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Devonport Regional Gallery: After Image, Paul Snell


27.10.12 3:23 pm

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PAUL SNELL Pulse #201207 Lambda metallic print mounted on acrylic 2012

AFTER IMAGE
PAUL SNELL
OPENING 2ND NOVEMBER 2012
EXHIBTION DATES: 3RD NOVEMBER – 25 NOVEMBER
THE LITTLE GALLERY
DEVONPORT REGIONAL GALLERY

Paul Snell is a Launceston based artist whose distinct images aim to create an immersive visual experience. This new series of works titled Afterimage explores non-representational forms in photography and examines the possibilities of abstraction and minimalism in new media.

Afterimage comprises of two large photographic prints mounted behind acrylic creating a contemplative installation in The Little Gallery. Paul Snell’s art practice examines the transformation of photographic modes of production and the manipulation and exploration of data to invent new visual forms. Snell utilises the basic elements of line, colour, surface and light. The imagery is composed of repetitive colour pairing, overlapping, reversing and sequencing creating a vibrant viewing experience.

The Devonport Regional Gallery has an active education program which invites schools to visit the exhibitions for no charge. Afterimage will give students the opportunity to see the links between these contemporary pieces and some of the work produced in the sixties by modernist painters and printmakers and more contemporary abstract painters and photographers.

The Little Gallery is the Devonport Regional Gallery’s project space, where early to mid career Tasmanian artists have the opportunity to exhibit a small body of work. This program is also designed to assist artists to expand their practice in a non- commercial space.

The Devonport Regional Gallery is currently taking applications for The Little Gallery, applications are due on 19th of November. Go to our website top find out more.
http://www.devonportgallery.com

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Lonnie and Hobart!

Paula Xiberras
25.10.12 8:44 am

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As noted in the title Lonnie will be performing in ‘Launnie’ and Hobart this weekend.


Singer Lonnie Lee has visited Tasmania a number of times for performances not to mention the additional times he ‘sneaks’ in non performance mode   to enjoy a holiday on the East Coast in a cabin situated near Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, he finds these perhaps once a year non- performance visits very condusive to song writing. He sees Hobart as what Sydney was 50 years ago and means it in a very complimentary way, he believes Tassie, even Hobart City has managed to retain its peaceful quiet without all the hustle and bustle and describes it as a last bastion of charm.


This time Lonnie will have a quick visit. Flying in for two shows one each in Launceston and Hobart. When the band flies out on Sunday he will remain here until Tuesday.
Lonnie has been performing for something like 50 years now and he entered the business when there really was no real business about it here in Australia. The US and UK were thriving industries with movies and tours but Australia didn’t have much going on.


Growing up on a sheep farm it wasn’t easy to opt for a career away from the land and indeed Lonnie did enjoy the land and was all for fulfilling family expectations, him to become a first rate wool classer and being groomed for management, and Lonnie had done a stint as a jackaroo, all until the music bug bit. Lonnies great love is singing and he often mentions how the money and fame associated with success in the industry is a byvproduct and a bonus to what he really loves.


His musical appreciation started out in the choir just at about the time that he says rock and roll visited and he was dragged up to his destiny using the analogy of Dorothy being caught and transported in a tornado in the ‘Wizard of Oz’. And indeed Lonnie was transported in the tornado that was rock and roll. Because of the lack of a thriving industry in Australia he created his own gigs, taking whatever opportunity he could to get out there and perform which meant doing as many charity events as he could.


He studied piano and remembers his piano teacher rapping him over the fingers during the learning process, he also played the ukulele and stepped up to the guitar.


Lonnie is sometimes defined as rocka billy has also been called a crooner (which he says always makes him think of Bing Crosby) but the fact is Lonnie is very eclectic in his music and people going along to his Tasmanian concerts will see a wide range of music played. There will be ballads and country (Hank Williams kind of country rather than Aussie bush ballads). The performance will also encompass his 50 years and ongoing in the business from Australia to the US and Lonnie has many interesting tales to tell about his brushes with the famous.


One such story Lonnie recounted to me about his working in Nashville and being called by Don Williams, not the country singer but the brother of Andy Williams . Don was originally part of a quartet with his brother but after they broke up Don went to work behind the scenes as talent scout, he Lonnie remembers looking out the office at the sunset strip boulevard discussing some of his songs being recorded by Florence Henderson.


At the Tassie shows audiences will also get the opportunity to purchase some merchandise that lonnie is developng including the first release DVD ‘Black and White years/ a DVD of his black and white TV performances.


There are also the intention to put some bibliographies together which pose a problem, with as Lonnie says, the fractured career he has lived, from pop idol at the beginning of his career to time in Europe as a cabaret singer and the US as a songwriter and later promoter of Normie Rowe and others.


You can check out Lonnies site to purchase the DVD and other merchandise and you can see Lonnie at the Australian Italian Club - Launceston and at the Wrest Point Casino, Hobart on Saturday 27th October.


http://www.lonnielee.com

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MONA: Free shit ...

MONA
25.10.12 6:59 am

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Come to Tassie to see our exhibition, Theatre of the World - and stay for the weekend, or longer. We’ve put together some snappy packages to get you in the mood. You get free shit, you love that, don’t you, admit it.

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Crafty Cosentino

Paula Xiberras
23.10.12 7:25 am

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Talking with magician Cosentino is indeed a magical experience. He is both enlightening and makes one believe in the seemingly impossible. He is also a polished showman that can wow an audience.


Cosentino grants Tassie as the place that was his career catalyst when he performed here as a fresh faced kid in 2001. Since then he has been continuing to climb the ladder (among other constructions) of success!


Cosentino also remembers fondly Tassie’s chocolate factory and one can only imagine if his magical skills were at optimum strength what he could have done in such a place, the possibility of multiplying chocolate comes to mind!


This trip to Tassie will be a strictly a quick one focusing on his performances then a vanishing act (pardon the pun). So no chocolate over indulgence this time around. The fleeting visit will see audiences treated to a rare talent. A talent that began at the unusually late age(for a magician) of 12 or 13 rather than in most cases 5 or 6 years of age.


Cosentino’s first introduction to magic came via a David Copperfield show. He followed this up with library research and also studied gymnastics which would prepare him well for a future requiring a high level of agility. Almost totally self taught Cos is keen to stress that apart from the background knowledge and physical dexterity he stresses the importance of the role of the entertainer in magic shows.


As for the present crop of TV programs that seek to debunk magic. Cos believes this is doing a disservice to the profession because it seems to suggest that ‘anyone’ can do any number of stunts and tricks when in fact the kind of skill that is required is beyond most ordinary people. It takes natural talent and a high level of skills as well as time to perfect those skills before any stunt attempt can be made . The debunkers often do not show the entire method and the dexterity required is simplified and watered down. In some ways it belittles the skills required in being a magician.


Cos has always been a keen student of magic and when he toured with Hale and Pace, once his act was finished, unlike other support acts who returned home after their gig, Cosentino took his place in the audience and would listen, and watch at why the audience laughed at certain points or what caused whatever reaction and he would seek to emulate the showmanship that caused these reactions in his own shows.


I asked Consentino what it is about magic that entices him and he explains that in escape acts like being held under water it is the exhilaration at the end following the adrenaline flow. Being locked in that space for 4 concentrated minutes and then being re released to the world in a burst of shock is like being reborn. Cos believes this moment of exhilaration is like that of an athlete who trains for years for that one 4 minute race. This adrenaline rush and feeling it gives him, he believes is worth it even if sometimes he has risked life to achieve it, when he has not been able to hold his breath for long enough and has ended up being rushed to the emergency department with a tank full of blood behind him.


Just like circus performers magicians must rely on a good team around them to whom they must trust their life magicians must have complete faith in their team and lucky for Cos that team is made up of his older brothers,one a structural engineer, mechanic and another brother involved in marketing, logistics management, and promotion, it would seem Cos has both the technical and promotional aspects of his act worked out however it becomes serious when you realise his brothers must also work to a strict precision of timing for things like the water tank rescue.


Cos has a great respect for arguably the greatest magician of all, Harry Houdini. Cos was mesmerised by the vaudeville posters that show Houdini as the ultimate showman.


I ask Cos if he thinks there is any truth in Houdini’s extraordinary,almost supernatural magical powers. Cos suggests that its good to believe in a little mystery at a time when we have information at our fingertips but we are somehow lacking in real knowledge.


The fact that Houdini notes were destroyed after his passing will always leave a mysterious air about him and leave us guessing if in an otherworldly way perhaps he knew more than the rest of us do.


Cos’s great aim is to emulate what David Copperfield once did and fly. Cos says he needs more study and preparation first before he can attempt such an event but technically he knows how to do it so keep watching this space.


Cosentino appears (pardon the pun) at the Wrest Point Casino on 7th November.

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Glenn Miller Orchestra

Paula Xiberras
20.10.12 6:58 am

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1938 and is still keeping up a busy tour schedule today; including its first ever trip to Tasmania.


With songs that have lasting appeal and a movie made about it, the orchestra aimed to be different to its peers, with its emphasis on the clarinet and tenor saxophone creating the melody, and several other saxophones providing the harmony.


Popular hits included among others, Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the mood, Moonlight Serenade and Pennsylvania 6-5000.


Musical Director Rick Gerber took time out to answer these questions.


Have you been to Tasmania before?  Will you have time to do anything special while here?


No, we’ve never visited Tasmania before, but are certainly looking forward to this occasion.  Due to the itinerary of the tour we will probably not have much free time to do any sightseeing etc.

 

Glenn Miller said that a band ought to have a sound all of its own it ought to have a personality. Can you tell me a bit about the ‘Glenn Miller Orchestra’s’ personality?


Glenn Miller developed his own unique “sound” which became his instantly identifiable trademark.  More specifically the “Miller Sound” was centred around the saxophone section of the original Glenn Miller Orchestra.  This trademark sound consisted of a clarinet playing the top note of a chord with a tenor sax playing doubling that lead voice an octave lower;  between these two notes the remaining voices of the five-reed sax section (two alto saxes and another tenor sax) filled in the harmony voices of the chord.




A famous quote Glenn miller said was “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”. Do you agree with that?


Actually the quote, “It Don’t Mean A Thing…..” was uttered by Duke Ellington and that quote was the title of one of Duke’s most popular compositions.

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of it being attributed to Glenn Miller, but it’s a great quotation that describes the idiom of swing music.



What do you think is Glenn miller’s signature tune?


Glenn Miller’s signature tune, without question, is “Moonlight Serenade” which he composed and arranged.  It has been the orchestra’s theme song for over 70 years and we play a brief version of it to open every show and the full-length version as the closing number of every performance.  Perhaps a close “second place” tune would be “In The Mood” which was his biggest selling record and is probably the most remembered song from the swing era of big bands.

 

You can see Rick and the Glenn Miller Orchestra perform at Wrest Point Casino on Tuesday 13 November at 7.30 p.m.

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Despard: Rodney Pople Exhibition Opening Thursday 18th October at 6 pm

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
17.10.12 6:07 pm

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Shudder:  - verb to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold.

We would like to remind you that Rodney Pople’s powerful new exhibition, Shudder, opens tomorrow night at 6 pm at Despard Gallery.

Rodney won this year’s prestigious Glover Art Prize with a painting of Port Arthur, from which this current series has evolved.

Port Arthur encapsulates a dark and brutal history - In one sense these paintings can be interpreted as crime scenes in which the traces of catastrophe and trauma, while no longer visible, remain intangibly present. They remain haunted and the paintings conjure up the ghosts, bringing into daylight buried issues and unresolved conflicts.

While Port Arthur and its history are at the core of this exhibition Rodney’s other paintings capture the drama of the Tasman Bridge disaster in 1975; an indelible event in Tasmania’s history.

The catalogue will be available online this Friday, 19th of October: http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/artists/pople12/index.html

Rodney will be discussing his new work with Airlie Ward, tune into the ABC 7.30 TAS Report this Friday night at 7.30 pm.

Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
http://www.despard-gallery.com.au
ph +61 3 62238266
fax +61 3 62236496

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Despard: “Shudder,” by Rodney Pople

Steven Joyce Director
12.10.12 6:28 pm

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Dear Art Lovers,

We are pleased to invite you to the much anticipated exhibition “Shudder,” by Rodney Pople. Exhibition Opening is Thursday the 18th of October at from 6pm.

Link to read the essay for the exhibition is below.

http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/artists/pople12/index.html

Steven Joyce
Director

Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
http://www.despard-gallery.com.au
ph +61 3 62238266
fax +61 3 62236496

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Feast, drink, party


12.10.12 5:54 pm

120+ artists over 2 days of
feasting, drinking and musical surprises

SYNAESTHESIA MUSIC OF COLOUR & MIND NOVEMBER 3-4 AT MONA

This is a rude reminder to get your tickets for Synaesthesia. 

Your ticket includes a two-day fest of music, feasting, drinking, and up-close encounters with a truly diverse and arresting array of musical talent.

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Despard: Don’t miss Runnymede this weekend

Steven Joyce Despard Gallery
11.10.12 6:09 pm

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Greetings from Despard Gallery,

We would like to invite you to a truly unique event; one that celebrates the world of decorative arts and antiques in a magnificent heritage property.

Runnymede in Newtown is one of Tasmania’s most important colonial homes. For the first time the house will be the venue for an exciting cultural weekend, with selected art and antique dealers exhibiting their pieces through out the house and grounds.

Despard Gallery will be hanging the walls with contemporary Tasmanian fine art to compliment the furnishings.

Works include landscape by Geoff Dyer that were inspired by a recent visit to the area of Aix-en Provence, France. These tranquil landscapes will be complimented by Wayne Brookes’s 18 th C high baroque interiors. Other new artworks from Dale Richards, Anne Morrison and Todd Jenkins will be placed throughout the house to compliment the antique furnishings.

We will also be showing selected twentieth century decorative arts including European studio glass and unique designer Jewellery.

Hope you can make it and please feel free to bring friends.

The $10 entry fee goes to the National Trust to help maintain this magnificent colonial home.

  Friday 12Th to Saturday 13Th October 10 – 5 pm & Sunday 14Th 10- 4 pm.

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Ms Mahalia and Princess Prinnie!

Paula Xiberras
11.10.12 7:02 am

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Mahalia Barnes is a fan of Tassie and recalls her many visits here as backup singer with her dad Jimmy. The fresh produce and natural beauty of Tassie are two attractions that stand out for her and she will be hoping to introduce her singing partner and fellow voice contestant Prinnie Stevens, a self-confessed newbie when it comes to Tassie, to a dinner out during their tour.


You may recall the two girls, and firm friends, being pitched together in a gladiatorial face off on ‘The Voice’. This experience the girls tell me was surreal and although singing their hearts out to win, the girls cemented their friendship even more to the extent they would consider being put in the ring together a blessing in disguise because although the girls are friends they had not considered recording or touring together, which is what has eventuated from their appearance on ‘The Voice’.


Prinnie is what is known in the industry as the triple threat and more than that even says Mahalia. Prinnie has been a singer and dancer since age 4 and once performed in John Paul young’s ‘Love is in the Air’ video, while Mahalia admits to not being a great dancer she can certainly as the saying goes ‘nail’ a song. Prinnie agrees.


The ladies have recorded an album together and are touring the country with their beautifully different, but complimentary voices. Their styles comprise Prinnie‘s pop and R & B and Mahalia’s bluesy rock.


It’s clear to see the girls have the utmost respect for each other and are grateful for the opportunity being on the voice gave them to decide to collaborate on this album and tour. The advantages of collaboration are many, having someone there to encourage you when you are finding it all too much, (the girls are still maintaining their individual careers and busy raising their families) it means they can share the load and lean on each other for support.


Further to the collaboration Mahalia’s band ‘Soul Mates’ are joining the girls with the addition of some members of Prinnie ‘s band, the girls promise an energetic show with the audience involvement they crave and the girls are eager to meet and sign for fans after the show.


The girls are also keen to remind potential audiences that the Launceston show is family friendly and not an 18 and over event. Because they both have young children the girls believe it’s important to provide entertainment the whole family can attend without worry.


You can see Mahalia and Prinnie perform at The Country Club Showroom Fri 16th November and Wrest Point Showroom Sat 17th November.

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QUEENSTOWN COMES TO LIFE FOR HERITAGE AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Travis Tiddy President - Project Queenstown and Festival Coordinator
11.10.12 6:08 am

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The mining and tourism town of Queenstown throws open its doors on 12 - 14 October and welcomes all Tasmanians to come and explore the West Coast region at the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival.

The biennial Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is a hand-crafted program of contemporary arts and cultural activities that are bold, fresh, surprising and fun – events that are fundamentally tied to a sense of place, a rare phenomenon which can’t be seen anywhere else in Tasmania.

The 2012 festival will commemorate a momentous event in Australia’s history when a fire sprang to life in a pumphouse on the 700 ft level within the North Lyell Mine. The flames quickly enveloped the building and produced thick billows of smoke that trapped many workers deep underground. Four days of exhaustive and heroic rescue attempts couldn’t avert the eventual catastrophe, as 42 local men lost their lives within the mine.

One hundred years later the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is paying tribute to the disaster by encompassing the anniversary within the festival program, presenting a range of activities that confidently combine the arts with the rich cultural heritage of Queenstown in a way that respects the past and recognises the present and future of our community.

The West Coast Mining Industry is one that supports many Tasmanian’s. The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is an event the whole family and your opportunity to visit a special place that has such importance to Tasmania, and commemorate the 1912 North Lyell Mine Disaster where 42 men lost their lives. With over 55 events in 3 days, many free
events, discounted rail rides and discounted underground mine tours, we encourage all Tasmanian’s to come and visit Queenstown and the West Coast of Tasmania” said Festival Coordinator Travis Tiddy.

A highlight of the festival will be the fully decorated Funeral Train which departs Queenstown at 9:15am on Friday, as well as the North Lyell Mine Disaster Commemorative Service held at the Queenstown Cemetery on Friday at 10am.

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Moonah: Live Album Launch: Andrew Marshall Returns to Moonah Arts Centre Concert Series

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
10.10.12 5:04 pm

Live Album Launch: Andrew Marshall Returns to Moonah Arts Centre Concert Series

Local indie singer-songwriter Andrew Marshall will launch his first live album in an intimate setting at the Moonah Arts Centre Concert Series on Friday 12 October.

After a six month break from the local live music scene to record new material, Andrew will be returning to the Moonah Arts Centre with an earthy musical performance featuring good friends and local musicians Mia Palencia, Hannah May Bartle and Peter McIntosh. The original roots/folk performance will combine stirring vocals with earthy, acoustic instrumentation including guitars, didgeridoo, banjo and blues harp.

Andrew is often compared to the likes of James Taylor, Don McLean and John Lennon, drawing in audiences with his creative instrumentation and lyrical storytelling. He has performed shows and festivals around the UK and is currently receiving regular airplay on local stations ABC Radio and Edge Radio as well as BBC Radio UK. He was a Top 10 finalist in the 2012 Australian songwriting Musicoz Awards with his live song “Charley”, which features on the new album.

Andrew’s Moonah Concert Series show will begin at 7:30pm on Friday 12 October. Doors open at 7pm with admission by gold coin donation. His multi-instrumental fusion of roots, folk, indie and rock musical styles will appeal to all ages.

For further information visit Andrew online at andrewmarshallmusic.com

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We of The Tamar

Yvonne Gluyas
10.10.12 7:09 am

WE OF THE TAMAR

By Yvonne Gluyas
(Poem entered into Launceston Poetry Cup at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2012)


Poor Gunns, you’re better off dead.
At least we’ll get some peace of mind!

Stripped bare of your assets,
your wealth frittered away
on dreams of a pulp mill
by Greg and John Gay.

Your shares are now worthless,
your company gone broke.
Yes, we of the Tamar
for years loudly spoke.

Never defeated
we kept up the fight.
The noisy majority,
we knew we were right.

Once a fine Tassie company,
your workers you misled…

So I’ll dance on your grave
Til I’m sure that you’re dead!

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October at Devonport Gallery

Astrid Joyce
08.10.12 5:25 pm

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Celebrate our local musicians throughout OCTOBER at the Gallery.
Entry is by donation and refreshments will be available.
Music starts at 7pm
 
12 October - Classical with TRIO AL DENTE

Trio al Dente consists of Dominique Baker (piano), Gail Tivendale (violin) and David Humphries (cello). They have been performing together since mid-2010, and have performed at the Classical Meets Jazz concert in the Tasmanian Arboretum, as well as various smaller concerts and recitals. They enjoy playing traditional chamber music by composers such as Clementi, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Debussy, the wonderfully elegant music composed for intimate gatherings of the European upper classes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. However, they have also explored arrangements of traditional tango tunes and works by the famous classical/jazz/tango fusion composer Astor Piazzolla; this exciting Argentinian music is always rhythmic, but can range from brooding and introspective to fiery and dramatic. It provides a wonderful contrast to the restrained and civilized works of the classical composers.

26 October - Acoustic Set with Younger Dryas
The Younger Dryas emerged from the foothills of Ben Lomond, Tasmania in 2009. They currently play and experiment with a wide range of styles and influences mainly Roots & Rock, Blues & Folk with a little bit of Delta and Reggae mixed in for old times sake. They have just released a new EP titled the Weapons of Mass Creation Part 1. Their music has a raw quality with underlining hooks and a catchy flavour, They have been likened to other bands such as: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Australia’s John Butler Trio. The Younger Dryas have a dedicated fan base on the North West Coast and have recently played at the Forth Valley Blues and Roots Festival. The Younger Dryas have recently returned from a tour of Asia, Europe and Australia. Keep and eye on their movements and antics by following them of Facebook.

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Trio Al Dente

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Younger Dryas

Astrid Joyce
Education and Public Programs Officer | Devonport Regional Gallery
45-47 Stewart Street Devonport TAS 7310
P: (03) 6424 8296 | F: (03) 64235305 | http://www.devonportgallery.com

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Shakespeare in the Gardens: As You Like It


08.10.12 9:49 am

Directions Theatre Pty Ltd

MEDIA RELEASE

SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDENS AUDITIONS

Actors who like it wanted!

Directions Theatre is proud to announce that As You Like It will be the 2013 Shakespeare in the Gardens production.

“As You Like It” – is a play about love at first sight, and we like it. Rosalind is banished from her uncle’s court, disguises herself as a man and hides out in the Forest of Arden. There with her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, love runs riot but all the mismatches, cross dressing and fighting all turns out ok in the end – just as we like it!

“As You Like It” will be directed by Anica Boulanger Mashberg who was in the production when Directions Theatre last did it 10 years ago.

Auditions are being held on Saturday 20 October anyone interested in taking part please call Ingrid on 0419 536 084.


As You Like It
Venue : Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Times / Dates: 7PM Tue to Sat 8 Feb – 2 Mar 2013
Prices: $25/$15
Booking details (Online / Phone): Centertainment, Gate Sales from 6PM on night of performance

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Great show!

John Maddock
08.10.12 7:30 am

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I don’t go out much at night now.  Partly because I’m running out of energy, (I’ve been known to fall asleep in Federation Hall concerts and at the cinema), partly because there’s not much on that stirs my interest and partly because between emails, British Farming Forum, Gumtree, Tasmanian Times, the free to air TV channels - not to mention iView, On Demand and radio, my entertainment is catered for.

But when a pair of complimentary tickets to the “Some Kind of Genius + RocKwiz” show at Wrest Point were offered by one of the principals (met a few months ago via a family connection) how could I say “not interested”?

For fear of falling a sleep - or indeed being hit in the ribs for fidgeting - I had a longer than usual snooze after lunch on Saturday - and it worked!  I felt not the slightest need for a snooze during the show, nor did I fidget (that I’m aware of) although I confess to some mind-drifting during some of the longer songs; in my view Joe Camilleri didn’t know when he had come to the end of the number. Also, curiously, to watching the screen projections of the stage, rather than the stage itself, quite often.  Maybe I’ve watched too much TV.

All that aside, it was a great show and probably worth the money we didn’t have to pay.

I was curious as to how the contestants would be chosen and was duly impressed - knocked out, even - when the randomness of it turned up some pretty good local talent.  Sure, there were a couple of people of the initial 24 selected by random placing of cards under chairs who didn’t continue to selection, but there were also a couple of people who were very impressive with their rock industry knowledge and participation.

I have no knowledge of Brian Nankervis’s past work (nor Julia’s for that matter) but clearly RocKwiz (is that Rock wiz or Roc Kwiz?) is more than just the current job for both of them.  Energy, sharpness of repost, humour, stage craft all were evident in Brian’s warm up and selection of the contestants and in Julia’s compering.  If anything, I think her performance was better than the norm seen on SBS TV: she was on show, engaged with the contestants, the guest stars and the audience.  On more than one occasion, she had to warn the audience to “back off” because they were so responsive to her that the contestants were swamped.

Even her “slip” of confusing Bob Brown’s name with the name of the Franklin River (understandably)  she handled with barely a pause; very professional indeed. Moreover, she looked the part in a tailored red fringed black pants suit topped by softly curled long blonde hair.  (I’ll refrain from following that line of thought further for fear of being called sexist, or something).

Never having been a rocker, the guest stars didn’t do a lot for me and I wonder yet again why extreme volume seems to be an essential part of a rock show.  Don’t these people understand that producing volume requires humungous amounts of electricity and there is no free photovoltaic-sourced electricity available at night when rock shows are held? Besides, the carbon content of last night’s show is more than I could imagine - even allowing for some hydro produced electricity (we still get charged the carbon tax on hydro).

All in all, a great show and a memorable night.  I predict that if and when Julia leaves RocKwiz, the show will be dead. Mort. Finito.

Instantly.

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Help Jed Appleton and the Quartet: Tasmanian Times foster band!

Editor
08.10.12 5:23 am

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Help Tassie Times get Jed Appleton and the Quartet to the Falls Festival - Vote for them HERE:

Falls Festival Foster Band Initiative - Power to the People

It’s no secret that Tasmania is a breeding ground for some of our country’s most exciting musical talent.</strong> No one is better positioned to comment on the who’s who of these shining stars than the people on the ground and around the towns themselves. So why not call on the people who know best to uncover some fresh local sounds to add to our festival line up?

The Falls Music & Arts Festival has banded together with a bunch of Tasmanian music’s most supportive media friends, to shine the light on local artists through the Falls Festival Foster Band Initiative. Its giving local Tasmanian acts a national platform to launch their music and their profile. Falls Festival Foster Band Initiative is a way to shine the spotlight on sizzling local artists that have been causing a stir in venues across the state over the past few years. By casting their vote, music fans will give these local bands the opportunity to score a slot on the Falls Festival line up.

“We are really excited about this year, with so many of Tasmania’s media actively getting behind acts and for the first time. The public are able to have a say in who makes it on this year’s Falls Music and Arts program.” Simon Daly, Festival Director. 

During the month of October, the Tasmanian press are generously opening their pages and fostering one local act, featuring them, their talents and their story and giving them a big fat dose of love and attention that they so deserve.

Readers will be given the chance to uncover their new favourite artist and help secure them a paid spot on the Falls Festival line up by casting their vote via the Falls Festival website: HERE:

There are three paid spots up for grabs. Voting opened October 1st and closes October 31st, with the winners being announced in November.

All about Jed Appleton and the Quartet:

Jed has been writing and playing music for about three years now. He is a former member of Red Sugar, Fox Hunt, and The Mail Men, and has now resorted to his own original music with his four piece band.

The young troubadour has also traveled performing solo shows Australia wide and will be venturing off on a national tour in December/January with the band to busk and play some shows and a couple of festivals.

At 16, Jed has already toured and released an EP “Beautiful One”, reaching no.19 on Singer/Songwriters charts on Itunes, and has estimated selling 1000 copies so far.

Impressing the likes of international bands such as Passenger, Stu Larsen, Set Sail, The Falls, and Shaun Kirk, Jed has managed to be able to support them on their tours.

Jed will be releasing his second EP “Comforts Flow” in November, with a different approach, firstly recording professionally in the studio with a full band now known as “Jed Appleton and the Quartet”, and also with more up tempo folk songs, with the likes of a banjo, double bass, keyboard, and acoustic.

“His Infectious melodic vocals alongside tasteful rhythmic guitar stylings is a must see.” The Waratah Hotel.

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Tasmania’s Kentish district will host the World’s ‘Biggest’ Arts Festival

Danielle Rodgers
05.10.12 10:58 am

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A Postcard From Tasmania: Winner Judges’ Award and Visitors’ Choice Award2012 International Mural Fest

International Mural Fest president Des Brown today announced the Kentish district in Tasmania’s picturesque north-west will host the world’s biggest arts festival commencing in 2013.

The new month-long Kentish Arts Festival will be held over March and April, culminating with Mural Fest in Sheffield, the Town of Murals.

And it’s staking its claim as the world’s ‘biggest’ arts festival.

This is what happens when a 1,187 square kilometre district becomes one bigpublic art canvas.

“With Mural Fest we have a unique, highly popular outdoor art event in a world-renowned public art town,” Mr Brown said.

“As we head into our eleventh year we want to expand on that andinvite the whole district.”

Now that’scapitalising on your assets; it’s already ‘big’, so why not super-size it?

The new and uber-enthusiastic Mural Fest committee might just be on to something.

Picture this.

The oversized artworks createdby the nine finalists in the public ‘paint-off’ atSheffield’s annual International Mural Fest measure an impressive 4.8m x 2.1 metres. When you times that by nine, the paint splashed around in this 7-day competitioncovers over 90 square metres.

That’s a lot of art for a voluntary gold coin donation.But in 2013 there’s going to be a whole lot more bang for your buck.

As part of the new Kentish Arts Festival, the nearby towns of Railton, the Town of Topiary, and Wilmot, Valley of Viewswith its noveltyLetterbox Trail,will host their own arts events – all in keeping with the public art theme the district is renowned for.

But perhaps the really big news is the inclusion of the public in the making of the art.

With the expansion to a district-wide arts festival, Kentish is taking public art to a whole new level. No longer contained to a group of elite artists interpreting the themed poem at Mural Fest, the new festival will be art ‘for the people by the people’.

During the festival the public will be invited to participate in events and create their own art. One activity is amobile phone photo competition, where visitors to Kentish can send in their photos capturing the 2013 theme, Wild and Free.

But wait, there’s more.

Thousands of metres in fact.

When you throw in the existing artwork adorning Sheffield’s quaint, historic buildings, along withthe many murals scattered across the scenicKentish district, you’re looking at around100 murals painted over the last25 years.

Big? Yes. But all of them painted with humble house paint. So how elite can this art thing be?

In the wind-up of the town’s silver jubilee, the game has changed.

In the words of Thomas Edison, “There ain’tno rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish somep’n!”

Could it be time torelease your Wild and Free instinct and join the Kentish crusade at the world’s biggest arts festival?

For details of specific activities and competitions join Mural Fest on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/InternationalMuralFestor check the website atwww.muralfest.com.au

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MONA FOMA 2013 Pre-sale and Lineup

MONA
05.10.12 10:38 am

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MONA FOMA 2013 Pre-sale and Lineup: HERE

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Billy Bragg’s ‘Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me’ Tour

Viv Lees and Radio National
05.10.12 6:09 am

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Viv Lees & Radio National proudly present
Billy Bragg
‘Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me’ Tour

HOBART • Sunday 21 October • Federation Hall • TIX: tso.com.au
CANBERRA • Tuesday 23 October • Canberra Theatre • TIX: canberratheatrecentre.com.au
BRISBANE • Thursday 25 October • QPAC • TIX: qtix.com.au
BRISBANE • Friday 26 October • Hi Fi Bar•TIX: http://www.thehifi.com.au and all moshtix retail outlet
SYDNEY • Saturday 27 October • Enmore Theatre • TIX: ticktetek.com.au
SYDNEY• Sunday 28 October • Enmore Theatre • TIX: ticktetek.com.au, Reserved seating show only
ADELAIDE • Wednesday 31 October • Town Hall • TIX: bass.net.au
PERTH • Friday 2 November • Astor Theatre • TIX: bocs.com.au
PERTH • Saturday 3 November• Astor Theatre •TIX: bocs.com.au
SUPPORT FOR ALL SHOWS (EXCEPT MELBOURNE): JORDIE LANE
MELBOURNE • Friday 19 Oct • Hamer Hall • Billy Bragg Celebrates the Legacy of Woody Guthrie*
MELBOURNE • Saturday 20 Oct • Melbourne Recital Centre• An Evening with Billy Bragg*
MELBOURNE •  Tuesday 30 October •  Prince Bandroom Tix princebandroom.com.au& moshtix retail outlets
TIX: melbournerecital.com.au &ticketmaster;.com.aupresented by 774 ABC Melbourne

Modern day troubadour Billy Bragg comes to Australiathis Octoberwith a special new two part show: the first half celebratingthe legacy ofWoody Guthrie, the original alternative musician, and the second exploring Billy’s own extensive repertoire, highlighting the songs that have made him famous over his almost three decade, 14-album career.

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, folk singer and ‘dust-bowl troubadour’, a prolific writer whose songs, ballads, prose and poetry championed the plight of the underdog. Billy Bragg has a special musical affinity with Woody – when Woody’s daughter Nora unearthed a treasure trove of her father’s unrecorded lyrics after his death, Billy Bragg and Wilco worked together setting these to music, creating the critically acclaimed Mermaid Avenue albums. The Complete Sessions has just been released, includingMermaid Avenue Vol. III. Billy will play songs from Woody’s extensive repertoire as well as the Mermaid Avenue albums, giving audiences new insights into one of the most influential figures in popular music, a man who inspired artists from Bob Dylan to Joe Strummer, as well as Billy himself.

In the show’s second half, BillyBragg will take a trip through his back catalogueinhis own inimitable style. In nearly three decades of performing and activism, Billy Bragg, described recently by the London Times as a “national treasure”, has crafted an incredible collection of songs traversing both the personal and the political. A guardian of the radical dissenting tradition that stretches back over centuries of political, cultural, and social history, Billy is a consummate performer and gifted raconteur. His liveshows, like his songs, are funny, warm, sad and true.

Billy Bragg, ‘the Bard from Barking’, famously started out as a tank driver in the British Army. Things didn’t work out – “When you’ve driven one tank, you’ve driven them all”– and in early 1982 he found himself back on the streets of Barking, writing songs. Drawing inspiration from the DIY ethosof punk rock, he decided to take on the world single-handedly, armed with only an electric guitar. His first album, ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy’ came out in 1983.

Billywas politicised by Rock Against Racism in the late 1970s. He marshalled his songs in opposition to Margaret Thatcher, supporting the miners when they went on strike in 1984 and subsequently founding Red Wedge, a collective of left wing musicians who campaigned for the defeat of Thatcher at the 1987 election. Throughout his career, Billy Bragg has remained contemporary, providing hisinsightful, clear-eyed yet hopeful commentary on our times through social, politicaland technological change.

Although often defined by his political songs, Billy is also a writer of great love songs. He said “I write about the things make me angry: sometimes it’s the government, sometimes it’s the girl.”His songs describe the emotional peaks and troughs of love, navigating the difficult terrain of modern relationships.

Don’t miss Billy Bragg: “storyteller, historian, activist, father, enthusiast, pilgrim, entertainer, minstrel, humorist, rambler, sermoniser and scholar,” (The Guardian) in Australia this October and November.billybragg.co.uk.
For bookings go to vivleespresents.com

*Please note: For the Melbourne Festival, Billy will perform in a slightly different format with two separate shows – the first dedicated to Woody Guthrie, and the second an evening exploring of his own musical oeuvre. 

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Moonah Arts Centre: The Steve Young Ensemble

Michael McLaughlin, Community Cultural Development Officer, Glenorchy City Council
04.10.12 8:20 am

Moonah Arts Centre’s 2012 Friday Night Concert Series
Friday October 5

The Steve Young Ensemble returns to the Moonah Arts Centre Friday Oct 5th 7:30pm with it’s latest offering entitled, “Indigo Modes2”. 

For their latest concert, the Ensemble have tipped their hat to composers Irving Berlin, Wayne Shorter, Leonard Bernstein, AC Jobim, Rogers & Hart, Ralph Towner, Coltrane, and a sprinkling of American Beat era poetry. 

Ensemble leader and keyboard man Steve Young explains.

“It’s a kaleidoscope of sound; a train station of music with all the sounds milling around. You work on songs, but the songs also work on you!” 

The Steve Young Ensemble is Glen Mazur on drums, Ben Brinkhoff on a uniquely homemade Tasmanian bass, Danny Healy on a family-size range of saxes and clarinets and Rodrigo Diaz-Icasuriaga on sitar and percussion.

A packed house at their last appearance at the Centre, Steve encourages you to get in early, with doors open from 7pm. 


The Steve Young Ensemble:
Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 65 Hopkins St.  Moonah
When: Friday 5th October  
Times: Doors open from 7pm for a 7:30pm start
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Civil Engineering of a very literal question

Paula Xiberras
04.10.12 8:01 am

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Meredith McQueen is on her directorial debut with the production of David Williamson’s ‘Soul Mates’.


Meredith feels a certain affinity with David Wiliamson as both she and Mr Williamson are engineers, she civil, such as road design and sub divisions and he mechanical. she formed a connection to this play over ten years ago when she saw it performed in Melbourne. Its seems a natural conclusion that this civil woman has engineered a production David Williamson would be proud of.


Meredith, who had previously played in ‘A woman of no importance’ and ‘The Browning Version’, something of a family affair with her husband, a teacher, playing a teacher and her son also taking part. Meredith also cut her teeth and possibly planted the seed of direction when she would take part in The Playhouse Sunday readings of plays.  There are a lot of reasons why Meredith selected this play when invites for submissions were sent out.


Meredith loves the play because it encompasses strong roles for mature women, it is pacey with over 31 scenes, so it is very difficult to be bored and the female character is based on the sometime outrageous Ms Kathy Lette, she of the witty, and sometimes snappy lines.


The play poses the questions why should that which is popular be dismissed as having no literary value?  Williamson is giving a jibe at his detractors in this play and the comments they made to him about his being successful not translating to the worthiness of his work


Before the play starts its run, and in conjunction with the State Library of Tasmania,  you can get a tantalising taste of the play when some acts from the play are performed at Hobart, Rosny and Kingston Linc on October 5 and 6.


The play will be performed at The Playhouse Theatre on 26 October to 10 November.


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Ally’s sweet tale of spirit!


03.10.12 7:27 am

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I phone Ally Fowler as she is shopping in an organic food store in Launceston. Located on Federal street, the ‘Good Food Organic ’ appeals to Ally. Her hands are full at the checkout so I phone her back as she leaves the store. The delightful actor is in Tassie for a few days to perform in David Williamson’s ‘Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica’. She describes the play as ‘simple and sweet’ and with ‘no political undertones’ as we witness these two very opposites coming together. Glenn Hazeldine plays Rex, who is a country pop singer more in the mould of Kasey Chambers or Sara Storer than traditional country. He sets about wooing Miss Monica the classical lady.


This tale is one of an unlikely romance between a former country music star turned handy man and a classical pianist played by Ally. No stranger to music, of the pop kind, Ally still performs with her band the Chantoozies (who at one time were visiting Tassie once a year) for corporate hire, and also sings Chantoozies’s hits in an 80’s music celebration with the likes of Brian Mannix.


However ,nowadays you are likely to see Ally on the the gruelling but satisfying theatre travelling circuit soaking up both the city and the country areas. Ally talks about the amazing theatres she has performed in, some heritage buildings, others state of the art modern and some just ‘kooky’, A stint at The Palladium got Ally’s imagination working as she said it would be a great venue for a mystery play with its rickety staircase! Ally also tells me about the theatre in Ballarat’s ghost of a little girl, said to be the daughter of a former owner who has been seen drifting around the theatre, . Ally is eager to know the age of the Princess Theatre where the troupe will be performing on Tuesday and is excited when I tell her about the famous ghost at the Theatre Royal. Ally is thrilled to hear this and jokes she might change her accommodation and camp out at the theatre to spy the spirit!


Ally is also excited about being back in Tassie after a lapse of some years and is looking forward to the coastal drive,  although in the intervening period she did have a short visit earlier in the year to perform another Williamson play ‘Let the Sunshine’ for Hit Productions and some years ago for 3 days she was invited down for the casting of a beer commercial in which she assisted a friend. Talking of beverages Ally is also looking forward to visiting the Tamar Valley on this visit and purchasing some fine wines to take home with her. After the tour Ally will be content to settle back home for a while, do some gardening, visit cafes with friends and hopefully, as well as more theatre we will see her back on our TV screens next year.


‘Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica’ will be performed at the Princess Theatre Launceston on 3 October and the Theatre Royal Hobart on Friday 5 October at 8pm and Saturday 6 October at 8pm.

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BOFA FILM FESTIVAL SECURES TASMANIAN PREMIERE OF THE FIRST FAGIN


03.10.12 7:10 am

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The First Fagin film still (actors Ryk Goddard and Carrie McLean as Ikey and Ann)

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) has announced that the docu-drama The First Fagin, shot entirely in Tasmania, will have its first Tasmanian screening at the Festival in November.


Produced by Hobart based Roar Film in partnership with Queensland production company Wild Fury Productions, and supported by Screen Tasmania, the film is based on the book “The First Fagin- the Story of Ikey Solomon” by Judith Sackville-O’Donnell, and was filmed in Tasmania with an all Tasmanian cast and a largely Tasmanian crew.


Narrated by British actor Miriam Margolyes, best known for the Harry Potter movies, it tells the extraordinary colonial story of Jewish convict and career criminal Ikey Solomon, said to have been the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ immortal character of Fagin in Oliver Twist.


Graduating from pickpocket to London’s most successful receiver of stolen goods, Solomon, played by Tasmanian actor Ryk Goddard, spends six years on a convict hulk on the Thames, and acquires folk-hero status through his spectacular escape from Newgate Prison, and flight to New York in 1827.


When his wife Ann (Carrie McLean) is transported to Van Diemen’s Land, Ikey follows, to be mercilessly pursued by disciplinarian Governor Arthur.


Reconstructed dramatic sequences are seamlessly blended with narration and historical analysis, with Tasmanian historical locations a feature of the production, including Dysart House, until recently the home of Leo Schofield.


Truth is indeed stranger than fiction in this sweeping and romantic tale set around the transportation system and early Van Diemen’s Land.


Directed by Alan Rosenthal and Helen Gaynor, The First Fagin had its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August.


Released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, The First Fagin will have its Tasmanian premiere at the BOFA Film Festival on Friday, November 9 at the Tramsheds Theatre at Inveresk. The film will be released nationally in cinemas by Ronin Films on November 15.


Early Bird Festival passes are now available through the Festival web site at http://www.bofa.com.au

BOFA FILM FESTIVAL: THURSDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER, 2012
In 2012, BOFA plans to showcase over the Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November, international and Australian feature films/documentaries,  short films,  cinema related exhibitions (in partnership with Queen Victoria Museum),  master-classes and parties, but, as well, is adding a new Make a Difference Day (Sunday 11th November) incorporating a free community open day, screenings of a Make a Difference Day short film competition, features/documentaries, several master-classes run by industry experts, and writers’ festival speakers all on Make a Difference themes. The Make a Difference Day will be the culmination of the festival and will highlight the purpose of inspiring “positive change”. 

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01.10.12 7:47 am

DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT + MORE

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Glenorchy’s Biennial Festival of Art and Community Launches


30.09.12 9:35 am

The 2012 Works Festival, Glenorchy’s award winning biennial festival of arts and community has released details of its upcoming November Festival with a relaunched website. In launching the new site , Glenorchy Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee member and Festival spokesperson Alderman Chris Lucas spoke about a number of highlights from across the four day program.

Read the rest of the Media Release here

All about the festival here

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Moonah Arts Centre’s Friday Night Concert Series

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
27.09.12 7:58 am

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The recently formed Hobart Jazz Octet, will premiere their Ebony and Ivory tribute to big band leader, Duke Ellington as part of the Centre’s popular Friday Night Concert series.

A genius for instrumental combinations, improvisation, and jazz arranging which brought the world the unique “Ellington” sound, The Duke, is considered by many to be America’s greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist

Recently formed by Aly Patmore the Hobart Jazz Octet is a collective of professional musicians interested in taking the small ensemble form to a new level, spirit and energy. The Duke Ellington ‘Ebony and Ivory’ project is the catalyst on a rolling sea of opportunity, creativity and expands on ideas of original compositional works and arrangements in styles previously perfected by world class musicians.

The Hobart Jazz Octet will play songs and arrangements by the great man himself and his loyal instrumentalists and co-writers ie Billy Strayhorn, Juan Tizol, Cootie Williams and Johnny Hodges. These blues-based melodies, are some of the finest creations in big band and vocal jazz.

The Hobart Jazz Octet is
Alyson Patmore - Vocals/Arrangements
Paul Smith - Trumpet
Danny Healy - Saxophones
Alistar Dobson- Saxophones
Donald Bate - Trombone
Kelly Ottaway - Piano
Oscar Neyland - Bass
Matthew Ives - Drums

Hobart Jazz Octet
Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 65 Hopkins St.  Moonah
When: Friday 28th September  
Times: Doors open from 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Entry by Gold Coin Donation
For media inquiries: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Michael McLaughlin
Community Cultural Development Officer
Glenorchy City Council

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Despard:  ‘Synchronicity, Matthew Harding sculpture, Meg Jenkins paintings

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
26.09.12 8:30 pm

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‘Synchronicity’
  Matthew Harding sculpture  
        Meg Jenkins paintings

  Opens this Thursday the 27th September from 6 pm

Matthew Harding is a significant sculptural artist whose work is held in major collections nationally and internationally – in Tasmania most people are familiar with his work without knowing it, thousands have walked through it… the mirrored polished stainless steel entry for MONA - commissioned from Matthew for MONA, through Melbourne based architects Fender Katsalidas.

Matthew’s art has been exhibited widely in exhibitions in Australia, London, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States. He has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards including ‘People Choice Award’ McClelland National Sculpture Survey, 2010; the ‘Helen Lempriere Scholarship’, Sculpture by the Sea, 2010; Rosalie Gascoigne Award, 2005; ‘Popular Choice Award’ for the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, ‘First Prize’ in the Inaugural ‘Outside’ site-specific Sculpture Symposium, Alice Springs, NT, 2001 and, in 1998, Matthew was a recipient of the Churchill Fellowship.

This will be Matthew’s first show in Tasmania- he has titled the new sculptures. ’ Intersection ‘

Meg Jenkins is a Hobart based artist whose paintings have morphed from flesh toned figurative imagery in the late 90’s - to the present work with hard edged abstracted forms. Vibrant fluro orange, yellow and white float over matt black grounds on canvas, her work is in numerous private and corporate collections including Art Bank (8) with numerous architects and designers among her followers.

The title for her new body of work is ‘Tyburn Gallows’, many of us are familiar with the childhood nursery rhyme Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement’s…The wallpaper in Meg’s bedroom as a child, was illustrated with images of 18Th c English scenes of the Tyburn Gallows, this centre for public execution was viewed as family entertainment of the day, subliminal influences of this dark nursery rhyme have permiated through Jenkins ouvre, her leaning toward ‘The Dark side’ is illustrated in a world of shadows and architectural forms that are compelling beyond their initial viewing- the collection being exhibited is titled appropriately;

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                ‘Tyburn Gallows’

      http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/sync.html

             
Steven Joyce
Director
Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
http://www.despard-gallery.com.au
ph +61 3 62238266
fax +61 3 62236496

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The Man Across The Street

Paula Xiberras
25.09.12 7:53 am

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We know amber as a mineral that was used as a healing agent in folk medicine, and in a way that attribute of healing agent can be observed in country music singer Amber Lawrence who I had the privilege of speaking to recently. Amber is hoping to visit Tasmania next year in her role as entertainer but she remembers visiting 10 years ago and the beautiful scenery of the triumphant boats on the waterfront from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. It seems fitting as Amber’s own life has had its triumphs and trials and she has had the ability to get up and try again when necessary. Perhaps that is why she naturally felt closeness to those with a competitive spirit such as the children of the Special Olympics for whom she is a special ambassador and has written and performed the theme song for the games later this year. Her song is called ‘Try’ and was co-written with Drew McAlister and Tamara Stewart.


Amber calls the young special Olympians ‘awesome kids’ and ‘amazing’. Naturally,the song is naturally positive and Amber hopes it will connect with the wider population.


Amber isn’t your natural country singer, for one thing she is a city girl from inner city Sydney and often hears the planes flying over her house, fitting in a way, as this young lady was once a high flying chartered accountant for Qantas!

Amber walked down the country path when her singing teacher encouraged her to try something different, a genre that she previously had not explored and so it came to be that Amber became one of Australia’s next biggest country success stories.


In fact Amber wasn’t even musically inclined until she was presented with a guitar at 22 by her then boyfriend,  with whom she later parted company, but he left her with this wonderful musical gift.


Amber was on the receiving line of perhaps the greatest gift very early on in life, in fact when she was a baby. Amber had somehow stumbled through an opening in her house gate and on to the road. It was the quick action of the man sitting on his porch across the street running across to rescue her. This event is now immortalised in her song co-written with Colin Buchanan and titled ‘The Man Across the Street’.


Amber would later learn this man was a Vietnam veteran and the song is in part a tribute to him and his colleagues in all conflicts that risk their lives to protect us on a macro level as well as the sacrifice demonstrated by this particular individual man on the micro level who saved Amber’s life.

 
Amber’s album her third, is suitably called ‘3’  and is out now.

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MONA: Yannick Demmerle

Delia Nichols, Research Curator, MONA
25.09.12 7:37 am

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Yannick Demmerle has been our resident artist for the past eight months and has produced 10 large-scale drawings in pencil.

They are intense, powerful and beautiful. He used to photograph the Tasmanian wilderness but found his images did not express the mysteries he found. The drawings reveal his mysteries.

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