The intimacy of the Windsong Pavilion provides the perfect opportunity to hear brilliant interpretation of great masterworks in a program of music that will transport the audience and inspire any musician in the room.
Windsong Series 1
Windsong Series 2
Windsong Series 3
Performances and Events
POP-UP CINEMA | 3 – 6 January 2018 | Sound Shell
Fabulous music-themed films across four summer nights, in a truly inspiring setting. Live music before sundown in the Windsong Pavilion. Food, drinks, ice cream, tea and coffee. BYO picnic, rugs and low seating.
Iris White, conducted the Welcome to Country and opened the Four Winds Pop-up cinema
Film: Bran Nue Dae | Music: Chelsy Atkins
Film: Inside Llewyn Davis | Music: Joshua Wellington
Film: Once | Music: Texture Like Sun
Film: Shine | Music: Luca Ziino
Photos and videos by Marg Hansen
Summer Sounds | A World of Music
A day of great music, fabulous food, plenty of fun, and summery vibes. A jam-packed program of outstanding artists celebrating traditional and contemporary music in the beautiful surrounds of the Four Winds Sound Shell. An opportunity for locals and visitors to connect through music in a celebration of summer, creativity and talent.
Photos by Ben Marden
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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).
Windsong Series 1
A program inspired by a rare recording of Violin Sonatas made by the great Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler. These two musical icons recorded the works of Beethoven, Grieg and Schubert that you will hear today in 1928 in the USA – the recording is still available for sale and on YouTube!
As far as personalities go, Rachmaninoff and Kreisler could not have been more contrasting in their styles. Rachmaninoff, a cool and collected perfectionist was in stark contrast to Kreisler who was one of the most flamboyant musicians of his day. Yet this unlikely duo struck a friendship and a mutual respect performing and making arrangements of each others compositions. You will hear some of that flamboyance in the performance of Kreisler’s own composition Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta which concludes today’s performance.
It’s wonderful to think that 90 years later, here in Barragga Bay two of the finest musicians working in Australia performed in a new duo to revisit and celebrate Rachmaninoff and Kreisler’s collaboration, performing works by some of the world’s greatest composers from the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Windsong Series 2
Joyce Yang: irrepressible, unmissable brilliance
Joyce Yang who is one of the leading pianists in the newest generation of virtuosi, is embarking on her first full national tour of Australia from her home in the US. The tour, made possible by Musica Viva, included a performance in the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay, Saturday 7 July.
‘An astonishing virtuoso with tremendous suggestive power.’ – Neue Zürcher Zeitung (New Zürich Newspaper)
The Four Winds audience constantly tell us what special experiences the Windsong Series concerts are:
I feel enlightened, inspired and relaxed. I admire the dedication of the musicians to work to such a high standard.
Windsong Series 3
The sound of the 18th Century came to Bermagui
Four Winds is welcomed former Festival Artistic Director and recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey to the Windsong Pavilion.
Genevieve joined by celebrated Australian baroque bassoonist Jane Gower and Lars Ulrik Mortensen from Denmark on harpsichord – who are both among the finest players in the world of baroque music. It’s difficult to convey what an extraordinary performance this promises to be. All three musicians are internationally sought after and celebrated in their own right; they have played together as a trio since 2006.
Genevieve Lacey said “when you find kindred musical spirits, you do all you can to create opportunities to play together”. Genevieve describes this trio as a “treasured collaboration” in which the musicians have a shared intuition and trust each other implicitly, which makes risk taking simple and joyful. The result according to Genevieve is a “spontaneous, natural and fluid performance, which is always fresh”.
The music being performed is from eighteenth-century Europe and will showcase the variety in musical language and tone colour of music from different European countries at the time: France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, England. The composers themselves were all accomplished, practising musicians and this performance will evoke the composers and great musicians who performed these works in the eighteenth-century. Jane will be playing a baroque bassoon, which unlike its modern counterpart has very few keys. Genevieve will be playing recorders which are replicas of historic instruments whilst Lars Ulrik will perform on a fine harpsichord, which has generously been donated to Four Winds and will be making its debut at this performance.
This program, made up of eight concise, masterful works gave the audience the rare chance to experience the sound of the eighteenth-century played on historical instruments by fabulous musicians in the intimate, warm setting of the Windsong Pavilion.
Interview Genevieve Lacey Bega District News: Baroque virtuosos combine talents for concert at Four Winds
Ondes recordings – The Ghosts Between Us
Percussionist/Composer, and Jed Silver, Sound Designer, finalised the recording of their ONDES Project – The Ghosts Between Us – which opened as a sound installation at the DARK MOFO | NIGHT MASS event. DARK MOFO 2018 began at MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art – in Hobart.
Recording the latest Malumba album
Local composers and musicians Dan Efraemson and John Hoorweg have been busy recording the latest Malumba album, as well as recording a couple of Narooma High School HSC music students. Eden Brennan took the opportunity to record a Celtic march on her harp, while Georgia Macdonald recorded an original song. The acoustics are absolutely sublime – the instruments almost seem to play themselves!
Early Music Workshop
Early Music Workshop
At this two-day ensemble workshop you will explore some renaissance dance music and some sacred works both, vocal and instrumental.
The Renaissance was for musicians an era of discovery, innovation and exploration. While vocal music was superior to instrumental playing throughout the Middle Ages, the latter rose to greater recognition during the 16th century. Instrumental music became part of education, it profited from the popularity of dancing across the social ranks, and the invention of new instruments prompted composers to explore their properties and sounds. At this workshop you will be introduced to, and play dance music (eg, by Playford), and sacred works (eg, Victoria)
Instruments: 440Hz pitch Recorders, other wind instruments (oboe/flute), strings (violin/cello/bass/harp)
Tutors: Barbara Jerjen, Musician, Musicologist, Musical Director of the Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society and Alexandra Bailliet-Joly, Sydney-based recorder artsi and music teacher and member of Dolce Ombre quartet.
This September brought the fifth annual Spring Sing, an all day singing workshop for choirs from the region at the Windsong Pavilion. Facilitated by Dan Scollay and Geoffrey Badger, culminating in a public performance in the afternoon. It is a chance for choirs of the region to gather together with a spirit of joy and sharing, to sing for and with each other.