Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen – After the Flood

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Riverside Theatres presents

Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen – After the Flood

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 24 June 2017
Category Live Event

From one of Australia’s most magnetic live acts comes a compelling new album and show, telling a forgotten story. These are the songs of the treacherous ghosts of our landscape, and the adventure, the beauty and the terror of a new world.

Written during a residency in Cooma and the Monaro high plains, After the Flood was inspired by the heaven and hell stories of the 100,000  men who travelled from across Europe after the war to work on the Snowy Scheme in one of the biggest engineering feats the world has ever seen, tunneling underground in unforgiving alpine country.

After The Flood debuted in 2016 to great critical and popular response. Using musical touchstones such as Klezmer, Balkan folk music, Rhythm’n’Blues and Swing, the Gentlemen have created their own vibrant musical and theatrical world. Delivering their songs and tall tales with passion, skill and humour, this is a refreshing and wonderfully entertaining take on the immigrant story.

Led by the irrepressible Mikelangelo, the Black Sea Gentlemen have been touring nationally and internationally for over 16 years, winning awards and acclaim, and packing houses from the Sydney Opera House to the Edinburgh Festival to the backstreets of Budapest. And now for the very first time, the group bring their incredible live show to Parramatta.

Dates & Times:
Saturday 24 June 7:30pm

Written and performed by
Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen

Directed by
Renald Navilly


Vocals and guitar

Vocals, violin, percussion

T.G. Muldavio
Vocals, clarinet, trombone, harmonica, percussion

Vocals, accordion, saxophone, tenor ukelele, musical saw

Little Ivan
Vocals and doublebass



“Daringly fun… incredible musicianship…a beautiful patchwork quilt against a harsh landscape.”
Jacob Colliver, Beat Magazine ★★★★

“Stories from the Snowy Mountains Scheme as they’ve never been heard before…the songs inspired by the tens of thousands who travelled from across Europe in World War 2. The album tells not just of that hard work but also the vibrant lives away from the project… This music bringing the past to life, for a new generation.”
Helen Isbister, SBS World News

“Mikelangelo is one of the great showmen of the Australian indie music scene.”
Patricia Karvelas, ABC Radio National

“There are clear nods to the theatrical side of Tom Waits, the exotic flavours of CW Stoneking and the drunken swaying shanties of The Pogues, yet they’ve created their own singular sound around this concept album. The music is melodically rich, the playing evocative and the subject matter both local and universal in nature. Mikelangelo has led his gentlemen down a fine and entertaining path on After The Flood.”
Chris Familton, The Music ★★★★

“The music is timeless…yearning for loved ones far away, working for the man, kicking up your heels at the end of the week…”
Kerrie O’Brien, The Age ★★★★

“It is time to douse your musical drought with tales of minstrels and scoundrels alike…No song is off-limits, no story taboo…It guarantees that we’ll follow the flood, wherever it leads.”
Adam Norris, The Brag

“Dramatic and magical…folksy and flamboyant…a beautiful mystical hour in this music is also a cathartic one.”
City Hub ★★★★

“At some point in the murky past Mikelangelo and the Black Sean Gentlemen slipped into Oz and have been assiduously undermining our morals ever since. That they nearly get away with it is thanks to those most insidious of qualities: charm and talent.”
John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald ★★★★

“A heady mix of Eastern European klezmer, gypsy and Balkan music, cabaret, comedy and even a dash of spaghetti western…the kinds of characters you might find in some fictitious Balkan dive, reveling in the high camp theatre of it all.”
Michael Smith, Rhythms Magazine

“Crooner, troubadour and raconteur…combining elements of comedy, romance and tragedy.”

“What a night it was! A unique band with a formidable and original sound… there are touches of Dean Martin, Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, some jazz… and the sorts of shanty songs that spring up when people work hard and drink harder…controlled madness is one way to describe it. Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen should be named national treasures, pronto.”
Liza Dezfouli, Australianstage.com.au

“After the Flood brings a time and place to visceral life.”
Anne-Marie Peard, SometimesMelbourne

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