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.
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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…
- FREE Concert –FourPlay – Indie String Quartet will perform music inspired by rock, swing, hip hop, jazz and more, in the Sound Shell amphitheater from 1.45 – 3pm on Saturday 12 November. Food & refreshments available from 12noon or bring your own picnic.
- Community BioBlitz – join in over 60 guided surveys including flora walks, reptile hunts, peacock spider searches, night-time moth and possum surveys and motion sensitive camera trap discoveries. Data collected will be recording a baseline of the ecological communities at the Four Winds site and surrounds, which will then allow for monitoring, and the planning of ongoing rehabilitation projects.
- A limited number of places are also available on Saturday for Masterclass demonstrations in both photography and botanical art, hosted by the above artists. These classes only cost $20 each, and bookings are essential.
Call out to Artists… Would you like to take part in a FREE Creative Field Studies project on the South Coast?
Would you like the opportunity to exhibit your artwork at the Bega Valley Shire Regional Gallery and in Canberra?
Are you looking for new approaches and inspiration? Are you interested in the environment?
This is a call out to visual artists, performing artists, media artists, textiles and fibre artists, writers, storytellers, slam poets, filmmakers, composers… artists of any medium! There will be two more Four Winds Creative Field Studies running in early 2017 in the South Coast region. If you are interested in being considered for these – whatever your art medium – please email your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This opportunity is brought to you by Four Winds, Arts NSW and the Australian National University. With thanks to Cardno.
Header image: ‘Real Rivers Series’ by Carolyn Young
Inset image 1: ‘Mixed Flowers (Exotic)’ by Sharon Field
Inset image 2: ‘Grassy Woodlands’ Series by Carolyn Young
Footer image: Four Winds Nature’s Concert Hall by Robert Tacheci
“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of James Crabb as our Artistic Director with responsibility to lead our year-round program of activities as well as our iconic biennial Easter Festival,” said Chair of the Board Sheena Boughen. “James is an internationally acclaimed classical accordionist and a highly respected and passionate music educator. He will deliver a vibrant, international program of events, which will animate our beautiful performance spaces, ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’, just south of Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW.”
James commented. “This is a wonderful opportunity to build the future of Four Winds as a unique, flagship Australian arts organisation. I am excited about the prospect of a diverse program that is truly international in its outlook but rooted in such an exceptional place. The community is such an important part of Four Winds, and creating projects and musical experiences with and for the local community is as exciting as our potential to reach audiences nationally and internationally through our program.”
A performer at the 2012 Four Winds Festival, James has appeared at many festivals globally including at Aldeburgh and the London Proms, and with the ACO in Japan and Europe. He is renowned for his exciting performances of repertoire spanning six centuries as well as being an authority on the music of Astor Piazzolla. James’ diverse background includes performing with Neil Finn and Patti Smith, music theatre productions, contemporary dance collaborations and two longstanding professorships of Classical Accordion departments in Denmark and Austria. James has extensive experience as a musical director, recording producer and has recorded with various leading labels and artists internationally.
“Music-making at any level must be a two-way natural, enjoyable, memorable and enriching experience for the performer and listener regardless of age, knowledge, ability or experience. I aspire to excellence but this is not to be confused with elitism – music is for everyone!” – James Crabb
CLICK HERE to listen to ABC South East interview with James Crabb – 21 Oct 2016
Griffyn Ensemble and Red Note Ensemble have been in residence this week in the lead up to the Sisters in Crime weekend, spending time with local residents and creating new music inspired by this experience.
Come along and hear their music and a little about their time in the Bega Valley. Its free!
A showing of the music created will be held on Friday 7 October at 6PM in the Bermagui Community Centre Hall.
Griffyn Ensemble have traveled from Canberra and Red Note Ensemble all the way from Scotland to create new music as part of our Bermagui Project. Big thanks to Regional Arts Fund and Arts NSW for making this possible!
Four Winds Father’s Day – Oysters & Music
Enjoy Father’s Day afternoon with fresh oysters and beautiful music inside the Four Winds’ Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui. Joe Chindamo, routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, will join the Australian String Quartet, Australia’s chamber music group of excellence, in concert and conversation. Hear Joe’s high-energy work Tempesta followed by Joe talking about his composition and influences before the ASQ delight us with Schubert and Mendelssohn.
The event goes from 2 – 4pm. Oysters and refreshments will be available for purchase or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty of the Four Winds site. As an extra bonus, ticket holders are invited to attend the final stages of the rehearsal between 12noon and 1pm – for no extra charge.
Gates open at 11.30am. Adults $27. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings essential: https://fourwinds.iwannaticket.com.au/ or call 6493 3414
The Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui, will play a part on the national stage next Saturday 3 September 2016 as 1 of 16 sites across Australia connecting audiences live to the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
Session 1 runs from 11.30am – 12.30pm with Lionel Shriver, bestselling American author, will suggest that to Break a Rule a Day is better for your health than an apple. When systems of mass schooling took root in the 19th century, their goals were very different to those of today, yet we have retained their standardised, homogenised structures. What would real education for the 21st century look like? And what kind of revolution would it take to put it in place?
Session 2 runs from 1.30pm to 2.30pm with journalists Annabel Crabb and David Marr discussing whether the Federal Election gave us The Government We Deserve? Whichever way we vote, politicians say the electorate always gets it right at the ballot box. Cynics are more inclined to think that we get the government we deserve. Did we get it right this time? What does the election tell us about our faith in our political leaders? Are we a nation that can’t make up its mind?
Make a day of it – A lunch pack and refreshments are available to purchase or you can bring your own picnic and enjoy the surrounds of the beautiful Four Winds site. The day will be Facilitated by Ian Campbell, Director of ‘About Regional’ and ABC South East radio veteran, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and interact with the live nation-wide conversation on the day.
1 session $16.50, both sessions $30. 16 & under FREE. Bookings essential at www.fourwinds.iwannaticket.com.au or call 6493 3414.
Thanks to the valued donors of the Four Winds A Key to the Future campaign, a new 7ft Shigeru-Kawai Semi-Concert Grand piano is arriving this week. The piano will be on trial in the beautiful Windsong Pavilion at Four Winds, Bermagui.