Festive Market

The Valley Market ECOSS is excited to present our next Festive Market at Yarra Valley ECOSS on Friday May 20th!This will be a very special night of Classical Indian performances! There will be Indian food and Chai available to purchase on the night as well as performance from Sarita McHarg duo & Vinod Prasanna!There will also be 2 screenings of the short film- Regenerating Australia.Come along to The Valley Market ECOSS where you can purchase local art, produce and craft, have dinner and stay for a wonderful evening of Indian music!Join us for a screening of Regenerating Australia, the new film from the team behind 2040 and That Sugar Film.Directed by Damon Gameau, Regenerating Australia is a hypothetical news report based on interviews with a diverse group of Australians who were asked about their hopes and dreams for the future.Bring your family & friends. And your ideas…@StartRegenerating #JoinTheRegeneration#InnovateToRegenerate

Suggested donation:
$10conc. & First Nations/ $15 adult/ 
$25 family/ $5 children

Sarita McHarg

Coming from the centuries old Indian folk culture, Sarita McHarg brings a unique classical and contemporary experience to the world of music. A true devotional Sitarist and Vocalist: Sarita has earned several prestigious recognitions including All India Radio Artist, Talent Award from the University of Vikram (India) and State Government – Madhya Pradesh for contribution to the Malwa (folk) music to name but a few.During her thirty-five years of musical journey, Sarita is well known for her spiritual and heart-rending playing style, strong grip on classical ragas, staggering instrumentation, and bringing audience as they are part of the compositions, both in India and Australia. Whether it’s International Jazz Festival in Melbourne or Fringe Festival in Sydney, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in Nepal or the famous Mahakal Temple in India, Sarita is equally at ease presenting the classical Indian ragas with other music accompaniments such as Bouzouki, Oud, Violin and Harp blending the beautiful traditional and modern music. With an aim to promote the spiritual folk music among newcomers, Sarita has performed and taught both in Australian and Indian educational institutes like University of Melbourne, Monash University, and University of Indore.Vinod Prasanna:
Born into one of India’s greatest flute-playing families, award-winning bansuri (flute) virtuoso, Vinod Prasanna, shines as an outstanding performer of authentic traditional and contemporary Indian music. Vinod’s emotive melodies, exquisite improvisations and divine flute song distinguish his performance of Indian classical, world and meditation music.

Vinod

Hailing from Varanasi, one of India’s holy cities, Vinod’s late grandfather, Pandit Vishnu Prasanna, introduced him to the art of bansuri playing. His uncle, Pandit Rajendra Prasanna also taught him and further inspired his playing. Vinod has performed and toured extensively throughout his homeland and overseas, including France, Japan, Germany and now, Australia. In 2006, Vinod won the prestigious Sahara All India Flute Recital Competition.Residing in Australia since 2008, Vinod is a performing and recording artist, teacher, craftsman and ambassador of the Bansuri. Vinod has more than 17 years of performing and teaching experience and continues a family legacy that celebrates more than two-and-a-half centuries of Indian music.His latest musical collaborations include joining musical forces with world-class percussionist, David Jones, and guitarist, Evripides Evripidou, to form Brothers, an Indian Jazz fusion/ambient groove ensemble. In 2012, Vinod and Chinese guzheng player extraordinaire, Mindy Meng Wang, formed “Journey to the West” to recreate ancient Indian and Chinese cross-cultural links and to bring the music of both countries closer to western ears. In 2012, Vinod toured Australia with Tibetan nun and singer, Ani Choying, playing, amongst other venues, in the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Hall, to ecstatic audiences.This will be a special night not to be missed!The Festive Market is part of On The Road Again a Victorian Government initiative to bring live music back across the state