AFFORDABLE ART FAIR NEW website review and photos by Katherine Kelly
Affordable Art Fair Sunday 8 September 2019 Exhibition Buildings
Last Sunday, I visited the Affordable Art Fair, a haven for buyers and sellers of modern art. The space contained of rows of booths separated by aisles. The variety of art was enormous from paintings, to sculptures and other media. At the back of the space there was room for the children to advance their artistic talents. Apart from Australia, there were representations from galleries from the United States, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and Belgium – just to mention a few.
Due to the enormity of this fair, I was only able to showcase a handful of booths.
Cooee Art – Bondi www.cooeeart.com.au Cooee Art Gallery is Australia’s oldest Indigenous art gallery, presenting the finest Australian Indigenous art at art events in Australia and overseas. Kapi ngangkali tjukurpa / Storm cloud story – 2019 – acrylic on canvas
“When we go outside, we see that cloud coming with rain When it’s a really dark one, it’s going to be a storm with big rain.” Langaliki Lewis Langaliki is an emerging artist who works with paintings and ceramics. Her evocative work depicts enormous swirls of different colours of blue with dots adding a greater definition to the clouds.
Retrospect Galleries – Byron Bay www.retrospectgalleries.com
Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay is a prominent contemporary Art Gallery. It is best known for its promotion of ground-breaking and visionary art works and their artists. Retrospect tours nationally and internationally to numerous art fairs.
Alberto Sanchez, a resident of Byron Bay and Madrid, is a photographer and multimedia artist. He travels the world with his camera, capturing city landscapes. To create the cacophony that represents today’s modern urban life, he creates other colourful images on top of the photographic images, before sealing the works with resin. His image of King Street Bridge, Melbourne is below.
Manyung Gallery Manyunggallery.com.au Manyung Gallery has been running since 1968 with galleries on the peninsula and Malvern. The gallery has a diverse range of art forms: paintings, sculptures, wire formations such as one of the Abbotsford Skipping Girl.
I was very taken by the art work of David Hinchcliffe, especially his impressionistic interpretations of Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral and Pelligrinis in Bourke Street (below).
State of the Arts Gallery –Hong Kong
Since 2003 State-of-the-Arts Gallery has been instrumental in organising numerous exhibitions and participating in Art fairs worldwide. Marti Bofarull’s work caught my eye. With the use of mixed media including pieces of newspaper Bofarull captures an innovative skyline of Manhattan.
Trans Tasman Artist Collective
In this booth I found a number of very striking works of seascapes by New Zealand artist Angela Maritz. Angela uses a freeform approach by applying brushstrokes onto the canvas whilst singing. Her work is based on the feelings that she has at the time of painting. The results were some of the most dramatic seascapes that I have ever seen.
SOVEREIGN HILL MUSEUM AND AURA SHOW NEW website review: David Chavez, Helena Muñoz Balbontin, and Francisco Javier Lugo Delgado
We are at the Sovereign Hill Museum walking through the streets of its historical establishment. We get immediately transported to another era with its confectionery stores and sweets taking one photograph after another, surrounded by yummy food and other products displayed and sold at the museum. The shops provide their various services and are perfectly designed to fit the time travel experience offered by the open air venue. The actors complement that atmospheric and unforgettable walk of ours.
The walk starts from a small avenue where you can find a blacksmith, which offers an extraordinary performance representing the ancient way of working with metal and forging. Right in front of us is the photography area that offers its amazing service adding to the vintage style of the times passed. The museum is full of historical details telling us precisely everything about the world, the craft and the people at that time. Something that impresses me and my friends is the park with its detailed production. It is all worked out and shown to the observers with the smallest possible detail: be it the window or the wheels of the old vehicle.
The museum staff have the hardest task though of maintaining the magic we see: from the actors in the streets walking by to the ones in charge of selling the products, they are kept within the immaculately written script giving us a touch of immersion to the whole experience.
We move further and finally reach the end of the streets... It is now time to go and watch the show... The AURA SHOW.
The Aura show can be watched at night and it attracts many people. The cinema is full and there is no free space inside. This show is the world famous. It is all about the history and it tells us in a very original way the history of the people from parts of Australia. The artistic approach is absolutely impressive: projections, colors and even special effects - they all give life to the event that both children and adults can enjoy.
We had a wonderful time . Both, the museum and The Aura Show are indispensable for any traveler coming from overseas and not only. The Australians love, respect and cherish their history. It is for everyone. There is no way not to enjoy this journey that I reasure you will be in our minds for a long time. For me personally: I finish my day with a big and warm smile on my lips and I want to come back to this place once again.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY : VERDI REQUIEM NEW website review by Natasha Lukin
Messa da Requiem, a unique masterpiece by Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi, the most famous Italian master of musical drama, created his Requiem as the only one composition written not in the opera genre.
That is a massive, the most theatrical embodiment of the traditional church funeral service.
It’s a challenge for musicians, a choir and soloists, to perform such dramatic composition that lasts for about one and a half hour.
So, that challenge was taken by Melbourne Bach Choir and Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra. The Melbourne Town Hall had been chosen as premises for this performance, which was in good harmony with the music. Melbourne music lovers appreciated this choice as the classical magnificent building is good match for Verdi brilliance.
The Requiem was conducted by Rick Prakhoff, who formed the highly successful 170 voice Melbourne Bach Choir in 2006, now in its 13th year. And he is also Zelman Symphony’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.
Four soloists that required for the Requiem, were opera singers of higher calibre. They were: soprano Helena Dix, who previously performed that party with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Dark with multiple awards won during her career; Paul O’Neill, leading tenor for many operatic roles and Adrian Tamburini, bass baritone with international reputation who did nt once performed with Zelman Orchestra.
Requiem as a very complex and versatile creation dedicated to the poet and writer Alessandro Manzoni. His death affected Verdi deeply as the composer truly respected the personality and work of Manzoni.
Verdi wrote: “I am deeply saddened by the death of our Great Man! I will come to visit his grave in order to offer something to honor his memory.”
That ‘something’ became Messa da Requiem.
This grandiose monument was the memorial service, first performed on the anniversary of the death of Manzoni on May 22, 1874 in the Milan Cathedral. A few days later, Requiem was repeated with great success at the La Scala theatre, and then in Paris, Vienna, St. Petersburg and other cities of Europe.
The audience at the Melbourne Town Hall – as it is typical for Melbournians – reacted to the performance with attention and appreciation.
The final part with a theme of a heroic, strong-willed character, sounds like a hymn to courage and the strength of the human spirit.
The concert was concluded with a huge round of applauds.
Chiquinha Gonzaga - Her legacy NEW Part of series: Jazz in the Salon Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Trio Corta-Jaca website review by Marina Skliar
Chiquinha Gonzaga - Her legacy / Part of series: Jazz in the Salon took place on Friday 30 August 2019 at the Primrose Potter Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
It was a great tribute to a wonderful and colourful composer, pianist and conductor, Chiquinha Gonzaga.
The pioneer in her own rights who against the family and what’s right to do in those days started her career as a composer and was a bright example for many and all.
The concert was magnificent in all ways: music sound was reminding us of happy birds sinning in nature. It was not only calm and smooth with lots of sunshine but also was full of peace and tranquility many of us search and hardly can find in this modern world.
The performing trio played as one well tuned unit.
It was so united and so beautifully coordinated as if they were birds of one musical nest.
Would love to see more of Trio Carta Jaca in the future.
I loved the playing Brazilian jazz by De Sem Com a vilda, who would have thought that the teenagers have written such a historic sound of music.
It was an absolutely inspiring music for any age. Such music teaches us to be better and lighter in life. It is a great and deep relaxation music.
TOP MODEL WORLDWIDE NEW AUSTRALIA NSW STATE FINALS 2019 website photos and review: Neil Chand video: Hakam Soufan
We all waited in anticipation to see the new faces on Top Model Worldwide Australia NSW Finals this year. It was a really exciting time for everyone: the models. the judges, the media and those who prepared the models to look even better than they were . The contestants all looked absolutely stunning. It was very hard for the judges to select the best of the best. Though the finalists were there soon on stage welcomed by the guests.
The Finalists: @kateedicksonn @kelenashton @alex_ruygrok @gema_oo
There have also been two wildcard finalists selected from the NSW Final to compete in the National Final! The first lucky contender was @ella_cox_03. The second NSW wildcard was @toby_knight
This event was proudly sponsored by Hello Kitty
We look forward o Australian Finals.
PRIVATE PEACEFUL website review by Katherine Kelly
PRIVATE PEACEFUL Moving Light Productions Premiere Wednesday 4 September 2019 Chapel Off Chapel
From the novel by Michael Morpurgo Adapted by Simon Reade Directed by Terence O’Connell Producer/Lighting Jason Boviard Sound Justin Gardam Stage Manager Ashley Groenen
“I want to feel alive” declares 17-year-old Tommo Peaceful, as he awaits execution by firing squad for cowardice. The scene is a bare cell with floorboards, furnished with only a camp bed and chair. The electronic background depicts blue sky, and the smoke machine emits a hazy appearance confirming a close proximity to a war zone - that of Ypres in Belgium in the summer of 1916.
On his final night, Tommo remembers as many of his “yesterdays and tomorrows” as he could while avoiding falling into a sleep with “fleeting dreams”. We hear about his childhood in South West England. He narrates events such as his father’s accidental death; the constant support of his older brother Charlie throughout his early years; and the fortitude of his mother as she deals with the overbearing Colonel who owns the estate and their cottage.
“Private Peaceful” is an adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name. Under the effective direction by Terence O’Connell and production by Jason Boviard, it features a one-man cast superbly played by Anthony Craig. In seventy-five minutes, Craig deftly takes us through Tommo’s life from early school days until his execution. He very cleverly embodies each character who plays a pivotal role in Tommo’s short life with subtle changes of voice, accents, facial expression and body language.
The few props are put to great use when Craig steps on the bed to impersonate the Colonel’s eulogy at Tommo’s father’s funeral. The chair is then the perfect setting for the Sergeant Major’s exhortation to young men to join the war effort.
The electronic backdrop effectively alters in line with Tommo’s narration to the sound of a ticking clock. An example is the green forest scene when Tommo is with Charlie and friend Molly. We hear birdsong and the gentle flow of water from the nearby brook. In contrast, sounds of exploding shells, gunfire and a bright yellow backdrop describe the war scenes. On one occasion, I felt that the sound of loud explosions competed with Craig’s narrative.
Private Peaceful is a cruel story about the grossly unfair treatment of a shell-shocked underage boy who took the brave or foolhardy decision to enlist in a gruesome war with tragic consequences, not to mention the kangaroo court that decided his fate on flimsy evidence. It is with great relief that authorities have issued pardons to the “Tommos” of WW1 who suffered these brutal injustices.
Congratulations to Moving Light Productions and the production team in mounting this wonderful production.
TAG (Transgender and Gay International Pageant Australia) 2019 website press release by Hakam Soufan
The event was very much enjoyable by everyone. It was very well organised. It was not a big crowd but the atmosphere was very cozy and warm. It was incredibly powerful as people who performed on stage had lots of character and charisma.
THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS CONCERT AUGUST 2019 website review by Katherine Kelly
Melbourne Musicians Mozart Project No. 3 Mozart – Haydn – Boccherini Friday 9 August 2019 James Tatoulis Auditorium Methodist Ladies’ College
I recently attended a concert featuring the Melbourne Musicians, a chamber orchestra, established by Frank U. Pam in 1975. Frank has been involved in classical music ever since starting violin lessons as a child. His love of music grew throughout his life with studies overseas, performances in Australia, and the opportunity from an early retirement to devote his passion.
Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 43 in E flat, “Mercury” was the first item on the program.
The first movement, Allegro was bright and playful with a recurring theme throughout the piece. Of note was the sound of shimmering violins as they scaled up and down the arpeggios. The strings were well supported by the rich sounds of the horns and oboes.
The Adagio displayed a light and dancelike elegance. There was subtle return of the recurring theme from the Allegro. Of note, were the repeated call and response themes between the violins and the viola/cello group.
The Menuetto was courtly and contained. One could depict a dance scene from a movie set in the 18th Century.
We were suddenly awake with rapid fire from the violins and strings at the commencement of the Finale (Alegro) In this movement there was much contrast provided by the use of subdued bars of sustained chords.
Wolfgang Amade Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 In E flat K. 271 “Jeunehomme” Soloist Elyane Laussade
Commonly known known as the Jeunehomme concerto, it was discovered in recent years that this concerto was actually named after virtuoso pianist Victoire Jenamy, daughter of Jean George Noverre a choreographer and close friend of Mozart. Victoire reputedly commissioned this piece.
Elyane Laussade, one of Australia’s finest concert pianists, featured as the soloist. Born in Houston Texas, Elyane attended the well renowned Julliard School in New York, graduating with a Master in Music – Piano Performance. She continues to be well sought after as a soloist, and has given concerts across five continents.
Throughout this work, which Elyane played from memory, she displayed skilful execution of the arpeggiated passages. Her crossovers between the bass and treble sections of the piano were exquisite.
Elyane kept open communication with the orchestra through eye contact and musical “conversation”. Her phrasing, timing and dynamics was impeccably accurate and elegant. She was able to present challenging material appear deceptively simple whilst employing such lightness of touch.
With the Rondeau (Presto), I was being transported into the world of Jane Austen as the first bars were reminiscent of the opening theme of the 1995 TV production of Pride and Prejudice – written by Carl Davis.
After resounding applause, Elyane played a further Mozart work, his 12 Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman", more commonly known as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. This work, starting off as a very simple theme, became increasingly complex, intense and harmonically interesting at each variation.
Haydn Symphony No. 49 in F minor, “La Passione”
Initially this symphony was sombre and funereal - depicting bleakness. Being replaced by the Allegro di molto, which is loud and heavy by nature, with and an engine-like rhythm. It still retained, however, the heaviness of the first movement.
Within the Menuetto e trio, featured is a plateau from the stormy second movement. It was slow and dance like in form. The section with the horns and oboes added consistency and balance with the strings.
The Finale (Presto) returned us once more to intensity and breakneck speed. Of particular note were the frequent contrasts between lightness and intensity as the piece crescendoed.
Luigi Boccherini Symphony in D Minor, Op. 12, No. 4 “Della Casa del Diavolo” (Of the house of the devil)
The Andante sostenuto was sustained and sombre. This was gradually replaced by lightness heralding a recurrent fiery, frenzied scene, which was repeatedly contrasted by diminishments in speed and sound.
Andantino con moto provided light walking speeds which varied slightly in tempo. Contrast between the higher and lower strings.
Andante sostenuto - Allegro con moto
The andante sostenuto in the first movement was repeated. Allegro con moto depicted a rapidly increased intensity in speed and dynamics. Repeated swells of intensity and subsequent diminuendos from the strings contrasted with the ominous sounds of the horns prior to the piece reaching its frenzied climax.
CHICAGO FIRST LOOK AT REHEARSALS OF CHICAGO website photography and review: Neil Chand filming: Hakam Soufan
Chicago The Musical Australia first look at rehearsals 2019 took place at the Sydney Opera House. We were so lucky to be invited to cover the rehearsal session on 23rdbJuly ahead of the upcoming Chicago the Musical Australia (in Sydney) all thanks to our friends at the IP Publicity. Chicargo the Musical team is accompanied by a very high calibre of talented musicians, singers and dancers. At the rehearsal the dancers have showcased the sample of their skills. Not only that, but it was admirable to see their coordination with each other and the sync actions which itself is unique and also noticed the high level of energy driven choreography. The choreography was beyond impressive. The singers were awesome as you could see how they were enjoying their songs hitting high notes without loosing their sweetness of their voice. Definatley the team had left a great impressions to those who were present.
The musical stars include Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Alinta Chidzey, Casey Donovan & Tom Burlinson
The Musical starts in Sydney on 20 August and will run till 13 October at the Capito.l Theatre, Sydney, Haymarket, NSWit for the musical to commence here. It will certainly draw lots of media and public attention. The troupe will tour the other Australian cities after. It will start in Sydney on 20th August and will run till 13th October at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Haymarket, NSW
full dress rehearsal and media event photos and article: Neil Chand
Chicago the Musical… Sneak Peek Media Release! “Chicago the Musical Sneak Peek Full Costume Rehearsals” was truly an extraordinary and professional event organised by XYZ. The choreography was synced with the live orchestra on stage which put together a show of high standard. This was also accompanied by astonishing singing which was mesmerising and surely left the impression of an exclusive show. The concert will certainly be organised in a very professional manner and will not fail to deliver such amazing content. The stage lights were exceptional at capturing the mood and feeling of the acts performed on the stage which made a personal connection with the viewers, hence, making the show unique, classy and romantic. The singers had very good control of their voices and were able to modulate their voices from low to high without losing their sweetness and melody. Finally, the choice of venue, “Capital Theatre” where the sneak peek, full costume rehearsals was held, has a class of its own with lovely acoustic and set up
FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NGV: KIRA PURU website review by Hima Himani
National Gallery of Victoria presents an array of traditional and warm Friday Nights. We were lucky enough to visit one of them on August 2 at the gallery with the powerful vocalist Kira Puru. Kira is also has many talents: she is a musician of Maori background who lives in Melbourne since 2013. Kira released a national tour for her single "Everything's Better Without You" with Kinder as support. Kira's Tension , Molotov , Say Something of 2018,and many more were embraced with pleasure . It is interesting to note here that her song "Molotov" was ranked 75th on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2018.It was amazing to be present at such concert and enjoy Kira's skills. Kira is also an well regarded artists, a great photographer and a visual artist, DJ plus a powerful vocalist - her list of multile talents goes on and one. For me and my friend it was such a phenomenal opportunity to listen to the artist of such caliber. NGV Friday Nights choices of performers are always top class. It looks like Kira will always be on the op of her game no matter what she plays. We look forward to the next concert in line.
We also had a chance to visit the Winter Masterpieces exhibition at NGV at the same time, NGV is having an excellent display at the moment. Terracotta Warriors is Guardians of Immortality (and as an addition: Cai Guo-Qiang) is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors.
The sculptures were discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province. It is considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. Guardians of Immortality features over 150 treasures of Chinese art and design. The exhibition at NGV displays 8 of them. The discovery is one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century. Alongside the warriors there is a magnificent display of Cai Guo-Qiang with the transit landscape. The artist has created a new breathtaking art, inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions. His Transient Landscape presents a new body of work inspired by the history and place that served as the backdrop to the reign of China’s first emperor and the creation of the terracotta warriors. Both ancient and contemporary art works work together where one is a reminder of things that were and another is a statement of the modern world.