Saturday, July 11th, 2015
St Ethelburga's: Cronshaw, Aleksanyan, Blake
London EC2N 4AG
Some info via the site of Funi, the duo of Bára Grímsdottir and Chris Foster:
Tradition for Tomorrow, held in Akureyri, Iceland in 2014, was a feast of the finest folk and roots music artists from all the Nordik countries, from Finland to Greenland and northern Norway to the south of Denmark, as well as some from the British Isles.
We are delighted that the festival director, our good friend Guðrún Ingimundardóttir at Þjóðlist / Folk Arts, has invited us to join the team working on next year's festival which will now be called VAKA: an old Icelandic word meaning celebration. The programme will include a mouthwatering mix of concerts, workshops, meet the artist sessions and very importantly of course, open sessions where you can play and sing to your hearts delight. Planning is already well underway and an exciting line-up of great artists from across Scandinavia and the British Isles is being put together.
Four-part acapella. Probably Palestrina to Pärt.
Zoey plays 'The River Daughter' in a concert given by the New Zealand Double Reed Festival.
HERITAGE FESTIVAL EVENT: National Trust Open Day
Sun 12 April: 10am–3pm
Discover Mugga-Mugga, a shepherd's cottage once part of Duntroon Estate, at the Heritage Festival Open Day. Come along and see this reminder of Canberra's rural past and gain an insight into the housing and way of life of nineteenth and early twentieth century rural workers. You can tour the cottage and learn about its history and that of its occupants, including the Curley family who lived there from 1913 to 1995. You can also take part in various fun activities, enjoy live entertainment and refreshments. In partnership with the National Trust of Australia (ACT), with support from ACT Heritage.
Gold coin donation, enquiries via the National Trust on 6230 0533
The show on Friday 3rd is at the Trocadero.
On Sunday 5th we're at the Lyric at 8pm, and on Monday 6th we play at the Marquee at 5.
A sort of mini festival peppered with pollies of all persuasions: gets them out of the House into a subtly boho neighbourhood not too far from the parliamentary triangle.
That special day. The one day of the year, our Prime Minister concedes, when it's good to be green. You may have seen the tie-flourishing video.
Before the Tafelmusik concert, I'll be playing outside in the courtyard of the School of Music. Since they'll be doing Baroque chamber music inside, I thought I'd play some contemporary dance music out there. So, Playford's 'English Dancing Master' plus some traditional dance tunes are on the menu.
From a single line to a thirteen-part wall of sound: Renaissance vocal music in a post-industrial, cathedral-like acoustic.
An open rehearsal for next week's show at the Fitters' Workshop
A taster for the Fitters' Workshop 'Music by Numbers' concert on the 22nd.
Canberra's Parillax Trio plays new music for carillon, sax and percussion by Canberra composers.
My contribution, Blood Sugar Fairy, might have been the lonely lovechild of Arthur Lyman and Tchaikovsky.
Het quartet bestaat uit multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, de geweldige Finse zangeres Sanna Kurki-Suonio, rietspeler Ian Blake en Tigran Aleksanyan, meester in het bespelen van Armenie’s hartverscheurend voice-achtige instrument, de duduk. De bezetting van de band is uniek in de wereld.
SANS is een kwartet met een combinatie van instrumenten die nergens anders in de wereld bestaat. Ze gaan verder op hun verschillende, maar onverwachts toch compatibele tradities. Ze brengen een unieke mix van de Karelische liederen die later de Finse Kalevala werden en de bewegende melodieën van Armeense en Engelse folk. Ze slagen erin om met deze combinatie een nieuwe soort muziek te creëren die buitengewoon mooi is. Elke performance van SANS is weer een nieuwe creatie.
Een aards concert met hemelse klanken!
SANS brengt een unieke mix van instrumenten, elk geworteld in eigen tradities: oude liederen uit Karelia (een regio in pre-Finland), Armeense melodieën en uiteraard Engelse folksongs. Elke performance is bij SANS een nieuwe creatie, een unieke ervaring.
Had a lot of fun doing sound design for this show. It's on until October 12th.
Just me wandering around playing nice traditional tunes. I'll go and get some antlers this arvo.
Performances on November 30th, December 1st and 2nd.
CC will be playing in the Country Club at 9pm on Friday 27th, and at Cranky Charlies' at 5pm on Saturday 28th.
Two shows on Sunday 29th: 1pm at the Lakeside and 5pm at the Settlers' Tavern.
Dance displays on Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 11am, Monday at 3.30pm on the Piazza, and a workshop in the Mallee on Sunday from 4 to 6pm.
The band will be fiddlers Lins Vellen and Lachlan Green plus IB on bass.
Yes folks, it's that time of the year again: silly hats and green beer a-go-go as CC plunges back into the celebratory groove with its unique blend of psychogoidelic balladmongering and driving diddley dharma lovingly drizzled with that bizzybuzzy rhythmhoney all the way from Bodhran Bay.
Revontulet is the Canberra-based Finnish dance company, off to Cowra for the Festival of International Understanding. This year, Finland is the guest nation.
I'll be playing bass along with fiddlers Lins Vellen and Lachlan Green.
Wander through the wondrous world of wordsmiths - the craft of Johnny Mercer, the sophisticated rhymes of Cole Porter, the surrealism of Lennon, the imagery of Dylan and Leonard Cohen, the storytelling delights of Eric Bogle and Paul Kelly, the imagination of Joni Mitchell, and much more. Waxing Lyrical is more Gilbert than Sullivan, more Hart than Rodgers and more Ira Gershwin than George.
Shortis, Simpson, Casey and the band have fun in this imaginative and informative, funny and moving show. Waxing Lyrical never wanes, it pours.
40 years ago, songwriter John Shortis grabbed up his first batch of songs and boldly knocked on the door of Rolf Harris' room at Sydney's Chevron Hotel. Rolf sat him down on the floor and gave him a songwriting lesson. Now Rolf mightn't be everyone's favourite songwriter but he is a great teacher, and from that day, Shortis developed a passion for the craft of lyric writing.
Brought to you by the team that gave you Tin Pan Aussie, Waxing Lyrical is a fascinating look at some of the world's great songs and songwriters, from the point of view of the lyrics. Shortis, himself no slouch when it comes to stringing together words in song, waxes lyrical with quirky and insightful tales of the inspiration and the perspiration that has given us songs of love and heartbreak, pain and joy, comedy and drama. The extraordinary Moya Simpson sings the songs, backed by a very hot band made up of cabaret artist and songwriter Peter J Casey, with Ian Blake, Jon Jones and Dave O'Neill. And Casey gets his turn to take on the topic in two guest spots.
Dust off your hat, polish your boots and get ready to kick up some dust. Bushdance is back with a fun night of dancing with men and women of all flavours.
There’s a bar, a bbq and a live band to lead you through those dances that you might remember from primary school – like Strip the Willow, The Waves of Bondi, crazy polkas and some more genteel promenades.
Have fun with your Bushdance outfit. It’s a night of singlets, jeans, chaps, check shirts, rhinestones, akubras, hats, boots and twirling dresses. Anything’s fine, but it does get hot in there. We suggest you don’t wear heels or open shoes – your feet will take a beating!
By the end of the night you’ll have danced with everyone, caught up with old friends, made some new ones and helped raise cash for the GLBTI community.
Bushdance is a community fundraiser co-ordinated by Pink Tennis - Canberra Gay and Lesbian Tennis Club.
The first UK appearance, indeed the first performance outside Finland, by a unique, dramatic new quartet comprising zither-playing multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, Armenian duduk master Tigran Aleksanyan, multi-instrumental reeds-player Ian Blake and the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, all of whom appear on Andrew's new album "The Unbroken Surface of Snow". For this special showcase event, a precursor to shows around the world in 2012 and onward, Sanna will be flying to London from her home in eastern Finland and Ian from his in Australia.
It's the second 'Womindra' - now known as the 'Origin Womindra World Music Festival'
Tulip Top Gardens – established in 1997 is a world class exhibition of half a million tulips and is open daily from 9.00am-5.00pm. The 10 acre garden of magnificent tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse with classical music wafting through the air in the hidden valley. Take the popular pathway past the rosemary field framed by unique blossom trees to our 70 metre high viewing platform for the perfect photo. '
That's what they say on their website and it's true! Great place.
... with Claude Delangle, performing works by Ian Blake, Tim Hansen, Toru Takemitsu, Luca Vanneschi, Benjamin Britten and Paula Matthusen.
from July 11th to the 17th.
Bite-sized pieces for voice, winds, electronica & electric guitar by Blake, Takemitsu, Lopez, Zipporyn and Heath.
Two shows: 3pm & 6pm Sunday 10 July 2011 featuring Miroslav Bukovsky, Nicole Canham, Karen Heath, Zoey Pepper, Carlos Lopez Charles and Niels Rosendahl.....with Markan.
My clarinet quartet gets another airing: this time at the Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival.
A performance of my musical for young players from MFE's Junior Music Theatre, directed by Dianna Nixon and Vanessa Nimmo.
There are shows on June 26 - 28.
Lost on an unknown island, Beth and Luis find a place at the Gathering of the Animals: a Wolf raises some awkward questions, but they're eventually welcomed in as part of the pattern of life.
CC returns to The Hellenic Club, which is lots of fun because they like dancing there. Even to us.
So we were chuffed, stoked and gruntled to be invited back: it's like the Land of a Thousand Dances down there in Woden, with those hep cats doing the Wa-Watusi to 'The Fields of Athenry' among other novel juxtapositions.
CC kicks off the Friday night Merry Muse concert at the Bellissimo.
One Common Thread:
A Vocal and Choral Concert Exploring the Musical World of Laments
On Wednesday evening 20th April there will be a very special concert of vocal and choral music that explores the fascinating world of musical laments. The expression of grief through singing is a connecting thread running through all cultures. This concert will feature four of Canberra’s finest singing groups and sets out to explore a diverse range of responses to expressions of loss through song.
The Pocket Score Company was formed to bring the beautiful but rarely-heard sound of the all-male vocal ensemble to Australian audiences. They sing music from medieval and renaissance times to the present. The choir Kompactus, directed by David Yardley, has acquired a reputation for its versatility and fresh performances.
The Australian Choral Society SCUNA consists of ANU students, alumni and staff, and members of the wider Canberra community and is directed by Jonathan Powles, a composer and head of Musicology in the ANU School of Music. In this concert, SCUNA presents the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Louise Page and Christina Wilson which promises to be a wonderful musical treat; FLOTSOM (folk lovers of the School of Music) World Music Choir will feature Scots Gaelic traditional singer from the Isle of Skye, Christine Primrose. Christine and the choir will sing some of the incredibly haunting ancient laments from the Highlands of Scotland including the stunningly beautiful song Griogal Cridhe (Beloved Gregor) written by his wife in 1570 after he was executed at Taymouth Castle in Perthshire.
This concert is part of a three-day intensive colloquium run by the International Council for Traditional Music and being held at the School of Music, ANU. The colloquium explores the musical expression of loss and bereavement and responses to it across a variety of cultures.
It's a day of things Irish at the NMA, celebrating the 'Not Just Ned' exhibition:
It's Harvest Festival time at Jeir Creek, and Cassidy's Ceili will be playing on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3 pm.
One of the nice things about Jeir Creek Wines is that the product immensely improves the way the music sounds.
And since we'll be playing selections from the relatively new and unspeakably celtalicious CD 'Sunday at Sandy's', it promises to be a tip-top weekend.
At the end of 1970, John Shortis gave up his primary school teaching job. When the holiday pay ran out in February ’71, he was on his own, earning what he could from his songs and his freelance script writing for ABC radio. Forty years later he’s still a full-time songwriter/musician, and he reckons it’s worth celebrating. 'Short Is the Song' is a fascinating trawl through the Shortis songwriting career from his humble first attempts at 13 to his current output. Joining him on this autobiographical journey are Moya Simpson (of course), plus Jeannie Lewis, Kerry-Ella MacAullay, Peter J Casey, Peter and Yanto Shortis (his twin sons- both great musicians), Mark Shortis (his guitarist brother), as well as the best band in the ACT- Ian Blake, Jon Jones and Dave O’Neill.
Show only 8.30pm, $28. Dinner and show 7pm, $61 (2 courses).
CC unplugged at a Crystal Clear Concert: an occasional series of events presented by Geoff Kell in the remarkable setting of Carey's Cave.
The Tulip was originally a wild flower, growing in Central Asia. It was first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1000 AD, The flower was introduced in Western Europe and the Netherlands in the 17th century by Carolus Clusius, a famous biologist from Vienna. In the 1590’s he became the director of the Hortus Botanicus, the oldest botanical garden of Europe, in Leiden. He was hired by the University of Leiden to research medicinal plants and, while doing so, he received some bulbs from his friend, Ogier de Busbecq, the Ambassador to Constantinople (presently Istanbul). He had seen the beautiful flower called the tulip, after the Turkish word for turban, growing in the palace gardens and sent a few to Clusius for his garden in Leiden. He planted them and this was the beginning of the amazing bulb fields we see today.
...and it's the Long Weekend, so of course you'll be able to attend: and when you're bored by bulbs, buy a brand-new album from Cassidy's Ceili. It's bonzer, boomer, ripper and grouse (as we say in Canberra) and I like it so much I have several.
It's the 'Womindra' world music festival.
Tulip Top Gardens: a family venture well deserving of your support. If you're thinking of going to Floriade, come here first!
Here's a snippet from their website:
Tulip Top Gardens – established in 1997 is a world class exhibition of half a million tulips and is open daily from 9.00am-5.00pm.
'The 10 acre garden of magnificent tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse with classical music wafting through the air in the hidden valley. Take the popular pathway past the rosemary field framed by unique blossom trees to our 70 metre high viewing platform for the perfect photo. '
Telephone: 02 6230 3077
Facsimile: 02 6230 3657
Now, there was this joke doing the rounds when I was a lad in Finchley: the punch line was 'Tulips from Hamster Jam' but I can't remember the story. Maybe it's just as well.
Another day, another saint...
Surround Sound: two choirs meet for some afternoon antiphony.
Music in stereo from Orazio Vecchi, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Nicholas Gombert, Michael Praetorius.
Plus Encina, Guerrero and something noisy from the Codex las Huelgas.