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"Online Reviews"

The Saruzu Quartet's "… music recalls the smoke filled café scene of 1920's Paris Cafes but filtered through an edgy, contemporary sensibility…"
- Jean Burgess – On-Line Reviews


"Woodford Folk Festival"

The Saruzu Quartet's "… evocative filmic style conjures a world beyond the music; both of intimacy and grandeur…" - Michael Peterson - Festival Programmer


"612 ABC, Brisbane"

"…they are intuitive, innovative and they generate a musical energy that leaps from the speakers, gently massaging your mind one moment and seconds later lifting you away to dizzy heights of excitement…" - Paul Bodington


"Segundo"

The Saruzu Quartet"... slinks onto your stereo, impeccably clad and very well heeled, demanding your head twist twice to take in its smooth delivery. It positions itself halfway between Argentinean tango and Gyspy Jazz, with a slow nod to springtime in Paris. This is the second self-produced CD ... and they have taken their craft to a new level. Their form combines delectable notes on the double bass (what a sexy looking instrument, what a sublime sound), with vigorous violin playing, persuasive percussion and guitar genius. Expect blistering string solos and perfectly compatible collaborative playing. Special guest vocalist Kacey Patrick (stringmansassy) lends her angelic tones to a mesmerising remake of the Duke Ellington tune 'Caravan' and the hypnotic 'Historia de un Amor'. Inspired and exciting." - Tsunami Mag


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The Saruzu Quartet
Saruzu
Released 2008

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A fiery flamenco-tango-jazz ensemble, The Saruzu Quartet's interpretation of the rich harmonies of Argentine tango, the wild improvisations of gypsy jazz and the fire and grace of flamenco, is exhilarating. Evocative of a 1920's Paris cafe scene filtered through an edgy and contemporary sensibility, The Saruzu Quartet is a celebration of the musical passions of its members - renowned violinist Luke Moller, sensual flamenco dancer & fiery percussionist Simone Pope, ferociously cool jazz bass player Andrew Shaw and laid back guitar virtuoso Andrew Veivers.

The Saruzu Quartet's "...music recalls the smoke filled café scene of 1920's Paris Cafes but filtered through an edgy, contemporary sensibility…" (Jean Burgess – On-Line Reviews)

"…one of the most colourful and exciting groups in Australia today…" (Sebastian Flynn – BEMAC)

The Saruzu Quartet's "… evocative filmic style conjures a world beyond the music; both of intimacy and grandeur…" (Michael Peterson – Woodford Folk Festival)

"…they are intuitive, innovative and they generate a musical energy that leaps from the speakers, gently massaging your mind one moment and seconds later lifting you away to dizzy heights of excitement…" (Paul Bodington – 612 ABC Radio, Brisbane

The Saruzu Quartet "... slinks onto your stereo, impeccably clad and very well heeled, demanding your head twist twice to take in its smooth delivery. It positions itself halfway between Argentinean tango and Gyspy Jazz, with a slow nod to springtime in Paris. This is the second self-produced CD ....and they have taken their craft to a new level. Their form combines delectable notes on the double bass (what a sexy looking instrument, what a sublime sound), with vigorous violin playing, persuasive percussion and guitar genius. Expect blistering string solos and perfectly compatible collaborative playing. Special guest vocalist Kacey Patrick (stringmansassy) lends her angelic tones to a mesmerising remake of the Duke Ellington tune 'Caravan' and the hypnotic 'Historia de un Amor'. Inspired and exciting." (Tsumani Magazine)

Simone Pope - Percussion/Dance
Simone brings to SARS a deep understanding of Flamenco music. Her profound knowledge of Flamenco dance provides an innovative, cross-artform approach to the fusion within SARS. Simone also brings her extensive knowledge of Flamenco and Latin rhythms and is a versatile percussionist with particular expertise in the use of the cajon (box) - a contemporary Spanish percussive instrument. Guided by some of Spain's finest dancers - including Belen Fernandez, La China, Carmela Greco and Ciro - Simone's contemporary choreographies transfix the audience with their energy and passion. Simone annually returns to Spain to immerse herself in the technical and artistic directions of Flamenco.

Andrew Veivers - Guitar
Recent winner of the Queensland Recording Association’s Sunnie Award for Best Album (Folk, Ethnic & Other), Andrew Veivers is one of Australia’s best-known and accomplished Spanish Guitarists. With over 15 years professional experience, and performance success throughout Australia and Europe, Andrew draws on a wide range of musical influences, evoking the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises.

Luke Moller - Violin
Violinist and mandolinist Luke Moller is a multi genre performer and educator. After studying classical music for many years and finding an appreciation for jazz, Luke was offered a scholarship to study jazz violin at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). Luke has studied with some of the world’s leading string and mandolin players including Matt Glaser, Christian Howes, Rob Thomas, Eugene Friesen, Buddy Spicher, Casey Driessen and Mike Compton. Since returning home to Australia Luke has performed in a range of genres with some of the country’s leading artists and in 2008 won the prestigous National Fiddle Competition at the Tamworth Music Festival. Being sought after as a performer and educator Luke is extremely passionate about string instruments and their place in all forms of music. Luke has been a featured performer with a range of diverse artists such as Kacey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Andrew Morris, Mystery Pacific, Fourplay Electric String Quartet, Dianna Corcoran and the Luke Moller Jazz Quartet. Performing solo and with these artists has seen Luke perform at major venues across Australia, USA, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.

Andrew Shaw - Double Bass
Andrew Shaw is an in-demand bassist who tours nationally and internationally, has performed in many of the leading venues and festivals and recorded extensively. Shaw has played with many top performers in a diverse range of fields, including jazz, free improvisation, cabaret, flamenco, tango, world music styles, classical, new music and in an actual field. Although Shaw plays a lot of jazz and is passionate about it, he doesn’t describe himself solely as a jazz musician – his aim is to find