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

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

FOUR WINDS INVITES YOU TO AN EXHIBITION AND PREMIER MUSIC PERFORMANCE

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

OPENING NIGHT
6PM, THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017.
FOYER GALLERY ANU SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN
2 CHILDERS STREET, ACTON, ACT 2601

OPENING ADDRESS: TIM HOLLO
DIRECTOR, GREEN MUSIC AUSTRALIA

FRESH SALT PREMIER MUSIC PERFORMANCE
7:00 THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017

LARRY SITSKY ROOM
ANU SCHOOL OF MUSIC, BUILDING 100
WILLIAM HERBERT PLACE, ACTON, ACT 2601
(5 MIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM EXHIBITION OPENING)

A collaboration between visual artists, musicians, composers, choreographers and creative writers inspired by the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country – where fresh and salt water mix.

As the waters mingle so do the artists, stories, data, history and ideas in response to the place – between the sacred mountains of Gulaga and Mumbulla.

The result is a catalogued exhibition of visual art and a premier performance of original music compositions.

Four Winds’s Bermagui Project is a cultural conversation between Aboriginal elders, scientists, historians, farmers, council workers, local community and artists.

Fresh Salt aims to raise community awareness about the ecological and cultural significance of the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country through the power of art.

Its fresh and you can feel the salt.

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

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | Early Bird Tickets

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Wednesday 28th March to Easter Sunday 1st April 2018 Info and bookings

Dear all,

I am delighted to announce that tickets for the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival are available from today. Please join me for what promises to be a beautiful Festival of music; it will be the most ambitious Four Winds Festival to date.

Surround yourself with Music, Brilliance and Beauty.

60 Artists, 10 Ensembles, 26 Performances, 10 Stunning Locations, 5 Days.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival
Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 1 April 2018

I’ve crafted a program which will take you on a global musical journey, from early music to the current day. The program features well-known works from composers such as Haydn, Schumann, Bach, Vivaldi, Byrd, Saint-Säens, Piazzolla and Respighi. I’ve also programmed an incredible work by South American composer Golijov; ‘Ayre’ features soprano Emma Pearson singing a vocal line inspired by many different cultures and traditions accompanied by Festival aritsts who play many instruments not normally seen on the concert hall platform. The spatial, still and atmospheric music of Arvo Pärt brings a Nordic influence to the program, which is in contrast to the energized Three Dancers by Australian composer Eleanor Kats-Chernin whose composition was inspired by the Picasso painting of the same name.

What is truly wonderful is the number of stunning musicians who have agreed to come and perform for you. Celebrated British violinist Jack Liebeck is returning by popular demand and for the first time we will welcome Israeli flautist Ariel Zuckermann (Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra). They will take to the stage alongside some of Australia’s finest solo artists, including soprano Emma Pearson, pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Ian Munro, harpist Alice Giles, guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski, and such highly regarded ensembles as the Goldner String Quartet, The Song Company, Speak Percussion and the Australian Brass Quintet. I’m also delighted that Jessie Lloyd’s ‘Mission Songs’ project will be presented as part of the Festival.

To ensure that everyone connects with the artists and the music they are experiencing, ABC Classic FM’s Guy Noble will be our host throughout the whole Festival.

The program centres on two full days of music in Four Winds out-door Sound Shell over the 2018 Easter weekend. Those performances will be complemented by a series of concerts in the Windsong Pavilion, which undoubtedly has one of the finest acoustics in Australia and I’m really looking forward to hearing some fabulous chamber music in that wonderful space.

The Festival will start with a free concert for the community on Friday 30 March following a day of free pop-up performances in and around Bermagui. For aspiring young creatives, we will be running a Youth Program over the two days of the Easter Weekend at the Four Winds site, including a creative kid’s tent.

I’m also excited about the inclusion of a short series of alternative music theatre pieces brought together under the title of ‘Sideshow Alley’. Presented as three consecutive performances on Easter Saturday evening in the Windsong Pavilion, these one-hour shows each comprise seven music theatre works performed by nine of the Festival’s guest artists. This is a unique opportunity – not often found in a Festival environment – to experience world class artists expressing their musicianship in a completely different, theatrical way, up close, in a dramatic intimate space. It will be like nothing you have ever seen before! This will be a world where circus meets sideshow, where illusions captivate and automaton-like players spring to life and perform at the drop of a coin…

The Festival will also feature new works, made possible through the support of our wonderful donors and funders such as Creative Partnerships Australia. Two of the works are inspired by literature, Murray Bail’s multi award-winning novel, Eucalyptus, and Walt Whitman’s epic poem, We Two Boys Together Clinging (Leaves of Grass, 1855). Local composer David Hewitt will be working with Stonewave Taiko, the Djaadjawan Dancers and members of the local Yuin Community to present his new work as part of a specially commissioned ‘Welcome to Country’.

I am really looking forward to welcoming you to the Festival which has such a great reputation amongst musicians. They love to play at Four Winds, surrounded by such extraordinary natural beauty and to perform to such appreciative, engaged audiences.

Of course, your whole Festival experience is enhanced by the opportunity to enjoy locally sourced food and wine throughout the Easter Weekend!

Surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty over the 2018 Easter weekend – I look forward to seeing you there.

With very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

P.S. You can reserve your tickets from today – 25 September 2017.

All events are individually ticketed to allow Festival goers to build their own festival experience, with the exception of the Saturday and Sunday ‘Sound Shell’ programs, which are each a full day experience.

Early Bird tickets are now on sale. We encourage you to book by Sunday 3 December, 2017 to save 15% on all ticket prices.

CLICK HERE for information on local accommodation.

All events are individually ticketed to allow Festival goers to build their own festival experience, with the exception of the Saturday and Sunday ‘Sound Shell’ programs, which are each a full day experience.

Bookings at Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival or call 2 6493 3414

Short Black Opera | Friday 22 September 2017

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

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

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

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

Presented by Four Winds and Short Black Opera.

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

Radical Voice #5 | Wednesday 20 September 2017

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

Deborah Cheetham AO | The Art of Belonging

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

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

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

ADULTS $15, 16yrs & under FREE.

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

Exclusive Four Winds Volunteer Event | Friday 15 September 2017

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

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

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

Golden Gate Brass | Saturday 30 September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Radical Voice #5 | Wednesday 20 September 2017

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

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

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

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

Presented by Four Winds and Short Black Opera.

ADULTS $15, 16yrs & under FREE.

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

Nature & Shared Creativity | Artists gather at Bithry Inlet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singing for your Soul | A weekend workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Four Winds and Musica Viva