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Thank you for a wonderful five days of music making…

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to complete the audience feedback survey

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

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

With very best wishes

The Four Winds Team

Click hereto view the 2018 Easter Festival gallery of images


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

The Festival has begun

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Dear All,

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Easter!

Very best wishes
James Crabb
Artistic Director

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

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

Easter Festival 1 week to go

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Dear All,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Easter Festival 12 days to go

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visiting Eucalyptus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Festival three weeks to go

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The Original 2018 Easter Festival

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

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

Here is an example….

“O lord let thy servant Elizabeth”

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Festival four weeks to go

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

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

Mark Coughlan, The Australian

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image credits: Ben Marden, Robert Tacheci

Easter Festival five weeks to go

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Jack is back!

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


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

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

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

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

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

Until then…cheerio”

Jack Liebeck, February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Image credits: Ben Marden, Robert Tacheci


Easter Festival Sound Shell Sunday 1 April

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Julian Smiles (cello)



Australian Brass Quintet




Damian Barberler


Sound Shell Sunday 1 April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Easter Festival Sound Shell Saturday 31 March

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David Leha (vocals)



Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano)




Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar)


Sound Shell Saturday 31 March 2018

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

I’ve been particularly interested to program a festival which is full of timely contrasts and which places classical music in the context of other musical genres and traditions. Sound Shell Saturday begins with wonderfully invigorating works from the earlier periods of classical music, featuring brass, guitar and our Festival string ensemble called ANAM Strings, made up of musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osvaldo Golijov – Ayre

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

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


Easter Festival Sideshow Alley

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Dear All,

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

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

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

 James Crabb, Artistic Director. Photo by Ben Marden

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

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

Click here to view the2018 Easter Festival Program booklet.

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

Very best wishes
James Crabb – Artistic Director

 

 

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

Image credits: Ben Marden, Robert Tacheci


Easter Festival program

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Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | Program Information

Dear All,

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoy reading more about the program.

Very best wishes
James Crabb
Artistic Director


 

 

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

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


Fresh Salt

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Fresh Salt Exhibition | Creative Responses to Exceptional Landscape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information on the Artists involved and to view the Exhibition Catalogue.

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


Summer Sounds

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Summer Sounds | This Saturday at Four Winds

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

The Strides


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

A World Premiere Collaboration…


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

The Sweet Valentinos…


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

Benji & The Saltwater Sound System


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

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

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

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



Summer Sounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to welcoming you.

Four Winds | Pop-up Cinema

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

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

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

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

Carols in the Pavilion

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Carols In The Pavilion

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

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

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

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

Fresh Salt | An Exhibition of Visual Art | Videos

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David Gallan | flow 2017

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

Gloria Florez | MADRE-TIERRA 2017

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