Arabesk have been bringing their special brand of intoxicating global grooves to audiences around Australian since 2003. In 2011 Arabesk won best instrumental track at The ASA awards and that year were invited to perform at Takatsuki Jazz Festival in Osaka, Japan for the first time. In August 2016 they released their third album ‘Mr Fi’ and have spent the last two years touring and playing festivals in Australia and Japan including the 2015 & 2018 Takatsuki Jazz Festival and 2016 Sumida Jazz Festival in Tokyo. Recent Australian festival highlights include Blue Mountains Music Festival and Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2015, Hobart's Clarence Jazz Festival, Palm Creek Folk Festival Townsville, Manly Jazz Sydney in 2016 and Parramasala 2018. In 2017 they took 1st & 4th place at the ASA Awards and were finalists (Honorable Mention) in the prestigious US songwriting competition ISC.
The music of Arabesk follows many paths at any one time. Like a river it is fed from many different tributaries to form the whole, drawing upon strong jazz influences... Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery,Eastern European Gypsy / Classical music, upon a backdrop of African and Arabic influenced rhythms. At any moment it will swing hard, only to drop into a thick funk pumped bass line, all the while the violin floating above it. The drums hammer and thunder beats reminiscent of Motown, Blue Note and Afro Cuban jazz. With a wealth of musical experience it is little wonder Arabesk are such a powerhouse of invention and innovation.