Formed in mid- 2015, SHAYAN is an instrumental quartet that draws upon influences spanning from contemporary Jazz, Iranian Folk music, hip-hop and rock.
Led by saxophonist Omid Shayan, the quartet was formed after Omid won first prize at the ‘Darebin Music Festival Composition Competition’. The winnings allowed him to focus his energy on composing for the group and allow the band to record their debut EP which was released in 2016. Since then, SHAYAN has been performing in venues and festivals throughout Melbourne, strengthening their sound and musical concept.
Omid formed SnaJ in 2017 with the goal of writing original compositions that were rhythmically and melodically unusual, yet still sounded and felt funky and accessible. The trio began performing live in 2018, and have been gigging regularly around Melbourne ever since. SnaJ will challenge and excite you with tunes that will make you stroke your chin and tap your feet.
The Krysalis Project is a community-run big band that allows members of the public to rehearse and perform free of charge. This group is for enthusiastic amateurs of all ages and focuses on getting them comfortable playing as a group, playing a variety of styles and performing and improvising in public. The Krysalis Project contains over 15 members ranging from 8 to 70 years of age and plays traditional standards, funk, world music and contemporary compositions.
Omid conducts the band weekly as well as composing and arranging for the group.
Ahange Gus was a tune written for this ensemble and won first prize in the 2014 Darebin Music Festival Composition Competition.