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AMES ASAS clients jamming their way to success

14 March 20140 comments

Picture1With the help of AMES case workers, a group of talented Iranian musicians have formed an exciting new band called New Persia.The formation of the musical ensemble stemmed from Case Manager Rita Leuzzi’s curiosity when she noticed a client in reception carrying a large, oddly shaped bag.Rita discovered the bag contained a saxophone and its owner Hadi, was a professional saxophonist and composer.

Rita put the word out to other case managers that Hadi was looking for fellow musicians to practise with and the jam sessions were born.

Once a fortnight for the past few months, the newly formed band meets at Flagstaff to socialise and practise.

New Persia’s musical style can be described as modern Persian pop, they are currently playing covers but plan to write original songs in the near future.

The band has recently recruited the assistance of experienced musician James Brown, a professional bass player, via connections at Collingwood Community Centre.  With the help of James, New Persia has sourced a drummer and secured a number of gigs at local community events.

Rita, who attends most of the jam sessions, said, “They come together as musicians not as asylum seekers and are able to express themselves while showcasing their incredible talent.”

Following the success of the New Persia jam sessions, there are currently plans for a second group of musicians with an interest in traditional Middle Eastern music to come together at Flagstaff.

For more information on this story, please contact Sheree Peterson on 03 9938 4238.