image by Michelle Grace Hunder


Melbourne Amplified Strings (MAS) was formed in 2019 by contemporary string players Xani Kolac on violin and Anita Quayle on cello to celebrate and explore the versatility of amplified stringed instruments.

Every year MAS present 4 distinctly different concerts, teaming up with some of Melbourne’s finest creative and musical minds. So far they have joined forces with Indigenous Opera Singer Shauntai Batzke, Zimbabwean born RnB songstress Thando, cellist Richard Vaudrey, Pianists Nat Bartsch and Andrea Keller, Ghuzeng player Mindy Meng Wang and Sitarist Sarita McHarg.

Upcoming Shows

Beleura House,17th September 2021
MAS team up with special guest Andrea Keller to present ‘Send me Your Prayers’
Mornington, Victoria

Andrea Keller Curates -at JazzLab, 30th August

MAS will present new work as well as some old favourites for this show with Andrea Keller.



MAS are available for project collaborations and for performing at events. If you want to chat about your project idea or wish to hire us to play at your event, don’t hesitate in reaching out.

Beyond the Lake
image by Anita Quayle


Beyond the Lake, a duo based in Melbourne, Australia, features Anita Quayle on cello and Nick Delaney on guitar. Trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, Anita’s musical journey led to the world of improvisation and collaboration with musical icons. Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, majoring in composition, and has worked with numerous widely-recognised bands of varying styles. 

Beyond the Lake creates ethereal, dreamlike soundscapes to soothe the soul. Various effects and live looping produces blissful textural music, providing a calming ambiance suitable for sleep, meditation, yoga, reading, and restlessness. 

Their collaboration developed organically during the numerous 2020 Covid lockdowns in Melbourne. Nick and Anita began live-streaming a series of improvisations called “Music for Sleep”, as a way of helping those struggling with the pandemic. During that time, they performed over 50 live streams and released two live albums, “Music for Sleep Volumes 1 and 2”. You can purchase these over on Bandcamp via the Bandcamp link below.

Beyond the Lake will be releasing their first studio-produced album, “Coming Home”, later this year. Their music is a sonic and compositional expansion of selections of the live stream improvisions. The variety of instrumentation and sounds – piano, orchestral strings, brass, and field recordings of nature – reveal a deep richness that will take the listener on a beautiful journey. 


For the next few months you can tune in with us every week for live streaming shows on our Youtube channel.


Beyond the Lake are also available to perform for weddings and events, so please get in contact via our email link below and we’ll be in touch.

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