Limelight Magazine, 2009

Highlights:

2010 Australian Arts Council Skills and Arts Development Grant for Sarah Bedak

Sarah Bedak is currently recording with Roma Kal for their next album.

• Brian Eno?s Luminous Festival; The Opera House2009
• Spiegeltent; Brisbane Festival, 2009
•Radio airplay on Triple J, Radio National and live & O.B performances on ABC 702
• Playing alongside Monsieur Camembert and Lulu Reinhardt, the Basement, the Factory, the Vanguard, Café Carnivale, Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, the National Multicultural Festival.

Discography

'Baro Love' Released 31st January, 2009.
MGM Planet distribution date: 3rd July 2009

Set List

One to three 40 mins sets.
Gypsy folk music and other Eastern European folk music, Tango, French Chanson, swing Jazz.