XANI’S OTHER PROJECTS
Feat. Xani Kolac (violin/vocals) + Mark Leahy (drums)
The Twoks are a high-energy duo who play dance/pop music. Using live looping and effects, Xani creates dense layers of strings against Mark’s driving rhythms and bounce.
The duo have played Edinburgh Fringe Festival and NYC, they have toured Japan and play regularly around the Australian music festival circuit including St Kilda Festival, DARK MOFO, Melbourne Festival, The Falls Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. They won Best Music at Adelaide Fringe and have recorded six EPs/albums.
VAUDREY + XANI
Feat. Xani Kolac (violin/vocals) + Rich Vaudrey (cello/vocals)
VAUDREY + XANI made their debut performance in 2018 at the Melbourne Recital Centre performing songs and strings. This concert was a celebration of a newly coined term – the “stringer-songwriter”. Cellist and songwriter VAUDREY plays a unique blend of post-chestral-indie-dub-folk-pop for cello voice and electronics and together this duo present virtuosic unique arrangements.
Feat. Xani Kolac (artistic director) + a collective of Melbourne’s finest female instrumentalists
SPIRE stands for “Sound and Performance Inspiring Recognition and Equality” and is a project that aims to celebrate female instrumentalists in Melbourne. Xani is passionate about seeing more women playing instruments on festival and concert stages and decided to put together this collective.
SPIRE ensemble made their debut at Hamer Hall in 2017 for “Stand By Your Woman” which saw a fourteen-piece all-female ensemble perform as the house band for special guest artists Kate Ceberano, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jen Cloher, Harry Angus, Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins, Davey Lane, Fraser A. Gorman and Steve Kilbey. Since then SPIRE ensemble have performed as Live N Local in St Kilda and at the Brunswick Music Festival with many other guests such as Benny Walker, Thando, Simon Burke, Joshua Tavares, Sal Kimber, Kylie Auldist and Jess Rebeiro.