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Andrew Sayers’ paintings online auction

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Cuttagee

Barragga Point 2014

Montague Island & Mystery Bay

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee

Over its 27-year history, Four Winds has established a proud record of commissioning new works and this year alone five new works were premiered at the 2018 Easter Festival.

Three of these works took their inspiration from the Far South Coast. This is something that Andrew Sayers, a passionate supporter of new music and Four Winds, who also took inspiration from the region for his artworks, would have applauded.

Andrew generously donated four of his beautiful landscape paintings of the region to Four Winds. The works are being auctioned online only and, in keeping with Andrew’s wishes, the proceeds from their sale will be used to commission and perform new Australian music.

Please help us to realise Andrew’s dream and, in the process, acquire one of his beautiful paintings of the Far South Coast of NSW. The auction ends on 22 April 2018.

For your chance to acquire one of these paintings please click on the link below, register and place your bid. Registration is free and only requires you to enter your email address – it’s as simple as that. Click here to enter the online auction website

Andrew Sayers AM

Andrew is perhaps better known as the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Director of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra; however, from 2013 onwards, he focused on his career as an artist. Andrew showed his work for the first time publically, “off Broadway” as he explained, at Mister Jones in the heart of Bermagui. He was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2014 and his first major solo exhibition, Nature Through the Glass of Time, was shown at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne.

Throughout his academic and professional life, Andrew explored his passion for painting. After leaving the Museum world he travelled to explore the landscape as a source of inspiration. He worked en plein air and found the medium of gouache perfect to reflect his acute observations of nature.

Andrew had a longstanding passion for the wild and natural places of Australia. He avidly journeyed along the coastal tracks from Mallacoota to Merimbula and beyond and found the south coast near Bermagui a source of inspiring and ever-changing scenery.

Andrew Sayers died in October 2015 but his achievements as curator, writer, director and artist remain.

Thank you for a wonderful five days of music making…

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It’s been fantastic to share the last week with such appreciative audiences and generous artists over what has been the course of the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival.

Hearing diverse music in the Sound Shell at Four Winds Natures Concert Hall surrounded my many hundreds of enthusiastic music lovers was contrasted with the experience of a series of Windsong Pavilion concerts, pop-up performances about town and intimate house concerts in beautiful private homes.

The Windsong Pavilion provided the perfect setting for sublime chamber music concerts, and was transformed for Side Show Alley which saw the space transformed into a by-gone day ‘music hall meets circus’ space.

We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to share the weekend with the audience and salute the incredible work of all the artists who played incredibly over the course of a busy Festival. A special note of thanks also to all our volunteers who made sure the audience and artists had an incredible time.

If you attended any part of the Festival, We’d love to hear what you think and would be very grateful if you would complete our Audience Survey. It will take just 10 minutes and will help us plan future events….

Click here to complete the audience feedback survey

If you missed the Festival this year, don’t forget we are now annual, so please put Easter 2019 in the diary!

Our next event is on Sunday and presents Sydney Youth Orchestra playing works by Copland and Haydn… another chance to get a fix of fantastic music making in the Sound Shell.

With very best wishes

The Four Winds Team

Click hereto view the 2018 Easter Festival gallery of images


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.

The Festival has begun

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Dear All,

If you are in the Barragga Bay area you will be hearing beautiful music floating through the bushland with over 60 fabulous artists rehearsing together ready to delight audiences over the Easter Weekend.

If you are in Bermagui tomorrow, Easter Friday – there are free pop-up performances around town – listen out for sounds of brass and percussion instruments and if you are passing Strangers in Paradise you’ll hear Ian Munro performing on their resident grand piano (pop-up times are below). On Friday evening there is a large free community performance on Dickinson Oval. That performance is a fundraiser for those affected by the Tathra Bush Fire so we hope everyone will be out in force to enjoy the music and support the community on the Far South Coast.

Bermagui Primary School has been buzzing all week with young people rehearsing Indigenous songs ready for the Welcome to Country on Saturday morning. They have been working with members of Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project who are also performing on Friday at the free concert for the community.

An exciting addition in the run-up to the Festival is that, we today hosted over 200 primary school children from the region to the Festival site to see a dress rehearsal and, in small groups, to meet Festival artists who introduced their instruments to and played music with the children.

Saturday and Sunday at the Four Winds site is presenting an amazing array of music inspired by many musical traditions and cultures. Middle Eastern sounds will meet Spanish songs; new music inspired by nature will be complemented by works from favourite classical composers. It’s a truly international musical journey. The program also includes music-theatre performances in the Windsong Pavilion which promise to evoke the olden days of side-show alley…prepare to be amazed! This is one of the largest festivals Four Winds has staged and we look forward to seeing you at one of the many performances.

Happy Easter!

Very best wishes
James Crabb
Artistic Director

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.

Easter Festival 1 week to go

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Dear All,

It has been an extraordinary few days on the Far South Coast with devastating bush fires in Tathra. We are thinking of all our friends and neighbours affected by this life changing event. There is no doubt in my mind that music plays a huge role at moments like these.

People often turn to music to console, lift their spirits and as a means of expressing a shared experience. I hope that on the Easter Weekend – particularly for the free community concert on Good Friday – the locals will come together to enjoy the company and togetherness that music brings. The community itself will be represented by Bega’s own Heartsong Choir who will be performing during this event.

We have many visitors coming to the region for the Festival. As of next week, the artists will be arriving and will spend the week rehearsing at the Four Winds site in Barragga Bay.

We will be welcoming local school children to the site on Thursday to meet musicians and experience dress rehearsals particularly for the Welcome to Country which features the Djaadjawan Dancers.

On Good Friday, Festival musicians will appear in pop-up performances around Bermagui before the free concert on the Dickinson Oval in the evening from 7pm. I will be there, performing in a large Festival jam with other festival musicians. The feel good Brazilian popular folk music genre called Choro will bring a joyous and uplifting end to the evening.

I’m looking forward to welcoming all our musicians, visitors and friends to Four Winds next week and to sharing this wonderful music Festival with you.

Next week’s enews will have more practical information for everyone coming to the Festival – but if you haven’t yet purchased your ticket there is still the opportunity to do so at www.fourwinds.com.au/easterfestival

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Easter Festival 12 days to go

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By now we hope you are familiar with our Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival hero image, taken by photographer Ben Marden which features double bass player Rohan Dasika.

Here he is again – perhaps more recognisable from this photograph…

Rohan came to play the double bass via piano, tuba and trombone. Seeing a double bass in the school orchestra convinced him to change instruments because it would allow him to indulge his passion for the bass notes.

“I went to watch the school orchestra play, saw the double bass players sitting up the back looking like they were having a great time and wanted to do what they were doing!”

You may recognise Rohan because he is a great friend of Four Winds. We first experienced his artistry on the double bass when he performed in the 2014 Easter Festival. Rohan studied at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and will be joining a new generation of musicians from ANAM who are coming to Four Winds for the first time, and who are forming the Festival String Ensemble. Four Winds is incredibly proud to be supporting the development of Australian musician’s careers by providing them with performance opportunities alongside hugely experienced and established artists in a ‘real-world’ setting.

Rohan’s career is going from strength to strength. Recently, he was appointed to Frankfurt’s ‘Opern-und-Museumsorchester’ (Opera House and Museum Orchestra) and we are delighted that he accepted the invitation to come from Germany and play for us this Easter.

Rohan features in a range of performances at the Festival – you will certainly see him on the Sound Shell stage underpinning many ensemble works. For an altogether alternative perspective on the double bass, catch him playing in solo in Sideshow Alley – there are still tickets available for the 9pm performance.

In 2015 Rohan was interviewed and asked what he had sacrificed for his art. His reply was…

“I’m sure that choosing to hang out with a large wooden box rather than humans for large chunks of time must have done something to my head!”

Meet Rohan and hear him perform at the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival along with all our Festival artists who will be at Nature’s Concert Hall throughout the whole weekend.

How are you getting to the Festival Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday?

There are two options for getting to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events:

1. Catch a free bus from the Bermagui Country Club. Bookings essential.
2. Drive. Parking is available on-site for $10 per car. Bookings essential.

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.

Visiting Eucalyptus

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Visiting Eucalyptus
Monday 12 March – Friday 6 April
Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm
Shop 3/24-26 Lamont St, Bermagui

Visiting Eucalyptus – Helping us connect with our own time and place is an original composition and art installation by multi-media artist Damian Barbeler which will feature at the 2018 Festival.

Inspired by Murray Bail’s award-winning novel ‘Eucalyptus’, Damian and his collaborator/designer Tim Jetis have travelled around NSW – including the Far South Coast – collecting images and taking inspiration from the beauty and variety of many hundreds of eucalypts he has visited. A photographic exhibition of some of his stunning images – accompanied by a soundscape – will be installed in Shop 3/24-26 Lamont Street to coincide with Sculpture Bermagui – from Monday 12 March right through until the end of the Festival.

Damian’s music, inspired by this journey of discovery will be premiered at the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival on Sunday 1 April. He describes the process of collecting images as an important part of writing the music, and reflects that it has helped him better understand the reality of the Bush as opposed to his imagining of it. The incredible and varied colour palette of the eucalypts has been a massive element in creating the music for this 2018 Festival world premiere. Experiencing Damian’s work outside, surrounded by some of the species of eucalypts which have inspired the work will be a truly memorable experience.

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: Photo by Sandid pixabay (Eucalyptus leaves green foliage australian tree)

Easter Festival three weeks to go

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The Original 2018 Easter Festival

The word original can be applied to ‘authentic’ as well as ‘new’. Four Winds Sunday program has both.

We are excited that The Song Company – arguably Australia’s finest vocal ensemble – will be starting Sunday with an authentic performance of music from the time of Elizabeth I’s Court. The songs they will perform were first written down in the late 16th Century between Oxford and London and sung from part-books placed around a table – whether that be in a country house or a tavern. The music is united by an invisible pulse – the “tactus”, a Latin word meaning something touched or felt. Whether singing or listening, the experience is one of an unfolding narrative – through a gorgeous landscape of harmony – enabling us to connect with the innermost feelings hidden in this music from over 400 years ago.

Here is an example….

“O lord let thy servant Elizabeth”

How are you getting to the Festival Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday?

There are two options for getting to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events:

1. Catch a free bus from the Bermagui Country Club. Bookings essential.
2. Drive. Parking is available on-site for $10 per car. Bookings essential.

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.

Easter Festival four weeks to go

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Four Winds Featured Artist | Emma Pearson, Soprano… …performs ‘Ayre’

“…Emma Pearson shone like a star, returning to Australia after a 10-year stint in Germany. Her infectious energy and compelling stage presence were matched by exquisite singing: finely crafted and enchanting yet with an unaffected simplicity.”

Mark Coughlan, The Australian

Emma Pearson is a celebrated Australian opera singer and was principal artist at the Hesse State Theatre, Wiesbaden Germany from 2005 until 2014. When she came to leave the company, the State of Hessen awarded Emma the honorary title of “Kammersängerin”, which is a title for distinguished singers of opera and classical music. Historically, the title was bestowed by princes or kings but is now awarded by national institutions. She is the youngest opera singer to have ever received this title.


From the Hesse State Theatre, Wiesbaden, Germany to the Four Winds Sound Shell, Barragga Bay…

There are a number of opportunities to hear Emma perform at the Four Winds Easter Festival, but the one not to miss is at 3pm on Saturday afternoon in the Sound Shell. Emma will perform ‘Ayre’ by Argentine-Israeli-Russian composer, Osvaldo Golijov who grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in Argentina. His mother was a piano teacher, and his father a doctor, and he was raised surrounded by classical chamber music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. He is Loyola Professor of Music at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he has taught since 1991.

‘Ayre’ (meaning air or melody in medieval Spanish) has already established itself as one of the most important works of the 21st Century. This mesmerising song cycle takes the listener on an incredible musical journey, bridging musical genres and styles from Renaissance Spain, with influences from traditional Arabic, Christian and Jewish cultures, spiced with contemporary South American rhythms close to Golijov’s homeland, Argentina.

With a radical band of instruments, musicians and sound design accompanying the singer and story-teller, this remarkable work questions our very existence – a truly moving experience as the music draws us deep into this beautiful yet conflicted world of contemplation…

The vocal part for Emma is virtually non-stop, so she is absolutely central to this performance. The work allows the soprano soloist to unleash a broad range of her finest vocal styles, her story-telling skills and even a bit of dancing might be called for.

James Crabb, our Four Winds Artistic Director, will be playing classical accordion…which at times becomes ‘hyper’ in one of the work’s darker moments.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | Not just food for the soul…

As always at the Festival you will be able to treat yourself to great coffee from local favorite Beardhawk Coffee, as well as Regino Coffee who roast and blend their own coffee.

Fabulous Wapengo Oysters (which we think are the best in the world) can be complemented by an excellent selection of drinks from the Four Winds Deli Bar – including from our local wine partner Rusty Fig. Spicy Jam will be providing a fabulous range of hot food catering to all tastes.

As the day goes on, tea and cakes – or perhaps you fancy a hot cross bun – essentaial at Easter.

There will be no shortage of delicious treats to tempt you.

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 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, ANAM 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), ANAM Strings, Alice Giles AM
(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 called ANAM Strings, made up of musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music.

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
ANAM 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),
ANAM Strings, Alice Giles AM (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


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

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

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | Early Bird Tickets

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Wednesday 28th March to Easter Sunday 1st April 2018 Info and bookings

Dear all,

I am delighted to announce that tickets for the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival are available from today. Please join me for what promises to be a beautiful Festival of music; it will be the most ambitious Four Winds Festival to date.

Surround yourself with Music, Brilliance and Beauty.

60 Artists, 10 Ensembles, 26 Performances, 10 Stunning Locations, 5 Days.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival
Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 1 April 2018

I’ve crafted a program which will take you on a global musical journey, from early music to the current day. The program features well-known works from composers such as Haydn, Schumann, Bach, Vivaldi, Byrd, Saint-Säens, Piazzolla and Respighi. I’ve also programmed an incredible work by South American composer Golijov; ‘Ayre’ features soprano Emma Pearson singing a vocal line inspired by many different cultures and traditions accompanied by Festival aritsts who play many instruments not normally seen on the concert hall platform. The spatial, still and atmospheric music of Arvo Pärt brings a Nordic influence to the program, which is in contrast to the energized Three Dancers by Australian composer Eleanor Kats-Chernin whose composition was inspired by the Picasso painting of the same name.

What is truly wonderful is the number of stunning musicians who have agreed to come and perform for you. Celebrated British violinist Jack Liebeck is returning by popular demand and for the first time we will welcome Israeli flautist Ariel Zuckermann (Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra). They will take to the stage alongside some of Australia’s finest solo artists, including soprano Emma Pearson, pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Ian Munro, harpist Alice Giles, guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski, and such highly regarded ensembles as the Goldner String Quartet, The Song Company, Speak Percussion and the Australian Brass Quintet. I’m also delighted that Jessie Lloyd’s ‘Mission Songs’ project will be presented as part of the Festival.

To ensure that everyone connects with the artists and the music they are experiencing, ABC Classic FM’s Guy Noble will be our host throughout the whole Festival.

The program centres on two full days of music in Four Winds out-door Sound Shell over the 2018 Easter weekend. Those performances will be complemented by a series of concerts in the Windsong Pavilion, which undoubtedly has one of the finest acoustics in Australia and I’m really looking forward to hearing some fabulous chamber music in that wonderful space.

The Festival will start with a free concert for the community on Friday 30 March following a day of free pop-up performances in and around Bermagui. For aspiring young creatives, we will be running a Youth Program over the two days of the Easter Weekend at the Four Winds site, including a creative kid’s tent.

I’m also excited about the inclusion of a short series of alternative music theatre pieces brought together under the title of ‘Sideshow Alley’. Presented as three consecutive performances on Easter Saturday evening in the Windsong Pavilion, these one-hour shows each comprise seven music theatre works performed by nine of the Festival’s guest artists. This is a unique opportunity – not often found in a Festival environment – to experience world class artists expressing their musicianship in a completely different, theatrical way, up close, in a dramatic intimate space. It will be like nothing you have ever seen before! This will be a world where circus meets sideshow, where illusions captivate and automaton-like players spring to life and perform at the drop of a coin…

The Festival will also feature new works, made possible through the support of our wonderful donors and funders such as Creative Partnerships Australia. Two of the works are inspired by literature, Murray Bail’s multi award-winning novel, Eucalyptus, and Walt Whitman’s epic poem, We Two Boys Together Clinging (Leaves of Grass, 1855). Local composer David Hewitt will be working with Stonewave Taiko, the Djaadjawan Dancers and members of the local Yuin Community to present his new work as part of a specially commissioned ‘Welcome to Country’.

I am really looking forward to welcoming you to the Festival which has such a great reputation amongst musicians. They love to play at Four Winds, surrounded by such extraordinary natural beauty and to perform to such appreciative, engaged audiences.

Of course, your whole Festival experience is enhanced by the opportunity to enjoy locally sourced food and wine throughout the Easter Weekend!

Surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty over the 2018 Easter weekend – I look forward to seeing you there.

With very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

P.S. You can reserve your tickets from today – 25 September 2017.

All events are individually ticketed to allow Festival goers to build their own festival experience, with the exception of the Saturday and Sunday ‘Sound Shell’ programs, which are each a full day experience.

Early Bird tickets are now on sale. We encourage you to book by Sunday 3 December, 2017 to save 15% on all ticket prices.

CLICK HERE for information on local accommodation.

All events are individually ticketed to allow Festival goers to build their own festival experience, with the exception of the Saturday and Sunday ‘Sound Shell’ programs, which are each a full day experience.

Bookings at Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival or call 2 6493 3414