Born, Sopron Hungary (1947) to a musical family who encouraged him to sing with first public performance at 3. Studied violin from 5 at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. Left Hungary with family as refugees in 1956. Arrived in Australia in 1957 and continued classical violin training, also joining The Victorian Junior Symphony Orchestra. Sang in High School productions (Pirates of Penzance, Amahl and the Night Visitors). Took up guitar and singing in his late teens and further diversified by joining the Original Bushwhackers and Bullockies Bush Band on fiddle (1972). Expanded singing/guitar repertoire with own self taught style with influences from the Beatles, the folk scene, ballads, standards, pop, Don McLean, flamenco. Lived in UK from 1975-1988 performing regularly at clubs and making analogue home recordings (reel to reel). In Australia, further home recordings were produced from 1991 onwards, where his unique finger picking style deployed various acoustic guitars and ukulele. In the last 15 years he has focused on entertaining at numerous Retirement Establishments where his personal connection has been well received. Joined The Showbiz Club in 2012 and performs regularly. Pursuing architecture part time, his musical goals are “to interpret songs that have exceptional music and lyrics” with the intention of touching hearts. A further intention is to continue a wave of recordings as a solo performer and also with other accomplished artists. SYLVESTER KROYHERR ... 10/11/2014.
Maxwell Ketels flautist and writer
Maxwell Ketels: When he commenced learning the flute, some decades ago, Maxwell learnt about, and was fascinated by the Flute - Pan - medieval Devil connection. Having studied history, classical civilization and anthropology at Monash University, in 1990 he commenced researching and writing a now, nearly-finished book on Pan from 1990 onwards - supported by extensive travel in Greece. Maxwell has lived in London where he worked as a child counsellor, and he has worked as a practitioner and teacher of massage modalities. He has sings tenor in symphonic choirs, and is Secretary and Librarian of the Carl Jung Society of Melbourne, which holds a monthly address / Q and A for anyone, very near Alex and Natasha's place.
PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN: THE HISTORIC and SYMBOLIC PAN.
This presentation will initially define the mythic profile of the early classical Greek image of Pan the Arcadian, as a fertility figure for small herding, beehives etc. Like Chiron, Pan is a "composite" mythic animal, with an earthy, goaty lower half and a refined, human upper half, with the rich meanings contained therein.
We will follow Pan's "migration" out of his homeland to Athens at the time of his "Pan-ic" involvement in the mighty Battle of Marathon, in 490BCE, and then to the wider Graeco-Roman world.
Pan is decidedly related to the ecstatic, free-flowing, Dionysian side of the life. Pan had a remarkably durable “career” throughout history: his rustic pan-pipes came to symbolise the harmony of the celestial spheres and he came to represent the entire realm of Nature and physicality. His pagan, freaky image and early sexy reputation as a fertility figure was largely responsible for the construction of the medieval Devil image. Pan's horns are still made today as a hand-sign in the Mediterranean region, to ward off the “evil eye”.
The “rehabilitation” of Pan away from the Devil image, commenced with the Renaissance. Along with Helen and Orpheus, fluting, dancing and singing Pan, as creative muse, was most prolific in the ethos and art forms of Romantic period, from the 18th into the 20th centuries. For DH Lawrence, Pan signified “the deep emotional self”. He was also there for children in JM Barrie'sPeter Pan (1911) and certainly in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows(1908).
The address considers Pan in modernity and as a grand Idea / Symbol throughout history. He made a mysterious "appearance" to an individual named Ogilvie Crombie, connected with Findhorn, the alternative community in north Scotland. Pan is pertinent to Perelandra, a similar "co-creative" community in the United States. Pan recently made a major appearance in the award-winning magic-realist Mexican-produced film, Pan's Labyrinth (2006).
Ma’isah is a unique fusion bellydancer, dancing since 1999 and using her love of belly dance she created her own dance format, 'Elysium’.
Ma’isah was an instructor at one of the largest and most famous belly dance festivals in the world, Tribal Fest, in 2014 (USA) and is returning as a teacher again in 2015, she has also been the opening act for Jeff Martin and the Armada, performed in the renownedMelbourne Fringe Festival, and is a sought after performer and instructor each year at events such as the WAMED (WA), OMEDA (VIC), Newcastle Belly Dance Festival (NSW), Evernight (NSW) Gothla (USA), Tribal and Trance (NSW) Fire in the Belly(VIC) Winter Haflas (both VIC and NSW), Enchanted (SA) For the Love of Dance (SA) Meenkeel Gypsies Bellydance Camp (VIC) the Bizarre Music Festival, Deviate, the Nocturnal Instincts fashion show and many more.After a hiatus teaching local classes to tour as a dancer, Ma’isah is offering bi-weekly dance classes in Northcote starting late January called 'Sublime Saturdays', combining an hour of Yoga with instructor Clare and 90 minutes of Elysium Dance with Ma'isah. She also has a website with free classes and soon adding membership classes online.