Xani Kolac Musician

Xani Kolac is a Melbourne-based electric violinist. She is currently studying for her Masters in Music Performance at what was the Victorian College of the Arts. Xani has completed her Bachelor of Music (Improvisation) with Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Xani’s use of electronic effects such as the loop station in her original compositions lead to many prestigious performances and opportunities. With the loop station, she was able to do live looping in her performances providing accompaniment for her beautiful and fiery melodic ideas. Xani entitled this project The Twoks. The Twoks opened the Music Prize Awards Night in 2007 and also performed as the support act for the Andrea Keller Quartet Album Launch. Xani performed The Twoks at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festival and was awarded the Myspace Award for Best Musical Act. She also played at the 2008 Melbourne Jazz Fringe winning the Atlantis Award. Early 2008, she performed and was interviewed on ABC’s Sunday Arts Program and The Twoks was the 2007 winner of the Athenaeum Award. The Twoks also performed a sold out show in the Spiegeltent as part of the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Festival and travelled to Byron Bay to be a part of the innaugral Evolve Festival.

Xani has performed in and around Melbourne over the past four years with a few well-known bands including Scott Edgar & The Universe and heavy rock band Mammal. She was also a member of Martin Martini & the Bone Palace Orchestra for two years with whom she performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Festivals, the Brisbane Cabaret Festival and The Famous Spiegeltent in Melbourne after the Arts Festival in 2005 and 2006. Xani currently performs her own music of The Twoks as well as Yohosie, her avant-pop rock band. She created Yohosie as a way of introducing the electric violin into the popular music arena, discovering the difficulties and challenges of writing a good pop song that incorporates the violin as a major part of the music. Yohosie won the 2007 Coca-Cola Live N’ Local Unsigned Bands Competition for Victoria and Tasmania which meant the recording of their debut EP. Yohosie has had radio play on Triple J and Triple R, has held a residency on Friday nights at Trades Hall during last year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well as supporting Little Birdy on their most recent “Confetti“ tour. Xani also toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August this year with Australian Contemporary Group My Friend The Chocolate Cake and has done some singing and playing on David Bridie’s most recent solo album. As well as this, she has branched out into theatre, performing in the Malthouse Production of “Woyzeck” which opened her eyes to the world of collaboration in the arts.