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Four Winds Presents: Latin Spirit | Easter 2017 | A festival celebrating the sounds of tango & flamenco

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Four Winds Artistic Director James Crabb has unveiled details of Four Winds Latin Spirit, a festival of exquisite flamenco and tango rhythms performed by some of its finest Australian and international proponents taking place over the Easter Weekend.

Bermagui is known to music lovers for the biennial Four Winds festival of world-class contemporary classical music, and in 2017, as a part of its new all year round program, James Crabb is delighted to present this Latin themed festival: “Four Winds Latin Spirit is the start of a unique creative vision, building diversity and audiences, and I’m honoured to welcome such highly regarded musicians to Four Winds for my first festival.”

Across the Easter weekend, concerts take place in what must be the most idyllic festival space in Australia: 30 acres of wooded parkland hug the Sound Shell, an open-air amphitheatre framed by a lake, and the Windsong Pavilion, a state-of-the-art recital hall whose views gaze onto the stunning natural surrounds. Within these astonishing architecturally designed spaces, uplifting musical experiences are complemented by native bird song, frog calls and the scent of gum trees.

Headlining the festival is a performance by one of Australia’s finest baritones, JOSE CARBO. Born in Argentina, Carbo will perform songs taught to him by his grandfather amongst the repertoire of tango and Latin song, including music by Piazzolla, Gardel and Mores.  CARBO was the winner of the prestigious Australian Singing Competition Opera Award and Four Winds is honoured to welcome such a sought after talent.

 

James Crabb is recognized as one of the world’s finest classical accordion players and proponent of the music of Astor Piazzolla, who created a new form of tango called ‘Tango Nuevo’. For Four Winds Latin Spirit, Crabb is creating TANGO JAM 2, an exceptional group of musicians exploring one of the most dramatic and sensual rhythms of Tango Nuevo, the Milonga: TANGO JAM 2 includes former Brodsky Quartet member and Sydney Symphony violinist ANDREW HAVERON, celebrated guitarist STEPHEN MAGNUSSON, Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer STEFAN CASSOMENOS, multifaceted PHIL STACK on Double Bass and JAMES CRABB on classical accordion.

James Crabb: “As with the legendary Astor Piazzolla quintet who pioneered Tango Nuevo these brilliant musicians come from diverse musical backgrounds. Tango Nuevo is a fusion of classical music forms with jazz harmonies, Latin rhythms and improvisation together with extended instrumental techniques creating a completely new seductive sound world when it evolved in the 60s.”

Also performing at the Festival are RASA DUENDE, a collaboration between internationally acclaimed musicians BOBBY SINGH (tabla), ADRIAN MCNEIL (sarod) and DAMIAN WRIGHT (flamenco Guitar) which explores the rich creative potential of the melodic, rhythmic and aesthetic meeting points between Hindustani and Flamenco music traditions, and BANDALUZIA, an acclaimed modern flamenco music and dance ensemble known for explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity. Led by Australian guitarist DAMIAN WRIGHT, BANDALUZIA features percussionist BEN HAUPTMANN, guitarist JAMES HAUPTMANN and two of Australia’s most outstanding exponents of flamenco dancing, JESSICA STATHAM and JOHNNY TEDESCO.

WORKSHOPS will take place on Saturday and Sunday with experts taking participants through the basics of Tango, Flamenco and other Latin rhythms. A FIESTA will take place on Sunday evening for those inspired to learn a few steps, let loose and dance the night away to all things Latin: New Flamenco from Andalusia; mestizo inspired sounds from Barcelona; traditional and electronic tango from Buenos Aires and music from beyond, embracing all the many Latin ingredients to create a sensational musical paella.

Four Winds Latin Spirit, where the finest in flamenco and tango rhythms, architectural design and natural beauty come together.

Take advantage of the $100 EARLY BIRD PACKAGE promotion for the first one hundred buyers.

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Diary of a Wombat comes to Bermagui

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Diary of a Wombat comes to Bermagui

Saturday 8 April 2017 | 11am | Bermagui Community Centre

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat by Australian Children’s laureates Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Bermagui will enjoy this beautiful and iconic work when it comes to the Community Centre on Saturday 8 April 2017.

Monkey Baa Director Eva Di Cesare and a team of revered creative artists, including Puppetry and Movement Director Alice Osborne (War Horse 2012/13), Designer Imogen Ross (Hitler’s Daughter) and composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard, use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 3+ to the stage.

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

“We’ve assembled an extraordinary team of artists to bring this iconic picture book to life,” said Eva Di Cesare. “Diary of a Wombat is such an enduring childhood classic and audiences are going to fall in love with Mothball all over again when she burrows her way on to our stage.”

Diary of a Wombat, performed by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Bermagui Community Centre, Bermagui NSW
Tickets: Adults $22. 18yrs & under $12. Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $52
Bookings: www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on

 

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Sydney Youth Orchestra | Mozart by the Sea

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Sydney Youth Orchestra: ‘Mozart by the Sea’ at Four Winds

Sunday 26 February 2017 | 2pm | Sound Shell Amphitheatre, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

The Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) return to the region next week for a four-day intensive residency at Four Winds, Bermagui. These talented young musicians, led by SYO Chief Conductor & Artistic Director Alexander Briger, will perform some of Mozart’s most loved orchestral works for local school students and in concert at the beautiful Four Winds Sound Shell Amphitheatre on Sunday 26 February at 2pm.

SYO is delighted to be working with Four Winds to bring the beauty of Mozart’s repertoire to the South Coast.  Specialist orchestral projects like ‘Mozart by the Sea’ provide an important opportunity for young musicians to hone their skills, develop a deeper understanding of a composer’s work and work intensively as an ensemble in the beautiful natural surrounds of the Four Winds site in Bermagui. “An opportunity like this, to spend quality time immersing oneself in classical music and being part of a project with true educational value, is simply too good to refuse.” Says Alexander Briger AM, SYO Chief Conductor & Artistic Director.

Sydney Youth Orchestra: ‘Mozart by the Sea’| Sunday 26 February, 2pm

Four Winds Sound Shell, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui.

Tickets $10. 16yrs & under free.

Bookings @ www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on

Sydney Youth Orchestra and Four Winds is grateful for the support of Arts NSW.

    

 

Four Winds Presents: The Windsong Series

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Four Winds Presents: The Windsong Series Launch

Sunday 12 February | 1pm | Windsong Pavilion

Four Winds has launched a new series of performances to be held in the exceptional acoustics of the stunning Windsong Pavilion, just 9kms south of Bermagui. The series kicks off this Sunday, 12 February at 1pm with engaging and highly versatile pianist Piers Lane, who will be joined by the outstanding Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Andrew Haveron (Violinist) and Four Winds’ Artistic Director James Crabb (Classical Accordionist).

The series continues in July with John Bell (Narrator) and Simon Tedeschi (Pianist) performing Richard Strauss’ “Enoch Arden” on Sunday 2 July 2017. The 2017 series concludes on Sunday 19 November with a recital of lute-songs performed by British soprano Dame Emma Kirkby DBE and Jakob Lindberg (Lute).  Their performance will form part of Four Winds’ new Words and Music Festival.

Bookings are available as a package of three events or as individual performances.  For more information please go to www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call us on 02 6493 3414.

 

Great vibe at Summer Sounds music festival | Narooma News

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Great vibe at Summer Sounds music festival | Narooma News

27 January 2017

By Stan Gorton

The inaugural Summer Sounds music festival by Four Winds was deemed a success bringing a new range of diverse of music and different crowd to the scenic concert venue.

The amphitheatre at Barragga Bay south of Bermagui normally rings with the sounds of classical music, but on Australia Day this year it was an eclectic mix of world music, reggae, folk, indie rock and surf tunes.

It was all pulled together by producer Frankie Madrid, with a majority female performer line-up also being something different for music festivals.

Organisers were pleased with the crowd of about 600 given it was a new venture and are hoping for even more next time round.

Highlights included a duet performance by amazingly talented pianist Ambre Hammond who took to the stage in the Windsong Pavilion together with Four Winds artistic director James Crabb playing the accordion.

Their performance generated rapturous applause to the packed crowd spilling out onto the deck.

The full day of music ended with the stunning sounds of blues sensation Alice Terry, who originally hailed from Moruya, and then all ending with surf rockers Caravana Sun.

There was a real summer vibe to the one-day festival with the crowd of all ages dancing in the amphitheatre by the end of the night.

There is lots more on at Four Winds with more diverse music coming up, including the Sounds of Tango and Flamenco on over three days this Easter.

Check out fourwinds.com.au/ for all the upcoming music.

 

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Photos by Marg Hansen

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Four Winds Summer Movies Under the Stars

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Four Winds Summer Movies Under the Stars

Tue 27, Wed 28, Thurs 29 & Fri 30 December 2016

Four Winds Sound Shell, Bermagui

 

mia-wasikowska-in-madly-2016_low-resFour magical summer nights of blockbuster family movies under the stars in the beautiful outdoor Four Winds Sound Shell amphitheatre celebrating the success of Australian talent in Hollywood. Meet Mia Wasikowska (Alice) on opening night – Tue 27th – introducing her film Alice in Wonderland. Mia will take to the stage around 8pm.

Gates open from 6.30pm each evening. A short children’s film will be played each evening at 7pm in the Windsong Pavilion prior to the featured film which will begin at dusk (8pm-ish) in the Sound Shell amphitheatre.

There will be food, bar, ice cream, tea & coffee available for sale.  BYO picnic, rugs and low seating.

Prizes for the most creative costumes!

alice-in-wonderland-2010Tuesday 27 December:

7pm – Short Children’s Film: The Lost Thing

Dusk – Feature Film: Alice in Wonderland

(meet Mia Wasikowska (Alice) in person! Mia will take to the stage around 8pm)

 

 

 

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7pm – Short Children’s Film: Rabbit and Deer

Dusk – Feature Film: Cinderella

 

 

 

 

paper-planesThursday 29 December

7pm – Short Children’s Film: Room on the Broom

Dusk – Feature Film: Paper Planes

 

 

 

eddie-the-eagleFriday 30 December

7pm – Short Children’s Film: Lost and Found

Dusk – Feature Film: Eddie The Eagle

 

 

 

 

The show will go on! In the case of wet weather all films will be shown inside the Windsong Pavilion.

 

We encourage creative costumes! There will be a prize for best dressed each night.

 

General Admission – Adult – $18
General Admission – 5-16yrs – $15
Family Admission – 2 Adults & 2 Children – $60
Free Admission – 4yrs & Under – $0

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING/s

For more information, to join the Four Winds mailing list and to buy tickets go to www.fourwinds.com.au

Call 02 6493 3414 , Email admin@fourwinds.com.au, or visit us at the Bermagui Community Centre (Weekday mornings)

 

Four Winds Bermagui: Chair Sheena Boughen to step down

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Four Winds Bermagui: Chair Sheena Boughen to step down

The Board of Four Winds, Australia’s renowned fine music organisation, has today announced that Chair, Sheena Boughen, has advised she will be stepping down from the role at the AGM in December 2016.


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 Ms Boughen has served as Chair for over a decade and was a founding member of the Board when Four Winds held its first Easter festival in 1991. Under Sheena’s leadership, Four Winds has developed from a biennial festival with makeshift facilities into one of Australia’s most recognised music organisations, attracting the best Australian and International artists.  Sheena has overseen the creation of the exquisite Four Winds’ site, Nature’s Concert Hall, that provides outdoor and indoor facilities of international standing and was the driving force attracting significant private philanthropic support and grants from both State and Federal Governments.


With the appointment of James Crabb as Artistic Director, Sheena believes that now is an ideal time to step away from the role and that Four Winds is in great shape. “Four Winds is now an established national arts organisation and well placed to meet the challenges which lie ahead in the next phase of our development.”


Michael Darling, who has been a Four Winds Board Director for several years, will take over as Chair.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, Michael said: “What Sheena has achieved at Four Winds, shows what is possible when someone with a vision decides that no obstacles will stand in the way of success. Sheena is driven by the desire to make a difference, and enthuses all who she meets with her warmth and generosity of spirit. Her passion for community, music and education has been at the heart of creating our exquisite, performance space, Nature’s Concert Hall.”


Under her stewardship, Sheena has led a team that has generated total income for arts and capital projects of $6.6m cash and over $1m pro bono. She has steered the organisation to generate significant partnerships including the Sydney Opera House and the Australian National Academy of Music, and with architects Philip Cox and Clinton Murray who designed Nature’s Concert Hall.  Four Winds 25th birthday has been celebrated this year, having presented 18 festivals, commissioned 16 new Australian works, contracted 330 artists and 50 ensembles to Bermagui, alongside 13 local ensembles with a total of 45,000 attendees, under the leadership of seven Artistic Directors. This has resulted in locals and visitors generating economic activity in the region, adding economic value of over $3m to the local economy.


Sheena’s attention to the highest standards of quality and to deeply caring for all who come into contact with Four Winds (artists, audiences, participants) has been at the heart of our success. Sheena will be greatly missed but her legacy of enduring care is now deeply embedded in our culture.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution, the Board has announced that Sheena has accepted a role as our first Four Winds Life Ambassador and we are delighted that she will maintain her link to Four Winds.


25 Yr + Logo Grey RoundSheena will be spending more time in her consulting business supporting leaders through her strategic facilitation and mentoring expertise, and of course, new adventures.



Four Winds Bermagui exists to provide a home for music making where the creation and performance of music (and related performing arts) fires the imagination, enriches lives and encourages active participation. Nature’s Concert Hall is now welcoming audiences all year round who are drawn to the magnificent alchemy of music and nature that is the essence of Four Winds.

Media enquiries: Jessica Taylor on 0423 689 344 or jessicataylor@fourwinds.com.au

The Bermagui Project’s first Creative Field Study is a BioBlitz!

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14 artists, including leaders Carolyn Young and Sharon Field from Canberra, spent three days at Four Winds…
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…absorbing inspiration from each other, the Four Winds site, talks from the project’s Reference Group and the hive of activity that was the Four Winds BioBlitz.

The BioBlitz, made possible by Atlas of Life and Bournda Environmental Education Centre, brought scientists and naturalists from around the country to lead our community on flora and fauna surveys. Formidable survey results came back teeming with shells, moths, birds and the possible discovery of a new species of peacock spider (read about it here in the Bega District News), which has now been confirmed!

Take a look at photos from the BioBlitz here…

Artists left the Creative Field Study with a new network of likeminded artists, inspiration for a whole new body of work and ideas for exhibitions. If you’d like to be part of our 2017 Creative Field Studies, please submit an expression of interest here…

Four Winds Call to Artists | Bermagui Project Creative Field Studies

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Call out to Artists… Would you like to take part in a FREE Creative Field Studies project on the South Coast?

Would you like the opportunity to exhibit your artwork at the Bega Valley Shire Regional Gallery and in Canberra? 

Are you looking for new approaches and inspiration? Are you interested in the environment?sharon-field-botanical-art-mixed-flowers-exotics

This is a call out to visual artists, performing artists, media artists, textiles and fibre artists, writers, storytellers, slam poets, filmmakers, composers… artists of any medium! There will be two more Four Winds Creative Field Studies running in early 2017 in the South Coast region. If you are interested in being considered for these – whatever your art medium – please email your expression of interest to admin@fourwinds.com.au.

This opportunity is brought to you by Four Winds, Arts NSW and the Australian National University. With thanks to Cardno.

 

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Header image: ‘Real Rivers Series’ by Carolyn Young
Inset image 1: ‘Mixed Flowers (Exotic)’ by Sharon Field
Inset image 2: ‘Grassy Woodlands’ Series by Carolyn Young
Footer image: Four Winds Nature’s Concert Hall by Robert Tacheci

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Four Winds – new Artistic Director

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screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-12-33-43-pm“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of James Crabb as our Artistic Director with responsibility to lead our year-round program of activities as well as our iconic biennial Easter Festival,” said Chair of the Board Sheena Boughen. “James is an internationally acclaimed classical accordionist and a highly respected and passionate music educator.  He will deliver a vibrant, international program of events, which will animate our beautiful performance spaces, ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’, just south of Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW.”

Four Winds' new Artistic Director, James Crabb

Four Winds’ new Artistic Director, James Crabb

James commented. “This is a wonderful opportunity to build the future of Four Winds as a unique, flagship Australian arts organisation.  I am excited about the prospect of a diverse program that is truly international in its outlook but rooted in such an exceptional place.   The community is such an important part of Four Winds, and creating projects and musical experiences with and for the local community is as exciting as our potential to reach audiences nationally and internationally through our program.”

A performer at the 2012 Four Winds Festival, James has appeared at many festivals globally including at Aldeburgh and the London Proms, and with the ACO in Japan and Europe. He is renowned for his exciting performances of repertoire spanning six centuries as well as being an authority on the music of Astor Piazzolla.  James’ diverse background includes performing with Neil Finn and Patti Smith, music theatre productions, contemporary dance collaborations and two longstanding professorships of Classical Accordion departments in Denmark and Austria.  James has extensive experience as a musical director, recording producer and has recorded with various leading labels and artists internationally.

James onsite at Nature's Concert Hall!

James in Nature’s Concert Hall.

“Music-making at any level must be a two-way natural, enjoyable, memorable and enriching experience for the performer and listener regardless of age, knowledge, ability or experience. I aspire to excellence but this is not to be confused with elitism – music is for everyone!” – James Crabb

CLICK HERE to listen to ABC South East interview with James Crabb – 21 Oct 2016

Griffyn & Red Note Making Music in the Valley

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Griffyn Ensemble and Red Note Ensemble have been in residence this week in the lead up to the Sisters in Crime weekend, spending time with local residents and creating new music inspired by this experience.

Come along and hear their music and a little about their time in the Bega Valley. Its free!
A showing of the music created will be held on Friday 7 October at 6PM in the Bermagui Community Centre Hall.

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Bermagui children informing the creation of new music

Griffyn Ensemble have traveled from Canberra and Red Note Ensemble all the way from Scotland to create new music as part of our Bermagui Project. Big thanks to Regional Arts Fund and Arts NSW for making this possible!

Joe Chindamo, jazz pianist, and the Australian String Quartet

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Four Winds Father’s Day – Oysters & Music

Enjoy Father’s Day afternoon with fresh oysters and beautiful music inside the Four Winds’ Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui. Joe Chindamo, routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, will join the Australian String Quartet, Australia’s chamber music group of excellence, in concert and conversation. Hear Joe’s high-energy work Tempesta followed by Joe talking about his composition and influences before the ASQ delight us with Schubert and Mendelssohn.

The event goes from 2 – 4pm. Oysters and refreshments will be available for purchase or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty of the Four Winds site. As an extra bonus, ticket holders are invited to attend the final stages of the rehearsal between 12noon and 1pm – for no extra charge.

Gates open at 11.30am. Adults $27. 16yrs & under FREE.

Bookings essential: https://fourwinds.iwannaticket.com.au/ or call 6493 3414

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Festival of Dangerous Ideas | Satellite Event

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The Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui, will play a part on the national stage next Saturday 3 September 2016 as 1 of 16 sites across Australia connecting audiences live to the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Session 1 runs from 11.30am – 12.30pm with Lionel Shriver, bestselling American author, will suggest that to Break a Rule a Day is better for your health than an apple. When systems of mass schooling took root in the 19th century, their goals were very different to those of today, yet we have retained their standardised, homogenised structures. What would real education for the 21st century look like? And what kind of revolution would it take to put it in place?

Session 2 runs from 1.30pm to 2.30pm with journalists Annabel Crabb and David Marr discussing whether the Federal Election gave us The Government We Deserve? Whichever way we vote, politicians say the electorate always gets it right at the ballot box. Cynics are more inclined to think that we get the government we deserve. Did we get it right this time? What does the election tell us about our faith in our political leaders? Are we a nation that can’t make up its mind?

Make a day of it – A lunch pack and refreshments are available to purchase or you can bring your own picnic and enjoy the surrounds of the beautiful Four Winds site. The day will be Facilitated by Ian Campbell, Director of ‘About Regional’ and ABC South East radio veteran, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and interact with the live nation-wide conversation on the day.

1 session $16.50, both sessions $30. 16 & under FREE. Bookings essential at www.fourwinds.iwannaticket.com.au or call 6493 3414.

 

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Concert Grand Piano en route to Four Winds

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Thanks to the valued donors of the Four Winds A Key to the Future campaign, a new 7ft Shigeru-Kawai Semi-Concert Grand piano is arriving this week. The piano will be on trial in the beautiful Windsong Pavilion at Four Winds, Bermagui.

There is a wonderful opportunity to hear the instrument during the forthcoming performance ‘Race Against Time’ this weekend on Sunday 7 August at 2pm.
Two of Australia’s finest pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Alan Hicks will be performing. Tamara was recently guest (expert) commentator on ABC Classic FM, for the live ABC Classic FM broadcasts of the Sydney International Piano Competition. Her CD, Butterflying, was at no.2 on the ARIA Classical charts in July.
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‘Race Against Time’ is a gripping and moving story about the life of Australian Frederick Septimus Kelly – Gold medal Olympian rower, decorated soldier, renowned pianist and brilliant composer whose life was tragically cut short by the Great War.
Carrillo Gantner is joining the ensemble of exceptional artists to narrate the performance. Carrillo will be reciting words from Kelly’s diary, some of which tell of his time on the South Coast.
Four Winds Presents: Race Against Time, Sunday 7 August, 2 – 5.30pm (with interval). Gates open at 1pm. Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds, Bermagui Adults $25. 16 & under FREE. Bookings @ www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 6493 3414.
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Four Winds | Live Music | Race Against Time

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Four Winds Presents: Race Against Time

The Words & Music of Australian Composer F S Kelly

@ The Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds, Bermagui

When: Sunday 7 August, 2-5.30pm. Gates open at 1pm. Refreshments available.
Cost: $25 Adults. 16 & under FREE. Bookings Essential @ www.fourwinds.com.au

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of beautiful music and powerful story telling inside the warmth of the Windsong Pavilion at Four Winds, Bermagui, on Sunday 7 August, 2pm.

A celebration of a life cut short by the tragedy of war, this concert is an opportunity to connect with the exceptional life of an Australian war hero, an Olympic gold medallist, and an Australian musical genius – Composer, Frederick Septimus Kelly – featuring words from his diaries as well performances of his beautiful pastoral music by an ensemble lead by Christopher Latham.

Carrillo Gantner, son of Four Winds’ founder Nielma Gantner, will read excerpts from Kelly’s travelling diaries, which talk of his time in the Bermagui area. You will also hear some of the first modern-day performances of his works composed 100 years ago, performed by five superb musicians led by Christopher Latham (violin) who was previously Artistic Director of Four Winds. Carrillo and Christopher will be joined by Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano), Louise Page (soprano), Christina Wilson (mezzo), and Alan Hicks (piano). Kelly’s music reflects the early 20th Century ‘pastoral’ style. It is highly melodic and reminiscent of British composes like R Vaughan-Williams and Elgar.

Fredrick Kelly was mainly educated in England and Germany and was a friend of the great French composer Maurice Ravel who championed Kelly’s music. Kelly was one of the first world war’s most active creators, writing music throughout the Gallipoli and Somme campaigns in a true race against time; he was killed at the Somme in 1916.

Don’t miss this beautiful afternoon of words and music in the Windsong Pavilion.

www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on

Vivaldi, Four Seasons | June 2016

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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND FOUR WINDS PARTNERSHIP

BRINGS VAVALDI TO BERMAGUI

On June 9, 2016 Four Winds supported by our creative partner the Sydney Opera House held our second Live Streaming event for the school children of our region.

Thanks to the generous gifts of our Grow and Flourish donors Four Winds now has the technology to “stream” across the internet performances that are held at the Opera House in real time. This capacity is not open to many of our smaller schools and many of the larger ones enjoy the visit to the beautiful Windsong Pavilion where they and their teachers can interact creatively with one another in nature.

135 children from Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 attending Moruya, Wolumla, Bermagui and Tilba Primary Schools visited the Four Winds site at Barragga Bay where they enjoyed a highly interactive performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The Primary Proms String Quartet and an energetic puppeteer and actor introduced the music to the young ears.

The children learnt about Vivaldi’s transformation of the seasons’ sensations and sounds to music – from the silvery pizzicato notes of winter to the final dramatic movement of the summer thunderstorm.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GALLERY OF IMAGES FROM THE DAY

After the performance the children thoroughly enjoyed an outdoor lunch and play after being trapped inside much of the week before with our torrential rains. The weather and seasons were at the forefront of their minds after such extremes.

Members of the Yuin community including Uncle Ossie Cruse, Warren Foster Snr Warren Foster Jnr and Sonya Naylor then continued the children’s learning by sharing their Traditional Ecological Knowledge and creative talents of dance, art and storytelling – explain the signs and triggers that Yuin people notice that signify to them the seasons in the Yuin calendar which are based around food availability and sharing.

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Equipped with all this newfound knowledge the children converted the information into art by thinking creatively and expressing themselves with instruments; movement and dance; drawing and art. Our own local artists Merinda Antill, Caitlin Brown, Gabriela Green, Michael Hanlon, Marg Hansen and Justina Legoe working together with those mentioned above and the regions talented teachers and Aboriginal Liaison officers supported these activities.

The Four Winds’ Create and Inspire Program is so fortunate to have the skills of such artists and educators to draw on and share with our younger generations, supporting our regions development as a cultural and imaginative hub.

Click here to view Moruya Primary School’s response to their experience…

 

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Costa on the Arts, Ecology & Environment at Four Winds

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Costa Georgiadis, landscape architect and well known TV personality, is coming to Bermagui. Costa will be visiting three local schools during the day and will learn more about the Four Winds Native Species Arboretum when he visits the Four Winds site.
Costa will end the day delivering a keynote address as part of the Four Winds Radical Voice Talk Series – a talk in which he will speak about his experiences of the arts, ecology, environment and community – and how what we are doing locally fits in to the national context. The 45-minute talk will be followed by an audience Q and A and will be held in the beautiful Four Winds Windsong Pavilion in Bermagui. Come and put your questions to Costa!
Wednesday 8 June 2016.
Adults $15. Children 16 & under FREE.
www.fourwinds.com.au or call 02 6493 3414.
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Retrospect

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A reflection in thoughts.

The String Contingent | Artists in Residence.

Part 1
Emotions. Challenges. Overcoming obstacles.
Opening up. Opening doors to new ways of creating music: Improvisation.

Improvising while touring and developing new pieces.

Part 2
Back at Four Winds. Recording of the new album. Live in concert.
Different perspective on improvising.
More confidence. Ease. Joy.
Listening and responding to each other in a better way.
The audience contributing that certain special factor leading to focus, excitement and beautiful tension amongst the band while performing.

With the last open recording session on Saturday night all pieces have been recorded.
The last part of The String Contingent’s residency at Four Winds has come to an end.

A challenging process with pulled back curtains.

It was a very special experience being live part of this exciting process and being able to share it with you. As a last contribution, we would like to share this video clip ‘Retrospect’ – featuring the piece ‘Mountain Time’ of their new album (title pending – suggestions welcome!).

Second live open recording session

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After a whole day of recording and rehearsing, The String Contingent performed their second live open recording session last night. It is truly amazing to observe the excitement of the audience being exclusively part of this unique experience. What made it even more special, is to see the excitement and sparkling eyes of The String Contingent after the concert – a catching mix of relief, adrenaline, pride and satisfaction. Recording with an audience live in concert definitely makes a big difference – and they love it!
Tonight is the last opportunity to live be part of it.

The photos in the gallery below capture some moments of the last two open recording concerts.

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Photography by Rafael Schneider Mediadesign.

Open recording session – free improvisation

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After a whole day of rehearsing and recording, The String Contingent performed their first open recording sessions in the Wind Song Pavilion.
As a special reward for all the effort and commitment, all volunteers of the Four Winds Festival were invited to be part of this unique experience.

Next to the seven new pieces they developed while touring, they also perform a free improvisation piece each night of the open recording concerts.
One of the improvisation pieces will potentially make it onto the album – maybe this one?

For tickets for the live recording session on Friday and Saturday night click here.

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