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The Birth & Death of Stars

Sat 6 Feb, 2021


Powerhouse Theatre

Admit $45*

*plus transaction fee $6.90




70 mins

Ages + Warnings

Suitable for all ages

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Multi-award winning world music favourites MZAZA present their critically acclaimed show The Birth & Death of Stars, back by popular demand after a sell-out season at Brisbane Festival.

The Birth & Death of Stars, based on the award-nominated album of the same name, draws inspiration from history’s philosophers and astronomers, leading us on a surreal voyage through the ether to explore what links us to each other and the world around us.

Sitting comfortably between music and theatre, the show is a powerful collaboration of creative minds featuring director Benjamin Knapton, Finnish animator Laura Matikainen and writer Pauline Maudy.

Take a step away from the everyday and contemplate our place in the universe to the sounds of some of Australia’s most uniquely diverse musicians, storytellers and composers.

pre-event check-in

Pre-event check-in is now closed for MZAZA

If you missed the pre-event check-in, you can provide these details on entry to the venue. We recommend arriving 45 minutes prior to the start time of your show. Please ensure you have your tickets ready on your mobile device before entering the building.


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously.

A COVID Safe Plan is in place for Brisbane Powerhouse.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home. 

Detailed information regarding your safe experience and conditions of entry can be found here.

Please note, tickets will be issued by email five working days prior to your event. If you have any questions, please contact Box Office on 07 3358 8600.


Two-time Queensland Music Award winners MZAZA are committed to delivering Balkan-French sounds to vodka-drinking, sophisticated folk lovers around the world. Led by enchanting French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this group of musicians from Bosnia, France, Brazil and Australia has been mesmerising audiences with powerful and inspired performances.

The impressive musicianship of MZAZA – deftly realised with accordion, violin, percussion, double bass and Flamenco guitar – embraces diversity, the old and the new, the familiar and the foreign, through timeless melodies. It is the timelessness of the music and stories that fuels an intense live show, an unforgettable musical journey, that has enraptured audiences at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Cygnet, National and Woodford Folk Festivals, and visited airwaves internationally. Jaw-dropping technique, unique compositions and captivating shows have earned MZAZA supports for the likes of the Violent Femmes (USA) Yasmin Levy (Israel), Melbourne Ska Orchestra (AUS), Baba Zula and Baro Banda (Turkey), and DJ Click (France).

The Birth and Death of Stars was recorded at Sierra Studios in Athens and is their third full-length album.

Pauline Maudy – Vocals
Greta Kelly – Violin, shah kaman, vocals
Ricardo Bona – Accordion, vocals
John Robertson – Guitar, vocals
Goran Gajic – Double-bass, vocals
Malindi Morris – Darabuka, cajon, tapan, cymbals

Pauline Maudy – Creative Producer, writer
Benjamin Knapton – Director
Greta Kelly – Producer
Alison Ross – Design Consultant
Laura Matikainen – AV Designer
Freddy Komp – Vision Systems Design


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The rapturous applause of the delighted audience said it all.


  • The rapturous applause of the delighted audience said it all.


  • An engaging, sophisticated, and meditative production.



We acknowledge the Jagera/Turrbal peoples, the First Nation Traditional Owners of the land on which we gather. We pay respects to all Elders past and present and acknowledge the young leaders who are working beside our Elders in our cultural industries. We recognise all First Nation peoples as the original storytellers of these lands and acknowledge the important role they continue to play in our community.

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