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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? 

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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.

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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.

To see all blog posts here.

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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we are back

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After 22 gigs in three months, The String Contingent is back at Four Winds.
While touring, they developed seven new pieces, which they just started to record here in the Windsong Pavilion. Keep an eye on this blog to follow their journey.

On Friday and Saturday evening, we invite you to be part of this unique experience by joining the open recording sessions live in concert! Buy tickets here.

To see all blog posts click here.

The String Contingent In Residence | Open Recording Sessions

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of The String Contingent recording their new CD in the Windsong Pavilion. A chance to share in and be part of the creative process.

The String Contingent Live Open Recording Sessions in the Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui.

This Friday 15 & Saturday 16 April 2016, 6.30pm.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Adults $25/Children 16 and under FREE

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CLICK HERE to look through The String Contingent’s BLOG

from their previous residency at Four Winds

visit and stay tuned for their new one

Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival Gallery of images

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Photo’s by Ben Marden Photography

 

There are many more photos to come, however, here’s a glimpse of what was a triumphant Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival…

 

 

Good Friday Night Opening Concert, 25 March 2016:

Sound Shell Easter Saturday, 2016:

Sound Shell Easter Sunday, 2016:

Four Winds conducts a festival biennially and hosts a diverse range of concerts,
workshops and community engagement projects throughout the year.
To find out what’s coming up next go to www.fourwinds.com.au
call +61 03 6493 3414 or drop in to our office at the Bermagui Communtity Centre.

25 years strong – The Four Winds Festival 2016 a triumph!

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25 years strong – The Four Winds Festival 2016 a triumph!

The 2016 Four Winds Festival held in Nature’s Concert Hall at Barragga Bay, was the biggest Festival ever, with 4300 people attending across the 21 Festival events.

There was a diary of free events on Good Friday, three outstanding evening concerts at the Windsong Pavilion – entirely booked out – three beautiful and intimate house concerts, two gigs at the Bermagui Community Hall and around 1100 people on each day, Saturday and Sunday in the Sound Shell amphitheatre.

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Chair Sheena Boughen said “ We are 25 years strong, and I am thrilled at the start of our 25th year that we can launch this world class facility, and start anticipation building after such a successful event.”

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Ms Boughen said that the overall impression from audience feedback was that people loved the music, some of which was challenging, some surprising, and some overwhelmingly beautiful.

The calibre of the artists, both Australian and international, was outstanding, and in what is becoming a Four Winds tradition, all the performers formed an orchestra to play the last piece, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Zubin Kanga was on the piano in an electric blue jacket, and artistic director Paul Dean played the soaring clarinet.

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Local businesses noted how cheerful audience members were with happy people buying dinner, fish and chips, going to the pub, buying coffee and generally having a great time.

The food tents showcasing local produce such as Wapengo Oysters and Cobargo Home Made Ice-cream were very well attended, and the children’s tent, offering free childcare was at times at capacity.

The major fundraiser for a $100,00 to buy a Concert Grand Piano, sold by the piano key (of which there are 88,) has had a most encouraging start, and shows the support from so many audience members.

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What’s next? This Sunday 3 April in the Four Winds Sound Shell at 2pm the Sydney Youth Orchestra presents ‘Mozart by the Sea’. Tickets are $10 and under 16 years free and available at the gate.

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Media enquiries: Marg Hansen 0400 442 945

Birds welcome in the musicians to the Four Winds Festival

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After a cool and misty start for the Welcome to Country smoking ceremony it didn’t take long for the Four Winds Festival to catapult the audience headlong into the Four Winds Rap, performed by Warren Foster Jnr. The rap (Look, Listen, Nylarga, hear the sound of the voice, hear the sound of the birds) was developed with Radical Son’s David Leha working with the Yuin people. By 9.45 we had visited three continents as exquisite music on the flute and the Chinese Erhu emerged mysteriously from the bushes, and then we moved onto to a piece perfectly suited to outdoor playing – Dvorak’s Wind Serenade. With it came the sun.

The 25th anniversary was celebrated with readings from the late Neilma Gantner’s beautifully observed accounts of moving to Barragga Bay some thirty-five years ago, accompanied by a Sculthorpe String Quartet and a moving tribute to Neilma by her sister Marigold Southey who read John Masefield’s Sea Fever.

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Festival goers soaked up the atmosphere, and the strong sense of community, Bermagui is a small town that does big things. The site delivered as always, with a flock of larrikeets flying over in the middle of the Ravel String Quartet, giving a few audience members a moment to reflect that the Navarra Quartet had come all the way from the UK to play in the middle of the bush accompanied by the wildlife.

The galahs had better timing as a flock squeaked by in the silence between movements in the Wind Serenade, while a black cockatoo tried to compete with the brass. But it all added to the sense of Four Winds being a special place to play music.

Artistic director and clarinet player Paul Dean had asked James Ledger to explain the piece he has composed to be world premiered tomorrow, using a small orchestra to demonstrate what he had written and why. The music, called the Natural Church is about night and the bush and the image in his mind is the arch made by trees as he drove along a country road at night. Paul Dean has committed to playing 25% Australian music in this festival, and true to his word intriguing works by Paul Stanhope and Peter Sculthorpe were played today.

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Taikoz made a welcome return, the athletic drummers beating out an incredible rhythm on the giant Japanese drums, the smallest drummer, a woman, having to stand on a platform to reach her drum, but she beat no less loud because of it.

The last extraordinary piece by HK Gruber, Frankenstein, is demonic and ghoulish and fun, and deciding to perform it probably reflects the artistic director’s strong sense of humour. Brilliantly sung and presented by the multi-voiced Jason Barry Smith, baritone and master of everything, it was accompanied by Paul Dean and a group of musicians who as well as their own instruments, all played toy instruments, whirled hosepipes above their heads and made weird noises to the accompaniment of the percussionist popping paper bags.

There is another wonderful day ahead tomorrow, and tickets are available at the gate and online. Don’t miss it!

To see a full gallery of images from today’s Sound Shell Easter Saturday Program  CLICK HERE

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Youth Workshops & Free Child Minding

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Children 16 and under are admitted free at Sound Shell events when accompanied by a paying adult.

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

EASTER SATURDAY YOUTH WORKSHOP – LET THE MACHINERY GROOVE

26/3/2016 | 10:45AM – 12:45PM | WINDSONG PAVILION

Suitable for ages 12 to 16 | Presented by Michael Hanlon | Tickets $25

pro-toolsIn this workshop we will create a musical work using looping technology and a combination of instruments and styles. Along the way you will be introduced to recording software and equipment with a focus on using “technology as an instrument”. Be prepared to experiment and collaborate. Don’t forget to bring along your instrument (which could be your voice) and also a usb stick to take the work home.

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

SUNDAY WORKSHOP – RHYTHM & MOVEMENT

27/3/2016 | 11AM – 12:30PM | WINDSONG PAVILION

Suitable for ages 12 to 16 | Presented by Taikoz | Tickets $25

kids smlTom Royce-Hampton, percussionist and member of Taikoz, will lead a session of rhythm and movement. Tom’s sessions are lots of fun as well as very challenging and creative. Instruments will not be used in the course of the workshop, so anyone can join in. And those who are learning an instrument, voice or dance will learn new skills that they can apply to their own music making.

 

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

www.fourwinds.com.au | P 02 6493 3414

Why every child should make music

A little girl, barely four years old, sings her heart out. Baby sleep, sleep, baby, sleep, sleep, baby baby sleep she croons. Her grandpa accompanies her on the piano, looks up when she pauses, she shakes her head and goes on – sleep, baby…..she could sing all day. And then she bows.

Ok you say, well her grandfather is Richard Gill OAM, renowned conductor and Australia’s foremost music educator. Of course she sings, and loves to perform.

So do all kids, says Richard. Just give them a chance. He was speaking in Bermagui, NSW after giving a workshop for music teachers as part of an ongoing program run by Four Winds, a Festival and performance venue, for encouraging music education in the region.

He says around the age of two or three children start enjoying making patterns with words and creating songs. “They invent songs and music. This creativity comes naturally but it’s the first thing we knock out of them at school.”

Listening has a potent effect on all learning. Children who sing have an advantage in all areas of learning. It’s the bonus of being taught music. Richard Gill says music is fundamental to human beings. “Our ancestors sang for 250,000 years before they learnt to speak. Music is in our DNA,” he says.

When babies are still in the womb they learn to listen at around 18 weeks. Just before they are born they can distinguish between highs and lows. Hearing is a survival skill, and as so many mums know instinctively, singing, rocking, and humming to a new baby develops their listening skills, and children who aren’t cared for in this way are at a distinct disadvantage, Richard says.

Kids learn first by rhyming, making patterns. For example they sing:

Humpty dadadadada WALL,

Humpty dadadadada FALL.

Young children love to repeat this, they enjoy the rhythm of Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall. They eventually learn the words but the rhythm comes first. Through music they learn about pattern recognition, and they also learn about the abstract world, because music IS abstract believes Richard. “It makes it special. It singles it out from dance, drama and art which are largely concrete. Music can suggest all sorts of things in the mind of a child. It allows children to go into an abstract world, and that is powerful.”

Richard demonstrates this with an audience member. “Tell me what you hear when you listen to this. He plays a brief tune on the piano. The man in the front row says “ water”. “No” says Richard. “It wasn’t anything. But if you think it’s water that’s fine.”

He tries again. “Something moving fast”, says the man. Gill roars NO again.(And he does roar when he is passionate about something)

“How music speaks to you, it’s more important than anything. With children we have to lead them down a path to listen. What is the potential? We have to be incredibly careful we don’t impose our values on them. We don’t want to tell them its water when they see clouds.”

“We want children to make their own music. Teach them to sing, every child can sing. Music can give them extraordinary joy and happiness.“ Which is why as part of the Four Winds Festival at Easter there will be music workshops with drums and electronic looping technology for teens and some of Australia’s finest young musicians will drop into the free childcare for younger kids. So the small people and the large people can all have a wonderful time listening to music in a beautiful environment.

www.fourwinds.com.au.

Marilyn Chalkley

Richard Gill showing little girl the joy of music_image

Richard Gill sharing his joy of music.