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Easter Festival five weeks to go

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Jack is back!

Jack Liebeck (violin) is currently busy giving concerts in Europe and fulfilling his role as a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. But he took some time out to send this message about returning to Four Winds…


“I was really excited when James Crabb asked me to come back for the 2018 Four Winds Easter Festival.

It was so enjoyable being there for the last Festival, especially playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in the glorious Sound Shell and collaborating with great musicians such as the Navarra String Quartet who were also visiting from the UK.

I think a highlight for me is going to be performing in the Sound Shell again on Easter Saturday afternoon.

I am particularly looking forward to playing a sublime work called Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in Mirror) by Arvo Part – an arrangement for Violin and Piano. It’s a beautiful atmospheric, still piece and many people use this music for meditation. It’s going to be so great in the natural setting of the Four Winds Amphitheatre – you will be transported! For that performance I’m collaborating with Australian pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and I’m really looking forward to playing with her.

I have to run, but I’m really looking forward to seeing you all at the Four Winds 2018 Festival this Easter – to being part of some sublime performances, working with fabulous artists, and meeting people out and about in the beautiful town of Bermagui.

Until then…cheerio”

Jack Liebeck, February 2018

Jack is one of the main artists in the Festival and will feature throughout the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday programs.

The Sound Shell program will treat you to a specially commissioned Welcome to Country contrasted with brilliant and vibrant European Brass music from the 1500’s.

Mid-morning you will experience music by Vivaldi (of ‘Four Seasons’ fame) as well as a beautiful suite of string music performed by musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). This work, written by a 19th Century Italian composer Respighi, was inspired by the Ancient Airs and Dances which gave the work its name. Here is a recording made by Sir Neville Marriner with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – it will give you a delicious taste of this beautiful music:

We are delighted to be presenting Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project in partnership with Musica Viva. Mission Songs Project performance is inspired by Indigenous singing and song traditions. The vocal quartet is made up of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous vocalists, presenting rare styles and narratives found in Indigenous communities, such as family gatherings, social events and yarns over a cuppa. Story-telling is a major component of the performance blending historical context and moving personal experiences into the tunes sung from the mission days, making the show warm, humorous and heartfelt.

An epic and highly theatrical work called Ayre by Golijov will then be presented on Easter Saturday afternoon. Emma Pearson, our wonderful guest Soprano, features throughout this work and sings in a huge range of different languages from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Europe. It’s a large, colourful work and the music is inspired by the traditions and instruments of all those regions.

So Saturday in the Sound Shell is not only a day of great music, but a geographical tour of different musical styles and traditions – and you don’t have to leave Nature’s Concert Hall to experience it all!

The Sunday Sound Shell program opens with arguably one of Australia’s finest choirs – The Song Company. We start the day gently with The Song Company performing vocal music of William Byrd, a composer in the Court of Elizabeth I. This is followed by the music of J S Bach, a visit to 15th century Spain and then to present day Latvia to hear cellist Julian Smiles perform the Vasks Cello Concerto, entitled ‘Presence’. This is another atmospheric work informed by some of the ecological challenges we face in the 21st Century.

On Sunday afternoon a performance of Haydn’s Chamber Symphony 104 will bring together many of the Festival Artists in a collaboration – a unique experience at Four Winds.

Throughout the Festival there are activities for young people in our Kids’ Tent and Youth Program – great food and drink, and of course great company.

There is a free shuttle bus service running from the Bermagui Country Club to the Four Winds site from 8.30am on Easter Saturday and 8.00am on Easter Sunday. (Don’t forget to put your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed on Easter Saturday for the end of daylight savings!).

If you are driving to the Festival site on Easter Saturday and Sunday, you need to book your carpark spot prior to arriving on the day – $10 per day per car.

Shuttle bus bookings and car park passes can be booked on the ticketing site via the link below…

 

 

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Image credits: Ben Marden, Robert Tacheci


Easter Festival Sound Shell Sunday 1 April

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Julian Smiles (cello)



Australian Brass Quintet




Damian Barberler


Sound Shell Sunday 1 April 2018

Our Sunday starts a bit earlier because of the end of daylight saving. We begin the day gently and beautifully with the sublime voices of The Song Company singing a program of early choral music by the English composer William Byrd. I can’t think of a better way to start the day – it will be heavenly.

As we venture through the morning, solo works are interspersed with ensemble works. One thing they all have in common is that they are truly atmospheric and I’m excited by the prospect of this music being in perfect harmony with our setting. The program will take us from 15th century Spain with the Australian Brass Quintet to present-day Latvia when we will hear Vask’s Cello Concerto entitled ‘Presence’ performed by Julian Smiles.

The visual phenomena of two great pianists playing at the same keyboard performing music written for four hands leads us into the presentation of a new work ‘Visiting Eucalyptus’ by Damian Barbeler inspired by the Murray Bail novel ‘Eucalyptus’. This work will be a musical reflection on the eucalypts present on the South Coast. It will be supported by an exhibition, as well digital content online, which will run during the lead-up to the Festival. Four Winds is about music, nature and shared creativity – I’m sure this new work is going to embody all three.

The Sunday Sound Shell program ends with the familiar sound of a classical symphony as well as a flourish with ‘The Three Dancers’ by celebrated and much-loved Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

The final Windsong Concert will demonstrate the beauty and diversity of the Windsong Pavilion as an exceptional venue for Chamber Music – with a fabulous piano! Two substantial chamber works by Schubert and Dvorak surround an arrangement I have made of Saint-Saens’ stunning showpiece which I am looking forward to performing with our international guest violinist, Jack Liebeck.

Morning | 9.30am – 10.30am
The Song Company
William Byrd – Byrd Round Table

Morning | 11am – 12.30pm
Australian Brass Quintet, Festival Strings, Alice Giles (harp),
Dimity Hall (violin), Jack Liebeck (violin), Julian Smiles (cello),
Matthias Shack-Arnott (percussion), Speak Percussion,
Aleksandr Tsibouski (guitar), Ariel Zuckermann (conductor)

Arvo Pärt – Fratres for Strings and percussion
JS Bach (arr. For guitar by Stephen Snook)
– Cello Suite no 1 MWV 1007
Magnar Am – Gratia
Juan del Encina (arr. Scott Kinmont) – Five Villancicos
Peteris Vasks – Cello Concerto no 2 Klatbutne (Presence)
Soloist: Julian Smiles (cello)

Afternoon | 1pm – 2.30pm
James Crabb (classical accordion), Tamara-Anna Cislowska
(piano), Rohan Dasika (double bass), Festival Strings, Alice Giles
(harp), Dimity Hall (violin), Scott Kinmont (trombone),
Owen Morris (trumpet), Ian Munro (piano), Dene Olding (violin),
Matthias Shack-Arnott (percussion), Julian Smiles (cello),
Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar), Eugene Ughetti (percussion),
Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet), Ariel Zuckermann (flute)
Ian Munro – Piano Trio no 2: A Book of Lullabies
Maurice Ravel – Introduction and Allegro M.46
Morita Moszkowski – From Foreign Lands op 23. Piano
– for four hands.
Damian Barbeler – Visiting Eucalyptus, World Premiere (2018)

To find out more about the Four Winds Easter festival go to www.fourwinds.com.au/easterfestival, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Download a printable Program or Program at a Glance, and surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty or Book Now.


Easter Festival Sound Shell Saturday 31 March

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David Leha (vocals)



Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano)




Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar)


Sound Shell Saturday 31 March 2018

Saturday sees the Four Winds Sound Shell come into its own. We open with a special Welcome to Country featuring new works by David Hewitt interpreted in dance by the Djaadjawan Dancers. David Leha will sing ‘Yanaya’ a work in Kamilaori language, originally written for the 2016 Easter Festival, as well a brand new song for this Festival.

I’ve been particularly interested to program a festival which is full of timely contrasts and which places classical music in the context of other musical genres and traditions. Sound Shell Saturday begins with wonderfully invigorating works from the earlier periods of classical music, featuring brass, guitar and our Festival String Ensemble made up of students from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). One new work embraces the natural elements of the site. We have commissioned US composer Timothy Geller to write a work for harpist Alice Giles which she will perform with wind harps (small composite harps which are activated by the wind) and a pre-recorded soundscape.

The afternoon session opens with two percussion virtuosos – to get everyone’s attention, ready to experience Jessie Lloyd’s ‘Mission Songs
Project
’. Arvo Pärt’s most famous and magical work for violin, strings and percussion makes way for Piazzolla’s gutsy ‘Aconcagua’ – an emotional tour de force.

The influence of other music traditions is ever present in the epic work ‘Ayre’ which closes Saturday’s program in the Sound Shell. The work features musical instruments, forms and sound-worlds from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Europe. This evocative work is a cornucopia of styles, melodies and influences requiring the soprano soloist to sing in many languages. It will take you on an unforgettable journey across continents.

Morning | 10am – 11am
Australian Brass Quintet, Djaadjwan Dancers, Rohan Dasika
(double bass), Ben Jacks (horn), David Leha (vocals), Mission
Songs Ensemble with guests, Scott Kinmont (trombone), Speak
Percussion, Stonewave Taiko, Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet),
Ariel Zuckermann (flute)

Welcome to Country
David Leha (Radical Son) – Yanaya
David Hewitt – Baronda Daiko 3 mvt. World Premiere (2018)
Tielman Susato – Suite

Morning | 11.30am – 12.30pm
Festival Strings, Timothy Geller (composer/sound engineer),
Alice Giles (harp), Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar)

Antonio Vivaldi – Lute Concerto in D major RV.93
Timothy Geller – Breath Dance (2018)
Ottorino Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no. 3

Afternoon | 1pm – 2.30pm
James Crabb (classical accordion),
Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano), Rohan Dasika (double bass),
Festival Strings, Alice Giles (harp), Jack Liebeck (violin),
Mission Songs Project, Speak Percussion

Steve Reich – Music for Pieces of Wood
Jessie Lloyd presents songs from the Mission Songs Project
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel
Astor Piazzolla – Aconcagua

Afternoon | 3pm – 4.30pm
Jim Atkins (sound design), James Crabb (hyper-accordion),
Rohan Dasika (double bass), Alice Giles (harp), Ben Jacks (horn),
Irina Morosov (Viola), Emma Pearson (soprano),
Matthias Schack-Arnott (percussion), Julian Smiles (cello),
Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar/ronroco),
Eugene Ughetti (percussion), Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet),
Ariel Zuckermann (flute),

Osvaldo Golijov – Ayre

To find out more about the Four Winds Easter festival go to www.fourwinds.com.au/easterfestival, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Download a printable Program or Program at a Glance, and surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty or Book Now.


Easter Festival Sideshow Alley

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Dear All,

It was a real joy to perform at Summer Sounds on the weekend and to collaborate with all the amazing musicians who played for us. It was great to be involved with such a diverse line-up – which at one point featured a tiger snake!

I love the unexpected, so I have created what I believe will be a delightful yet surprising event at the 2018 Easter Festival – Sideshow Alley.

On Easter Saturday evening, the Windsong Pavilion will play host to seven short performances all of which have an element of theatre and illusion about them. Presented as if the musicians were part of a Sideshow Arcade, our MC will activate the musicians who will spring to life like automata and then return to stillness. You will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of performances inspired by the mysterious world of olden-day Sideshow Alley. Sideshow Alley is repeated three times on Saturday evening and features our Festival Artists – including myself – performing in ways which certainly take us all beyond the usual conventions of performance.

 James Crabb, Artistic Director. Photo by Ben Marden

There is also plenty of light at the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival, especially during our Saturday and Sunday Sound Shell Festival days which are presented outdoors in the wonderful surroundings of Nature’s Concert Hall. The program in the Sound Shell is never far from nature. For instance, we are presenting works like the Vask’s Cello Concerto entitled ‘Presence’ the title of which is described by the composer’s note… “I mean that I am here. I am not distant. With every breath I am here in this world, with all my ideals and dreams of a better world.” Julian Smiles, the incredible cellist from the Goldner String Quartet and highly acclaimed soloist, will be performing this beautiful work on Sunday morning in the Sounds Shell.

The Four Winds Sound Shell is such a wonderful place to experience music. Sit among your friends looking at a stage framed by water and pristine bushland while you listen to world-class performers in a program which spans continents, centuries and many musical influences. What more could you ask for at Easter? Chocolate… yes, that’ll be available too.

Click here to view the2018 Easter Festival Program booklet.

I look forward to seeing you there and enjoying the Festival with you.

Very best wishes
James Crabb – Artistic Director

 

 

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Image credits: Ben Marden, Robert Tacheci


Easter Festival program

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Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | Program Information

Dear All,

We are moving quickly towards the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival and I’m delighted to be able share more detailed information about the program with you.

Across 5 days, the program features 60 artists, 10 ensembles, 26 performances and promises to treat you to a diverse range of music, both old and new, including works especially commissioned by Four Winds.

The detailed program information is hot off the press and is available to download from the Four Winds site…

We are delighted that tickets are selling fast. If you have already purchased your tickets I am really looking forward to welcoming you to the Festival.

If you have not yet bought your tickets, please ensure that you don’t miss the chance to experience exceptional music which has been especially programmed for this beautiful place.

Surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty this Easter; tickets are available via the link below.

I hope you enjoy reading more about the program.

Very best wishes
James Crabb
Artistic Director


 

 

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or
drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Image credits: Ben Marden, Galina Stepanova, Deutsche Grammophon Ayre Album 2010, Kurt Sneddon, Chris Frappe, Chris Sheedy


Fresh Salt

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Fresh Salt Exhibition | Creative Responses to Exceptional Landscape

The Fresh Salt exhibition will be launched this Friday, 2 February at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery. Four Winds has established a partnership with Bega Valley Regional Gallery to present the works created through our innovative Creative Field Studies program which showcases our region’s visual artists, musicians, composers, choreographers, and creative writers.

The works on show are the result of three field trips to eight exquisite estuaries between the sacred mountains of Gulaga and Mumbulla in Yuin Country.

Underlying the significance of the project is the cultural conversation that has transpired between Aboriginal elders, scientists, historians, farmers, council workers, residents, and artists. ¬¬¬

“Four Winds is committed to developing, supporting and inspiring our local creative community”, said Lara Crew, Four Winds Create and Inspire Program Producer.

Fresh Salt aims to raise community awareness about the ecological and cultural significance of the area through the power of art.

“As the waters mingle so do the artists, the knowledge, the ideas, the sharing,” said Four Winds Artistic Director, James Crabb. “We are fortunate to live and work in an exceptional and dynamic landscape, Fresh Salt is a creative response to that, through images, words, movement, or music.”

Side by side with the art, the project has created time; time to talk regardless of background or expertise and celebrate a shared interest in the Bega Valley.

Regional Gallery Director, Iain Dawson said, “Fresh Salt is an incredible exhibition to kick off the new year. I am thrilled to be working with our colleagues at Four Winds to present these important works from local artists. For our 30 year anniversary, this exhibition represents the ethos behind the origin of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery which opened after 40 years of agitation by the local arts community,” Mr Dawson said.

Fresh Salt opens at 6pm on Friday, 2 February at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery for an exclusive two week season ending 17 February. The opening will be more than speeches with a number of live performance works which will enhance the opening evening.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Artists involved and to view the Exhibition Catalogue.

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds
go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or
drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.


Summer Sounds

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Summer Sounds | This Saturday at Four Winds

12noon – Benji & The Saltwater Sound System
1:30pm – The Sweet Valentinos
3:15pm – World Premiere Collaboration
5pm – The Strides

The Strides


Roots music from Sydney’s streets embraces a world of musical consciousness. Fronted by reggae master Ras Roni from Barbados via London, Fijian MC Gzeus and Sierra Leonean ragga powerhouse Eddie Conteh, The Strides deliver classic reggae with a hip-hop edge, modern dance hall, world beats, ska and Afro-jazz. The Strides have forged a truly global sound melding a diversity of cultures and instrumentation under the one universal consciousness.

A World Premiere Collaboration…


James Crabb brings together a group of outstanding musicians together for this world premiere collaboration featuring Yasukazu Kano (Shinobue bamboo flute), YuNiOn (taiko/percussion) with Graham Hilgendorf and Masae Ikegawa, David Hewitt (percussion), Kade Brown (piano) and Sam Martin (double bass).

The Sweet Valentinos…


Formed in early 2017, The Sweet Valentinos have quickly earned a reputation as one of the South Coast’s favourite musical acts. Expect melodies seasoned with percussion, double bass, violin, loads of harmonies and the jangle of a piano; ragged rural rhythms and dreamy beatnik undertones. Their music is a wide-open field under a summer afternoon. The Sweet Valentinos – Right in the Pocket of Love.

Benji & The Saltwater Sound System


Benji & The Saltwater Sound System draws upon Benji’s recent immersion in Islander flavours fused with the jazz, reggae and African roots of its members past musical projects. This creates hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies. Add to this the beautifully poignant lyrics that Benji has become known for and you can’t help but expect something special from this line-up.

The artists in Benji and the SSS have had the honour of playing at a number of festivals including Woodford, the National Folk Festival, the Dreaming Festival, Granite Town and Peak Festival just to name a few.

Gate’s open 11am. Music begins at 12noon through until 6.30pm.

A great range of food and beverage options will be available throughout the afternoon including Valley Katering, Spicy Jam, Bermagui Gelati Clinic, Beardhawk Coffee, and the Four Winds Bar.



Summer Sounds

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A line-up of outstanding artists will perform an afternoon of exceptional music in the beautiful surrounds of the Four Winds Sound Shell outdoor amphitheatre in Barragga Bay (9kms south of Bermagui) on Saturday 27 January 2018 in an afternoon celebration of great music, fabulous local food and summer vibes.

Settle in for an afternoon of performances set to wow the crowd. The afternoon will culminate with a performance by The Strides – who will bring their truly global, diverse sound to the South Coast.

The program also features international artists performing in their own right as well as part of a collaboration put together by Four Winds Artistic Director, James Crabb just for this event. James (classical accordion) will collaborate with Yasukazu Kano, visiting Japanese Shinobue bamboo flute player, YuNiOn made up of Masae Ikegawa and Graham Hilgendorf performing percussion/taiko drum, and Bega Valley local artists David Hewitt (percussion), Kade Brown (piano), and Sam Martin (double bass).

Summer Sounds is also presenting indie-folkstress Melody Moon who hails from the Great Ocean Road and The Sweet Valentinos, a Bermagui based band lead by Michael Hanlon, who are building their reputation as one of the South Coast’s favourite bands.

“I am so incredibly excited by this year’s Summer Sounds program. This is such a dynamic mix of really talented musicians. I can’t wait to see the magic that happens when these incredible musicians take to the stage in our beautiful Four Winds outdoor Sound Shell,” says James Crabb, Artistic Director. “Summer Sounds is a way for us to continue to introduce the beauty and experience of Four Winds to the local community and visiting holiday-makers”.

Summer Sounds entwines world music, reggae, indie and folk vibes with the classical music elements that Four Winds is known and loved for.

Expect a party-like atmosphere and a truly unique live music experience set amongst the natural beauty of south coast bushland.

“We’re hoping everyone will kick off their shoes and dance the afternoon away” says James.

A great range of food and beverage options will be available throughout the afternoon including Valley Katering, Spicy Jam, Bermagui Gelati Clinic, Beardhawk Coffee, Za’s Mobile Coffee and the Four Winds Bar.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Four Winds | Pop-up Cinema

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Four Winds Pop-Up Cinema experience, set in the stunning natural environment of the Four Winds site at Barragga Bay 9kms south of Bermagui, features iconic films which are all united by music. Live music performances will begin each night in the Windsong Pavilion from 7pm. The films will then be screened in the Four Winds Sound Shell amphitheatre from sundown:

  • Wednesday 3 January; BRAN NUE DAE– a raucous celebration of the 1960s Australian rock and roll scene. Live music by CHELSY ATKINS, powerful and celebrated young female vocalist and songwriter from our region;
  • Thursday 4 January; INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS– a fascinating window into the emerging folk scene in New York in the 1960s. Live music by JOSHUA WELLINGTON, an acoustic blues and folk performer from Verona, not far from the Four Winds site;
  • Friday 5 January; ONCE– which follows the romantic and musical story of an Irish contemporary folk musician and his complex relationship with a Czech flower seller and fellow musician. They bond over a broken vacuum cleaner! Live music by TEXTURE LIKE SUN, Melbourne based, established indie/folk musician;
  • Saturday 6 January; SHINE– starring Geoffrey Rush. ‘Shine’ explores the brilliance and struggle of talented classical pianist David Helfgott. Live music by LUCA ZIINO, an exceptional young classical pianist based in Pambula, will play the Four Winds concert grand piano on the closing night.

“Here at Four Winds we often speak about the beauty and brilliance of music-making. The four films selected are a celebration of music and a chance to explore the way music weaves its way through our lives, as well as examining the magical and often complex process of music making” says Leah Szanto, Four Winds’ Pop Up Cinema Producer.

BYO picnic and enjoy the surrounds of Four Winds. Popcorn, ice cream, snacks and drinks available on site. If it’s raining the films will be screened in the Windsong Pavilion.

Carols in the Pavilion

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Carols In The Pavilion

featuring The Song Company Saturday 16 December 2017 | 8 – 9.30pm

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

Four Winds invites you to the Windsong Pavilion to experience a stunning performance of Christmas music presented by Australia’s only full-time professional choir: The Song Company. Carols In The Pavilion will be a beautiful moment of calm before Christmas; mulled wine and mince pies will round off the performance.

General Admission $40. Children under 16 yrs $20.

Fresh Salt | An Exhibition of Visual Art | Videos

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David Gallan | flow 2017

Film | 5 min
flow follows water courses, from fresh to salt, from mountain streams and still forest pools, to tidal lakes and the sea. Water sustains life and shapes the landscape. flow records wildlife from microscopic diatoms to towering spotted gums and endangered southern right whales. The film is also influenced by the work of Max Williams whose verse captured the nature and sensual beauty of the far south coast. “…We saw the secret happenings of dreams, Wild things on cliffs and seaside dunes …” Max Williams, The Remains of Paradise.

Gloria Florez | MADRE-TIERRA 2017

Video | 2 min loop
It takes a tsunami of open hearts to free mother-earth from mankind’s subjugation. I captured this image by coincidence, at Montreal Goldfield during Field Study 2. While walking along the remains of what once was a gold mine during the gold rush period and looking through the metal bars blocking access to one of its dark tunnels, a small and vibrant pink orchid (Dipodium punctatum) caught my attention. As I took this photograph (adjacent), someone simultaneously shone a torch into this foreboding space. The photograph evokes Nature’s resilience and desire to survive despite humankind’s
insatiable march to cut down, open up, dig up, seal up and modify many millions of years of our barely touched natural world. MADRE-TIERRA is a utopian journey into what can happen if we reconsider our actions.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | volunteer

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Dear All,

As well as being extremely excited about the line-up of artists we have coming for the 2018 Easter Festival, I’m equally excited about working with the fabulous team at Four Winds who come together to deliver the Festival, which is made up of many, many Volunteers.

I know from my own experience that Volunteering can be one of the very best ways to experience a Festival, not least because you get a rare glimpse into the back-stage elements of these extraordinary events – as well as getting to enjoy the performances, with a free one-day pass to the Sound Shell.

Volunteer teams are always made up of enthusiastic like-minded people and it’s great to be surrounded with a team of people always working toward everything being the best it can be.

I’m glad to introduce you to some of our Four Winds Volunteers – see some of their profiles below.

I’m also struck by what a great opportunity it is for young people to have some hands-on experience of how a large scale event is managed and delivered. Volunteering is a great addition to anyone’s resume, but for younger people looking to stand out, to have Four Winds on your CV has got to be a good thing! If you know of a young person who might like this opportunity as part of their professional development, please let them know – we’d love to hear from them.

Our wonderful volunteer coordinator Bruce Frost will be really happy to connect with anyone who’d like to Volunteer to be part of the 2018 Easter Festival team. We certainly don’t take our Volunteers for granted and will happily provide a one-day pass to the Sound Shell as a thank you for helping deliver the Festival – as well as invites to special events throughout the year.

If you are interested in Volunteering please register your interest by following the link below and filling in your details.

If Volunteering isn’t going to work for you I hope we will see you at the Festival as an audience member – just a reminder that Early Bird tickets are on sale for a limited time, so guarantee your discount by booking your tickets before 4 December!

If you’ve already booked – thank you – we are really looking forward to seeing you.

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Explore the art of song at Four Winds…

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Beautifully Mad

In Concert | Friday 17 November, 7.30pm
Masterclass | Saturday 18 November, 10.30am

Dame Emma Kirkby (Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lute)

Masterclass | Saturday 18 November, 1pm
In Concert | Sunday 19 November, 1pm

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

A weekend exploring early and contemporary songs is coming to Four Winds.

Beautifully Mad is performing on Friday 17 November, 7.30pm in the Windsong Pavilion. Tony King and Nina Vox, two of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters, will be joined for the first time in Bermagui by their incredible Sydney band including; Bill Risby, piano, Natalie Morrison, double bass, and Nick Lister, drums, for an evening of songs from their new album ‘Silhouette’.

The following morning, on Saturday 18 November, 10.30am – 12noon, Tony King, of Beautifully Mad, will run a Masterclass on – The Craft of Song Writing. A must for anyone interested in or already writing their own songs. Tony will talk about how Beautifully Mad go about writing their material, the craft and inspirations involved.

Dame Emma Kirkby (British Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lutenist) will then present a Masterclass on – The Art of Performing and Understanding Early Songs – on Saturday 18 November 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

On Sunday 19 November 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will then perform as part of the Four Winds Windsong Series. This is a not to missed recital by one of the world’s leading performers of early song. British Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will perform solos written for Lute and songs from the Renaissance Period. Emma and Jakob are visiting from Europe and will be giving only three performances in Australia. Expect an afternoon of quiet, peaceful, beautiful story telling through song.

Tickets: Adults $20 – 80, 16yrs & under FREE

Fresh Salt | An Exhibition of Visual Art | 25 October – 4 November 2017

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Tony King

In our hands 2017 Song accompanied by image Approximately 5 min
Both the song and image are titled In our hands and are responses to the Fresh Salt experience.
The themes that Tony King found particularly powerful were the cultural history of the Yuin people who have been respectful custodians of the environment for many thousands of years.
In just a few hundred years, industrial society has placed this sacred place under enormous threat, both culturally and environmentally, from sea level rise to loss of habitat.
Our modern society will be measured by how we respond.


Kris Ralph

Bridge 2017 (Song 4 min)

Knowledge shared
Listening with our hearts Healing the damage
Start with building a bridge.
Impact 2017

Film 5 min
The risk of sea level rise, overpopulation putting stress on our coastal estuaries,
fishing, farming cattle and logging of forests have an impact on the natural environment


Bill Risby and Natalie Risby
Shadow Man 2017 Poem by Natalie Risby recited to music by William Risby 3 min 30 sec
Shadow Man was inspired by the stories of the traditional owners of this land. Earth, man, animals, nature, past and present are one. Banished man refers to the white convicts sent from the other side of the world – two cultures thrust together with tragic results. Climb to the top of the mountain, close your mouth, open your eyes and hearts, and listen.

School of art Gallery
OPENING HOURS:
Tuesday-Friday 10.30AM-5.00PM
Saturday 12.00-5.00PM
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays

A collaboration between visual artists, musicians, composers, choreographers and creative writers inspired by the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country – where fresh and salt water mix.

As the waters mingle so do the artists, stories, data, history and ideas in response to the place – between the sacred mountains of Gulaga and Mumbulla.

The result is a catalogued exhibition of visual art and a premier performance of original music compositions.

Four Winds’s Bermagui Project is a cultural conversation between Aboriginal elders, scientists, historians, farmers, council workers, local community and artists.

Fresh Salt aims to raise community awareness about the ecological and cultural significance of the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country through the power of art.

Its fresh and you can feel the salt.

Download the Fresh Salt Catalogue

ARTIST TITLE OF WORK
Adam Millar Beachcombing Best Finds
Caitlin Brown Under Story. A tale from a forest floor
Carolyn Young Yellow-Bellied Glider (Petauras australis) Study
Chandelle Gogerly Cuttagee 001
Gilda McKechnie Looking through a coastal Banksia at Camel Rock, Beauty Point
Helen Morris Diamond Python
Pauline Balos Common Silk Pod
Peter Cotton Midden – Wallaga Lake
Robyn Williams Spotted Gums (Corymbia maculata)
Sharon Field Understory,
Veronica O’Leary Head of Cuttagee Rd
Justina Legoe Samphire (Glasswort)
Gloria Florez MADRE-TIERRA
James Lynn The treasure you seek, shall not be the treasure you nd
Lyndell Jenkins Weaving
Paul Jackson The Ballad of Jimmy Crook
Cheryl Davison Gadu
David Gallan flow
Lee Cruse A Healthy River
Delia Silvan and Lee Pemberton A cult of forgetfulness #2
Lee Pemberton and Paul Hopper A cult of forgetfulness #1
Sky Etherington lookin at country
Victoria Nelson Corymbia maculata seed
David Hewitt Artefact
Trevor King Horizons
John Reid Nutleys Creek, Bermagui River Catchment

For more details call call 2 6493 3414

Beautifully Mad | Performance and Masterclass

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Beautifully Mad | Performance and Masterclass | Friday 17 and 18 November

Performance | Friday 17 November | 7.30pm
Masterclass | Saturday 18 November | 10.30am-12noon

Beautifully Mad, Tony King and Nina Vox, two of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters will be joined for the first time in Bermagui by their incredible Sydney band for an evening of songs from their new album Silhouette.

The following morning, on Saturday 18 November, Tony King, of Beautifully Mad, will run a Masterclass on – The Craft of Song Writing. $20 – $55, 16yrs & under FREE

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay 2546
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | An insight into programming

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Dear All,

I am really excited about how the program for the 2018 Easter Festival is coming together. I wanted to share some small insights into how I am going about programming the Festival.

For me, the starting point often varies. For instance, sometimes it starts with a musical idea or collaboration – and other times it starts with an artist and the kind of music they are particularly known for and usually with good reason.

The Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival has elements of both. For the Sound Shell program I have selected the works I believe will create a really interesting and beautiful experience for the audience – and that play to our artists strengths. For instance, Aleksandr Tsiboulski a fabulous guitarist from Adelaide will be performing Lute Concerto by Vivaldi. He will be accompanied by string players from the Australian National Academy of Music – the next generation of great Australian musicians. Another really interesting work I have programmed is Ayre by the South American composer Osvaldo Golijov. It won’t be a familiar work for most people, but it’s based on folk tunes from the Middle East and Mediterranean and features the amazing vocal range and expressiveness of soprano Emma Pearson. It’s a stunningly engaging work that showcases many instruments not normally seen on the concert hall stage. It involves a dream team of Festival Artists and will take us all on an emotional journey from meditation to a touch of mayhem.

As I said, the idea for an element of the program sometimes comes from a creative conversation with an artist. Pianist Ian Munro will be performing in our second House Concert, to be held on a beautiful property in Barragga Bay. Ian and I were talking about words in music and the fact that he has composed a song suite based on texts by Emily Dickinson, Matsuo Basho and Judith Wright called Three Birds for soprano, piano, clarinet and cello. The Barragga Bay property provides the perfect setting for these songs given that Emma Pearson will also be singing some Spanish Folk songs during the same concert with Ian at the piano. It is always exciting to introduce our artists to new works and composers they may not have collaborated with before – it makes their time at the Four Winds Festival even more interesting and engaging.

It’s always a real bonus when the timing of our Festival coincides with artists or ensembles who have a program they are currently or about to tour. The Song Company and Jessie Lloyd’s ‘Mission Songs Project’ are both examples. Though widely contrasting vocal moments of the Easter Festival, both will be truly memorable.

I’m really looking forward to collaborating with some of Australia’s finest musicians and with our celebrated guests from overseas.

Click through here to see our latest social media clip introducing the Festival Artists who are going to be performing for you…

Our promise is to surround you with music, brilliance and beauty.

I’m sure you know by now that tickets are on sale and our Early Bird rates run until the beginning of December – I’d urge you to book soon as some of the events are already sold out.

Last, please read below the details about the new Four Winds Access Pass as this may apply to you if you are purchasing concession tickets to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events.

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Windsong Series #3

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Windsong Series #3 | Performance and Masterclass | Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 1-3pm | Info

Dame Emma Kirkby (British Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lute player) will present a Masterclass on – The Art of Performing and Understanding Early Songs – Saturday 18 November 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will then perform in Four Winds Windsong Series on Sunday 19 November 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm. This is a not to missed recital by one of the world’s leading performers of early song. British Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will perform solos written for Lute and songs from the Renaissance Period. Emma and Jakob are visiting from Europe and will be giving only three performances in Australia. Expect an afternoon of quiet, peaceful, beautiful story telling through song.

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay 2546
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW
Tickets: Adults $20 – 80, 16yrs & Under FREE

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414