The Shanghai Ballet brings to the stage the worlds grandest production of swan lake.
Derek Deane`s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake comprises a dance company of 80 Dancers. With the Corps de ballet of 48 swans, this is the world’s largest production of Swan Lake. Lead by Prima Ballerina Qi Bingxue & Wu Husheng this production has received world wide acclaim.
I was fortunate to attend a media call today and from seeing 48 Swans grace the stage is a unforgettable experience. Make sure you get a ticket for what will be an unforgettable experience.
Shanghai Ballet Swan Lake The Regent Theatre Melbourne Directed by Xin Lili Choreography by Derek Deane
Shanghai Ballets performance of Swan Lake is simply stunning.
Wu Husheng in the leading roll of Siegfried gives a commanding performance. Wu`s stage presence is incredible, With brilliant acting , facial expressions and body language he brings his character to life in a way reminiscent of some of the great silent movie actors.
Wu`s dancing is impeccable, displaying grace, power & incredible skill.
Ako Kondo commands the stage with her portrayal of Odette/Odile. Ako is a member of the Australian Ballet and guest dancer in this production.
Wu & Ako have a special chemistry happening on the stage and bring an incredible amount of passion and intimacy to the title roles.
The production features a huge Corpse de Ballet of 48 swans. This gives an amazing element of fluidity to the lake scenes with endless movement across the stage. The Corpse de Ballet is absolute perfection, with stunning visuals and perfect synchronicity from fingertip to toe.
The addition of smoke to the second act lake scene gives a whole new dimension to the swans – giving an illusion of effortless gliding across the stage. Stage scenery and costumes are stunning.
ZHOU Haibo portrays Rothbart superbly – simply the best Rothbart iv seen.
Act 3 – The Great Hall, Brings to the stage the absolute best from the cast and leads,
Wu`s combinations of endless pirouette`s & Tour en l`air is simply breathtaking with perfect landings. Ako absolutely shines at this point with a stunning rendition of Odie displaying incredible agility and grace.
My biggest complaint with this production is that the 2 and a half hours on stage is all too short – another 2 hours would have been perfect. I had a chance to chat to a few other audience members during the break and the overall consensus was - this is a brilliant production.
Derek Deane & Xin Lili have take this classic ballet to a whole new level of excellence.
Do not miss this one……
A huge thank you to Michael @ MAD PR for this incredible opportunity.
review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF ‘SWAN LAKE’ BY THE SHANGHAI BALLET
Given at: The Regent Theatre, Collins St. Melbourne on 21/4/2017.
In brief terms, this production in four acts may be described as follows: Engaging from the start with excellent animation. Incredible, colourful and dynamically powerful sets, including special effects. Well orchestrated recorded music – well timed but credits not given to the orchestra and conductor. Superlative and highly artistic choreography, ensuring sheer brilliance. Formations of swans displayed tremendous discipline, beauty and grace. The effortless elegance and finesse of the leading pair (WU Husheng and Ako Kondo) captivated the audience with their sheer brilliance. The intensity and colourful segments of the four national dances was simply spectacular. Special attention and fine detailing given to quality costumes. The dance of the four little swans was absolutely captivating and beautiful. The sorcerer Rothbart (ZHOU Haibo) showed dynamic energy with a clever costume that was not easy to dance with but very effective. A warm and engaging atmosphere, much appreciated by the full house. Overall, this was a tremendously spectacular, disciplined, lavish, elegant and artistic production, peppered with imagination and embraced by Tchaikovsky’s uplifting and tuneful music. Full marks!!!
Sylvester Kroyherr (Musician/Singer) 24/4/2017.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: DAMIEN VOSK AND ROSS PURDY IN SAFARI PSYCHOSIS NEW website review by Emmylou MacCarthy
Damien Vosk's new stand up act along side Ross Purdy was interesting to say the least. The late night show played out in one of The Tuxedo Cats small performance rooms and the show was definitely an intimate one. With references to Beyonce, Everybody Loves Raymond and a sound track that highlighted some early 2000 musical classics we found our selves laughing and not really knowing why. When asked about the random fits of laughter that were clearly heard in the small room Damien replied with that was a very common reaction and was also his goal of the show. He wanted the audience to laugh and not really know why. Drawing towards the end of the show Ross Purdy’s behind does become exposed with a very close encounter to Damien’s face and I have to admit, there wasn’t exactly laughter but more shock trickling through the crowd.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: JUST LIKE BUDDHA BY ANTHONY JEANNOT NEW website review by Jeanette Russell
Just like Buddha was a comedy show delivered by Anthony Jeannot. It runs for just under an hour. During the show Anthony explained about his life in detail especially the last 10 years. He was quite a presence, very enthusiastic and animated. He gives us an insight into his life work and relationships mainly from the age of 21 to 29 . He did not use a microphone having a voice that could deliver the comedy, and that carried very well. The audience were lead on a journey with Jeannot through his life focusing mainly on more recent times. Topics ranged from advertising work that he engages in to his comedy routine, and his brush with Buddhism, to experiences with magic mushrooms. Other varying subjects were his participation in internet dating, meditation and even his struggles with anxiety, identity and existential crisis. During the show there was many comedic moments, and parts of the stories as they were conveyed. I found the time to be for the most part, entertaining and enjoyable. Thank you for the opportunity to critique the show. Appreciate the opportunity. I would like to give it 3 stars.
FUN FOR KIDS NEW website press release by Emmylou MacCarthy
Fun 4 Kids Festival held a very fun pirate themed media launch at Polly Woodside in South Wharf today, announcing Jimmy Giggle & his much loved sidekick Hoot will be headlining this years much anticipated event held in Warrnambool.
Fun 4 Kids Festival is the perfect school holiday event for children aged 2-12yrs and boasts a huge line up of children entertainment which will span across 10 000sqm of a dedicated undercover village in Warrnambools city centre. Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, Trolls, The Snors Travelling Circus, The Spicy Girls, Frank & Woodly are just some of the acts set to entertain the children for the first week of the winter holidays from July 5-9th 2017 !
Jimmy Giggle will perform a new interactive magic show over two days of the five day festival which is also right in the middle of Warrnambool’s famous whale watching season ! “I am thrilled to be apart of such a great kids festival and looking forward to entertaining and having fun in Warrnambool” said Jimmy.
“In between shows I might see if I can spot a whale, check out some wildlife in Tower Hill and go for a stroll along Breakwater!” Tickets to Fun 4 Kids are now on sale - Go to www.fun4kids.com.auOne, two or five day passes are available. Each pass gives you access to the entire festival site and all of the fun goes from 10am-7pm ! Connect with Fun 4 Kids on Facebook and instagram and look out for special offers for great local accommodation and event updates !
MICF 2017: GEORGE DIMARELOS WITH SELF-SABOTAGE NEW website review and interview by Irina Ivanova Interview with George Dimarelos – Self-Sabotage @ MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017
The Self Sabotage, written and performed by wonderful George Dimarelos, is a part of Melbourne Comedy Festival this year. It is a very vibrant and engaging show, touching base on basic human emotions and warming up the audience quickly within the first few minutes of the show. It is all due to the positive George’s energy that charges the spectators immediately and nobody can resist the charms of this young and talented comedian. Below is my interview taken with George for the Bohemian Rhapsody Club.
II: Tell us a bit about yourself, please?
GD: I am a Melbourne-based comic, started a few years ago, when I had my 1st experience to do a full show. As a hobby I did it for three years, not so often – maybe once a month, and full time – just started my 3d year. I had a show last year, now it’s my 2nd show. I’ve done Adelaide and Perth and after Melbourne I’ll be travelling with the show to Sydney and Edinburgh (Scotland) in August [it’s the biggest fringe festival in the world. It is great fun and excellent learning experience. I get to meet different people and set up contacts]. My position is still developing, I am trying to grow network and build a fan base. I start to branch out doing video sketches.
II: Do you take acting or public speaking classes?
GD: Yes, I do take acting classes. The other one [public speaking] comes natural. I know it sounds cocky. I was doing acting before I started standups. Someone actually said to me: “You have a nice energy – you should go and start comedy”. And I like writing, so I combined the two, and thought: this is actually really fun. That’s how I did that. I see that a lot of people can relate to it.
II: It is lovely how you engage people into the show.
GD: I like acting and trying to get people involved, but not like singing and dancing – just saying hi, engaging in a conversation, because the energy becomes completely different: then everyone gets onboard, it becomes more of a chat.
II: Do you change your topics depending on people’s response?
GD: Slightly, because it all ties back together, there’s a little core base of things. Not overly, but definitely if I notice they are liking something, maybe focus a bit more energy in this and maybe take away something which is not so viably. But because it is quite fixed I don’t do too much, especially that there’s a story that has a beginning, middle and end, so I can’t do that much.
II: How do you come up with your stories?
GD: It’s a true story… I know it doesn’t sound like one. Generally comedians – they use their life experience or maybe someone else’s experience. I have that ridiculous life story that is just perfect to use for the show ‘Self Sabotage’. Funny is that when you are a good comedian you can use the smallest story and look at it from three different angles and turn it into something more.
II: Who are you looking up to? Who are your favourite comedians?
GD: There’s so many… The biggest name right now is Louis C.K., which everyone looks up to.
II: But he’s so sad all the time?..
GD: That’s what I like. I like that kind of darkness side of it. It’s kind of interesting. Also the classic one is a comedian called Stewart Lee, an English comedian; then Daniel Kitson, another English guy who’s here right now – that’s why he’s in my head. He’s got a show here, he is just brilliant! Big names are funny but also there is a lot of smaller ones. It’s great to listen to them, because it gives you the idea of how good people are. You can see where you are at in comparison, you can even try and learn the craft skills.
II: How do you see yourself in the future?
GD: It’s an interesting question. You just need to get better, right? You need to be good, so the goal right now is just to be good, be great everywhere you go, just do well. I need to force myself to write more of the new material, and get better as a comedian. That’s the goal right now, as well as to slowly start to make money from it eventually – that’ll be nice. I’m going to do another run next year. And I will do online stuff, maybe videos…
II: Do you have your own website? GD: Yes, www.georgedima.com. I’ve shortened my surname for easier spelling.
There’s all sort of useful information on George’s past and future gigs, his witty blog and some pretty pictures, so don’t miss out!
MICF 2017: RICHARD STUBBS IN FULL FLIGHT NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Richard Stubbs is a well known Australian media personality starring in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017.
His show 'In Full Flight' delivered a range of jokes ranging from his unemployment break after quitting his job in 2016 and having a lot more time on his hands to spend with his family and think about life's happenings.
If you enjoy humour to do with American v Australian politics and love to talk Trump the first 5 minutes will be for you.
The show goes through the ins and outs of Keeping up with the Kardashians and some reference to news and wild weather.
The comedy throughout the show is definitely suited to an older age group 40 plus but anyone would be able to see the show and understand most references made.
I did laugh out loud when he mentioned how nowadays we communicate on our phones, even if we are in the same house as someone.
I look forward to seeing what Richard Stubbs does next in his career.
MICF 2017: SHIRLEY GNOME - TAKING UP THE NOTCH NEW website press release: review and photos by Irina Ivanova
Shirley Gnome – Taking Up the Notch @ MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017
My Tuesday night was spent lovely and quite unusually – in the city. While Melbourne Comedy Festival is blossoming with witty talents, there is an abundance of fun-lovers everywhere.
The beautiful Shirley Gnome’s show was held in the Butterfly Club, which provides a perfect cozy disposition for sex-related performances. And SEX was the main and definitely the most important topic of this show. Sex-sex-sex! It sounded like a woman’s liberation, her choice to choose, her way to go… With a wonderful angelic voice of hers and equipped with a sparkly guitar and a cowboy hat and boots, Shirley was entertaining the audience with her open-minded (sometimes a little bit too open even) takes on relationships between men and women. The crowds were cheering with excitement and admiration.
Great show, positive emotions, happy audience, beautiful and smart artist – we greatly enjoyed! And the special prize goes to…. Tada! Shirley’s red costume and all the things that found room underneath it.
DAMIEN VOSK ROUGH SHOW NEW website press release bu Ina Parakhina
The hour went so quickly as we watched Damien's new show. It was a real pleasure to be part of his audience. His listeners were very responsive and had a good giggle all the way throughout Damien's entire show. their reaction was remarkable. Damien touched very common topics from our day to day life. The comedian seemed so grounded and very close to all of us in the audience. He talked about finding a job, finding himself in this life , He talked about his relationship with his friends and relatives as well as shared his personal funny experiences. Although the stories were quite funny you could feel a bit of sadness in them. The stories were sounding so similar to the ones many us have experienced. Damien's interpretation of the simple life situations is close to none It shows in such funny way an incredible talent of the young comedian We highly recommend everyone to visit Damien's stand-ups that are taking pace as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival The shows run till April 9
LOUISA WALL: A DINGO ATE MY BABY NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
Looking for love, laugh and magic? The super talented and clever Louisa Wall has it all in her "Dingo ate my baby" performance as part of comedy festival. One person's show, you might think? Wrong. Just like her multiple skills of musician, dancer, singer, rapper you will face her various characters of different ages, genders and natures on the stage. Just like the transformation of her characters your imagination will be diving and flying from Earth to moon, to the sea of stars and back to Earth, to the outback of AUZ:) Transformation, in fact is a crucial factor of the show with a simple message: stop living by stereotypes and don't be judgmental. Totally engaging, completely comfortable with audience I want to see you again next year- Louisa Wall.
ASSISTED SUICIDE THE MUSICAL BY LIZ CARR AT THE MALTHOUSE THEATRE NEW website press release by Irina Ivanova
Assisted Suicide @ MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017
Assisted Suicide is a part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. It originates from England with all the cast being British. Oh my, this means they all have this British pronunciation of words, that some people (like myself) cannot just go past, but want to listen and savour!
Directed as a musical, the piece delivers many controversial topics at ease of light-hearted singing and dancing. Liz Carr, the playwright and the main character, performing alongside not only live actors, but also her own alter ego appearing in the form of TV translation, had the audience bursting with laughs. The crowd could not get enough of the wit and frankness of Liz’s story.
Miss Carr is known for her political activism and disability rights campaigning in the United Kingdom for the past 20 years. She is also a member of a prominent disability rights group in the United States. ‘In 2011, Carr was part of a Newsnight debate on assisted suicide, following the screening on the BBC of Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die.’ [Wikipedia]. She’s travelled to 5 countries providing facilities for people deciding to commit so called ‘dignicide’. In this show she presents her perspective on the idea of euthanasia for terminally ill people.
Supported by a talented cast, director Mark Whitelaw, and composer Ian Hill, Liz created an eye-opening experience for the inspective audience, which by the way was abundant. It was great to see so many people open to such a taboo topic. And also I was impressed by the quality of the show – attention to each and every detail. I could smell a lot of rehearsing there! J It was definitely a good start to go a bigger stage, in my opinion. Best of luck and a huge Thank You!
IIVOLU THEATRE OF PANTOMIME: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS NEW website press release by Glen Wilson
Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes Goldilocks and The Three Bears St John’s Church Hall 5 Finch St Malvern
Yet another brilliant production in classic pantomime format . Their modern take on the classic children’s book Goldilocks and the three bears is a wonderful mix of humor & Songs- from classic show tunes to modern hits.
Sets are simple yet colorful and spectacular & along with the costumes compliment the performers.
Ellie Hannah Carol in her 4th year performing with Tivoli is fantastic as Goldilocks. Ellie`s voice is amazing – A hidden talent that will have a brilliant career on the stage.
Valentina Liuzzi is a young and very talented performer (another rising star ), and gives a great performance as Wee Bear.
Clinton Barker who has performed with Tivoli for over a decade is as brilliant as always bring plenty of humor to the production.
Julie Arnold who has been part of Tivoli for over 20 years, gives her best in the role of Mama Bear. ( Julie is also the winner of The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy for BEST ACTRESS in a COMEDY - 'Bette and Joan' Brighton Theatre Co). As always a fantastic performance from the whole cast and everyone behind the scenes that make this production possible.
Whether your 6 or 60 go along and have a ball – this is a great production with plenty to keep both the adults and kids smiling.
Glen GW Photography
Below is a brief Bio on Ellie courtesy of Alta @ Tivoli theater – once again a name to remember…. Ellie Hannah has been an avid theatre enthusiast for her whole life. She has studied various styles of dancing, singing and drama at Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts (BCMA) since 2005. She now takes singing lessons with Maxine Montgomery. Ellie has performed in many local productions with BCMA and BLOC Music Theatre, receiving a Victorian Theatre Guild Award in 2010 for her portrayal of Jojo in BLOC jr’s production of Seussical the Musical. Ellie also works professionally in Melbourne with “The Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes” performing regularly in school holiday seasons. Ellie has been seen most recently onstage as "Frenchy" in Grease, "Hope Cladwell" in Urinetown and as "Jellylorum" in Ballarat Lyric Theatre’s production of CATS.
RAW ARTISTS PERTH NEW website press release by Jane Maringka
The RAW Event Perth titled "Verse" took place on Thursday, 30th March 2017 at Rosemount Hotel in North Perth, WA. The door was opened at 18:30.
Considering many people would have to go to work the next day, I didn't expect the event to be as packed. Yet, the long queue suggested otherwise.
My first impression of the event was that it was eclectic with overall good feel. The exhibition was divided into 3 different sections with the light in the main stage area dimmed to set a tone for the evening. There were a variety of art forms available for purchase, which included but was not limited to jewelry, photography, painting, make-up artistry, fashion, boho boards, graffiti and terrariums. There were few band performances and the fashion show took place at the end of the evening.
Initially, I planned to do a style review and was going to pick my top 5. I started by taking pics of few stylish attendees and models with glittery make-up and cool updos . While gathering materials for my behind the scene clip, I spotted the MC - in her iridescent gown by a local designer - referred to the crowd as a family. She then called out each visual artist and asked them to go on the stage and walk the runway with their masterpieces. The crowd cheered loudly and gave their no d of appreciation. Feeling inspired by the moment, I filmed the "artist's show "Suddenly, it hit me that I was missing the point and decided to change the direction of my bts clip to highlight what the event was really about. Perth local creatives are part of one close-knit family and everyone was there to have fun and support each other. It was a celebration of talents & creative expression and what one wears to the event is secondary.
I hear: - This was an MS show! - What's MS? Many Splashes? - No - Magical Sensations? - No - Massive Spectacular, Most Sensational, Master Seductive, Men's Special? I am lost but you are not helping.. - No but you are close... MS - means MUST SEE! That was our conversation with Alex after we left the theater. There were no free seats left. It was full, busy and "forte". The reaction from the audience was incredible, people applauded non stop - the palms went together every second: they were just louder at some stage acts with the small pauses to less loud applause of the striking restless hands. I have never seen anything like this in my life. Now let's move from the audience to the stage. There is no such genre of art that could put this production under its wing as there are several of them combined in the incredibly tasty and unique cocktail: it is a high level circus which is more close to the Olympic grade of gymnastics than to just a circus, there is striptease, opera, modern dance, ballet, elements of farce and spectacular theater, clownada and object manipulation. There are 8 actors and they all a fantastic and so skillful; they all have their fields of expertise, their own styles, they all perform small but astonishing miniatures accompanied by the most striking soundtrack. The acts do not seem separate though, on the contrary: they are combined with one thrilling and seemingly effortless move so logically and so flawlessly one simply can not notice as the end of the one is the beginning of the next one to follow. The climax of the show are several remarkable acts performed under the splashing rain coming down from the ceiling. The spectators of the show are left breathless watching the most complex acrobatic tricks taking place on the wet bathroom tab edge. The actors, they make you feel frightened, make you laugh, smile, excited - one emotion after the other till you see them all together dancing carelessly with the mops on stage as nothing has taken place one hour ago. The viewers pay a small amount of $50 to see this manifestation of human spirit keeping in mind that this amount is way too small for such a display that involves hours and hours, years and years of hard work, love and dedication. I thought: if you do something do it with the whole YOU, not just a fraction of you, do it as like this is you last day on stage and you give it all to your observers, do it like THESE artists do... INSPIRATIONAL-LY to the others. The SOAP is also a balanced combination of comedy and drama; classical and modern and so much more. The show is sexy, unexpected, it is a symphony to the human physical body to say the least. It is much more than water and gymnastics. There is so much more than that! There is a timeless beauty on the stage and it is definitely a MS show - and de-abbreviate it please as you like. For me it is the best I saw in the last 15 years.
“Who said coffee was simple?” by Rouben Dickranian
I am a very passionate person when it comes to coffee and so in writing this review it proved very easy for me.
The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) is a wonderful event to attend if you like your coffees. It first opened its doors this year on the 30th of March and will end on 1st of April 2017. There are over 120 exhibitors from the coffee, tea, dairy and ancillary supply industries. Th MICE deals not only with coffee. I bumped in to a young lady, her name is Vivian Lees. Vivian is an artist and she uses coffee to create artwork on paper. She is very talented and I really liked her work. This is only one of many examples of the coffee used not only for drinking.
There are companies selling coffee roasting machines with the sizes varying: for small coffee shops up to industrial machines. The diversity of the coffee related machinery is amazing and perhaps would interest not only the professionals but the keen observers: there are companies specialising in water cleaners and much more. The fascinating part for me is the small companies that import coffee from remote countries which are of quite a high standard. There is a famous saying: "You learn something new everyday" and sure enough I have been taught something new today at the coffee expo. Myanmar produces Arabica coffee beans and I can assure you after having three cups of coffee at their stand I was really impressed.
The coffees available are far and few between, The tumeric and honey flavours were an interesting concept and really intriguing to my palate. Another interesting company is the Chai Spices, where "yum" is a great word to describe their drinks.
If you love your coffee, this is a must convention to attend. The exhibition touches on topics you never really comprehend seeing at a coffee event. The passion projected by the people displaying their products is remarkable. I walked around and could not believe, how each and every person is eager to grab you and talk to you; they want to explain what they produce in depth. Who said coffee was simple?
by Natasha and Alex sneak peek from today's Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE2017) at Melbourne Showgrounds (the review, the video and the proper photos are coming up soon): - the Milkadamia - Aus man SHOULD be happy otherwise his milk will get sour; - the Byron Bay Cookies go down with anything - the challenging contest is just a part of the game that we loved to play; - the Bodum girls ARE generous as their cuppas; - oh... and those Parmalat yuuuummmmm toasted cheese bread... with PAULS - MILK - sometimes I think we should get a cow too so envy I am of the taste of their milk... ; - Zest Coffee, Cafe and Catering had the best deserts displays - they are the art in the world of food and temptations; - and last but not least: you should know: the expo is full of coffee Kings and you will ask: how would I recongnise them? simple as one-two-three count for the milk froth on your latte: they always appear on your way in the groups of four! why? just because the are Kings: spades, clubs, hearts and those that are girls' best friends - just diamonds! - that's it folks! tickets, events and times of the current expo: http://internationalcoffeeexpo.com/
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BOTTESINI MAGIC WITH PHOEBE RUSSELL website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘Bottesini Magic’
Given at: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, XAVIER COLLEGE, Barkers Road, Kew on 25/3/2017. Conductor: Mark Shiell, Soloist. Phoebe Russell (Double Bass).
Following a brief and informative pre-concert talk by Mark Shiell, the packed audience was presented with Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Tempest Fantasy Overture’. Based on Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Tempest”, the slow and mystic beginning from the horns and strings was well handled, leading onto a well mannered build-up. With the sweet mid section grounded by the six double basses, the effects of the storm was well recreated along with the melodious strings, leading to a big punchy ending.
Although the piece did not appear to be typically Tchaikovsky, the serene and peaceful ending was quite satisfying. The next offering was the ‘Double Bass Concerto No. 2’ by Giovanni Bottesini. An immediate majestic energy linked the orchestra and Phoebe, who appeared to be completely absorbed in the piece, displaying a highly polished technique. She took complete command along with a fabulous cadenza, embellished by passionate double stops – exciting to listen to and to watch! The magic continued with the slow second movement, heralding fine intonation by all, creating richness and melancholy warmth - at times, the double bass taking on the sound of a cello. Along with a bright start by the orchestra, Phoebe, with closed eyes and flowing hair, continued to impress the audience, showing off her amazing technique and feel for the instrument. Her unique talents were greatly appreciated by the audience, giving her a standing ovation – deservedly so!
Following the interval, the orchestra regrouped to present ‘Symphony No.2’ by Brahms. With power and energy, the orchestra responded to Mark’s directions to develop the march-like dominating theme of the first movement. A full bodied interplay of the instruments flowed to a well conceived and playful ending. The second movement showed off the strong dominance of the strings with emotion and gentleness. With harmonious interplay from the oboe, bassoon and flute, the third movement flowed well to develop the themes, while given sensitive treatment by the strings. Lastly, the finale exploded with firm confidence, including good double base coverage. Energetic and attacking playing was further enhanced by the strings deploying some fine staccato and pizzicato passages, concluding with a strong and happy ending – fully satisfying the appreciative audience!
Congratulations to Mark Shiell, Phoebe Russell and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2017. A most enjoyable, exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers!
OPENING NIGHT AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA: ART BOOK FAIR website
We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of Melbourne’s Art Book Fair at The National Gallery of Victoria on Friday night!
We browsed limited artist editions and publications all the while enjoying roaming canapés, champagne and meeting some of the most creative Australian and international publishers, designers, artist and writers.
Biggie Smalls kebabs were up for eating along with an Asahi pop up bar which combined with sets from the talented DJ András added to a very cool, funky and electric atmosphere!! by Emmylou MacCarthy video: Fabrizio Evans
NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair 2017
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA Opening Night of the Melbourne Art Book Fair 16-19 March 2017 ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs-events/art-book-fair/
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SPECIAL THANKS NGV publicity and marketing teams and personally Chloe Gordon, Marion Joseph, Elisabeth Alexander, Tim Jones and Alexa Viani for the opportunity
SELBY AND FRIENDS 9 MARCH 2017 NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
“Youth and the Dance”
A concert given by Selby & Friends at the Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square on 9 March 2017.
ARTISTS: Grace Clifford (violin) – Sweet, intensely dynamic and sensitive performance. Clancy Newman (cello) – Richly smooth, beautiful and full of flavour. (occasionally, playing by heart). Kathryn Selby (piano) – Passionate, engaging, exacting and simply brilliant.
The first offering was Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat major Op. 1 No.1. The youthful and dynamic energy of the 22 year old composer was evident from the start with good colour and ‘light and shade’ provided by the trio. The piano led the gentle second movement with a delightful interplay of rich but precise playing, followed by the bouncy and cheerful third movement. Awaiting us was the powerful and fast third movement that displayed the trios’ great skill and versatility – with some furious piano runs and gutsy ending.
Our next piece was Saint-Saens’ Piano Trio No. 1 in F major, Op.18, composed when he was 28. A preamble by Grace set the youthful mood. Delivery by the trio was firm and powerful, showing exceptional interplay, leading us to a sensitively handled second movement that displayed a sublime mood. Excitement mounted in the third movement with some quite complex pizzicato passages and some incredible dueling between the instruments bouncing off each other. The audience lapped up the last movement that displayed a bright and breezy feel mixed with a great deal of complexity. Saint-Saens would have given that a standing ovation.
Following the interval, the trio regrouped and after a preamble by Clancy that highlighted the composer’s connection with ordinary people, Dvorak’s Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, “Dumky”, Op.90 took the stage. With a dramatic start and melancholy contrasts, the ‘folkie’ feel of the piece was established with dignity and power. In the second movement, the cello’s rich beauty excelled through somber overtones. The slow and dreamy third movement displayed great sensitivity and beautiful interplay, while the short next segment showed the trio’s exactness and strong musical sense. Moving to the fifth movement, the dance type themes continued, showing off the trio’s expressive qualities and drama. In conclusion, the last movement sported a great deal of interest and intensity with a spectacular finale.
A TRULY WORLD CLASS CONCERT WITH TERRIFIC ACOUSTICS AND A PACKED HOUSE! Sylvester Kroyherr (Musician/Architect)
TRAVELLING: MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
THE JERRY CANS AUSTRALIAN TOUR CONCERTS AND NEW ALBUM RELEASE website interview by Glen Wilson
The Jerry Cans It all began with a media call out for a band I’ve never heard of, and from a place I’ve never heard of. From the opening few bars of their song Ukiuq (Northern Lights) I was hooked and an instant fan.
The Jerry Cans from Iqaluit Canada bring a unique blend of contemporary folk & traditional Inuit throat singing together to create what is an amazing concept in music.
The band comprises of members Andrew Morrison – Guitar & Vocals Nancy Mike -Accordion & Throat Singing Brendan Doherty - Bass Gina Burgess - Violin Steve Rigby Drums
The Jerry Cans have been a huge hit at the port Fairy Folk Festival and are performing throughout Australia. Their tour dates are here http://www.thejerrycans.com I look forward to seeing the band live and more reviews photos & video coming soon.
W had a chance to do a Q &A session with Vocalist Andrew Morrison, who gave us an excellent insight into the band and their home town.
Below is a Q&A Session with Andrew Morrison – Vocals & Guitar
GW:How did the band first get together ? AM: The band played together for a number of years but only started singing in language and infusing throat singing about 5 years ago, we used to play English rock n roll covers, AC/DC and guns n roses but shifted and started to look to our community for material to write songs. That's when things started to take off a bit.
GW: How did the name The Jerry Cans come about? AM: We love playing in Australia because everyone knows what a Jerry can is! They are very common where we live and are always associated with going out on the land. Hunting and having a strong relationship with the land is still a big part of live where we live so our band name has kind of become a metaphor for that. The name also comes from us building a super awful drum set out of Jerry cans... it sounded terrible but the name stuck!
GW: Where does your unique music style originate from? AM: Our music is a reflection of where we live. The arctic is changing so quickly in so many ways and there are so many new influences just within the last few years. e try to create music that reflects this as a way to remind young people where we live that they aren't alone in trying to figure out how to navigate these changes. Throat singing and language play a big part of anchoring our music which we kind of see as the traditional indigenous values still playing a part in life where we live.
GW: How has your music evolved since forming? AM: Again the music started off as hilarious rock n roll cover band stuff. We then moved to include more throat singing and sing in language which was a huge shift.This got us a lot of support in our home territory and we started to play across Canada and now across the globe. It's actually kind of crazy to think about!
GW: Can you tell a little about the language you sing in? MA: We sing in our indigenous language Inuktitut. It's very important for us to continue to sing in our language because we want to send a message that it is important to keep our language alive. English is so dominant and putting a lot of pressure on indigenous languages. Language is so vital to the preservation of culture so it's something we are very passionate about. We want young people to know that you can sing in your language and travel the world!
GW: How are you finding world wide acceptance of your music & is language a barrier to your music being accepted ? AM: We think it is so amazing to see people singing along to our songs in Inuktitut. We just had thousands and thousands of people at port fairy singing about how delicious seal meat is and how much fun they were having. We had people dancing their hearts out, meeting new people and just enjoying life all to a band that sings in a language that no one understands. That's pretty special to us! We always face barriers because we don't sing in English. It's frustrating but also reminds us that all of this is bigger than music. We are working hard to try and change the way different communities understand each other. There are so many misconceptions resulting from how colonization programs us to relate to each other. We are trying to challenge that every step of the way.
GW: The song Ukiuq is an incredible mix of traditional and contemporary music – (and deserves to be a international hit). Can you tell a bit about the meaning and inspiration behind the song? AM: Ukiuq is many things. It is based on an old bob Dylan love song and also an ode to all the people in our lives that we have lost to suicide. It's also a song about how through challenging times the beauty of the land always remains and is there to remind us that there is always beauty to be found in the world. How's that?? Haha
GW: How would you describe your hometown of Iqaluit ? AM: Iqaluit is one of the most beautiful complicated places on earth. We call it the New York City of Nunavut - the territory we come from. There are so many different influences from all over the globe all situated in indigenous Inuit land which makes for an interesting mix to say the least.
GW: Really there is only one way to find out... come visit! More to come soon, Go and see the band live… You will love them. Glen Wilson GW Photography
The Jerry Cans / Pai Gaalaqautikkut the fast rising northern band create music inspired by their hometown of #Iqaluit, Nunavut. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group. The band perform many of their songs in Inuktitut and are passionate about preserving the language even as the north and their home community of Iqaluit evolve. They are committed to representing northerners and to challenging common misperceptions they have encountered about life in the Arctic; their music evokes the contemporary north and the spirited people that reside there. It is not only the political motives, but their rapidly developing reputation for getting elders and young people dancing, that has forced people to start noticing this high-energy group. This truly unique band will take you on a stroll through the streets of Iqaluit to share a glimpse of life in Arctic. TONIGHT's CONCERT: The Jerry Cans at Sooki Lounge at the Sooki Lounge, Belgrave Victoria IS UNMISABLE. Thanks to our friends at #TheJerryCans band and Catalyst PR we have one new album with a flame of jerrcanners music to giveaway. The SMS competition has one one winner: Glen Wilson . Congratulation, Glen. The CD will be in your snail mail soon. For everyone else: please stay tuned for more exciting news!
THE JERRY CANS CONCERT IN NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB review by Glen Wilson
Northcote Social Club. The Jerry Cans Iqaluit Canada.
The old saying “You had to be there” is a term that defiantly fits the Jerry Cans. Recorded music and video just doesn’t do this band justice.
Along with their unique music style, the band bring a fantastic sense of showmanship and downright fun to their live gigs. Throw in some great folk music ,rock, traditional Inuktitut throat singing and a good old fashion hoedown and this what can be expected from the band.
Lead singer Andrew Morrison leads the band with great vocals & story telling. Nancy Mike`s Throat singing has to be heard live to appreciate – her deep growling voice gives you goose bumps. Violinist Gina Burgess is a brilliant musician, bringing some good old fashion fiddle playing to the mix. The band is supported by a strong rhythm section –Steve Rigby on drums and Brendan Doherty –Bass.
In a world where commercial rock and pop is shoved down our throats and the industry dictates what we should be listening to, The Jerry Cans are a shining example of a hard working band that stick to their roots.
Whatever your taste in music go along to one of their gigs, and have a ball – Their music is instantly addictive.
A special commendation to Bryce from the Bean Project, who was called up on stage by Andrew for an impromptu jam session.
A huge thank you to the band and to Cat Swinton from Catalyst PR , Bohemian Rhapsody online Magazine for making this possible
Video interview coming soon…
CITI OPERA: VERDI'S IL TROVATORE website press release: Glen Wilson (article) Rouben Dickranian (photography) unfortunately we will not be able to release the video covering this gorgeous event as it was originally promised to our readers.
CitiOpera Il trovatore
Directed by Stella Axarlis and Conductor Gaetano Colajanni I was privileged to attend CitiOpera`s rehearsal of Verdi`s Classic Il Trovatore
Whilst not a final performance, rehearsal night gave an insight to what is a stunning performance of Verdi`s classic opera. Soprano Fiona Jopson as Leonora gives an incredible performance, showcasing her stunning vocal range, and teams up superbly with Yoon yYung Kil Angelo as Manrico , to deliver stunning duets.
Baritone Samuel Thomas Holland gives a captivating performance as the count with his beautiful voice – my personal favorite. Hellen Hill gives a great performance as Azucena the gypsy.
This was a great honor to be able to film with such an outstanding cast and orchestra. Lighting did pose a few challenging moments for filming – however this was just a rehearsal. It would have been great to see a final performance. The production is finishes off with great sets and gorgeous costumes.
A huge thank you to CitiOpera & Natasha @ Bohemian Rhapsody online Magazine
Glen GW Photography
SET 2 (FINALE) photos: Rouben Dickranian
video: Glen Wilson
CIDER AND PORK FESTIVAL PERTH WA 2017 website press release by Manish Bolla
BRIEF: Date : 4th March 2017 Venue : Pork and Cider Festival, Elizabeth Quay Photographer : Manish Bolla ( MK Creative Imagery) for BRC Magazine Assisted by Jane Maringka Pork and Cider festival 2017 kicked off on 3rd March 2017 at beautiful Elizabeth quay grounds.
The festival featured free cider tastings, Perth's premier pork food trucks, cider-making demos, pork and cider masterclasses, live music and roaming buskers and entertainers
With more than 20 of WA and Australia's top cider and pork producers shared and talked about their produce. This event was not to be missed with array of pork dishes and locally produced ciders.
I myself pigged out on various delicacies such as Bbq pork ribs, Crispy Pork belly and amazing pork skewers…Tasted about 10 to 20 different ciders and felt like a cider connoisseur. I can certainly say WA ciders are some of the best in the world.
Hot 39 degree and WA fashionistas were on full swing wearing latest trend of hats,singlets and shoes which can be seen in the images taken. Local musicians played the best summer songs to keep the mood going.
Can't wait for the next Pork and Cider Event and do it all over again.
THE PLAY THAT FOES WRONG website review by Anna Berger
West End’s New Comedy - The Play That Goes Wrong
What an absolute delight!!!!
From the minute you walk in till the very last moment, the show has you in fits! I cannot remember the last time I heard the audience laugh so much out-loud! I literally had tears falling down my face from laughter.
Outrageously humorous screenplay with almost every sentence a punch line was superbly executed by hilariously talented cast.
The tone, the witty dialogue coupled with facial expression Mr Bean would've been proud of - had the audience in hysterics. And to top it all off; the constant set mishaps and special effects which were so perfectly timed made this show - hands down - the funniest theatre performance I have seen in a very long time!