A tour of a musician’s life

Musician Irine Vela of Aria-awarding winning band The HaBiBis is not on tour, she is the tour – a tour of the musical inspirations and exasperations of Irine’s formative years.

About the tour

In 1961 Irine was born in Melbourne, a child of a mixed marriage. A Greek Orthodox Christian mother and an Albanian Turkish Muslim father.

This tour begins with Irine at a very early age, when she fell in love with music and wanted to know how it was made.

She discovered that the only way to find out was to make it herself.

The tour goes for 20 minutes.

Your tour guide, Irine Vela

For the past 22 years, Irine Vela has worked with ensembles and theatre companies throughout Australia as a composer, musician, musical director, and librettist, collaborating with many of our finest musicians, actors, vocalists and writers. Her choral opera Little City garnered her a Sounds Australian Award from the Australian Music Centre for Best Composition by an Australian composer.

She was the Greek music consultant for award-winning Australian film Head On. In 2003 Irine won the Tropfest film award for Best Original Score for a film by Nadja Kostich and Jeremy Angerson and her music drama 1975 enjoyed its world premiere.

She is a founding member of The HaBiBis whose CD Intoxicationreceived an award for Best World Music album. In 2007 Irine was a recipient of a State Library Fellowship to create a multimedia music drama Australia In Danger A Slide Night.

Photo by Jacqui Brown




This tour is recorded and edited by Nicole Hurtubise, produced by Community Radio 3CR, and funded by the Office of Public Records Local History grant program.

2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival event

We were proud to be part of Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Check out the photos on Flickr of Irines tour done live at the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival on Saturday 26 September at Horse Bazaar in Little Lonsdale Street, City.