Orkeztar Lizmoré is the Northern Rivers region’s wonderful community ensemble that plays tunes from all over the world.
‘Orkeztar’ is an eastern European term for such an ensemble & Lizmoré is pronounced to rhyme with the Italian word for love, amore, because that’s the spirit in which each player comes to this (currently) almost twenty-strong musical group.
Instruments include strings big & small, guitars, mandolins, squeezeboxes, whistles, flutes, sax, clarinet, percussion, keys, brass, voice & sometimes oud & traditional instruments.
‘The Ork’, as it is affectionately known, plays musical pieces from around the globe, including several original songs composed & arranged by several talented musical directors – Mark Bromley, Jude Magee, and founder Pietro Fine. You can expect to hear a smorgasbord of tunes, including Celtic, Latin, Russian, Italian, Persian, African, folk and gospel or even a Frank Zappa song! Ork members come from ALL around the Northern Rivers & are of mixed abilities (some are pro’s; some are beginners).
Concerts/performances to date have been held in Bangalow, Lismore, The Channon & Nimbin and Wollongong’s ‘HonkFest’ 2016, ‘17 ‘18 ‘19, and Illawarra Folk Festival ‘19. Many performances of the Ork have been in support of local organisations and charities, or free events including street performances in Lismore.