MIKELANGELO & THE BLACK SEA GENTLEMEN
In post-war Eastern Europe, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen rose to be kings of the entertainment world. While Frank, Dean and the Rat Pack were serenading Vegas audiences at The Sands, Mikelangelo and his gentlemen were seducing Balkan audiences at the Hotel Transcontinental in communist Yugoslavia. The Transcontinental was a prime holiday destination for heads of state, military leaders and black marketeers, an exclusive clubhouse for the rich and infamous.
Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen were the musical background to this debauchery. The group wore the mantle of ‘house band’ for the revolution, appearing in films, television commercials endorsing ‘State' products and hosting their own weekly radio hour, Live at the Hotel Transcontinental.
Today this super-group resides in Australia, with the Gentlemen based in Sydney and the south coast of New South Wales, and Mikelangelo in Melbourne.
In recent years, the group have toured to packed houses in major theatres, spiegeltents and festivals around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End to the Sziget Festival in Budapest, winning multiple awards and receiving great critical acclaim. They have released three independent albums - their self-titled disc in 2002, their magnum opus Journey Through The Land Of Shadows in 2005 and their modern classic Dead Men Tell A Thousand Tales in 2009. All of their albums are distributed through Inertia and are also available on iTunes and by mail order from Laughing Outlaw Records.
The Australia Council of the Arts has funded the group to record their fourth album, which will go into pre-production in 2014 and be released in mid-2015. They have previously received funding a number of times through the Music Board of the Australia Council, for recordings and also through their International Pathways program and Playing Australia touring program.
Mikelangelo and the Gentlemen are working on two major productions that will debut in 2015, one a main stage arts festival show with Sydney’s Griffin Theatre, and the other an exciting regional collaboration with Big hART in the Snowy Mountains of NSW that will premiere in September next year.