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"sing for no one - sing for everyone."

KAVISHA MAZZELLA  A.M.   

AWARD WINNING SINGER SONGWRITER, CHOIR LEADER and SOUNDHEALER    

 

Kavisha's  musical  practice has spanned over three decades,

with her musicianship  contributing to arts in schools,

teacher education, the community arts sector and arts activism.

 

"Kavisha  Mazzella is an exemplary Australian singer -songwriter whose songs contain deep lyrics that are often humorous" Tony Hillier 2023 

 

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 Allaince 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 

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REVIEW FROM THE 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 

 

Kavisha Gigs

SUN FEB 25th 5-6pm Empty Sky Kirtan at Saint Kilda South Port Uniting Church (ex Saint Peter and Saint Paul )Dorcas St South Melbourne  

FRI 1st March FRI 8th March - Sunday 3rd March COBARGO FOLK FESTIVAL NSW 

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FRI 8th March 7pm Castlemaine International Women's Day Concert  at Phee Broadway Theatre , Mecchanics Lane Castlemaine- Arrive 6.30pm to get a good seat .Bring a plate to share  $20 at door or online BOOK HERE  with a fantastic International lineup of dance ,spoken word, original songs ,jazz ,folk ,pop , and celtic ! Maggie Jackson , Sue Ingleton ,Kavisha Mazzella , Trudy Fatnowna Edgeley, Jo Huf, The Blenders,

Carla Gallego and Ceolbana( Women of Song)

 

 SAT 16th March  Kavisha Mazzella supports the legendary singer Songwriter Neil Murray with his Band  

at Theatre Royal Castlemaine VIC  ENQUIRIES 

 

 THURS MAR 21st 7 pm

FREE ! For CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK there is a beautiful concert presented by Boroondara Arts

Kavisha will be in concert with amazing Italian Jazz composer and guitarist Rosario De Marco

( Mediterranian without borders ).

The Venue is Kew Court house 188 high st Kew

Please book to register your seat 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mare-profundo-deep-sea-tickets-809523355147 

 KAVISHA in WA

SUN APRIL 12th Fri 5th - SUN 7th April   FAIRBRIDGE FESTIVAL - PINJARRA West Australia

A celebration of Folk,World and Roots Music https://fairbridgefestival.com.au/

 

SUN APRIL 12th 7pm Kavisha in concert at Perth Folk and Roots Club WA

 

April 19th-21st  Join in the big community choir at FREMANTLE SONG FEST  Saint Pauls Church 162 Hampton Rd South Fremantle  WA 

 

FRI 3rd -SUN 5th of MAY SACRED EDGE FESTIVAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS and ACTIVISM presented by Uniting Queenscliffe VICTORIA 

 

SEPT 8th and 9th Guildford Songfest WA 

SEPT 10th - 22nd  Lucca , Siena ITALY  and surrounding countryside Italy CANTIAMO popup choir tour  ( sold out ) 

 

 

SHENPEN SOUNDHEALING  

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 SHENPEN SOUND HEALING  

 ABOUT KAVISHA'S SOUNDHEALING

During Covid when Kavisha couldnt perform due to lockdowns ,Kavisha studied Integral Sound Healing with  SHA Sound Healing Academy International  2018 - 2021 .She expanded her repetoire to now include Soundhealing .She studied in a combination of Online and face to face studies with Anne Ridgeway of Laxmi Soundhealing and Sally Hutchinson of Soundhealing Journeys .

Soundhealing is a beautiful and powerful art where science and traditional knowledge meet.. The soundhealer creates a  live musical soundscape to allow one's body to deeply relax and thenmove from the fight /flight sympathetic nervous system to the "rest and digest" Parasympathetic Nervous system .

This shift allows the bodys healing to be activated. Kavisha creates a soundscape with her voice , Wind Gong , Shamanic Drum , Himalayan Bowls , Harmonium and other instruments are also played to create a deep relaxing sound bath  In the caring safe environment . Kavisha creates sound with intention which creates a deep relaxation,transformation and healing . Shenpen in Tibetan means of benefit to all .Kavisha is available  to give soundhealing to NDIS Clients. Bookings essential ph 0412893355 Group sessions are also available (4 people @$45 per person )  One on one sessions ( $100 )

 

REVIEWS and TESTIMONIALS

"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" A G


"I would encourage people to do soundhealing as it is 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" D W

" 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.It's a necessary experience . Everyone should try it ! " P H

"The healer was empathic,being well caring of the client .I wholly recommend this process and know it will be helpful for clients "L E

NDIS CLIENTS $90 per hour

BOOKING ESSENTIAL  0412893355 

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LINGUA MADRE  ITALIAN language Community Choir 2024 

RECOMMENCING MONDAY 5th FEB 7pm

Lingua Madre is Italian language choir. Coffee, Biscotti and great songs !

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

Please note TERM FEES APPLY and discount is available for hardship cases 

please contact Kavisha 0412893355

 

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                 

 

Heartplace_2023.jpeg   HEARTLPLACE CHOIR  FREMANTLE  WA 2020 - 2023 

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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 

 

 

   

EMPTY SKY KIRTAN - Official CD Launch at the MALDON FOLK FESTIVAL 2023! 

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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 

 

 WHAT WE DO AT EMPTY SKY 

After an 8 year 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 religions 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 . 

The next Empty Sky Sessions is on  SUN  OCT 29th  5 pm  with my special guest Matthew Arnold on Violin  at Saint Kilda South Port Uniting Church South Melbourne  325 Dorcas St South Melbourne 

 

LATEST CD EMPTY SKY  listen here 

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  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 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.

 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

"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.****

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Love & 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

 

 TESTIMONIALS 

"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

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

$20 CD plus $10 postage, you can pay here paypal.me/mazzellamusic 

Please write to Mazzella Music 11 Henrietta St Hawthorn 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 with long time collaborator Johnny Reed at Kidogo   Photo © Claire Moody 2020

 

MY Youtube Channel

 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 & 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

  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