Llew Kiek

Musician, composer, musical director and producer

Instruments: acoustic and electric guitars, medieval plucked strings (gittern, mandora, chittara), ethnic lutes (baglama, oud, bozouki, tambura), ukelele, midi keyboards and programming.

Regarded as one of the key contributors to “world music” in Australia, Llew’s career has encompassed rock, folk and medieval music. World Music instrumentalist of the year 1999 at the inaugural Australian World Music Awards, Llew’s work has won two Australian Recording Industry Awards (ARIAs) for the Mara! CDs “Ruino Vino” and “ Mara! Live in Europe”, and 7 ARIA nominations for other CDs on which he performs or has produced.

Born in Sydney in 1954, Llew began his study on piano and became musical director of the Student Theatre while studying drama at Flinders University, Adelaide. From 1976-8 he studied guitar under Don Andrews and George Golla, and in 1987-8 and 1995-6 Turkish lute with Sabahattin Akdağcık. In 2013 Llew began a Master of Music (Composition) degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts in 2022.

Since 1982, Llew has performed extensively with acclaimed Australian folk/jazz ensemble Mara!, having toured in 21 countries on the group’s many international tours. Key performances with them have included WOMAD Festivals in Singapore, Auckland, Adelaide, Reading, Morecambe and Hannover; folk festivals across UK, Europe, Canada and Asia, two WDR Radio festivals (Germany), the 2000 European Broadcasting Union Festival in the Czech Republic, touring in China for Radio Australia; and tours to Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Laos for Musica Viva.

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