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Thu, 17 March 2016

I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday. Janis Joplin

Filed under: blues music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 11:29 am

Pearl - The Janis Joplin Story, delivers in words and music her tumultuous outlook on life, love and being the first lady of rock who got a little dirty!
@ The Caravan Music Club
Friday 01 July Doors open at 8pm
Price: Reserved Seats- $38+bf, General Admission- $30+bf
$33 at door if available

The music, obsessions and passions of Janis Joplin.
For the first time in Australia, a production about a rock immortal whose individuality became a hallmark that both shocked and inspired a generation and to this day touches all ages.
2015 would have marked her 72nd year (Born 19 January 1943); unfortunately she would only reach those numbers in reverse and join the infamous 27 club.
On 4th October 1970, Janis Joplin was found dead from a heroin overdose. Lonely, sad and on the inevitable self-destructive path of a junkie, Janis was ironically also headed for far greater personal and musical success with her critically acclaimed album ‘Pearl’. Released after her death and embraced by the world then and today as a triumphant album that fuses, rock, jazz and blues with a gritty flavour that marked an era of change.
Best remembered for her rebellious lifestyle, her psychedelic Porsche, her free flowing fashion sense and above all, her distinctive voice.
To her intimate friends she was known as ‘Pearl’. To her enthralled public she was Janis Joplin, the greatest female singer in the history of rock and roll.

FEATURING:
Liza Ohlback- A unique singer of Blues laced with Soul, Jazz, Funk and Gospel Harmonies, Liza is often compared to Aretha Franklin and Etta James.
Jeremy Edwards – Musical producer, singer, songwriter and guitarist. Cutting songs and touring with ‘The Voice’ winner Karise Eden. he also has played shows with U.S blues greats Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond.
Including hits such as ‘Cry Baby’, ‘Move Over’, ‘Piece of My Heart’, ‘Bobby McGee’ and more. Also featuring songs from Janis’s greatest influences such as Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen.
Transporting the audience into a smoky, jazz, blues club feel… mixed with a good dose of pure acid bohemian vintage rock! “Her voice was dirtier than any other white chick singer and her story is no different.”
“I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.

Screen Producers Australia goes live

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 11:11 am

Screen Producers Australia goes live!
Missed out? Not Sydney-based?
Due to strong demand, Screen Producers Australia is opening the sold-out Top Offset Issues Master Class to Live Stream audiences nationally.
DATE: Tuesday 22 March, 2016
TIME: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
VENUE: Streamed Live
Members: $50 | Non-Members: $120
Screen Producers Australia and Holding Redlich present a Master Class on the Top Offset Issues, chaired by Sonia Borella from Holding Redlich, along with high-level input from prominent post-house, Cutting Edge, and expert advice from the Ministry for the Arts, Screen Australia, Fulcrum Media Finance, and Moneypenny.
As part of our ongoing commitment to keep members up to date, this Master Class is an invaluable primer on a complex and ever-changing field. With detailed case studies, presentations and Q&A, you will be briefed on the very latest issues affecting the Producer and PDV Offset applications.
Get the inside running from the certifying bodies (Screen Australia and Ministry for the Arts), hear the lessons learnt and golden tips from an expert panel and, importantly, the financing deals facilities houses and producers use to navigate the challenges thrown up in multi-party international negotiations.
Do not miss this opportunity to unravel a complex, high-level, high-value topic.
This is a live streamed event. All participants who purchase this option will be emailed a unique link to view the class the day beforehand.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Filed under: classical music — site admin @ 11:09 am

Australian Festival of Chamber Music unveils 2016 program. World’s best chamber musicians set to perform in Townsville
Music from the greatest composers, performed by the world’s finest chamber musicians will take over Townsville in North Queensland when the 26th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is staged from 29 July to 6 August this year, under the baton of acclaimed Artistic Director Piers Lane AO.

Internationally famed for its musicality, programming, headline artists and stunning location, the 2016 AFCM stars a marquee lineup of 35 individual artists from all over the world, six of whom will make their Australian debut, and three famed ensembles. Importantly, this will be the 10th AFCM under the artistic leadership of Lane and will be staged in churches, theatres, galleries, gardens and the stunning Orpheus Island.

“The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is extraordinary, not just as a leading musical event in Australia, but for its place on the world calendar; artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates,” said Artistic Director Piers Lane AO in announcing the program. “This year we celebrate Paul Stanhope as our Composer-in-Residence; our artists love playing his music! At the Families’ Concert, we’ll present Oscar Wilde’s enchanting fairytale The Happy Prince in its musical realisation by the late Malcolm Williamson, his inspired response to Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, which was such a hit three years ago, and we are thrilled to stage another free concert in Queens Gardens, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Townsville being declared a municipality. It’s titled The 1812 Again!” he said.

To the music makers of 2016 … two celebrated Chinese artists in the charismatic pianist Sa Chen, and the superb cellist Trey Lee lead the artists making their debut in Australia at the AFCM. Others who have never before performed in Australia include Irish superstar pianist Finghin Collins, famed French horn player Hervè Joulain, multi-award winning German violinist Indira Koch, and the acclaimed German cellist Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt.

Returning to what promises to be rapturous applause is Tasmin Little, the effervescent violinist from the UK who so impressed audiences in 2014. She will perform in eight events throughout the festival.

Joining her in returning to the AFCM is internationally acclaimed percussionist and co-artistic director of Sydney’s Ensemble Offspring Claire Edwardes, together with the communicative clarinetist David Griffiths in company with his trio Ensemble Liaison, and one of Australia’s favourite bassists Kirsty McCahon. Bassoonist Andrew Barnes, flautist Bridget Bolliger, violinist Michele Walsh, the gifted and versatile soprano Valda Wilson and one of the most sought after oboists of his generation, Australia’s Nick Deutsch are among other marquee artists.

One of the highlights of pianist Andrew West’s festival program will be his performance with one of the greatest British baritones, Roderick Williams, in Schubert’s masterpiece Winterreise (Winter Journey), while acclaimed guitarist Karin Schaupp will collaborate with the very provocative and charming Australian actor Tama Matheson in the musical adventure special event, Don Juan.

Program highlights include the Opening Night Concert The Trout on Friday 29 July, which promises a musical feast of Ravel, Chopin, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, followed by the famed Governor’s Gala the following evening, this year titled The Surprise!

Winter Journey, Don Juan, Opus 127 and the exquisite beach concert on Orpheus Island - a stunning tribute to the festival’s place on earth – are all standouts along with the two church concerts, while AFCM’s famed Winterschool concerts and masterclasses ensure the festival involves, engages and celebrates young talent.

The much-loved signature series Concert Conversations, hosted by Piers over six mornings, will give audiences the rare opportunity to engage in chats with many festival artists. Added to this in 2016 is a concert featuring the winner of the prestigious *2016 Sydney International Piano Competition together with AFCM artists.

The most recent festival creation and hit event, The Concert Crawl features three concerts at three different venues, the School of Arts Theatre, The Old Courthouse Theatre and the Supreme Court. It includes a performance of the AFCM co-commissioned piece, The Three Dancers by Elena Kats-Chernin, this time presented as music and dance.

Executive Director of the AFCM, Justin Ankus said he was thrilled to be managing the event in its 26th year and his first. “The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is fiercely loved by artists and guests alike and it’s an honour to be at the helm, guiding it forward and working alongside Piers Lane and an extraordinary team of artists and supporters. This is truly a world class event that puts not only Townsville and Queensland, but also Australia, firmly on the world music map.”

Tickets on Sale:
The AFCM program is unveiled today, Tuesday 15 March.
Tickets go on sale to AFCM Members on Wednesday 16 March, along with Festival holiday packages.
General Public ticket sales commence on Monday 11 April.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music
29 July – 6 August 2016 | Townsville, North Queensland
www.afcm.com.au | Facebook | Twitter | #afcm16

Song Contest…The Almost Eurovision Experience

Filed under: Comedy, Theatre — site admin @ 11:03 am

Who are the 11 countries i hear you ask? Here they are below, get your club, association, meet up group and join in the fun in Australia’s own almost Eurovision Experience.
Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Greece, Italy, Iceland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Russia & Norway.

Big Show, Big Fun…bring your mobile phone to vote.
Appearing in Melbourne during the Comedy Festival and then lookout for the national tour.

Song Contest - The Almost Eurovision Experience

Filed under: Comedy, Theatre — site admin @ 11:00 am

Song Contest - the Almost Eurovision Experience . . . is a contagious party-like audience experience - very entertaining, fresh and fast paced with a nail-biting finish.

“Song Contest – the Almost Eurovision Experience” is a glitzy comedic musical tribute to all things we love, hate and love more about Eurovision. Waaay over the top, interactive, sparkly, a cross between a musical comedy, a concert and a live sporting event – it will be LOUD.
Eleven countries compete and just like the real thing, the audience votes determines who wins at every performance.
Premiers inside the Melbourne International Comedy Festival from April 1 to May 1 at the Alex Theatre, St. Kilda.
Showcasing an amazing cast, celebrity cameo appearances and featuring legendary comedian Bev Killick as Bettina Bitjakokov, the Belarusian hostess.
As any fans of Eurovision might expect there will be drama backstage and something may not go according to plan again.

Eleven countries compete, performing original love songs, funky pop and possibly one power ballad that is just a bit wrong.
This show will excite any die-hard Eurovision fan and lure new ones into this party-like experience.
Award winning international director, producer and comedian Glynn Nicholas suggests that you don’t wear mascara to this spanking brand new show.

We invite you to be included in the party and visit us at www.songcontest-musical.com to become a member of our “Eurovisionary” team when you book your seats now, as in immediately.

Where: The Alex Theatre. St.Kilda
When: 1 April – 1 May (Opening night 7 April)
Time: Tuesday @ 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday @ 8pm
Matinee performances: Saturday @ 2pm and Sundays @ 3pm
Tickets: Range from $49 to $79
Visit: www.songcontest-musical.com
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