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Moonta Street, Georgy Rachow, Hannah Yates @ SCALA

Moonta Street    Euro/Asian World Music from Adelaide

Moonta Street is the heart of Adelaide’s Chinatown, where the lions stand guard on the street and the music of this new group perfectly reflects that synergy of East & West/Ancient & Modern.

Moonta Street brings together  five diverse musical forces to create  a music that spans continents but is uniquely Australian. Celebrating the traditional music’s of both Asia and Europe, Moonta Street  presents a rich full blend of traditional music with a very contemporary sound. The songs are sung mainly in English and some are very old songs and ballads, poems and stories with a timeless feel that suits the blend of both traditions. Moonta Street also presents some  brand new original songs that bring together traditional folk, blues, reggae and jazz. Ambient, hypnotic and timeless music in a modern soundtrack that talks about the modern world where East meets West..

Moonta Street is:

Zhao Liang                Guz Heng  Chinese Zither (Director Adelaide School of Chinese Music)

Satomi Ohnishi         Jazz drummer and percussionist

Mary Heath               Vocals & Guitar

Keith Preston            Santoor  (Indian dulcimer) & Guitar

Shivani Preston        Keyboards & Melodica


The performers:
Zhao Liang is a virtuoso player of the Guz Heng and is founding director of the Adelaide School of Chinese Music. Originally from Singapore, she has performed widely throughout SA and recently travelled to China for masterclasses.

Satomi Onishi is a percussionist/ drummer with high credentials from Japanese schools of music and performs with a range of acts in Adelaide including the acclaimed Jazz shows, Take Five & Swing with Brendon Fitzgerald. She has coordinated world drum projects with the Migrant Resource Centre and plays with a number of active SA bands.

Mary Heath is a well known SA folk-singer, coordinates a community choir and is  highly regarded  for a strong authentic voice for traditional music.

Keith Preston is an experienced world music performer and arts project  coordinator. He has played and toured with a range of music groups in SA such as Sikh music group Dya Singh, Bengali music group Shoor Jahan, Afghan music with Sufi Soul and recently as songwriter/coordinator of the acclaimed Adelaide Songs project.

Shivani Preston is a talented young 17 year old pianist and keyboard player, already highly experienced in music performance for theatre and a very accomplished folk music artist in music and folk-dance. A rising star.



Dunstan Playhouse              Harmony Day Concert for Migrant Resource Centre SA

Nexus Arts                            Adelaide Fringe

Nexus Arts                            Umbrella  Music Festival

The Jade                                Launch of www.folkmadsa.com

Wayville Showgrounds      Whole Body Expo Cultural Festival

Unley Gourmet Gala          Tour Down Under Event

Oz Asia Festival 2017         Elder Hall performance for Confucius Institute


The Moonta Street connection for this group is Zhao Liang, the Principal of the School of Chinese Music and Arts based in Moonta Street, Adelaide, the heart of Chinatown. The other part of the puzzle, in terms of connecting the dots towards this rather eclectic ensemble, is HATS – the Heritage Arts and Traditions, who have a number of different musical things going.

Walking into Nexus, to see Guzheng (Chinese harp) next to an Indian Santoor, electric guitar with pedals, percussion kit, acoustic guitar and electronic keys, one is not quite sure what to expect, either for repertoire or for the sounds on offer. Then to see the line-up of folks on duty – particularly the multi-talented Keith Preston, daughter Shivani, Mary Heath and the effervescent Satomi Ohnishi – a better drummer is hard to find!

In terms of songs, many were Celtic, there was also a quite raucous Greek drinking song (a couple of props and a bottle of ouzo might have helped this one!). In terms of the sounds, at times we had call and response from Guzheng and Santoor which was a delight to the ears, others with bends of the Guzheng notes being echoed by the tremolo of electric guitar. Mary did a great job with the vocals and general introductions etc.

There is some great local music happening and some of this with unusual instruments! There are also some master instrumentalists crossing several lines into cross cultural collaboration – with some results that will prick your ears up! These HATS projects are well worth getting to see.             Clayton Werner –The Clothesline  26th Feb 2017

Steve Charles and Luke Swinburne (both emerging – play 10mins ea 1st)
Georgy Rachow (Student at the Conservatorium)
Hannah Yates