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KAVISHA MAZZELLA  A.M.   

 BANDCAMP   YOUTUBE    SOUNDCLOUD      SPOTIFY 

 AWARD WINNING SINGER SONGWRITER, CHOIR LEADER and SOUNDHEALER  

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 " Kavisha Mazzella AM is an Australian singer-songwriter and composer whose music has Mediterranean, gypsy and Celtic influences .Influenced by her rich multicutural background ( Italian and Celtic-Burmese ) she pays respect to folk traditions whilst creating new music . She first came to national attention in 1993 through the film The Joys Of The Women an award winning documentary by Franco Di Chiera about her founding an italian diaspora community choir "The Joys Of The Women" choir in Fremantle WA in 1989 .The film also shows her search for her roots through traditional Italian Folk music .She also went on to form more choirs such as The Voice Of The Moon - La Voce Della Luna in Melbourne from 1996-2013 .In 2000 the Italian Government awarded Kavisha the "Italia Nel Mondo" Award for her work promoting Italian Culture in Australia . La Voce Della Luna's moving version of version of Va Pensiero is featured in the 2023 film Little Tornadoes . Kavisha  is bilingual, with a passion for sharing traditional songs as well as composing her music which reflects the experiences of the Diaspora . Her song focus on social justice, community building and the search for deeper meaning .Her performances are filled with humour, wit and warmth. She currently directs Lingua Madre Italian Folk Choir in Melbourne .

BOOK KAVISHA  to play at your event on +61 (0)412893355

 

Kavisha Gigs 2024     

 SAT 20th July 11am  Kavisha and others at MOTHERS REBELLION for Climate Justice at

NGV forecourt Saint Kilda Rd 

 

TUES 23rd July 7.30-8.30pm Empty Sky Song Circle in the Yurt at Silk Road Rugs and Tours 306 High St Northcote. Please Text NIna to book your place on 0433457563  tix-  $30 cash preferred please

 

SUN July 28th  5pm -6pm Empty Sky song circle with Rev Alex Sangster at Southport Saint Kilda Uniting Church 325 Dorcas St South Melbourne Donation entry . tix by Donation. Proceeds go to Medicine Sans Frontiers 

 

SAT 3rd August  8pm The Coolroom ,Northern Arts Hotel Castlemaine  FOLKsongs of ITALY and the Diaspora Concert with Jack Norton and Nick Lyon tix $25 / $18 concession (10 available ) 

 

AUG 21st  Songs of Italia! School Show for Brunswick East Primary School Multicultural Day .

 

AUG 25th  2 - 3pm  Sunday Serenades presented by The City of Joondalup -Kavisha and AMICI 

with John Reed and Peter Grayling (cello) at Redmond Theatre at Prendiville College 11 Prendiville Drive,

Ocean Reef  West Australia TIX $18/$14/$10

 

SEPT 7th and 8th  Guildford Songfest WA   Wonderful Choir festival held in Historic Guildford Town .WA .

 

 

SEPT 10th - 22nd  POP UP CHORAL TOUR Starting at Palazzo Tucci ,Lucca , Siena ITALY and surrounding Sienese countryside at Villa Corsano   Kavisha and Valdo Michelangeli and 12 lucky choir members will experience the magical music food and Art culture of Tuscany .

Valdo and Kavisha lead their 7th famous CANTIAMO popup choir , food and wine tour .SOLD OUT 

 

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 Kavisha is doing 2 gigs in SOUTH GERMANY in Late September ! 

27. Sept. 2024 in Gechingen, 19:30 Opening of the room, Start Concert 20:00, Evangelisches Gemeindehaus Gechingen, Brunnenstraße 4, 75391 Gechingen   

28. Sept. 2024 in Sindelfingen, Stiftgymnasiums in der Böblinger-Straße von Sindelfingen, at the moment we don´t know the Time of the concert, it will be in the evening. 

 

SUN OCT 13th  12.30pm - 8.30pm Segmento Tarantella Festival  corner of Griffiths st and Edwardes Lake Park Reservoir Vic  FREE entry! 

TUES OCT 15th  6.30pm Segmento Tarantella Festival closing ceremony for Victoria at 

Open Factory 9 Cobham St Reservoir VIC 

FR OCT 18th Segmento Tarantella Festival SYDNEY - venue to be announced 

SUN OCT 20th Segmento Tarantella Festival Brisbane -  venue to be announced

 

NOV 1- 3rd TARANTA FESTIVAL BELLENGEN  NSW 

NOV 8th and 9th  COOL EVENTS present  Kavisha concert and vocal workshops in Dorrigo NSW 

Enquiries  please text Annie Arnold 0431473498

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  BIOG of KAVISHA MAZZELLA AM

"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. In 2011 she was awarded an Australia Day Honour for services to music and community.  In 2023 she was awarded a Lifetime Contribution Award by Folk Alliance Australia for championing diversity in the folk music scene ."

 

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              Photo ©Cole Kelly 2024    Kavisha at Carmel Hall Cygnet Tasmania at Cygnet Folk Festival 2024 

 REVIEW From ITALY  FROM THE  ITALIAN BLOG POST SERENUS BLOOM OF Italian academic CIRO A R Abilitato. 

"Kavisha Mazzella is an Italian-Australian singer-songwriter awarded prestigious international awards. She was born in London and resides in Melbourne, Australia. Her mother is Anglo-Burmese, while her father is Neapolitan, originally from the enchanting island of Ischia, the largest of the Phlegraean archipelago, the ancient Pithecusa. Kavisha's lyrics reproduce original songs from the folk tradition of different cultures around the world. Only rarely have I heard a Neapolitan or Sicilian song sung so well even by my fellow countrymen, also due to the attention to accents and diction. Kavisha's songs are authentic lyrical masterpieces, offered with the voice of an angel in various languages: Italian, Neapolitan, Sardinian, Sicilian, French, Spanish, English. These are authentic melodic masterpieces in which Celtic, Fado, Catalan, bardic, Gothic and Gypsy mix lively with truly original effects. Kavisha Mazzella's songs are stories woven of weightless grace and traditional gems that carry within them a great sense of poetry and lyrical depth. This singer possesses the remarkable ability to effortlessly throw her clear and beautiful voice into a microphone, from a meter away, almost like a ventriloquist, and to move from side to side across the stage to fill it with delicate and vibrant sonority. all the surrounding space. Something that really goes beyond words. Her warm and passionate voice conveys emotions that touch her heart. Her energy and love of music are contagious." CIRO A R Abilitato 

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LINGUA MADRE  ITALIAN language Folk Choir TERM WED 3rd July - Aug 21st 10 am 2024 

 Lingua Madre is Melbournes newest Italian language choir. We share not only singing

but Coffee, Biscotti and great recipes that our nonni have made  ! Please note 

WE REHEARSE alternative Monday evenings 7pm

and Wednesday Mornings 10am.

See DATES below 

We celebrate Australia's amazing immigrants and all they have bought here ! 

We sing beautiful traditional italian folk songs of work ,love ,death, protest and hope that come from all regions of italy and resonate through 600 years of singing. 

We learn harmonies ,language and community sharing with stories and recipes in a safe caring environment at Saint Marks Community Church 100 Hodgkinson St Clifton Hill Melbourne Victoria Australia

 JULY 2024

DATES:WED morning July 10th-  10 am 

WED morning July 17th -10 am ,

MON evening 7pm July 22nd ,

WED morning  31st JULY 10am 

 

AUGUST DATES MON 5th Aug 7pm,

WED Morning 10 am ,

Final evening of Term Concert MONDAY 19th AUG 7pm 

 

Please note - scholarship is available . LINGUA Madre is on Facebook 

please contact Kavisha 0412893355

 

PHOTO GALLERY  

 

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Kavisha and Trudy Edgeley ...YES!!!! SEPT 2024

 

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JOYS of the WOMEN 30th Anniversary celebration in Brisbane in July 2023 with Family and Director Franco Di Chiera 

 

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  Kavisha with Trio Riturnella - NIC LYON  and Jack NORTON in Castlemaine 

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 Sam & Dave  De Santi , Giri Mazzella at JOYS of the Women 30th Anniversary celebration Brisbane 

 

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WARLAYIRTY ARTS CENTRE 35th Anniversary Concert BALGO WA Aug 22  with Giancarlo Mazzella & kids 

 

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  SINGING in Villa Corsano,Ville di Corsano ,Tuscany ITALY Cantiamo Choral Tour 2015                 

 

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At the NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL BUDAWANG STAGE 2023  

 

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On Tour with the WOODY GUTHRIE SONGS OF FREEDOM SHOW with BRUCE HEARN and the MACCHINISTS Brisbane Powerhouse 2017 

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Kavisha founded La Voce Della Luna Italian Women's Choir in Melbourne in 1996 and directed them until 2013  LISTEN HERE 

 

    

 SHENPEN SOUNDHEALING 

 

 

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In 2018-2021 Kavisha studied Integral Sound healing with SHA international Bristol UK and is a qualified level 2 One on One Sound healer .

Her teachcers were Tony Nec , Sally Hutchinson of Soundhealing Journeys and Anne Ridgeway of Laxshmi Sound Sanctuary 

She has called her Soundhealing practice " Shenpen" which in tibetan means of benefit to all . her Facebook Page is HERE 

Sound with intention creates a beautiful healing journey for you at Shenpen Soundhealing .

What are the benefits of sound healing?
Some of the most highly reported benefits of music therapy and sound healing that is experienced over time
(say 4 sessions a month )
include:
Reduced stress.
Fewer mood swings.
Lower blood pressure.
Lower cholesterol levels.
Better pain management.
Reduced risk of strokes and coronary artery disease.
Improved sleep.

and most importantly
self knowledge ...self awareness... and self realisation ! 

Good News!!! NDIS Funding is available. Sound Healing is categorised as Sound Therapy . price is $100 per hour session - one on one
To book your session
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TESTIMONIALS
( after 4 sessions over a month )

"I highly recommend the use of this modality.it can go where alot of other healing techniques can't. Kavisha is a natural in this field"AG

"I would encourage people to do soundhealing as it os stimulating on all levels.ones awareness of health is increased through relaxing into the vibrations of sound energy and being immersed in quiet attention "K M

"My levels of Stress have decreased and my ability to let go and relax have improved enormously" DW

" I felt more in tune with my true nature.i was seeing my true self more clearly I became more confident to be myself.(i experienced )Self Acceptance and let go of alot of resistance to my true nature which is a very loving being.Its a necessary experience . Everyone should try it ! " PH

"The healer (Kavisha) was empathic,being well caring of the client (myself).I wholly recommend this process and know it will be helpful for clients "LE

 

EMPTY SKY SONG CIRCLE and introduction to World Kirtan  

TESTIMONIAL "It was such a delight to experience Kavisha’s introduction to Kirtan. It was a beautifully crafted, calming, heart-centred and easy space for people to be in. I think it’s so important that festivals have quiet places where people can restore and reboot. " Jo Cresswell Artistic Director , 2023 National Folk Festival Australia

WHAT WE DO AT EMPTY SKY 

After a break I am happy to return to Melbourne and teach what i have learned from doing the Empty Sky Kirtan and my various choirs over the years . One of my inspirations is to get  people together to sing with passion whether they are experienced or not and to then enjoy the meditative silence generated from these songs. So this is a friendly inclusive Kirtan that is open to all world wisdom tradition .Open to all  who wants to have a dip into the world of Bhakti heart opening songs. No experience  is necessary but a desire to jump in !
All are welcome 
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We sit in a circle .Then I teach healing and beautiful heart opening chants from Sacred World Traditions that contain the lyrics of the mystic poets such as Rumi , Kabir ,Saint Francis of Assisi and others.We sing for a while and the energy generated by all of us singing creates a moment when we stop and experience a beautiful silence together .The whole experience takes about an hour .
 
 EMPTY SKY Sound healing through song TUES 23rd July 7.30pm in the Yurt (15 places )  Silk Road healers Collective 306 High St Northcote  $30 - to book your seat 
arrive 7.15 for 7.30pm start for text NINA 0433 457 563

 

Sunday 28th JULY 5pm 

at  Saint Kilda South Port Uniting Church South Melbourne  325 Dorcas St South Melbourne and co hosted

with my good friend Rev Allie Sangster . Donation entry .Proceeds to Medecine Sans Frontier 

 Here are some of the songs we sing at EMPTY SKY  listen here 

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   KAVISHA's LATEST CD 

Empty Sky Sacred Songs and Chants 

In SEPT 2018 I recorded these songs with my good friend veteran world musician Nicolas Lyon in Malmesbury .By March 2019 only 6 months later, it was ready for the world but COVID came along ! Time to lockdown so we never had a chance to launch it properly ! However a few friends got copies and they say it got them through the difficult lockdown which made me so happy that the music was healing and useful .We then launched it 4 years later at the 2023 Maldon Folk Festival ! 

The songs include  a soulful version of Jarek Czechowicz's "Love, I call Your Name ", a reworking of the popular "Magnificence"  by Peter Makena, my original melodies to traditional wisdom texts the  Gayatri Mantra, Heart Sutra, Om Mani Padmi Hum, and the words of the mystic poets such as Kabir and Saint Francis. Finally ending with a rallying call for Mother Earth.

 FULL REVIEW by  Robbie Greig  Melbourne Singer Songwriter , mentor and music teacher. March 2020

"What a beautiful CD it is! Especially in these distressing times, it has provided a calming and uplifting mood when it was most needed. THANK YOU." Jeannie Marsh- Melbourne singer and choir leader 

 "What it is ..is it calms me and makes me feel grounded and secure and it talks to a part of me which is beyond words .There's something about being from different traditions on one album that makes it absorbing. It touches different emotions from lament to uplift " Padma Locana ,Yoga  teacher Melbourne  

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REVIEWS 

 PRAISE for Kavisha’s Music

EMPTY SKY 

"Empty Sky is a pilgrimage to places in the world and in the mind where the sacred is still honoured. Through a selection of prayers, kirtans, chants, devotional poetry and songs of praise, Kavisha weaves a spell of beauty and tranquility. Flowing along like a gentle river, hypnotic, repetitive, timeless, it’s no surprise that that the album is intended as an aid to meditation and relaxation." Robbie Grieg 

RITURNELLA 

"Kavisha's new album of centuries-old Italian folk songs is a beautiful thing to hear - a great vehicle for these songs of the heart that have stood the test of time. She plays guitar, mandolin and accordion and the spare production lets her voice naturally shine."

 Lucky Oceans ,ABC  Radio National Weekly Planet. March 2014

 “Riturnella is a beautiful collection of Italian folk songs from the 1400s onwards. Here, Kavisha Mazzella has returned to a collection of songs she heard many years ago on a friends cassette player that ultimately lead to her work with I Papaveri and La Voce Della Luna. These songs of love and loss from all over Italy are rendered starkly and exquisitely with Kavisha accompanying herself with some very fine guitar and mandolin work.”

 Paul Barr Readings, Book and Music.****

LOVE AND SORROW   Kavisha Mazzella   Black Market Music   **** (four stars)

‘TIS a musical match made in heaven, though forged in Melbourne during a break in one of Nano Stern’s tours. Local artist Kavisha Mazzella was destined to collaborate with the talented young Chilean, whose own work also exudes a Latin passion for life and travel, and a predisposition to break down musical and cultural barriers. Subtle multi-instrumental colouring from the album’s producer, allied to an exemplary sound engineering and mixing job by Harry Williamson, has helped convert a batch of characteristically well-crafted songs into Mazzella’s magnum opus. Love & Sorrow certainly has an epic sweep, reflecting the writer’s “travels and misadventures” near and far, the former in the case of the evocative St Kilda Lullaby, which poetically encapsulates the raffish charms of Melbourne’s beachside suburb in lines like: “Luna Park’s mask is grinning and blowing the breeze through the dark / The winos are dancing with shadows and glancing for cops as they sleep in the park”. Gecko Song, on the other hand, captures the velvety ambience of a tropical Southeast Asian night via a combination of Mazzella’s Balinese flute, Stern’s marimba and ukulele, and Williamson’s gamelan gong. Elsewhere, the South American’s nylon-string guitar and harmony singing provide simpatico support to the leader’s emotional vocals in Gethsemane and Magdalena. Charango adds a whiff of Andean air to Green Eyed Songbird. Mandolin and fiddle lend a classic British folk feel to All You Sailors.

Tony Hillier *** and a Half 

THE FEARLESS NOTE by JOHN SHAND Sydney Morning Herald 7/10

Recorded live in Melbourne, The Fearless Note catches such a strong sensation of intimacy that it is if Kavisha Mazzella is singing for your ears alone. This is crucial, because it ensures you are drawn into the dream worlds of her lyrics: hazes of words that suddenly snap into focus and impale you on a thought, a sentiment or a memory. Often they contain observations from her travels, so the effect is like images drifting past a rainy train window, although she can also lighten the mood with a song like Philosophy Man (“I’m in love with a philosophy man who cannot fix my car”).

 LIVE PERFORMANCE REVIEW BY BILL LAWRIE  and Photo by CLARE MOODY 

"Kavisha takes the stage with John Reed, with whom she first played in 1981 and with whom she has performed many times, notably in the band ‘Rich and Famous’ in the late 1980s-early 90s. John plays cittern, a bouzouki type instrument, as well as ukulele. He also provides some back up harmony and irreverent humour. Kavisha has her nylon string guitar and her amazing voice. There is an easy rapport and fine musical understanding between two first-class musicians.

From the first song, the haunting ‘Invisible/Indivisible’, Kavisha has, not just a voice but an approach to the performance that is all conviction, as if she is out to join heaven and earth. Some moments have the immediacy of a nearby lighting strike.  She tells a story about folk music legend Liam Clancy telling her to banish the internal critic and “see the song inside”, then moves into ‘The Fearless Note’ a song about authenticity in life and song. There are more songs about people and places by the sea from Fremantle and around the world. One song about street life and generosity in St Kilda sounds like it would have been a great duet with L Cohen, another servant of the song. Folk music at its best."

Full review here Kavisha at Joanna's Candlight Soiree  

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 TESTIMONIALS 

"Gene and I agree that when we attend festivals, Kavisha impresses with her supportive attitude to fellow performers" DR TONY SMITH 

 

"Your beautiful warm heart, music and songs were the perfect antidote for us here in Melbourne at present when we are in the midst of so much doom and gloom.The feedback from all the singers has been overwhelmingly positive and grateful for your sessions - and we can't thank you enough!"

Jonathon Welch AM  ( Choir Of Hard Knocks Founder) Melbourne International Singers Festival 

 

 "Like all great artists, you bring so much joy into peoples' lives and make it possible for them to get out of their noise ... and ... rest with their feelings ... that's a teacherless teaching. "Robert G 

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"What an absolutely fabulous performance you spoilt us with!! Thank you."   Margot Leake,  Albany Entertainment Centre WA  

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"Just wanted to say a heart felt thank you for the wonderful workshop and concert at Woy Woy last week. It was such fun - the Seven Hundred Rolls song is truly fabulous. You not only sing like an angel, you know how to get other people to sing. What a gift. " Grace - workshop participant 

 

 "I have seen Kavisha concerts for years and have her Dvd's  so when I heard she had a choir it seemed the one to try. It has met my expectations being an informal fun class but we do learn. My son- in- law mentioned my singing round the house has improved ! You can change anyrhing you want!!!!" Ange Heartplace Choir member 

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On the Ganges 2008 with philosphy Man ! 

                                                                                            

BUY YOUR CDS HERE or PURCHASE Kavisha's Albums of Digital Music on Bandcamp 

$25 CD plus $10 postage, you can pay here paypal.me/mazzellamusic 

Please write to Mazzella Music ; WabiSabi House 338 Rathmines St VIC 3122

or email kavisha(at)kavisha.com THANKYOU ! 

 

 

 KAVISHA'S CATALOGUE   

Please let me know which CD you want 

 

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Kavisha on ABC Radio Conversation HOUR with JON FAINE and Ralph McTell and mysterious box player! 

 

MY Youtube Channel - Songs in Alphabetical Order 

 

 COMING SOON  2024 - a short Documentary about Italian folk influence in Australia "Echoes of a Tradition "

MARCH 21st 2024  FISHERMAN'S DAUGHTER  live at Kew Courthouse with ROSARIO DE MARCO 

MARCH 1st 2024 WORLD MUSIC CAFE PERTH Episode 4   Learning Burmese Cooking with my cousin!  

 JULY  27th 2023 INTERVIEW with  ADA GUGLIELMO  of FREMANTLE RADIO  about her first choir JOYS OF THE WOMEN reflecting on the 30th anniversary of the film Joys Of The Women by Franco Di Chiera 

 

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 Kavisha speaks Glenn Williams on 94.9 FM Castlemaine VIC 

Kavisha & Franco Di Chiera with TONY TARDIO on RETE ITALIA  May 20 2023 

 Kavisha & Franco Di Chiera  with Magica Fossati from SBS  30 years of Joys Of The Women 2023

Kavisha talks with Vanessa Mills from ABC Kimberly about the Power of Music 2022

 Kavisha with Patricia Hamilton of Concious Living TV  NOV 2021 

 Kavisha with Suvas Agam from his Youtube Show SECRETS OF LIFE NEPAL NOV 2020

 Kavisha and Franco Di Chiera  INTERVIEW about the film The Joys Of The Women  2012

 

OTHER Interesting Snippets 

  Kavisha Community Xmas play Jesus was a Middle Eastern Refugee  2012

 Kavisha Kavisha Community Xmas play  Beggars Orchestra play Hava Nagila 2012 

 Kavisha wins ARIA AWARD for best World Music Album 1998