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Book Launch

 Milena Cifali - The lost summer 2020 River of Art

Book Launch: Mallacoota Time by Milena Cifali | Saturday 26 September | 4pm | Windsong Pavilion | Four Winds Road | Barragga Bay NSW 2546

Highly-regarded creative talent Milena Cifali is an award winning singer-songwriter, classical guitarist and poet who, along with her partner Jim Horvath, lost her home, instruments and beloved parrots in the Mallacoota bushfires on New Year’s Eve 2019. Out of adversity, Milena has written a heartfelt book sharing her personal journey towards recovery, against the larger backdrop of an unprecedented bushfire season and the Coronavirus pandemic.

The book showcases Milena’s considerable talents of writing, poetry, lyrics, and photography to create a stirring and timely work. At its heart is the search for home and its aim to connect with Australia’s fire ravaged communities and to provide solace, facilitating healing for all those suffering loss amongst these communities.

Four Winds is proud to support the 2020 River of Art and Milena Cifali in bringing this event to the Windsong Pavilion. Milena will be performing songs, reading extracts from the book as well as speaking about her experience of losing everything in the Mallacoota fires.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this event has very limited audience capacity. Free admission but bookings are required. Read more here about our venue’s Covid-19 protocols, and what to expect when you visit.

Seating is available inside and outside. Mallacoota Time will be available for purchase at the launch.

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Milena Cifali is a Canberra-based, award-winning singer-songwriter, published poet (Love, Art, Ideas and Politics and Messages From The Embers (2020)) and author. Milena studied classical guitar at the ANU with Timothy Kain and Carolyn Kidd, graduating in 2000. She went on to be a founding member of the Canberra Classical Guitar Society and a well-respected Canberra guitar teacher and performer.

In 2011 she left Canberra and as singer-songwriter and began touring and performing along the eastern seaboard with her partner Jim Horvath, other half of her duo The Awesome. In March 2019 Milena was invited by Canberra poet John Passant to collaborate on his published anthologies, and set about composing music for their album ‘Whose Broken Is This’, which they toured to acclaim.

In late 2019 Milena was awarded semi-finalist as well as a commendation in the UK international Songwriters Contest. Having performed to acclaim nationally at major Folk Festivals, Covid-19 restrictions slowed her travels and after losing her home, Milena and her partner settled in Canberra, tending to the local wildlife and performing locally. Milena is a passionate photographer, bird watcher and poet.

Windsong Concert - Saturday

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2020 Windsong Series | Sonya Lifschitz ‘Stalin’s Piano’ | Saturday 10 October | 6.30pm – doors open 6.15pm | Windsong Pavilion | Four Winds Road | Barragga Bay NSW 2546

Pianist Sonya Lifschitz takes to the piano at the heart of this electrifying work, conceived by Australian composer Robert Davidson with and for the Ukranian-born Lifschitz. Davidson’s bracing and brilliant compositions here are performed with virtuosic talent but spiralling out from them is an audio-visual epic that charts a maelstrom of history, politics, art and rebellion.

Weaving together recorded audio, archival footage and live voice, a panoply of historical figures hover above the stage: Goebbels, Ai Wei Wei, Jackson Pollock, Michelle Obama, Susan Sontag, Stalin and Yudina herself. From Bertolt Brecht facing the House of Un-American Activities Commission to JFK, Whitlam, Gillard, Trump and Thunberg, more than a century of political and creative thought is put to scrutiny, arranged and rearranged in provocative and insightful layers. This powerful and affecting work is an accelerating ride through some of the biggest themes in contemporary history, and a chance to reimagine the world in which we find ourselves today.

Performances run for approx. 70minutes, without interval. There are no concession tickets for this event. If you are an existing Access Pass holder, you can use your Access Pass for this Windsong Event.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this event has very limited audience capacity. Bookings are essential. Read more here about our venue’s Covid-19 protocols, and what to expect when you visit.

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Dr. Sonya Lifschitz is an accomplished Ukrainian-Australian performer, educator, researcher, and collaborator of international repute, whose creative practice spans solo and chamber-music performance, curating, producing and presenting new work, directing cross-disciplinary and multi-media collaborations, and actively participating in current cultural debate and arts advocacy.

Sonya Lifschitz made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at age 18 and is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and fiercely creative musical voices. In 2016-2018 seasons, Sonya made a critically-acclaimed solo debut in one of New York’s most prestigious concert venues, the BargeMusic, with other highlights including performances at the Melbourne (MIAF), Adelaide (AF), Brisbane (BIAF), Canberra (CIMF), Darwin, Metropolis and MONAFOMA Festivals; and venues such as the Melbourne Recital Centre (Melbourne), City Recital Hall (Sydney), QPAC Concert Hall (Brisbane), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Elder Hall (Adelaide) and Detroit Institute of Art (Detroit, USA).

Sonya is increasingly active as a music curator and director, creating innovative, cross-disciplinary, multimedia works that re-contextualise the classical canon and push the boundaries of conventional concert practices. A Fulbright Scholar, Sonya studied under the legendary pianist-conductor Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (John Hopkins University, USA). Currently, Sonya holds a Lecturer in Music Performance position at UNSW and has previously been a Lecturer in Performance (Piano) and pianist in the Ensemble-in-Residence at the ANU School of Music. Sonya is a regular presenter on ABC Classic FM radio.


Tickets $35

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Note: This performance will have a very small audience to allow for filming and recording to take place. Please note that during this performance, there will be camera movement on stage as well as other digital production equipment and activity visible. Due to this, the ticket price of this performance has been reduced.

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Windsong Concert - Sunday

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2020 Windsong Series | Sonya Lifschitz ‘Stalin’s Piano’ | Sunday 11 October | 12noon – doors open 11.45am | Windsong Pavilion | Four Winds Road | Barragga Bay NSW 2546

Pianist Sonya Lifschitz takes to the piano at the heart of this electrifying work, conceived by Australian composer Robert Davidson with and for the Ukranian-born Lifschitz. Davidson’s bracing and brilliant compositions here are performed with virtuosic talent but spiralling out from them is an audio-visual epic that charts a maelstrom of history, politics, art and rebellion.

Weaving together recorded audio, archival footage and live voice, a panoply of historical figures hover above the stage: Goebbels, Ai Wei Wei, Jackson Pollock, Michelle Obama, Susan Sontag, Stalin and Yudina herself. From Bertolt Brecht facing the House of Un-American Activities Commission to JFK, Whitlam, Gillard, Trump and Thunberg, more than a century of political and creative thought is put to scrutiny, arranged and rearranged in provocative and insightful layers. This powerful and affecting work is an accelerating ride through some of the biggest themes in contemporary history, and a chance to reimagine the world in which we find ourselves today.

Performances run for approx. 70minutes, without interval. There are no concession tickets for this event. If you are an existing Access Pass holder, you can use your Access Pass for this Windsong Event.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this event has very limited audience capacity. Bookings are essential. Read more here about our venue’s Covid-19 protocols, and what to expect when you visit.

More Info

Dr. Sonya Lifschitz is an accomplished Ukrainian-Australian performer, educator, researcher, and collaborator of international repute, whose creative practice spans solo and chamber-music performance, curating, producing and presenting new work, directing cross-disciplinary and multi-media collaborations, and actively participating in current cultural debate and arts advocacy.

Sonya Lifschitz made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at age 18 and is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and fiercely creative musical voices. In 2016-2018 seasons, Sonya made a critically-acclaimed solo debut in one of New York’s most prestigious concert venues, the BargeMusic, with other highlights including performances at the Melbourne (MIAF), Adelaide (AF), Brisbane (BIAF), Canberra (CIMF), Darwin, Metropolis and MONAFOMA Festivals; and venues such as the Melbourne Recital Centre (Melbourne), City Recital Hall (Sydney), QPAC Concert Hall (Brisbane), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Elder Hall (Adelaide) and Detroit Institute of Art (Detroit, USA).

Sonya is increasingly active as a music curator and director, creating innovative, cross-disciplinary, multimedia works that re-contextualise the classical canon and push the boundaries of conventional concert practices. A Fulbright Scholar, Sonya studied under the legendary pianist-conductor Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (John Hopkins University, USA). Currently, Sonya holds a Lecturer in Music Performance position at UNSW and has previously been a Lecturer in Performance (Piano) and pianist in the Ensemble-in-Residence at the ANU School of Music. Sonya is a regular presenter on ABC Classic FM radio.


Tickets $45

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Note: This a live performance for a limited audience due to Covid-19 restrictions. There will be no moving cameras during this performance.

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Star Lantern Making

Would you like to make a Star Lantern?

Our Four Winds Aboriginal Creative Producer, Cheryl Davison is creating a show called “Bagan Barra Barra Mirriwarr” meaning Land, Sea and Sky.

Star lanterns are part of the show and we need your help to make these beautiful lanterns. Star lanterns will bring to life Yuin creation stories.

If you would like the specially made kit to put together a lantern or two, please email contact@fourwinds.com.au Then just follow Cheryl’s instruction in the video to make your own amazing lantern and let your star be part of the “Bagan Barra Barra Mirriwarr” show.

A Gift of Song

Gordon Hamilton (conductor)

A Gift of Song: Workshop and Performance | Postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions

Four Winds has asked composer Gordon Hamilton to create a song for the Far South Coast to bring people together through song. The new song, which has been commissioned with support from Festivals Australia, will now be premiered at the 2021 Easter Festival Community Concert. Everyone of all ages who loves singing is invited to take part!

Gordon has written a song which will be given to the Far South Coast as a gift for choirs and singers to enjoy singing for years to come. Gordon’s song can be learnt quickly and be performed by singers of all abilities. During a workshop day in autumn of 2021 (new date and time tbc) in the Bermagui Community Centre, Gordon will teach the song to everyone.

Singers who attend the workshop are invited to take part in the performance at the Four Winds 2021 Easter Festival Community Concert on Friday 2 April at Bermagui Dickinson Oval. More information will be provided closer to time

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This experience will be truly joyful and uplifting. Many local choirs have already signed up, That Bunch of Singers from Bermagui, Heartsong and the Bega Valley Youth Choir from Bega, Balun Malu Choir who toured to East Timor and Spirit Allegro from Pambula will all be lending their voices.

Gordon Hamilton said ‘it’s a great honor to be asked to write a song as a gift to the far South Coast. Given everything that has happened recently I couldn’t think of a better way to raise our spirits than through singing.

I’m creating a song which draws its inspiration from the Far South Coast and will be a celebration of this beautiful region. I’m looking forward to hearing this amazing, resilient community lift its voice in song’.
This song continues Four Winds commitment to commissioning songs inspired by the region. Songs by Lisa Young, and indigenous composers Deborah Cheetham and Brenda Gifford have been important parts of recent Four Winds Easter and Youth Festivals.

Gordon Hamilton is an Australian composer and conductor. Since 2009, he has been the Artistic Director of The Australian Voices. He was born in Newcastle, lived and worked in Bremen, Germany for five years as a conductor and composer and he now lives in Brisbane.

Previous commissioned songs inspired by the region: Lisa Young ‘On the Track’, Deborah Cheetham ‘Mother Mountain’, Brenda Gifford ‘Toonku and Ngyardi’ and ‘Ngadjung’

‘Tiny Movements’ by Gordon Hamilton

Words inspired from the poems in ‘Small Kingdoms’ by Anita Patel (featured in the book ‘Heart Stitched’).
A Gift of Song

We were keen to commission a song that singers up and down the Far South Coast will love to sing; something simple, catchy, meaningful.

Click here to download the Words to ‘Tiny Movements’

Verse 1

So much life on this bright rock
Feeding the earth with hope
So much life on this bright rock
Feeding the earth with hope

Chorus

Pulse and beat
Beneath our feet
Silent work
Beneath our feet
Tiny movements, unheard unseen
Silent work
Beneath our feet
Pulse and beat
Beneath our feet

Verse 2

Fern, fungus, soil and seed
Feeding the earth with hope
Fern, fungus, soil and seed
Feeding the earth with hope

Verse 3

Small friends, in times of need
Feeding the earth with hope
Small friends, in times of need
Feeding the earth with hope

Verse 4

Big water and small hands
Feeding the earth with hope
Big water and small hands
Feeding the earth with hope