songs for albert – flow

In 2013 Domenico de Clario spent some months as artist-in-residence at Adelaide’s Flinders University researching Albert Namatjira’s life in order to prepare his contribution to a project titled ‘crystal palace’, which was to be presented at the Flinders University Gallery later that year. During that residency Dom became aware that Albert had been a lover of American popular music of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, especially the songs interpreted by singers and musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Billy Eckstine, Nat Cole, Lena Horne and composers such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and so on. He had also been a great lover of slow dancing as well as an able exponent of that art, but was never able to participate in social events because of the segregation policies that the organizers of such events had adopted at the time.
These popular ballads (from the late Latin ‘ballare’, or songs to dance to) embody the wistful and romantic musical space of a narrative poem, which Albert so enjoyed. The lyrics describe lived experience as the poetics of heart while the accompanying melody underlines and supports the narratives of the song’s emotion; the whole is then embodied, by those moved enough to do so, through the art of dance.
In the presentation of these songs the beats and chords of the accompanying keyboard and guitar are slowed very considerably in order to better reveal the lyrics’ poetics. In so doing the songs gradually become a single seamless narrative, one continuous lyric and one unbroken melody.
This performance has previously been presented at the University of Newcastle; the MPavilion for Melbourne’s White Night celebrations; the Fremantle High Tide Biennale; the Melaka Art and Performance Festival in Malaysia and at MIM in Mildura. Each performance is unique and is presented in collaboration with various other musicians and dancers. For this performance, Domenico is delighted to collaborate with renowned guitarist Matthew Fagan in this presentation of songs for albert.
Event: SONGS FOR ALBERT Domenico de clario + matthew fagan
When: Friday 9 March, 2018 8:00pm
Where: Museum of Innocence, 31-33 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
Cost: FREE Contact: Domenico de Clario 0448 102 000 Arts Mildura: Rach Kerrigan (03) 5022 9542 info@artsmildura.com.au
local + fluent
a celebration of spirited music and performance
presented by arts mildura
8-9-10 March 2018
museum of innocence, 31-33 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
SONGS FOR ALBERT Domenico de Clario + Matthew Fagan Friday 9 March, 2018 8:00pm

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songs for albert

gypsy fire – flow

Starring 10 String Guitarist Matthew Fagan aka Lord of the Strings & Amazing Czech violinist Romana Geermans, Gypsy Fire is a captivating live show performed with passion, renewed vigour and virtuosity.
Their program features Gypsy Swing Jazz, Eastern European gypsy and Classical Music of Vivaldi and O’Carolan’s Celtic harp and lute music arranged for guitar and violin. The duo also share music composed from their profound musical partnership formed in Australia including original Celtic and Flamenco Music from Matthew’s successful CD Indigo Moon, which still receives regular airplay on ABC FM.
Gypsy Fire was founded by Matthew in 1997and pioneered Gypsy Jazz in Australia with fiery performances at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, national touring at major arts centres and more.
Romana Geermans from Prague, twice won the prestigious Kocian International violin competition and atage 15 toured with the renowned Czechoslovak Chamber Orchestra for 7 years.Romana has toured extensively in Australia with orchestras, Jazz, Pop & country groups and was in the original line up of Gypsy Fire and features on Matthew Fagan’s CD Indigo Moon with the Atlantis Chamber Orchestra.
Internationally acclaimed performer Matthew Fagan is one of Australia’s most engaging, versatile, fluent and imaginative musicians. Matthew has toured with international celebrities including Natalie Cole, The Original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Shirley Bassey and Michael Crawford. A tour de force not to be missed!
Event: GYPSY FIRE: matthew fagan + romana geermans Gypsy Swing Jazz, Eastern European gypsy and Classical European music
When: Saturday 10 March, 2018 8:00pm start
Where: Museum of Innocence, 31-33 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
Cost: Prebooked: Adult $25 – Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $50, U16 $10, U3 Free. Online: https://gypsyfiremildura.eventbrite.com At the Door: Extra $5, with door sales subject to availability
Contact: Kellie Grattidge, Publicist Danza Productions 0438 881 985 Arts Mildura: Rach Kerrigan (03) 5022 9542 info@artsmildura.com.au
local + fluent
a celebration of spirited music and performance
presented by arts mildura
8-9-10 March 2018
museum of innocence, 31-33 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
GYPSY FIRE Matthew Fagan + Romana Geermans Gypsy Swing Jazz, Eastern European gypsy and Classical European repertoire Saturday 10 March, 2018 8:00pm

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flow

This special event on International Women’s day is a collaboration of 5 women and includes the official launch of local Wentworth-based composer, Merrilyn Air’s new CD “Flow”. A portion of funds raised from CD sales will be donated to Chances for Children. “FLOW” will commence with a deep-listening meditation led by Bianca Spooner, a HÜMÜH Clear Mind Buddhist monk who was born and raised in Sunraysia. This meditation aims to quiet the mind and body, allowing a greater focus and mindfulness free from mental distraction. The program will continue to unfold with a live performance by multi-instrumentalist Merrilyn Air supported by guest musicians, with a backdrop of projected images and video footage assembled by local visual artists Jennifer Matthews (“Terraforma”, a video production based on acrylic paintings and moulded glass artworks) and Jacquelyn Klose (“Water transpose Mirror – Summer Triangle”, a video installation exploring themes of polarized landscapes inspired by relocation from ocean and coastline to desert, red earth, salt lakes and inland sea). The whole evening will be a celebration of flow
Merrilyn’s album “FLOW” was inspired by ambient sounds of Australian waterways set to deeply calming and relaxing musical textures. 18 months in the making, “FLOW” is a high quality musical artwork, coloured as an artist would paint, with rich musical layers. The CD “Flow” will be available for sale at the end of the performance, with $5 from every CD sold being donated to local charity Chances for Children.
Event: FLOW: music, meditation and imagery A celebration of International Women’s Day
When: Thursday 8 March, 2018 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start
Where: Museum of Innocence, 31-33 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
Cost: FREE event Contact: FLOW Jennifer Gadsden 0423 021 880 or Merrilyn Air 0402 405 144

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local + fluent + flow

local + fluent is a series of spirited music and performance events presented by Arts Mildura in the museum of innocence through March 8-10 2018.
Local + fluent opens on Thursday 8 March with FLOW: music, meditation and imagery, a collaboration of 5 women to coincide with International Women’s Day and includes the official launch of local Wentworth-based composer, Merrilyn Air’s new CD “Flow”. A portion of funds raised from CD sales will be donated to Chances for Children. This event features Merrilyn Air, Bianca Spooner, Jennifer Gadsden, Jennifer Matthews and Jacquelyn Klose.
The music continues on Friday 9 March when Domenico de Clario and Matthew Fagan
present Songs for Albert, inspired by Albert Namatjira’s love of American popular music of the 1930s, 40’s and 50’s, especially the songs interpreted by singers and musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington. In the presentation of these songs the beats and chords of the accompanying keyboard and guitar are slowed considerably to better reveal the lyrics poetics.

The final performance in the local + fluent series features Gypsy Fire, with highly-acclaimed guitarist Matthew Fagan and amazing Czech violinist, Romana Geermans performing Gypsy Swing Jazz, Eastern European gypsy music, celtic, flamenco and Classical European repertoire. The duo also share music composed from their profound musical partnership formed in Australia and featured on Matthew’s successful CD Indigo Moon, which still receives regular airplay on ABC FM.
Through co-ordinating these events Arts Mildura seeks to encourage local artists to perform a wide range of music to local audiences as well as to collaborate with visiting artists of note. This is the first of such events to be presented by Arts Mildura and we look forward to continuing to support local artists and their collaborations with visiting performers in the future.
Events: local + fluent
When: Thursday 8 March – Saturday 10 March, 2018 8:00pm start for each event
Where: Museum of Innocence, 31-33 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
Cost: FLOW: Free Event
SONGS FOR ALBERT: Free Event
GYPSY FIRE: Prebooked: Adult $25 – Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $50, U16 $10, U3 Free. Online: https://gypsyfiremildura.eventbrite.com/ At the Door: Extra $5, with door sales subject to availability

a june reminiscence

“Mildura?  That’s where I want to go!” Thus was the decision made by Sharon Jewell to ride to Mildura, and more specifically to the Museum of Innocence, one of the most recent additions to Mildura’s thriving arts landscape.

Thus the bikes were acquired, accoutrements assembled, and along with her cycling partner for the adventure, Lawrence Fisher,  Sharon set out from Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, on a chilly winter morning in June, to pedal northwest the 630 kilometres to the semi-desert oasis that is our town.

The impressions and reminiscences of cycling up the Sunraysia Highway for 8 days and 7 nights was the theme of Saturday evening’s ‘in conversation’ at the Museum of Innocence (aka MIM), which now occupies the Deakin Avenue building most locals would recall as the former ADFA building.

Sharon, petite and vivacious, and an avid cyclist, enthusiastically shared the experience of the journey.  One particular vignette that one could not help but come away with, was the way in which at the end of each day’s travel, she would set about ‘making her roadside kitchen.’  This consisted of setting up an appropriate space to use the lightweight portable cook pot, powered by methylated spirit, used to prepare meals along the way.  In fact, this was also the first thing she built when she got to MIM. Those of us who came along for the chat were greeted by the marvellous aroma of the food she had prepared for us to sample on the night.  And it was delicious, “couscous with Persian herbs,” she proudly informed us as she passed plates around!

As the conversation flowed, chaired by MIM director, Domenico de Clario, Lawrence, a quietly spoken sculptor and landscape artist, also shared his impressions of this close up experience of the landscape through which they travelled.   Conversation guests shared similar anecdotes of cycling, walking, and canoeing; agreeing that passing through the land in these ways allows one to experience it on a much deeper level.

Sitting in that old building on a chilly Mallee night, a building which can be bitterly cold in the winter, stiflingly hot in the summer; I reflected on how cosy and inviting it was that at that moment.  The twigs of Sharon’s ‘oven shrine’ which twined up to the ceiling, held in place by tape, broke up the museum’s expanse of space in a pleasing way.  The lights of the multi-coloured neon tubes were reflected in the floor, the windows and the faces of the occasional curious passer-by who peered in, no doubt wondering what on earth was going on inside!  “Come in!”  I felt like saying to them, “you don’t know what you’re missing!” Sharon’s trusty and beloved bike was there for us to see, and definitely exuded a silent, but significant presence.  Quite rightly so of course!

Visit Sharon’s website to view her work https://www.sharonjewell.net/

 

invitation to the bridge

the museum of innocence mildura (MIM) is located in the former ADFA building (the australian dried fruits association) in central mildura.
it’s home for arts mildura and gallery F, an artists’ run exhibition and performance space.
MIM proposes an approach to contemporary practice that’s inclusive, interdisciplinary and community-focused.
it invites artists, writers, musicians, dancers, scientists and mathematicians to come to mildura for a period and to share their insights, discoveries and outcomes with local artists and the mildura community.
MIM suggests that its tabula rasa approach to knowing and feeling can most effectively bridge whatever gaps may exist between those engaged in creative thinking and acting and those who consider themselves onlookers.
the distance between the lived experience of each may be far more minute than either can imagine.
MIM’s intention is to dissolve the boundaries that define that gap and populate them with members of all communities.

(Image: Construction of span bridge Mildura 1927.  Image from Public Record Office Victoria,, VPRS 12800 P7,C/0712)

why ‘innocence’?

Imagine a space where a person comes to ‘be’ artist, to ‘play’ as an innocent plays: without a ‘plan’, without preconceived ideas of what ‘art’ is or ‘should be’; perhaps  even without predetermined ideas of what a particular object or medium is, or the function it usually performs, or the way it is usually used.  Where the person as artist, is free to explore, experiment, be free of boundaries.

The Latin term ‘tabula rasa’, (somewhat taken over by the behavioural sciences), is represented by ‘innocence’, here at mim, where it is used in its literal sense and that is : ‘a blank slate’, an empty page/canvas/space, waiting to be populated.

What an irresistible prospect for any artist!

invitation to the bridge

southern hemisphere summer solstice

dear friends

you are invited to spend 5, 50 or 500 minutes at the museum of
innocence through the evening of december 21, on the night of the 2017
southern hemisphere summer solstice.
the offering of very quiet keyboard and voice begins at 8.37 pm
(sunset) and extends through the night and beyond the solstice moment
(10.13 pm).

this night marks the beginning of the planet’s journey through
increasing darkness for those of us who live in the southern
hemisphere and towards increasing light for those who inhabit the
northern hemisphere.

this time together sitting quietly in mim simply marks an
acknowledgement of such moments, as they offer opportunities for
reflection, re-definition and the re-calibration of the lives of both
our individual selves and those of the communities we live in.

the sounds that manifest through mim demand nothing from the listener
other than the mindful contemplation of what unfolds and the
willingness to sit quietly as it does.

it’s not the appropriate context to hold conversations or engage in
distracting behaviour.
it is the right context to maintain a respectful silence and to open
ears and heart.

if experiencing this quiet space appeals to you then please come along
and maintain your mindful presence in it for as long as serves your
purpose through thursday evening.

there is no cost and you may bring a drink with you, modest in
quantity and in alcoholic content.

i look forward to your company on thursday evening.

if this interests you please disseminate this invitation to your
circle of friends

domenico

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