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No need for sibling rivalry here - it's talent all round
There is musical talent aplenty amongst brother and sister duo Mikelangelo and Anushka, currently performing in their show titled - appropriately - Siblings, playing at The Butterfly Club in the Melbourne CBD.
In this one-hour show, Mikelangelo and Anushka take the audience through a program of their original music, with a confidence in performing together and empathy for one another's style that comes from sharing musical experiences since they were children.
Anushka - a sweet voice with elements of Eva Cassidy. (Dave Evans in the background.)
Each has a unique musical style, but the styles meld beautifully on stage. There is a strong thread from their Croatian heritage, at times giving their songs a slightly rustic (though always polished) feel, and a strong rhythm.
I closed my eyes as I tried to come up with a comparison of their voices (and styles) to other artists. Mikelangelo, I decided, melded elements of Leonard Cohen, Elvis and Frankie Laine (a laRawhide). Anushka was more difficult to categorise, but if I said Eva Cassidy meets Balkan gypsy, it might give you some idea.
Mikelangelo - impressively versatile musician
While their music was unfamiliar, it was immediately enjoyable and eminently listenable, and I found myself tapping along to the catchy beat. My partner Dave felt the same way; 'I want the CD' he whispered to me at one point.
Dave Evans accompanies the siblings
What is also impressive is that Mikelangelo seamlessly moves between piano, guitar and clarinet. In this show, they are accompanied by Dave Evans, who demonstrates enormous empathy for the music.
So if you are keen for a thoroughly enjoyable hour of musical magic, make sure you get along to see the siblings perform.
Siblings plays at The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne (off Little Collins Street) at 7.30pm each night until Sunday 18th February.
The show on opening night was a sellout, so I advise booking early. Tickets are $32 full, $28 concession. Click here to buy tickets online, or call the box office on (03) 9663 8107.
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