Cosmo Cosmolino, a Melbourne based quintet of luscious strings and romantic piano accordion, creates exquisite music which crosses between tango and gypsy music, song and dynamic chamber pieces via original arrangements of well-known tunes and original compositions which express dynamism, love, tragedy and capricious play.
Featuring Judy Gunson on accordion and vocals
Sue Simpson and Andrea Keeble on violin
Helen Mountfort on 'cello
Dan Witton on contrabass
Cosmo Cosmolino began in 1999 when Hope Csutoros, Helen Mountfort and Judy Gunson began composing and arranging pieces for violin, cello and accordion. Soon after they were joined by Dan Witton (double bass, vocals) with Andrea Keeble (violin) completing the quintet.
They released their first CD Streetsweeper in 2000 to critical acclaim.
Cosmo Cosmolino have performed at many of Australia's major music festivals including the National Folk festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, and the Queenscliff Music Festival as well as undertaking numerous tours of regional Victoria.
Cosmo Cosmolino's second CD Nektar was launched at the Famous Spiegeltent in Melbourne in 2004 and were ARIA Award nomimees for Fine Arts Awards, Best World Music Album
In 2006 Hope Csutoros retired from the group to concentrate on her family and Sue Simpson(ex Circus Oz) began to play with the group. Hope's contribution to the group lives on through her beautiful compositions and recordings with Cosmo Cosmolino.
Bel Air, the third CD from Cosmo Cosmolino was launched at the Victorian Arts centre in August 2011. The music from the CD, performed live at the Melbourne Recital Centre, was subsequently featured on ABC Radio National's Music Deli.
Cosmo Cosmolino is a fine exponent of original local music: Gypsy-inspired, Tangos and Waltzes, slow and sultry, mad and beautiful musical renditions of extraordinary technicality. A musically dazzling and visually enthralling group – the pleasure they derive from playing together is evident to all. Their high-energy (or slow and sensual) music is sure to leave every audience uplifted and inspired.
Andrea Keeble (violin):
Andrea Keeble is known as a violinist, composer, educator and artist.
In 2011, Andrea released her own cd TEETER of original compositions.
She is also a member of Collider and frequently plays with The David Chesworth Ensemble and Cam Butler & the Shadows of Love Orchestra, touring nationally and internationally. www.andreakeeble.com
Suzanne Simpson (violin):
Suzanne is Cosmo Cosmolino’s newest member, joining the group in 2006. After more than 6 years on the road with Circus Oz, Suzanne has now based herself in Melbourne and is currently enjoying the diversity of being a free-lance musician, as an accomplished performer, composer & recording artist. After studies at the VCA, she has played in opera & ballet with Orchestra Victoria and performed in many theatre productions.Suzanne has performed & recorded with many musicians including Renee Geyer, Nick Cave & John Butler, with a highlight being Stevie Wonder. She has played on soundtracks for films including Elizabeth and the soon to be released Rogue.
Helen Mountfort (cello):
Helen is a member of the popular Melbourne band My Friend the Chocolate Cake, and performs with the David Chesworth Ensemble. Helen was also a member of the highly acclaimed band Not Drowning, Waving. She currently writes music for film, theatre and dance and is in high demand as a recording musician.
Judy Gunson (piano accordion & voice):
Judy works as a performer & composer in many contexts and has toured extensively in Australia & overseas. She performs with a number of groups including the fabulous Stiletto Sisters and alt country outfit Son of a Gun and has recently been touring the USA and South Korea withChamber Made Opera’s Recital.
Dan Witton (double bass & voice):
Dan is co-founder of the performance company desoxy theatre. He has performed with a number of unique Melbourne-based groups, including Blue Grassy Knoll and the Ennio Morricone Experience as well as Chamber Made Opera’s Phobia,and David Chesworth's Cosmonaut (for Melbourne Festival 2004).
Luscious strings, gypsy music, tangos and songs...