WINE AND CHEESE FESTIVAL NEW website review by Glen and Camilla Wilson Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Sotir Stojcevskifor organising this opportunity for our media and for his compassion towards our work
MELBOURNE SALAMI FESTA 2015 NEW website review by Jess Dey / Skullwindows Photography and Luke Slater
Northcote was awash with the divine smell of cheese, salami, and beer for three days as the Melbourne Salami Festa made its home on High Street last week.
The main hall was host to a plethora of specialist salami stalls, including D.O.C, Salumi, and Fabris; each offering their own free samples and tasters to the delight of punters.
The workshops run throughout the day were a particularly nice feature of the festa; of note was the Traditional Pork Pie workshop run by the Piper Street Food Co. which taught attendees of the vital steps in the creation of an English favourite – and that it should be served cold (possibly with warm beer).
The biggest draw of the weekend was the 2015 Salami Competition, which saw over 50 local salami artisans pit their best recipes against one another in a bid to take home the title of salami of the year. Two interesting entries came from “Natural Pickle Co”, who deviated from the norm with their inclusion of wallaby meat and bathtub grappa in their recipes.
If numbers are anything to go by, the festa was clearly a huge success. Hopefully this serves as an indicator for next year’s turnout, and as a strong suggestion for a larger choice of venue.
NATIONAL GALLERY VICTORIA: THE MASTERPIECES OF HERMITAGE, THE LEGACY OF CATHERINE THE GREAT NEW website review by GM and MM
Masterpieces from the Hermitage
For those of us not lucky enough to have made the trek to St Petersburg, the Hermitage Museum might seem like just another art gallery on an ever-growing bucket list. But even a short visit to see NGV’s selected masterpieces of Catherine the Great’s collection reveals just how peerless the full selection must be — very few galleries in the world are so extensive yet bear such a vivid mark of an individual’s personal taste.
The exhibition begins with architectural studies of the Hermitage complex, which is far bigger, more ornate and beautiful than I realised. It then moves through, room by room, each phase of classical and post-classical artistic movements, with particular features made of Italian, Flemish & Dutch masterpieces. Donna Nuda, originally ascribed to Leonardo da Vinci then later attributed to his students, and Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Scholar tend to draw a crowd, but they’re flanked by works of contemporaries which are as good if not better. In Rembrandt’s case, Jacob Duck’s Guardroom and Frans Snyders’ A Concert of Birds dominate a room of maybe only a dozen pieces, which all combine to make a strong argument for the quality of 17th Century Dutch art. But with curation this good, each room leaves a similarly unique impression.
The standout, however, is Catherine’s collection of drawings, one of the many personal flourishes that run through the exhibit. The pièce de résistance is the Hendrik Goltzius’ Bacchus, Venus and Ceres, an artist I wasn’t familiar with before attending. It’s a monumental work, grander than almost any painting, with an astonishing level of intricacy — a single line weight is used throughout, and the apparent shading is actually different styles and densities of cross-hatching. It’s worth the price of admission alone, and if the looks on the other patrons’ faces are any judge, that’s not a controversial statement.
The exhibition runs until the 8th of November. Don’t miss out — St Petersburg is a half a world away, but art of this magnificence, thankfully, is not.
The exhibition runs till November 8 2015!
ALAN KOGOSOWSKI CHOPIN MUSIC CONCERT NEW website review by Marina Skliar Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Carole Bach and Alana Kogosowski for this opportunity
I would like to thank Natasha Marchev for the given opportunity for an invite to Alan Kogosowski concert.
It was the first time for me to see Alan Kogosowski performing and should I say: what a mind blowing concert performed on one breath! Alan is not just a magnificent player he is also a very knowledgeable and humble man. Before every single piece of music performed he told the audience the story behind the music, the mood of the notes so to speak.
Alan has also mentioned that he wrote a book 700 pages long which I would love to read once its published, I had found him not only to be a great pianist but also a wonderful story teller, as he spoke of Chopin with so much warmth, respect, and love.
I also was amazed that Alan had no music notes in front of him. It was all played by memory.
Alan had started the concert from Mazurka which is a second national anthem for Poland, the music that represents human emotions which felt much stronger than a common dance; it felt like more intimate feelings. Chopin has written 16 mazurkas in total including the most popular peace which is widely used everywhere all over the world even in phones as a call hold music.
Chopin was a very talented composer who in his early 20s has invented how piano should be played by mastering and inventing each sound. At the age of 21 Chopin had written sealing swooning sound on the way to Paris from Poland which was also played by Alan. Chopin was loved by everyone in Paris and continued to write beautiful swelled music, the sounds which are like a goggle of the river or strong wind.
Alan Kogosowski who had started playing a piano at 6 years of age had beautifully delivered on performing night, His playing felt as he had not 10 but 20 fingers; the music in some parts was so soft it took me to a magic fairy tale, You could sense through Alan’s playing how much he understood the mood of Chopin when he had composed the music, whether he was heartbroken, or in love, or he was just describing the weather.
Alan started to play signature pieces at the age of 10, Alan naturally brings the audience positive energy through his music, there was a standing ovation at the end of the concert and nobody wanted to leave and kept asking “more” and “more” of Alan's, Alan continued playing with his heart and his soul as if Chopin himself was in the audience...............
HORTICULTURAL AND GARDENING FESTIVAL 2015 NEW press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson website Bohemian Rhapsody Club is extremely grateful to Margot Gorski , a Director of PR Matters www.prmatters.com.au for this opportunity
Melbourne Showground’s October 2015
The Melbourne Horticultural & Gardening Festival featured a wide range of exhibitors, including Landscape gardeners, Arts & Craft, Locally grown and produced condiments, tools and garden accessories. The show was a friendly and relaxed environment with all stall holders eager to show off their products.
Talks and displays were held on the main stage covering Cooking & Gardening. Stalls ranged from flowers, Cacti, Organic Gardening, Bonsai and a wide range of food products.
There were many unique and creative products available – mini terrariums made from light globes, tiny planter pots created using electric power pole insulators, hand crafted jewelry featuring Australian Native Flowers and a huge range of garden ornaments.
Stall holders were on hand to give advice on all aspects of gardening with loads of great advice. There was a big emphasis on small gardening, showing that even the smallest space can be transformed into a miniature paradise or veggie garden – Vegetables can be grown in crates, Cardboard boxes and even on a wall. Only have room for 1 fruit tree? – you can buy grafted fruit trees with up to 6 different fruits on the one small tree.
Overall a great day out, the only downside to the festival was the low number of public visitors, therefore I feel the event may have benefited from more advertising and promotion.
RUSSIAN MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY (RMTC) THE BOATMAN NEW website Photos: Glen and Camilla Wilson/ GW Photography and Onstage Pix Text: Alexey Lis Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful for the opportunity to run this press release to Sergei An, Sergei Sulima and Elenea Mikhailova
"The Boatman" is a fairy tale for adults. Produced by Russian Melbourne Theatre Company based on play script of Hanna Yablonska. The play started on 3rd and 4th of October at 5PM at Phoenix Theatre (101 Glenhuntly Rd, Elwood).
The plot is very deep and it is based on the story of a man, a watchman, whose life was destroyed only because of one single incident. It was a silly mistake, simply an accident that was hard to predict or prevent. It is quite common for the Russians who blame their whole life being broken up because one small mistake. The Watchman's life is basically at its bottom when we meet him on stage :he has no where to go, no job, no family and he does not know how to continue to live on. It is his life crisis in its worst when drinking might seem to be the one and only escape from the mind that blames him for not taking the right and better path.
The main character plays well especially we want to highlight two particular scenes where the actor showed his full potential: when he explains how the incident happened at the carousel and while he has a job interview / audition with the Death, how he is questioned and how he replies. He really feels deeply what he says. The main character plays excellently these two episodes, however the rest of his role seemed to be way too powerful for him and at the other moments he straggles to handle it well. His task was to show the degradation of the physical body but still the pure and strong core inside of him - his soul and his spirit are unchanged. We felt that the role killed the actor at some scenes as he did not perform to his full potential. It also was obvious that the role was too complicated for him may be to feel and to understand to the fullest. The role was way too big and heavy for him to take the whole character inside of him... They were some replicas that were not believable and really needed to be worked on. I felt very sorry we could not attend the Saturday performance when Sergei Sulima played the major character. It would be his real life personality and actor's potential was just created to play this role - i am pretty and 100% sure Sergei has done it the best on Saturday knowing him by his previous roles in the theater. Pity we did not see it from his double on Sunday!
Also have to admit that during Sunday performance the secondaries were playing much better than the mains: would like to highlight the perfection in performances of Sergei An (Nobel prize winner and yogi) and small but very powerful and significant acting of Sergei Sulima (god, light pole). Also would like to emphasise the absolutely sensational performance of two Death's helpers: two young men in capes. Some secondary actors especially young dancing girls were performing better and more naturally than the mains. It is always too obvious from the audience point of view to see who had a real drive and who did not drag it right. Our judgement however is based on our personal view only and perhaps many of the viewers did not even notice some of those small imperfections. The main impression from the whole play was very very good.
We can not miss to mention a remarkable choreography that we can stand up to give them all another round of applause so good they all were in their dancing: when the elements of modern dance were rightly blend to highlight the characters around them.
We also can not neglect to notice a very intelligent stage spacing work, combining the right requisites with some very smart stage arranging and genius ideas and podium solutions.
A Jablonskaya play The Boatman was a new beautiful discovery for us personally and seeing how the play interpretation was perfectly scaled to satisfy the tastes of the most spoiled observers.
Extremely well done (but the main should be played by S Sulima! no one else please!)
The Lady from Shanghai By Luke Slater Photos: Jess Dey / Skullwindows Photography Bohemian Rhapsody Club is extremely grateful to Nikki for her generosity providing us with complimentary tickets, for making this press release possible and for her time at the interview
Loosely based on the Orson Welles movie of the same name, The Lady from Shanghai takes audiences on a trip through time to a classic film noir revenge story.
Nikki Nouveau displays a variety of talents throughout the show. As one would expect from cabaret, there is a plethora of singing and dancing throughout the performance - paying a postmodern homage to Adele, Nick Cave, and The Cure.
The venue, 24 Moons, set the perfect scene for the evening with its elegant seating and decoration.
The Lady from Shanghai is a must see for fans of cabaret and fringe theatre alike.
There are more shows: Bordello Blues with Nikki that you can go and see at Melbourne Spiegeltent
SNOW QUEEN'S AUSSIE FREEZING SHOW NEW website press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson / GW Photography and Onstage Pix Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Christerine Laul for this opportunity and supporting our editorial
Snow Queen`s Aussie Freezing Show Cardinia Cultural Center Pakenham.
Youngstars2`s Snow Queen`s Aussie Freezing Show is a 1 hour children’s show featuring singing dancing and loads of fun for young children.
The show opens with a sing along featuring popular songs from Disney`s Frozen. The opening song “Let it go” was outstanding and a huge hit with the audience singing along. The cast of character’s includes Bush man bob, Pixie, Dixie, Captain Carrot ,Funny bunny, Super Winston, The Evil Jester And not forgetting the Snow Queen. The show is a lively mix of songs, games and fun for all ages – Funny bunny and bushman bob led everyone in the hit song hokey pokey and it was great to see all the parents dancing & Singing along. Super Winston silly antics kept the children amused... and all the children participated with energy and enthusiasm and engaged delightedly with the characters. The evil jester comes to steal the snow queens magic wand, but with the help of Funny Bunny, Bushman Bob, Captain Carrot ,Super Winston & Silly the Snow Man - His evil plans were thwarted and the wand and all the power it contained was returned to the Snow Queen, its rightful owner. The snow Queens Wand performs a very special power which delighted all the children and had them running to the front of stage – but you will have to come along to the show to see what happens. The show is a colorful and highly entertaining and is amongst the best of children’s live shows and is highly recommended. A big thank you to the Snow Queen`s Staff and Management who were extremely friendly and helpful and made Photographing and reviewing the show an absolute pleasure.
And finally a quick review from Montanna age 7. “I liked it when the girl sang Let it go, I really liked the Ice Queen especially when she made it snow. I really want to see it again. I loved the show, Said Montanna. J
The Northern Craft Beer festival was held last Sunday (27 Sept 2105) in D Division at Pentridge Prison. Luckily the prison has been closed since 1997 and large portions of the massive exterior walls have been removed. Parts of the ex-prison are now used for cultural events. The whole site is a visual delight - and if you have not visited recently, you really should make a point of going to check it out.
It was a great place for a beer festival and the weather did not let the organisers or the visitors down. The sun was shining down on a magnificent Melbourne spring day. Entry was a mere $15. Walking down the stairs to the halls lined with prison cells took you a long way back in time. Craft beer stalls were set out both inside the prison building, and outside in what were presumably exercise yards. There was a wide variety of craft beers, ciders, wine and whiskey. Lots of free tastings, good prices for all drinks, and some incredible food. It was a wonderful day - very relaxed with lots of happy friendly people.
I would definitely go again next year.
more photos by Kuannie Lim
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT SEPTEMBER 20 2015 website by Victoria Elantseva Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to George Deutsch and Zelman Symphony Orchestra PR and Marketing team for this opportunity and for supporting our work
Ticket to the Moon
Watching them is quite something. Well of course, on reflection I should have fallen in love. And I have. The first thing that strikes one upon hearing the Zelman Orchestra is how at home these performers are with the most intricate pieces of music. It’s been more than nine decades since Alberto Zelman founded the ultimate Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. After rocketing to national fame, the orchestra is dashingly growing the grateful audience of its followers across all ages.
The remarkable Mark Shiell, the orchestra’s Artistic Director & Principal Conductor appointed in 2009, charges up the public with his phenomenal charisma.
The conductor’s cut ‘Trip to Asia’ with Sir Simon Rattle. I have watched it several times. In the film, strong parallels are drawn between the demands of the life of an orchestral musician with the immersive and meditative practices of the Zen Arts in Japan. Routine is death for aliveness in music – “I play it this way because I always have”. I think the most important question a musician can ask when looking at a piece of music is WHY? Why did the composer choose those instruments at the moment… There is something both intellectual and mysterious happening… He has a point. At today’s Zelman Symphony they rehearse to discover the essence of fascinating works. Mark has been gambling on experimenters for years and won. During these September concerts he introduced the brilliant ‘Sinfonietta’ by the extremely talented (and amazingly young!) Melbournian composer Harry Sdraulig, who believes that “the power of the tonality is the most powerful force in music”. The few of his works that I have heard prove that he is one of the most inventive composers around.
The Adolph Spivakovsky Award and the VCE Premier's Award winner’s music attempts to draw upon the foundation of the western classical music tradition in new and creative ways. ‘Sinfonietta’ is a quite moody composition, which unites four wonderfully incompatible things: humorous March, placid Nocturne, drastic Aria and an expressive Finale. It was a bit risky to embed such a modern development in the classical tandem of Mozart’s Serenade No. 11, Haydn’s Trumpet Concert in E-flat major and Beethoven’s pathetical Symphony No.3 Eroica. However, being a passionate innovator, Mark has performed a little wonder one more time. The bug had bitten. And the audience was rewarded. The past September concerts became the hour of triumph for the one of the finest trumpeters, Geoffrey Payne, who has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1979 and has been holding the Principal Trumpet position for nineteen years. The trumpet is probably one of the most used instruments in classical music. Its less popular modern cousin, however, has always resided pride of place. Geoffrey has just the right amount of expressiveness and never overwhelms the sometimes intricate orchestral accompaniment. A splendid performance!
I do not like intervals. Most of them are certainly full of deli’s crisp and strong coffee smell. I wish I could forbid all the entr’actes, but not this time at Zelman Symphony’s performance, because of getting the chance of a brief meeting with Mark, modestly talking to music admirers.
Now I’m waiting for the ‘Russian Dance’ December eve with Sally Walker. She is definitely a stylish flute player, obviously comfortable with her instrument. Surely, there will be a vivid symbiosis of ‘evergreens’ – Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, but I’m mostly intrigued by the announced Melbourne Premiere of an Elena Kats-Chernin’s flute concerto. And if you need an extra push before taking the dive into the music, heed this marvelous quote from Bette Davis: “Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.” (Now, Voyager, 1942).
The next concert will take place on Saturday 5 December 2015, 8.00pm Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College, Barkers Road, Kew
A Melbourne staple, this year’s Royal Melbourne Show offers something for everyone.
As with every year, there are the usual assortment of rollercoasters and rides for thrill seekers, and tamer rides for the kids.
The Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion has been rearranged, offering a much more spacious layout for those of you who with claustrophobic tendencies. Another notable difference is the absence of Big Lou’s Donuts; fear not, All Day Donuts has taken its place.
Dingo puppies and Wallaby joeys make their debut in the Jayco Animal Nursery – a must see for any aficionado of native fauna. They feature alongside a number of farmyard animals, an amazing experience for children and adults alike.
Be sure to stock up on Bertie Beetle showbags – It’ll be a long 12 months before you get them again.
To the East just over the Dandenong ranges, lies the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Fields of tulips offer a veritable feast for the eyes.
Visual stimulation isn’t all the festival provides – there is a pavilion full of Dutch and Turkish food stalls; paying homage to the diverse history of the Tulip.
There’s tractor rides through the fields as well as traditional Dutch games such as ring toss and double Dutch jump rope, to keep the kids entertained whilst you enjoy a drink in the sun.
A U-Pick station allows you to bring a piece of the festival home with you, without damaging the beauty of the tulip fields; additionally there are flower, and clog shops.
A word of warning to those with hay fever – bring a Telfast!
GANGSTERS' BALL 2015 website review by Crystal Corocher and Claire Duncun, Cursed Moon Photography Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to for the opportunity to review this evet and for their constant support of our work
The Gangsters’ Ball Melbourne Sep 19 2015, by Crystal Corocher Were it not for the smart phones snapping selfies there’d have been little evidence to suggest that it was 2015 in the Forum Theatre on Saturday night…the venue, and all who had flocked to fill it, awash with the splendour of the 1920s. Revellers had taken the opportunity to get in touch with their inner gangster, moll or flapper to indulge in the annual Gangsters’ Ball. The travelling spectacular had promised the very best of burlesque, cirque and swing and they didn’t fail to deliver. ‘Sina King’ and ‘Strawberry Siren’ tempted and teased audiences with glamourous burlesque performances, each showing why they hold the titles of Miss Burlesque Australia 2011 & 2013 respectively. The live sounds of ‘Andrew
Nolte and His Orchestra’ filled The Forum to the eaves, luring guests to fill the dance floor to capacity. Acrobatica, a personal favorite , left jaws on the floor with their performances –particularly the ‘toss the girl’ routine with Kali Retallac. If you missed this exceptional night of entertainment – do keep an eye out for other opportunities to catch Acrobatica - they are in hot demand for a reason! I had the good fortune to be accompanied by friend and photographer, Claire Duncan. Claire is a stealthy operator when it comes to getting the perfect shot and visually she was spoiled for choice at the Gangsters’ ball. What was fascinating for me to observe was how, as she ducked and weaved through the masses (and I followed a little less ninja-like), men stepped out of our way, often offering a tip of a hat or polite “ladies” as they permitted us an uninterrupted view of the stage. What a refreshing change from the arse grabs and tacky offers of breakfast that usually ensue on a crowded Saturday night dance floor. They say a ‘good suit can make a man’, well… seemingly feathers and lace can make a lady too, as this event certainly brought the very best out of the Melbourne crowd. Claire and I lamented, as we took regular breaks for our blistered feet, at how they really did know how to class it up in the 20s and 30s. If I could change anything about this night it would be to have left my phone at home to avoid the temptation to scroll through social media, I would have caught the train and ordered a martini and let myself be completely swept away in the atmosphere that the performers, and crowd alike, had created, albeit for just one night….. If you missed it - you’ve missed it, sadly. But do note that the Gangsters’ ball tours the capitals annually and tickets sell out fast! So be on your toes for next year – this is a ‘not to be missed’ event.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT SEPTEMBER 2015 website review by Sylvester Kroyherr Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Judith Rcotterill and George Deutsch for organising this opportunity
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GIVEN AT XAVIER COLLEGE on (19/9/2015) – Conductor: Mark Shiell, Soloist: Geoffrey Payne (Trumpet) Venue: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre.
With an informative pre concert introduction by the Conductor and Artistic Director Mark Shiell, the programme began with the wind octet, namely the Serenade No.11 by Mozart. The stately first movement established tuneful integration of the ensemble with well versed interplay. From the five movements, the solos by the four instruments were most enjoyable, especially the sweet and mellow oboe. Following the playful fourth movement, the zestful last movement left the audience uplifted and invigorated.
The second item featured the premiere of Harry Sdraulig’s “Sinfonietta” composed specifically for the Zelman Symphony. With a short discordant first movement, the piece flowed into a slow mystical passage that preceded the energetic and haunting third movement – this being the most likeable. The scary but lively last movement was delivered enthusiastically to finish with a bang.
Displaying absolute control, Geoffrey Payne flowed into Haydn’s famous “Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major”. With a lively introduction by the orchestra, Geoffrey delivered a pure and rich sound including a notable and beautiful cadenza. This set the scene for the smooth, warm and lyrical second movement that exposed Haydn’s clever exploitation of the trumpet. The lively third movement was well integrated with perfect delivery by the soloist and the orchestra that also included a brilliant cadenza by Geoffrey. Happily, the roar and enthusiasm of the audience prompted a short encore that was absolutely delightful.
The massive “Symphony No3 Eroica” by Beethoven followed the interval with the orchestra setting a commanding and powerful start to the symphony. With throbbing chords, arpeggios and syncopation, the orchestra worked hard to maintain the momentum of the various themes introduced by the composer. However, the sad and majestic second movement flowed smoothly with notable energy and feeling, especially from the strings and oboes. With playful energy, the third movement expressed crispy syncopation and energy, finishing neatly. To bring the symphony to a finale, Mark guided the orchestra with great care and insight to build up to a powerful, well blended and exciting finish.
A very enjoyable concert – congratulations to everyone, including all the volunteers!
SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 21 September 2015
MANDATE MALE REVUE website review by Crystal Corocher
ManDate Male Review was wholly underwhelming. So I’m going to keep this brief. 3 hours for 3 performers? Not good enough. Creatively speaking, the show lacked any climax whatsoever. The three guys (ripped though they may have been) each repeated the same formula: Tacky costume, check. Get kit off, check. Put women’s hands on own junk, check. Now I get it, Magic Mike has gone and ‘raised the bar’ for male strippers everywhere….so….go with it – be better. There was just so much time lapsing between these little sets. This show appeared to be designed entirely in the establishment’s favour – ladies could get adequately sloshed buying drinks while waiting for another morsel of man meat…but really…the crowd consisted of 3 hens parties and little others and even the hens looked unimpressed a lot of the time. Particularly with the way some of the girls were handled on stage. (I didn’t think I’d be including an ‘Injury-to-Wang ratio’ in this review, but its 3:2 in case you’re wondering) Full props for how hard the guys obviously train to keep up their strength and physiques but this show is using the terms ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Show’ loosely….too loosely.
VIVA LA DULCE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL website review by Coin Ellis and Concepts 5 Photography Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Julie Dargan and Juice Masters Australia for this opportunity to cover this event
Winery Thank –you for the invitation to fund raiser for the Ballan Hospital organized by St Annes winery and the Ballan Rotary Club. The event was well patronized and lengths had been taken to make sure that parking was well directed and adequate for the large number of patrons. Entrance was via a tent where show bags became your ticket. Inside there was a full sized wine glass and details for many of the stall holders. A jumping castle, pizza van and two coffee vans were at the entrance and once inside a band played and there was a carnival atmosphere. The smaller of the two halls was set with tables and chairs and ten stall holders. Candles, honey wine and jewellery to name a few. The main hall was unfortunately too small for the fifty or so stall holders. This made getting around quite difficult. However there was an excellent variety of products to sample several wine stalls, face painting, cakes, dips jams etc. The other larger hall upstairs mainly for tasting of St Annes wines and perhaps this could have been a better place for some of the other winery exhibits in order to spread out the people. The pizza looked excellent, however there was a need for more variety of food as this was the only food available.
NATIONAL 4 X 4 OUTDOORS SHOW FISHING AND BOATING EXPO website review by Evan Konstantaras; photos: John Sacco and Francisco Gozon Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Samantha Lang, the event executive, Exhibitions And Trade Fairs
The National 4x4 Fishing and Boating Expo, isn’t just for those who love the outdoors. Bringing together over 200 exhibitors from a wide range of products and services, which accommodate anyone and everyone. From the interactive learn how to fly fish exhibit put on by the Yarra Valley Fly Fishing club to Jeep showing off their latest range of cars.
The Action Arena, offering The Tassie Devil Monster truck and Syco Sam the Rollover, provides the excitement for kids and families. Along for the ride is the Defy FMX Team, who captivated the crowd with big jumps and high flying and they were not the only famous faces roaming the Melbourne Showground’s over the weekend, IFish’s own Paul Worsteling who spoke about his fishing experiences around Australia, Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt was another who spoke on how to cook in the outback using general items you took with you. One of the most accessible stars of the Show was John ‘Roothy’ Rooth, who spent a lot of time speaking one on one, taking photos and giving autographs to members of the public.
This expo is a great day out, providing the best mix of products and services that caters not only for the everyday fisherman or outback enthusiast but for people and families looking for a new adventure in their life.
THE MARVELLOUS MIZ DEMEANOURS website review by Alice Slamani photos: Mounir Slamani
For over 20 years, the amazing women that make up the Miz Demeanours have been performing their song and dance, and it is obvious that it's their passion and flair for fun (and frivolity) is the driving force. The Miz Demeanours Cabaret show is not to be missed. It is deeply personal, light hearted and entertaining. You can't help to find yourself bobbing along to some jazz classics and laughing hysterically at the antics of their own compositions. Their brightness and energy clearly engages the audience and they exude a collection of talents that bring them together for an amazing experience. With a very talented piano player and drummer backing these four women, I am surprised they haven't found enormous fame and fortune. With plenty of innuendoes and sultry moves, they clearly belong as headliners in the world's best Burlesque clubs. I was utterly entertained by the Miz Demeanours, and felt a deep connection to them as they performed on stage. They really did make the audience feel like it was a personal show, just for them and as well, it seemed effortless on their behalf. It honestly made me feel like I could dress up, jump in and sing along. This is show that needs to tour. I can't wait to take my mum, my neighbour and my best friend along with everyone else I know, to see this show over and over again. It can't be Miz'd!
ARTHUR ATHAN PIANO RECITAL website review by Dheepa Awtani
The piano prodigy Arthur Athan Celebration of mirth & melancholy, majestically orchestrated for a beautiful cause. Review b Dheepa D Awtani Sunday, 16 August 2015 at 4pm
Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton VIC Genre: Classical piano 16th August: On a serene Sunday afternoon, a guiding thread of classical piano ran through the Church of All Nations beautifully knitting together ecstasy and sorrow- an awe-inspiring piano concert magically narrated by adept piano soloist Arthur Athan from Melbourne. A piano prodigy, a concert pianist, chamber musician, piano accompanist, piano teacher and music adjudicator- a multi-faceted personality, he has been widely acclaimed for his work in all the roles. He has been the winner of the 3MBS live performance series ‘The Talent 2014’ and has received many accolades including the first prize in 2015 ‘Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition’ together with the People’s Choice Award. He is a global denizen in the music fraternity as he has performed & participated in master classes across the world with the eminent pianist and pedagogues showcasing his level of being an accomplished pianist. Notable shut out was that the profits from the concert went to Wild at Heart, an organization that provides opportunities for people with disabilities and mental illness to perform in creative projects. What a beautiful cause!
Originally intended as the part of his performance in the 2015 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, it forms a free-standing symphonic suite in four movements. My favorite was the work inspired by Shostavich outlining the enigmatic & acerbic recital of 'We wish you a merry Christmas' which not only gives you goose bumps but is so enthralling that you are already giving a standing ovation in your head. Going by the audience opinion, the entire afternoon was a piano masterpiece particularly for the majestic recital of ‘Inferno’.. Dante Sonata by Liszt: a captivating juxtaposition of wailing in hell and joy in heaven. The essence of two thematically related movements was rhythmically capsulated in D minor and F-sharp major, which kept everyone fascinated and wondering upon the excellent artistry of Arthur. With Inferno being called the favorite piece, it is an outstanding compliment for Arthur highlighting his mastery, as invention of solo piano recital is attributed to Franz Liszt. Dante Sonata was the finale and it was a breathless ecstatic outpouring, a dance of transcendent joy leading to a tumultuous conclusion.
Needless to say, the entire program was a sheer exuberant celebration of Satan and Sanity. And Arthur Athan, you created one of the most exciting and uplifting concerts I have ever attended.
Program: Etude Op 42 No 5 by Scriabin - arguably Scriabin's greatest etude Prelude and Fugue in D flat major, Op 87 No 15 by Shostakovich - notable for Shostakovich's use of the theme from 'We wish you a merry Christmas' in the Prelude in a sarcastic manner, showing undercurrents of resentment against Russian communism Hungarian Rhapsody No 12 by Liszt - A showpiece bearing qualities of the 'gypsy' Hungarian culture with distinctive folk tunes interspersed between passages of virtuosity - all features that typified Liszt and his style of composition. Sonata No 32 in b minor by Haydn - one of Haydn's few sonatas in a minor key. The third movement in particular is a driven affair with fugue-like qualities with overlapping voices, very cleverly written. Dante Sonata by Liszt: Fearful tales of torment and pain would have haunted Liszt’s mind when the music of the Dante Sonata flowed from his pen in 1849. It was after a reading of Dante’s poem ‘Inferno’, that the terrifying musical incarnation that is Dante Sonata was born – a portrait of Dante’s journey through depths of hell and the majesty of heaven outside of it. No doubt fresh upon Liszt’s mind would have been the countless stories of wailing sinners in hell. One such sinner was Fransesca the adulteress. Condemned to hell for of lust, Fransesca committed adultery with the brother of her husband after having been forced into marriage. Her cries and tears are audible even through the tumult of hell, where it is as if she recounts those careless days on earth, all the while lamenting her fate and eternal torment from which she cannot escape. “Love has conducted us unto one death!... There are the shrieks, the plaints, and the laments… The infernal hurricane that never rests Hurtles the spirits onward in its rapine;” “Inferno”, Canto V ~ Dante
These program notes were written by Arthur Athan
TAMANDUA CONCERT AT THE ST PETERSBURG RESTAURANT website review by Sylvester Kroyherr Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Ilya Furman an his team, the managers and organisers of this event
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY ‘TAMANDUA’ AT THE ST PETERSBURG RESTAURANT, RIPPONLEA (14/8/15) The Brazilian Choro Instrumental Group consisted of: Asha Henfry (flute), Monique Zucco (percussion), Corey King (7 string guitar), Josh Bridges (cavaquinho – small 4 stringed guitar originating in Portugal), Al Kerr (drums and pandeiro – Brazilian hand framed drum with metal jingles)
Although the word Tamandua means a giant anteater (found mainly in South America), the group instantly engaged the audience with its crisp and rhythmic fusion of the sounds of Brazil. The dynamic and driving sounds of the flute were extraordinary, well balanced by the percussion and the drums. Solos coming from the cute cavaquinho were particularly enjoyable, noting its unique sound (similar to a ukulele). As the happy night rolled on, the band attracted dancers to the floor, including some very young ‘groovers’ – destined to be future stars as they lapped up the artistry of Tamandua.
The second half was even more lively, as the band displayed great versatility with captivating solos from the guitar and some extremely intricate passages from the flute. By this stage, most people could not resist the dance floor. With audience participation encouraged, the atmosphere was filled with joy and energy. This newly formed band has a definite future and will be a worthy ambassador to promote this form of traditional Brazilian Choro music. A very impressive and engaging performance! SYLVESTER KROYHERR – Singer/Musician