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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

Fresh Salt

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

FOUR WINDS INVITES YOU TO AN EXHIBITION AND PREMIER MUSIC PERFORMANCE

FRESH SALT: AN EXHIBITON OF VISUAL ART | 25 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER 2017

OPENING NIGHT 6PM, THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017.
FOYER GALLERY ANU SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN
2 CHILDERS STREET, ACTON, ACT 2601
ADDRESS: TIM HOLLO DIRECTOR, GREEN MUSIC AUSTRALIA

FRESH SALT PREMIER MUSIC PERFORMANCE
7PM THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017
LARRY SITSKY ROOM ANU SCHOOL OF MUSIC,
BUILDING 100 WILLIAM HERBERT PLACE, ACTON, ACT 2601
(5 MIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM EXHIBITION OPENING)

OPENING HOURS School of art gallery:
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

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

Short Black Opera | Friday 22 September 2017

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Short Black Opera | Free Public Performance | Friday 22 September 2017 1-2pm | Info

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

As part of Deborah Cheetham’s visit to the region, 30 students from Eden, Narooma and Bermagui primary schools will take part in a three-day Short Black Opera workshop at Four Winds led by Deborah Cheetham and pianist, Toni Lalich. Together the group will develop their own singing and song writing practices, work on the art of storytelling and take part in visual arts activities with local Yuin artists.

A free public performance by the group will take place on Friday 22 September at 1 – 2pm in the Windsong Pavilion.

Presented by Four Winds and Short Black Opera.

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

Radical Voice #5 | Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Radical Voice #5 | Deborah Cheetham AO | 20 September – 5.30pm | Info

Deborah Cheetham AO | The Art of Belonging

Radical Voice Talk Series #5
Wednesday 20 September 2017 | 5.30-7.00pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

“For thousands of generations we have passed on all knowledge of geography, the sciences, medicine and humanity through visual and performing arts. The Arts have never been a luxury, rather a necessity. Our culture is our knowledge. Our knowledge is our survival.” Deborah Cheetham AO.

Renowned Aboriginal Australian soprano, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham AO presents the next instalment of the Radical Voice Talk Series on ‘The Art of Belonging’.

ADULTS $15, 16yrs & under FREE.

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

Exclusive Four Winds Volunteer Event | Friday 15 September 2017

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Exclusive Four Winds Volunteer Event, Griffyn Ensemble in Concert, Friday 15 September, 5-7pm, The Windsong Pavilion

An exclusive volunteer event to celebrate the announcement of the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival program release and early-bird tickets going on sale. All welcome! New and existing volunteers.
The Griffyn Ensemble will take a break from recording their new album in the Windsong Pavilion to perform for us. We are excited they will be in residence recording their new album being produced by award winning Australian Composer, Lyle Chan.
This is a free event. All you need bring is yourself and a smile!

Griffyn Ensemble in Concert | Friday 15 September 2017 | 5-7pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, Located 9kms south of Bermagui.
More info www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Golden Gate Brass | Saturday 30 September 2017

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Golden Gate Brass | Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Artists In Residence | Monday 18 – Saturday 30 September 2017

Golden Gate Brass | In Concert | Saturday 30 September 2017, 11am – 12.30pm
As part of their Creative Community Residency at Four Winds Golden Gate Brass will perform a Saturday morning concert of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’ and Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’.
ADULTS $15. 16yrs & under FREE. Info

Golden Gate Brass | Musical Library Storytimes:
Tura Beach Library | Monday 18 September | 10.30-11.30am
Bermagui Library | Tuesday 19 September | 10.30-11.30am
Bega Regional Library | Thursday 21 September | 10.30-11.30am
FREE.

Golden Gate Brass | Private Tuition:
Private tuition available for trumpet, tuba, french horn and trombone.
Phone Michael on 0419 045 399 to arrange. All levels welcome.

Presented by Four Winds, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Bega Valley Shire Council.

Golden Gate Brass | Saturday 30 September 2017 | 11am-12.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, Located 9kms south of Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Radical Voice #5 | Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Radical Voice #5 | Deborah Cheetham AO | 20 September – 5.30pm | Info

Renowned Aboriginal Australian soprano, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham AO presents the next installment of the Radical Voice Talk Series on ‘The Art of Belonging’.

“For Indigenous Australians, the Arts are the most powerful way we can know and give meaning to the world around us. For thousands of generations we have passed on all knowledge of geography, the sciences, medicine and humanity through visual and performing arts. The Arts have never been a luxury, rather a necessity. Our culture is our knowledge. Our knowledge is our survival. It is The Art of Belonging and it is for everyone.” says Deborah Cheetham AO.

As part of Deborah’s visit to the region, 30 students from Eden, Narooma and Bermagui primary schools will take part in a three-day Short Black Opera workshop at Four Winds led by Deborah Cheetham and pianist, Toni Lalich. Together the group will develop their own singing and song writing practices, work on the art of storytelling and take part in visual arts activities with local Yuin artists.

Presented by Four Winds and Short Black Opera.

ADULTS $15, 16yrs & under FREE.

Deborah Cheetham AO | Radical Voice #5
The Art of Belonging
Wednesday 20 September 2017 | 5.30-7.00pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, 9kms south of Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Nature & Shared Creativity | Artists gather at Bithry Inlet

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A group of 10 especially selected local artists gathered at Bithry Inlet for three days in mid-August to take part in the third creative field studies retreat run by the Four Winds team as part of the Bermagui Project.

This field studies weekend was the last of three which have been aimed at sharing knowledge of place and inspiring creative responses to the exquisite landscape and significance of country, with particular focus on the estuarine environment between Mumbulla and Gulaga Mountains. The resulting artworks, created by over 30 local artists, will be presented in an exhibition entitled Fresh Salt to be held in Canberra in October and then shown locally towards the end of the year.

“The idea behind the field studies is that we immerse artists in nature and present them with a curated program of expert ‘knowledge sharers’– people passionate and well-informed about the region’s environment and its history. This transfer of wisdom inspires artists to create new work that expresses the sometimes very complex ideas presented to them. That work goes on to present those complex issues in creative, accessible and easily understandable ways.” Says Lara Crew, the Producer of Four Winds Create and Inspire Program.

The latest study focused on the geographic area marked by Wapengo, Middle and Nelsons Lagoons. The broad themes for the Creative Field Studies retreats are developed in conjunction with two artistic co-ordinators selected from the local community. Leading this third field study were Justina Legoe, a Bermagui visual artist, and David Hewitt, the highly acclaimed composer and percussionist.

Knowledge sharers and participating artists included: Warren Foster, Yuin Community leader, Marr and Marina Grounds, son and granddaughter of Roy Grounds who was the architect of Myer House at Bithry Inlet; Warwick Anderson from Kingfisher Oysters; Mark McKenna and Fiona Firth, historians and authors; Lee Cruse, Yuin artist; Dr Rosemary Beaumont, social ecologist and forest activist; Emma Maratea, estuary scientist; Deb Nave, outdoor educator from the Tanja Lagoon Camp; Victoria Nelson, sculptor and visual artist; Skye Etherington, visual and performance artist; Lee Pemberton, nationally renowned choreographer; Delia Silvan, dancer/choreographer; and David Gallan, filmmaker.

Over the course of the three days the artists came to understand more deeply this unique estuary region on the far south coast of New South Wales, and the ways in which history, the natural environment and the people who live and work there come to define a sense of place. “There were many special moments. We were given access to some of the most remote and pristine parts of our region. We heard from locals and others passionate about the area how this place has been experienced and lived and how it has been nurtured and understood by generations”, said one participant at the end of the weekend.

This project is part of Four Winds’ commitment to nurturing and creating art inspired by place. It is about raising awareness and starting a discussion through art. “At the Four Winds Easter Festival, we always encourage our audience to surrender to the beauty of the natural surroundings. This project is a continuation of that philosophy”, Lara explained.

To find out more you can read the Field Studies blog at: www.fourwinds.com.au or call 02 6493 3414.

Singing for your Soul | A weekend workshop

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Singing for your Soul | A weekend workshop
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August 2017 | Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

Experience the joy of singing. Australian singer and Composer, Paul Jarman, is leading a two-day singing workshop in the beautiful surrounds of Four Winds at Barragga Bay. Join us for a weekend of music, nature and shared creativity in a workshop exploring humanity, the search for meaning and the joy of coming together in song.

‘Paul’s energy, his ability to quickly connect with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and his musical skills are breathtaking to be part of.’ (The Bunbury Men of Song)

Paul Jarman’s songs are about explorers, mountaineers, pioneers, leaders and dreamers, innovators, risk takers and those who make a difference to the world.

Included in the ticket price is a nourishing vegetarian lunch and delicious morning tea as well as a gentle yoga/mindfulness/tai chi session at the beginning of each day.

Suitable for anyone who loves to sing, of all ages and abilities

Saturday 5 August, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Sunday 6 August, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay
Tickets: $140 inclusive
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Presented by Four Winds and Musica Viva

State of the Arts | Thursday 6 July 2017

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This Thursday | Share in an afternoon of discussion and collaboration focusing on the arts in regional Australia…
State of the Arts Thursday 6 July 2017 | Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

This Thursday afternoon at 5.30pm in the Windsong Pavilion Dr Justin Macdonnell will take to the stage for the Radical Voice Talk Series #4. Justin is a leading arts historian and producer of Australian artists around the world. He will be talking about Chaos Theory and The Arts. Why are we always trying to force the arts and artists into boxes? Are we eroding wild and whimsical unpredictability… and are we getting duller in the process? Justin Macdonnell explores these questions and asks if it might be time to apply a little chaos theory to the arts scene.

Prior to this, from 2pm this Thursday, Regional Arts leaders are gathering at Four Winds Windsong Pavilion for an afternoon of discussion and collaboration stimulated by Lindy Hume’s Currency House Platform Paper ‘Restless Giant’. Lindy, who has strong links to the South Coast is leading a debate on regional Australia’s role in creating and presenting work and will be joining us via live video link from Brisbane. She will be talking with the CEO of the newly formed Create NSW, Michael Brealey, who will be at the Windsong Pavilion in person, prior to a panel discussion with local arts leaders

Four Winds Radical Voice #4
Dr Justin Macdonnell | Chaos Theory & The Arts
Thursday 6 July 2017, 5.30 – 7pm. Tea/Coffee/Bar from 5pm – no interval.
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Creative Collaboration Forum
Thursday 6 July 2017, 2 – 5pm.
Event starts with performances by Stonewave Taiko and the Djaadjawan Dancers followed by two discussions with a break mid afternoon.
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui
FREE event. Register at southeastarts.eventbrite.com.au or call 2 6492 0711

Four Winds Easter Festival 2018 | 30, 31 March and 1 April

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Save the date…. Good Friday 30 March to Easter Sunday 1 April 2018

James Crabb, Four Winds’ Artistic Director, will curate his first Four Winds Easter Festival – our 19th iconic Four Winds Festival.

Come and enjoy world-class performances; intimate musical experiences; musical theatre; house concerts; community concerts and workshops; locally produced food/wine and stunning surrounds.
www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

The Windsong Series | John Bell & Simon Tedeschi | Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm

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A tale of shipwreck, heartbreak and redemption comes to the Windsong Pavilion

Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm

Founder of Bell Shakespeare, John Bell, and internationally acclaimed pianist, Simon Tedeschi – two of Australia’s great storytellers – bring their unique performance of Enoch Arden to the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, in Bermagui on Sunday 2 July 2017 at 12.30pm, as part of James Crabb, Four Winds Artistic Director’s, Windsong Series.

This epic melodrama, composed by Richard Strauss to the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1864 poem ‘Enoch Arden’, will be performed in words and music. “A tragic, tempestuous, romantic tale accompanied by the music of a genius. Half chamber music, half theatre.” says Simon Tedeschi.

The historic and artistic value of pairing poetry with classical music is something that both performers are eager to share with audiences as they tour around Australia. “Audiences can expect a moving and dramatic tale of shipwreck, loss and redemption— very satisfying theatre” says John Bell.

John Bell is one of Australian theatre’s most illustrious figures, having played a role in the development of our nation’s rich artistic culture, as founder of Bell Shakespeare, an actor and director. Simon Tedeschi, is one of the most sought-after pianists in Australia. After solo recitals and numerous awards throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, Tedeschi returned to Sydney in 2010 and has since performed as soloist for the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Queensland Music Festival, Musica Viva and several concert series and major venues around the country.

This rich, philosophical tale of love and loss, inspired by some of Strauss’s most intriguing music, will be performed in the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion in Bermagui on Sunday 2 July at 12.30pm.

John Bell (Narrator) & Simon Tedeschi (Pianist) perform ‘Enoch Arden’
Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

Adults $80; 16yrs & under FREE;  Subscription package $140 – includes this event and the next Windsong Series event with Dame Emma Kirkby (Soparano) & Jakob Lindberg (Lute) – Sunday 19 November 2017.

More details John Bell & Simon Tedeschi  | www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Aurelia Quartet | Four Winds Creative Community Residency May 2017

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Discover the musical gems uncovered by the Aurelia Quartet during their residency at Four Winds. Two-weeks of collaborations with local artists; school visits; musical story-time sessions in local libraries; a live session on local ABC South East; private tuition for local musicians and rehearsal time in the Windsong Pavilion, will culminate in a concert performance on Saturday 27 May at 2pm in the beautiful Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, just south of Bermagui.

Aurelia Quartet is a newly formed string quartet comprising Laura Freier and Natasha Hanna (violin), Beth Condon (viola) and Eliza Sdraulig (cello). The four met at the beginning of 2017 at ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music) where they are all students. Despite being freshly formed, they are all excited to explore and share the musical treasure chest that exists for string quartets.

Four Winds is fortunate to partner with organisations such as the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Together we host some extremely exciting residency programs which bring emerging artists to our region. This residency is part of Four Winds commitment to encourage and support the development of artists and the creativity that lies within our community.

Library story-times are as follows:
Monday 22 May – Tura Beach Library, 10.30am,
Tuesday 23 May – Bermagui Library, 10.30am and,
Thursday 25 May – Eden Library, 10.30am.

On Saturday 27 May at 2pm come and enjoy a concert by Aurelia Quartet and hear their reflections of their time in our community in the beautiful Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, just south of Bermagui. Adults $15, 16yrs and under free. Gates open from 1pm. Parking on site.

More info Aurelia Quartet  | www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on