(left to right) Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Nikola Parov, Bruce Molsky, Rens van der Zalm
MOZAIK is the band that Andy Irvine had dreamed of and his long time musical friends gathered together in Australia in early 2002 to form this multicultural super band. Andy has been travelling around the world since his youth and one of his great ideas was to collaborate with so much of the different music that had influenced him.
American fiddler and 5-string banjo player Bruce Molsky brought the Old Time tunes and songs from his native country, Dónal Lunny was the unquestionable percussive powerhouse of the gathering on bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán. Bulgarian/Hungarian musical genius, Nikola Parov brought all manner of exotic instrumentation to the mix (including gadulka, gaida, kaval, gardon, flutes, clarinet, guitar and nyckelharpa) and Rens van der Zalm, undoubtably one of the best all round musicians on fiddle, mandolin, low whistles, uillean pipes and guitar, brought with him his quintessential Dutch attention to detail in his lovely melody lines.
(left to right) Dónal Lunny, Nikola Parov, Andy Irvine, Bruce Molsky, Rens van der Zalm
photo by Koichi Hanafusa at Star Pine's Cafe, Tokyo in April 2005
MOZAIK ON TOUR 2014
Nikola's brilliant video of the last Mozaik tour. What a happy band we are!