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Bowlines Violins + Brandon Lee Koto


Sat 17 Oct 2015, 8:00pm–10:30pm

Where: The Boite World Music Cafe, 1 Mark Street, Fitzroy North, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $22.00
  • Concession: $16.00
  • Under 16: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: ernie

"Bedazzling improvisational splendour." (Australian String Teacher's Association Conference)

"Surprising, enchanting, intelligent music." - Audience member

"I was struck by how many different moods and effects can be evoked on the violin and viola... I was transported by the virtuosity and musical telepathy of the three artists in front of me." -Audience member

Bowlines includes three of Australia’s leading violin players. They specialise in different world music and other genres, but all have strong classical backgrounds and a passion for improvisation. Bowlines was formed in 2012 by Ernie Gruner to create new music with violinists of eclectic backgrounds, strong training, passionate playing and love of improvising. Inspired by The Necks, Coolangubra, Kronos Quartet and Born in a Taxi.

The Musicians of Bowlines

Ernie Gruner led the Monash String Quartet and Orchestra, then played Irish fiddle, jazz and bush band gigs. He’s improvised music for 15 years with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company,including work for Qantas. He’s performed or created music for theatre including Café Scheherezade and Emma Celebrazione. Ernie is Australia’s leading klezmer violinist. He studied in New York as well as Kracow, Budapest, and Montreal and has brought back many tunes. He’s played jazz and blues with comedy cabaret band Jugularity, Middle-eastern with Yalla! and gypsy music with Bohemian Nights who toured New Zealand six times. Ernie appeared twice on TV’s “Spicks and Specks” and has over 75 recording credits.

Jenny Thomas has had many musical adventures including rollerskating backwards whilst playing violin for Circus Oz, playing a Norwegian Hardanger solo with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the Lord of The Rings premiere, a solo concert series in Europe performing Indian classical violin plus a European tour with chamber-pop band ‘Naked Raven’. Her album “Farewell To Old England Forever” won a Golden Fiddle Award. Her latest venture is leading avant-guarde bush band, Jenny M. Thomas and The System who have performed at MonaFoma and been signed to a UK record label.

Hope Csutoros studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. Performances and extensive touring overseas includes My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Stilleto Sisters, Circus Oz, State Orchestra of Victoria, Phantom of the the Opera, David Chesworth Ensemble, Chamber Made Opera, Deflocked String Quartet. Her recording credits include Midnight Oil, Deborah Conway, Mark Seymour and Renee Geyer.

More on Bowlines:

See video of Bowlines performance - Festival of Slow Music, Ballarat at

Brandon Lee Koto – The Koto is the plucked strings national instrument of Japan. Born in Malaysia, Brandon started learning koto at Melbourne University. Teachers include Miyama McQueen Tokita, Satsuki Odamura in Sydney, and Kazue Sawai in Tokyo. He’s acquired both contemporary and classical repertoire for the koto. In 2011, he ranked second among all candidates in Japan for the Sawai Koto School’s instructor’s examination. More on

Band: Bowlines – Ernie Gruner 0418 549 631 /