Music By The Sea Festival 2017
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Friday 6th January
Friday 8pm - 10pm
When a group of musical conservationists join forces with the passion tohold onto their ancient musical cultures and language and fuse it together with 21st century technology, a new band is born – Yarwah. Featuring the talents of Tjupurru on Didjeribone, FaceBass & Electronics, Fred Leone; vocals, Efiq Zulfiqar on Suling, flute & jaw harp and Luke Fabila with electric percussion, this freshly formed Indigenous super group presents a cutting edge contemporary sound born from ancient cultures and language. Yarwah perform a mix of electronic dubstep/trance and hip hop laced with West Javanese instruments, Aboriginal language and chants.
Music By The Sea presents an annual award - Music By The Sea Performance Award, to a local Sandgate District State High School student chosen by the school. The prize carries $500 with it and an opportunity to perform at the festival. The winner of the Music By The Sea Performer of the Year Award for 2016 is year 12 student Emma Venzke. Emma has been in the Master Music program at Sandgate High since Year 8. She sings and plays clarinet in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and also plays piano. Emma will open the festival with a song.
Saturday 7th January
Saturday 11am - 12pm
Winter Wilson (UK) - Kip Winter and Dave Wilson
Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, flute, guitar) has one of the finest voices on the folk scene, expressing power and emotion in equal measure. As one promoter described it “from melting to belting, she does it.” Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) is widely recognised as being in the very top tier of British songwriters, with his songs covered by some of folk’s ‘greats’ (including Vin Garbutt). Travelling the length and breadth of Europe and now much further afield, they have built a reputation for great songs, stunning harmonies and lots of fun. Their albums have received great reviews yet it’s in their live performance that they really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage; welcoming audiences into their world and mixing songs with (often outrageously funny) stories of life on the road.
"Winter Wilson's superbly-crafted musicianship, heartfelt songs and performance are the bedrock on which this country's folk circuit rests and both it and the world would be a poorer place without them.” - Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK
Saturday 1pm - 2pm
Melody Pool is a young artist with an old soul…After delivering one of the most acclaimed Australian debut albums of recent times.
Melody returns with her stunning second album Deep Dark Savage Heart. This album is Melody’s story, taking the listener to a deeper, darker place.
After the success of The Hurting Scene, Melody toured with The Milk Carton Kids through Europe and performed two massive shows supporting the Eagles, before returning to Nashville to make Deep Dark Savage Heart with producer Brad Jones, an American who has worked with several Australian artists including Ben Lee and Missy Higgins.
Saturday 3pm - 4pm
Dangerous Song - Linsey Pollak & Lizzie O’Keefe
Dangerous Song - Linsey Pollak & Lizzie O’Keefe
Once upon a time there was a planet called Earth. Over many millions of years, a rich, complex and beautiful ecosystem developed with an incredible variety of lifeforms. Over time one of the animal species in this ecosystem became dominant and their impact on the planet was so massive that many of the other species could no longer survive and became extinct. We take up the story during this extinction period, but the story is not told with words, as words have fallen on too many deaf ears for too long and people have stopped listening. Dangerous Song is a story told through sound, combining the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals which speak directly to the heart in a way that words cannot. Linsey plays the animal calls using a midi wind controller where breath, lip pressure and fingering control real animal call samples. Lizzie joins him, weaving her voice in and out of the musical landscape of animal sounds. It's a musical journey that takes us into a world of sound where the human and the animal combine. A sort of sonic morphing.
Saturday 5pm - 6pm
Paul Grabowsky AO - piano recital
Paul Grabowsky is one of Australia's most distinguished performing artists - an acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He has written the scores for over twenty films including Innocence (Paul Cox, director), Shiner (John Irvin, director), Last Orders and Eye Of Storm (both Fred Schepisi, directed).
Works for the theatre include Love In The Age Of Therapy, commissioned by Opera Australia and Presidents Land, commissioned for the 2009 Queensland Music Festival.
In 1983, he formed the Paul Grabowsky Trio; multi-ARIA award winner and still one of Australia’s most influential jazz ensembles.
He is the founder of the Australian Art Orchestra and has won five ARIA awards including Best Jazz Album in 2014 and two Helpmann Awards.
Paul was Artistic
Director of the Queensland Music Festival (2005-2007) and the Adelaide Festival (2010 and 2012).
Paul is Executive Director of the Monash University Academy Of Performing Arts.
Paul Grabowsky was the recipient of a 2014 Order Of Australia.
Saturday 8pm - 10pm
Tangents is an Australian-based quintet that melds electronic production, experimental rock and free improvisation. Their incendiary live shows are driven by live drums and electronic beats with processed performances on cello, electric guitar and piano/rhodes. A Tangents live show is a natural extension of their recorded work - unique and unrepeatable, featuring an instinctual, organic sense of time and space, rhythm and melody between the five musicians. Tangents’ new album, STATELESS has been released by ‘Temporary Residence’ in Brooklyn, featuring remixes by Four Tet & Bundy K Brown (Ex-Tortoise).
Pitchfork says: “Tangents artfully mix acoustic instruments and electronics in pieces that combine improvisation with careful processing.” 7.8/10
FACT Magazine says: “The quintet are so comfortable working with jazz, folk music, post-rock and electronic music that the track comfortably hangs in a space between them all.”
Sunday 8th January
Sunday 11am - 12pm
Murphy & Cutting - cello & piano
Award-winning musicians Patrick Murphy and Brieley Cutting come together to present an energetic program of virtuosic Romantic duo works for cello and piano. This duo will transport
listeners to 19 century France, Germany and Norway with melodies of Fauré, Schumann and Grieg.
Patrick Murphy holds the position of Cello Performance Fellow at the School of Music, UQ. He is also a member of the Southern Cross Soloists, resident at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the White Halo Ensemble, Ensemble in Residence at the School of Music at UQ. Patrick is a regular player with the Australian World Orchestra.
Brieley Cutting is a Churchill Fellow (2013), was the keyboard winner of the Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards (2006) and was awarded a second prize at the Kerikeri Piano Competition in NZ (2010). Brieley has performed as a concerto soloist with the Melbourne SO, Adelaide SO and Queensland SO in concerts for Musica Viva.
Élégie Op. 24 - Fauré
Five Pieces in Folk Dance Style Op.102 - Schumann
Cello Sonata in A minor Op.36 - Grieg
In the style of Albéniz - Shchedrin
Sunday 1pm - 2pm
Duo Blockstix is a unique ensemble featuring recorder player Alicia Crossley and percussionist Joshua Hill. Formed in 2014 the duo perform repertoire spanning 800 years with an emphasis on promoting new and innovative compositions.
Duo Blockstix are currently collaborating with six Australian composers and will be releasing their debut album in May 2017. Alicia Crossley is one of Australia’s leading recorder players. She performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic works with a particular interest in bass recorder repertoire.
Alicia regularly performs throughout Australia and has toured in the USA and New Zealand. Joshua Hill is a core member of Australia’s premier percussion ensemble, Synergy Percussion.
He has performed and recorded with many of Australia’s orchestras and ensembles including the Sydney SO, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian CO, Canberra Symphony, Ensemble Offspring, Symphony Australis, Australian Baroque Brass and Taikoz.
Performance will include works by Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Tim Hansen, Tristan Coelho and more…
Sunday 3pm - 4pm
Artico Ensemble consists of Judit Molnar (soprano), Rianne Wilschut (clarinet), Paul Kopetz (bass clarinet), and Brieley Cutting (piano).
The quartet was established in 2000 in Melbourne with the aim of creating chamber music concerts in non-mainstream venues such as churches, art centres and private homes in metropolitan and regional Australia. Artico’s concerts have been described as “Superb & exhilarating”, and their interesting instrumentation, impeccable musicianship and thoughtful programming have been praised in Australia and abroad.
Their Festival program titled “A Garden of Weeds” features famous composers in some of their lesser-known works, and is full of virtuosic, quirky and humorous chamber music.
Program - A GARDEN OF WEEDS
I Hate Music! - Leonard Bernstein
A Garden of Weeds - Terence Greaves
Concert Piece No.2 - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Der Nussbaum & Die Lotosblume, Op.25 Nos. 3 & 7 - Robert Schumann
Six Clerihews - Paul Harris
Oz Clerihews - Paul Kopetz
Sunday 5pm - 6pm
Orava Quartet, founded in Sydney in 2007 at the Conservatorium of Music by Daniel Kowalik
(violin), Karol Kowalik (cello), Thomas Chawner (viola) and joined by David Dalseno (violin) in 2011, is one of the most exciting string quartets of its generation. Known for their passionate performances, they have been hailed as, “in terms of the future of Australian Chamber Music, the real deal.”
Orava Quartet was the graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado, United States from 2012-2014 in addition to the privilege of working closely with the world-renowned Takács Quartet for two years.
The quartet has been based in Brisbane since late 2014, as the quartet-in-residence with the Camerata of St. John’s.
Haydn - String Quartet No. 2, Op. 76 ‘Quintet’
Tchaikovsky - String Quartet No 1, Op.11
Jane Rutter (flute)
Marcello Maio (piano, accordion)
Recently awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, French Flute star, Jane Rutter plays a delightful mix of French Classical and Popular repertoire in an exciting new concert.
Accompanied by brilliant pianist and piano accordionist, Marcello Maio, Jane’s playing connects Classical music with the universal, popular appeal of the flute.
Works include philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s arrangement of Vivaldi’s Spring, Debussy, Devienne, Poulenc, Chaminade, Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Ibert, and popular French street music, Tangos and Chansons, arranged specially for the Music By The Sea Festival, 2017.
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Festival Major Sponsors:
Brisbane City Council Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star Kuhn Corp Press & Packaging
Gill & Lane Solicitors Matthew Thomas Cafe Cardigan Bar ToothKind First Avenue B&B
Elysium Theatre The Rainbow Guppy SANDBAG
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2017
4th February - The Company (folk band) - TBC
4th March - Manu Delago (Austria) - TICKETS
In between performing with Björk, The Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar, the prodigious Hang player and percussionist Manu Delago will be touring Australia in 2017 'Handmade Tour' with his 3 piece multi-instrumentalist band. From overachieving teenaged rock bands, through extensive classical training; from his exploits at the cutting edge of art pop as the lynchpin of Björk’s band, to a London Symphony Orchestra commission which saw him playfully subverting their expectations; this endlessly curious artist has been honing his own style rich in melody, wit and invention. Be prepared to be stunned by this amazing live blend of pop, world and electronic music by one of the world’s most original and influential artists. A non-stop affair of creativity, surprise, beauty, harmony, wit, art, invention, energy and entertainment.
“Amazing percussionist and hang player” – Björk
“Virtuoso” – The Times
“A masterful and sensitive musician” – The Telegraph
“Ridiculously deft electro-acoustic percussionist” - Toronto Star