In the fertile borderlands between genres, East of West explores the edges: Mediterranean, jazz and Balkan influences interweave through intricate compositions and improvisations. Far from known shores, the trio’s oud, percussion and double bass map new musical territories, inviting the listener to venture into a profoundly curious and enjoyable realm.
Malindi Morris is a percussionist and composer with influences from the Mediterranean, Balkans, Turkey and Iran. She specialises in Tapan, Darbuka and frame drums. She has studied and performed in both Australia and Europe, composing for the five-piece band, Lastovka, with performances at festivals such as Plavajoči Grad (Floating Castle) and other venues across Slovenia. Past projects in Australia include The Transbalkan Express, Dastan Sufi group and the Hikayat Ensemble, with performances at folk and multicultural festivals such as the Woodford Folk Festival, Scheherazade Festival, and the Queensland Multicultural Festival.
Philip Griffin is a musician, arranger and composer working across a wide range of styles. He has written music for the Royal Shakespeare Company; been a Young Artist for Opera Australia; directed the Fire Event Choir at Woodford Festival; played with Balkan bands including Makedonski Bop, Ssassa, Xenos and The Balkanics; toured and recorded with Ross Daly, Linsey Pollak, Frankie Armstrong and many others; created operatic roles in new opera performances; and played plucked strings with period instrument groups in New Zealand and Australia. In July 2018, he took the Senior New Zealand Ukulele Squad (a group he music directs comprising fifteen 14-17 year old musicians) to perform at the Hawaiian Ukulele Festival.
Goran Gajic is an innovative and versatile musician with his early musical roots in the Bosnian Alternative and Trad music scenes. From these fertile beginnings, he has adventured even further afield, landing in the world of jazz with a double bass in his hands. Brisbane based, he works with other emerging artists in the jazz scene, as well as with the Queensland Music Award-winning World music band Mzaza, with whom he has toured Australia and Europe.