The Four Winds Create and Inspire Education Program involves exposing children to as much quality live performance as we can organise and provide for them. Living in regional Australia may mean that these opportunities are reduced for our children, compared to their city counterparts. Four Winds hopes to do our best, to change this. On June 26 and 27 2018 we partnered with Musica Viva to bring Dr Stovepipe and Creativity to the Windsong Pavilion. In total 415 primary students from Narooma and Bermagui primary schools attended. Following the performance, we offer the opportunity for the children to reflect on what they have seen, discuss it together, and then develop their own creative response to it through singing, drama, dance and craft.
A HUGE thank you to all who have donated to support the Four Winds Create and Inspire Education Program. We are delighted to have received donations totalling $40,000 – which will be match-funded – meaning the total value of this campaign is $80,000 which will go towards young people’s music-making and changing lives!
Plans for our Artists in Schools and inaugural Youth Music Festival, as well as professional development for teachers both in and outside the classroom, are well underway. Thank you for helping make this possible and we look forward to sharing news of their success with you.
The purpose of Four Winds is to provide a home for music-making, where the creation and performance of music fires the imagination, enriches lives and encourages active participation.
Our artistic vision is to enrich people’s lives through music. We engage with artists who are motivated by music as a transformational force and who stimulate us to reflect on and engage with current issues.
Our place informs our work. ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’ is deeply connected to the community. It is inspirational for artists, audiences and participants not only because it creates an exquisite setting for engaging with music but also brings the important role the natural world plays in creativity to the fore.
Our culture is characterised by innovation, quality, care, thoughtfulness and the importance of relationships.
Music Credit: Cuckold Come out of the Amrey (Arr. For Recorder and Accordion) | Performed by Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb
Photography/Film Credits: Ben Marden, Robert Tacheci, Raine Brown Sunbird Photography, Caitlin Brown, Propelled Pictures, David Francis, Lara Crew, Marg Hansen
Four Winds Artistic Director James Crabb has unveiled details of Four Winds Latin Spirit, a festival of exquisite flamenco and tango rhythms performed by some of its finest Australian and international proponents taking place over the Easter Weekend.
Bermagui is known to music lovers for the biennial Four Winds festival of world-class contemporary classical music, and in 2017, as a part of its new all year round program, James Crabb is delighted to present this Latin themed festival: “Four Winds Latin Spirit is the start of a unique creative vision, building diversity and audiences, and I’m honoured to welcome such highly regarded musicians to Four Winds for my first festival.”
Across the Easter weekend, concerts take place in what must be the most idyllic festival space in Australia: 30 acres of wooded parkland hug the Sound Shell, an open-air amphitheatre framed by a lake, and the Windsong Pavilion, a state-of-the-art recital hall whose views gaze onto the stunning natural surrounds. Within these astonishing architecturally designed spaces, uplifting musical experiences are complemented by native bird song, frog calls and the scent of gum trees.
Headlining the festival is a performance by one of Australia’s finest baritones, JOSE CARBO. Born in Argentina, Carbo will perform songs taught to him by his grandfather amongst the repertoire of tango and Latin song, including music by Piazzolla, Gardel and Mores. CARBO was the winner of the prestigious Australian Singing Competition Opera Award and Four Winds is honoured to welcome such a sought after talent.
James Crabb is recognized as one of the world’s finest classical accordion players and proponent of the music of Astor Piazzolla, who created a new form of tango called ‘Tango Nuevo’. For Four Winds Latin Spirit, Crabb is creating TANGO JAM 2, an exceptional group of musicians exploring one of the most dramatic and sensual rhythms of Tango Nuevo, the Milonga: ANDREW HAVERON is one of todays most celebrated violinists. Leader of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he is in great demand as an international soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. Also performing as part of TANGO JAM 2 is STEFAN CASSOMENOS, a new generation concert pianist, composer and vibrant collaborator in many different musical styles, as well as double bassist PHIL STACK, a standout musician in the jazz/rock worlds both in Australia and abroad. Another internationally acclaimed performer joining the quintet is the Adelaide based multi-award winning guitarist ALEKSANDR TSIBOULSKI. Bringing those outstanding musicians together at Four Winds is exactly that fusion of classical and jazz music elements which Piazzolla so masterfully blended together to create the dramatic and sensual Tango Nuevo. We perform together as TANGO JAM 2 on Easter Saturday evening in the Windsong Pavilion and then we will be accompanying Jose Carbo on Sunday afternoon in the Sound Shell.
James Crabb: “As with the legendary Astor Piazzolla quintet who pioneered Tango Nuevo these brilliant musicians come from diverse musical backgrounds. Tango Nuevo is a fusion of classical music forms with jazz harmonies, Latin rhythms and improvisation together with extended instrumental techniques creating a completely new seductive sound world when it evolved in the 60s.”
Also performing at the Festival are RASA DUENDE, a collaboration between internationally acclaimed musicians BOBBY SINGH (tabla), ADRIAN MCNEIL (sarod) and DAMIAN WRIGHT (flamenco Guitar) which explores the rich creative potential of the melodic, rhythmic and aesthetic meeting points between Hindustani and Flamenco music traditions, and BANDALUZIA, an acclaimed modern flamenco music and dance ensemble known for explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity. Led by Australian guitarist DAMIAN WRIGHT, BANDALUZIA features percussionist BEN HAUPTMANN, guitarist JAMES HAUPTMANN and flamenco dancer JESSICA STATHAM.
WORKSHOPS will take place on Saturday and Sunday with experts taking participants through the basics of Tango, Flamenco and other Latin rhythms. A FIESTA will take place on Sunday evening for those inspired to learn a few steps, let loose and dance the night away to all things Latin: New Flamenco from Andalusia; mestizo inspired sounds from Barcelona; traditional and electronic tango from Buenos Aires and music from beyond, embracing all the many Latin ingredients to create a sensational musical paella.
Four Winds Latin Spirit, where the finest in flamenco and tango rhythms, architectural design and natural beauty come together.
Take advantage of the $100 EARLY BIRD PACKAGE promotion for the first one hundred buyers.
Diary of a Wombat comes to Bermagui
Saturday 8 April 2017 | 11am | Bermagui Community Centre
Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat by Australian Children’s laureates Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Bermagui will enjoy this beautiful and iconic work when it comes to the Community Centre on Saturday 8 April 2017.
Monkey Baa Director Eva Di Cesare and a team of revered creative artists, including Puppetry and Movement Director Alice Osborne (War Horse 2012/13), Designer Imogen Ross (Hitler’s Daughter) and composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard, use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 3+ to the stage.
Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!
“We’ve assembled an extraordinary team of artists to bring this iconic picture book to life,” said Eva Di Cesare. “Diary of a Wombat is such an enduring childhood classic and audiences are going to fall in love with Mothball all over again when she burrows her way on to our stage.”
Diary of a Wombat, performed by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Bermagui Community Centre, Bermagui NSW
Tickets: Adults $22. 18yrs & under $12. Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $52
Sydney Youth Orchestra: ‘Mozart by the Sea’ at Four Winds
Sunday 26 February 2017 | 2pm | Sound Shell Amphitheatre, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui
The Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) return to the region next week for a four-day intensive residency at Four Winds, Bermagui. These talented young musicians, led by SYO Chief Conductor & Artistic Director Alexander Briger, will perform some of Mozart’s most loved orchestral works for local school students and in concert at the beautiful Four Winds Sound Shell Amphitheatre on Sunday 26 February at 2pm.
SYO is delighted to be working with Four Winds to bring the beauty of Mozart’s repertoire to the South Coast. Specialist orchestral projects like ‘Mozart by the Sea’ provide an important opportunity for young musicians to hone their skills, develop a deeper understanding of a composer’s work and work intensively as an ensemble in the beautiful natural surrounds of the Four Winds site in Bermagui. “An opportunity like this, to spend quality time immersing oneself in classical music and being part of a project with true educational value, is simply too good to refuse.” Says Alexander Briger AM, SYO Chief Conductor & Artistic Director.
Sydney Youth Orchestra: ‘Mozart by the Sea’| Sunday 26 February, 2pm
Four Winds Sound Shell, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui.
Tickets $10. 16yrs & under free.
Bookings @ www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on
Sydney Youth Orchestra and Four Winds is grateful for the support of Arts NSW.
James Crabb, Four Winds’ Artistic Director, recently returned from a trip to Bulgaria to have his classical accordion undergo a major service with Ukrainian, Viktor Melnyk.
Just in time for this Sunday’s Inaugural Windsong Series performance with Piers Lane (pianist) and Andrew Haveron (violinist). 1pm, tomorrow, Sunday 12 February, in the Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui.
Limited tickets are still available. Bookings essential at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on
& while Viktor was busy working on the accordion James got busy shoveling snow and enjoying the local delicacies like ‘Kholodets’ (which is Russian for pig’s tongue in a bouillon jelly!)
Four Winds Presents: The Windsong Series Launch
Sunday 12 February | 1pm | Windsong Pavilion
Four Winds has launched a new series of performances to be held in the exceptional acoustics of the stunning Windsong Pavilion, just 9kms south of Bermagui. The series kicks off this Sunday, 12 February at 1pm with engaging and highly versatile pianist Piers Lane, who will be joined by the outstanding Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Andrew Haveron (Violinist) and Four Winds’ Artistic Director James Crabb (Classical Accordionist).
The series continues in July with John Bell (Narrator) and Simon Tedeschi (Pianist) performing Richard Strauss’ “Enoch Arden” on Sunday 2 July 2017. The 2017 series concludes on Sunday 19 November with a recital of lute-songs performed by British soprano Dame Emma Kirkby DBE and Jakob Lindberg (Lute). Their performance will form part of Four Winds’ new Words and Music Festival.
Bookings are available as a package of three events or as individual performances. For more information please go to www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call us on 02 6493 3414.
Great vibe at Summer Sounds music festival | Narooma News
27 January 2017
By Stan Gorton
The inaugural Summer Sounds music festival by Four Winds was deemed a success bringing a new range of diverse of music and different crowd to the scenic concert venue.
The amphitheatre at Barragga Bay south of Bermagui normally rings with the sounds of classical music, but on Australia Day this year it was an eclectic mix of world music, reggae, folk, indie rock and surf tunes.
It was all pulled together by producer Frankie Madrid, with a majority female performer line-up also being something different for music festivals.
Organisers were pleased with the crowd of about 600 given it was a new venture and are hoping for even more next time round.
Highlights included a duet performance by amazingly talented pianist Ambre Hammond who took to the stage in the Windsong Pavilion together with Four Winds artistic director James Crabb playing the accordion.
Their performance generated rapturous applause to the packed crowd spilling out onto the deck.
The full day of music ended with the stunning sounds of blues sensation Alice Terry, who originally hailed from Moruya, and then all ending with surf rockers Caravana Sun.
There was a real summer vibe to the one-day festival with the crowd of all ages dancing in the amphitheatre by the end of the night.
There is lots more on at Four Winds with more diverse music coming up, including the Sounds of Tango and Flamenco on over three days this Easter.
Check out fourwinds.com.au/ for all the upcoming music.
Photos by Marg Hansen
Performing and visual artists, including leaders Tony King and Kris Ralph of Beautifully Mad, came together for three days to explore the Bermagui and Wallaga Lake estuaries, their catchments and stories. Based on this fieldwork the artist will produce new work that will be exhibited in Canberra and Bega. We’d like to say thank you to the knowledge sharers that made this Create Field Study so inspiring…
Montreal Goldfields, our guides Judi, Bob and Malcolm were engaging and devoted to the preservation of the hand-dug mines and the stories of that era.
John Blay shared his vast knowledge of the terrain from the coast to Cooma, his connection to the place and people, through great story telling and this was enhanced by the spontaneous and insightful contribution of Cheryl Davison.
Clean Energy for Eternity‘s Bill Southwood talked climate change mitigation and inspired us with the stories of communities taking climate action. He was joined by the provocative John James with an argument for climate adaptation and some distressing images of Bermagui under various sea level rise scenarios.
Trevor King’s vision for the preservation of the Bermagui River Wetlands was palpable and certainly re-invigorated the inspiration of the artists.
This exploration took the artists hiking up Gulaga with local Yuin knowledge sharer Warren Foster. An experience the artists described as “powerful” and “deeply spiritual”.
We were in great hands kayaking across Wallaga Lake with The River Rock Cafe‘s Matt and Shane, plus estuary scientist Emma Maratea. Their insights highlighted the difficulty of balancing the health of the lake systems with the demands of an increasing human population.
Finally Cheryl Davison shared her basket weaving and knowledge of Murunna Point taking us closer to understanding the sorrow and anger of a culture that is trying to recover from oppression only to face the threats of climate change.
The conversations, heated debates, laughter and tears made this Creative Field Study a rich source of inspiration for new works of art; thank you to everyone who contributed their time and knowledge.
Four Winds Summer Movies Under the Stars
Tue 27, Wed 28, Thurs 29 & Fri 30 December 2016
Four Winds Sound Shell, Bermagui
Four magical summer nights of blockbuster family movies under the stars in the beautiful outdoor Four Winds Sound Shell amphitheatre celebrating the success of Australian talent in Hollywood. Meet Mia Wasikowska (Alice) on opening night – Tue 27th – introducing her film Alice in Wonderland. Mia will take to the stage around 8pm.
Gates open from 6.30pm each evening. A short children’s film will be played each evening at 7pm in the Windsong Pavilion prior to the featured film which will begin at dusk (8pm-ish) in the Sound Shell amphitheatre.
There will be food, bar, ice cream, tea & coffee available for sale. BYO picnic, rugs and low seating.
Prizes for the most creative costumes!
Tuesday 27 December:
7pm – Short Children’s Film: The Lost Thing
Dusk – Feature Film: Alice in Wonderland
(meet Mia Wasikowska (Alice) in person! Mia will take to the stage around 8pm)
Wednesday 28 December
7pm – Short Children’s Film: Rabbit and Deer
Dusk – Feature Film: Cinderella
Thursday 29 December
7pm – Short Children’s Film: Room on the Broom
Dusk – Feature Film: Paper Planes
Friday 30 December
7pm – Short Children’s Film: Lost and Found
Dusk – Feature Film: Eddie The Eagle
The show will go on! In the case of wet weather all films will be shown inside the Windsong Pavilion.
We encourage creative costumes! There will be a prize for best dressed each night.
General Admission – Adult – $18
General Admission – 5-16yrs – $15
Family Admission – 2 Adults & 2 Children – $60
Free Admission – 4yrs & Under – $0
For more information, to join the Four Winds mailing list and to buy tickets go to www.fourwinds.com.au
Call 02 6493 3414 , Email email@example.com, or visit us at the Bermagui Community Centre (Weekday mornings)
Four Winds Bermagui: Chair Sheena Boughen to step down
Four Winds Bermagui exists to provide a home for music making where the creation and performance of music (and related performing arts) fires the imagination, enriches lives and encourages active participation. Nature’s Concert Hall is now welcoming audiences all year round who are drawn to the magnificent alchemy of music and nature that is the essence of Four Winds.
14 artists, including leaders Carolyn Young and Sharon Field from Canberra, spent three days at Four Winds…
…absorbing inspiration from each other, the Four Winds site, talks from the project’s Reference Group and the hive of activity that was the Four Winds BioBlitz.
The BioBlitz, made possible by Atlas of Life and Bournda Environmental Education Centre, brought scientists and naturalists from around the country to lead our community on flora and fauna surveys. Formidable survey results came back teeming with shells, moths, birds and the possible discovery of a new species of peacock spider (read about it here in the Bega District News), which has now been confirmed!
Take a look at photos from the BioBlitz here…
Artists left the Creative Field Study with a new network of likeminded artists, inspiration for a whole new body of work and ideas for exhibitions. If you’d like to be part of our 2017 Creative Field Studies, please submit an expression of interest here…