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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:33

Bernard Fanning: The Return Of The Rhythm

Bernard Fanning has fresh eyes on Australia. Relaxed and interesting, Fanning talks spiritedly about ‘Departures’, the follow-up solo album to 2005’s ‘Tea & Sympathy’. Rhythmic and buoyant, ‘Departures’ weaves Fanning’s talent for songwriting with his refocused state of mind.

"It's definitely way more energetic, and that was very much front of mind for me during the writing process. I wanted to write things that were a lot more upbeat and felt more like fun. The last time I wrote an album by myself, I was at the end of a 13 year relationship and that was fucking horrible.”

Spending time in Spain seems to have deepened Fanning’s interest in his craft, but he’s adamant the album developed carefully and wasn’t heavily influenced by one place.
"It's really hard to nail down exact inspirations. I'm somebody who writes by trial and error and persistence. Some people have those bolts of inspiration — that's happened to me like three times in my whole life.”

‘Departures’ took shape in a tiny apartment in Madrid, punctuated by an adventurous transition point in his life and delving back into the crowd.
“I went and listened and watched a lot of flamenco. Purely on a fan basis, going to gigs, being a punter, I loved it. It's blues, essentially. Latin blues. But it's got more technique. It's got all the rawness of blues but all this technique and structure to it.”

After soaking in Spain, Fanning headed solo to Los Angeles where ‘Departures’ came together with the aid of session artists.

“A session musician is by definition a muso-to-rent,” he says. “They're recording professionals and they bring this whole different bag of influences with them.”
‘Departures’ feels free and the use of the synth creates a wonderful momentum.

"Part of the reason I went on my own was to play with people I hadn't met before,” Fanning says. “If you're in a band there are certain things people will and won't do and you become used to that. And they become kind of parameters around your work. If you're with people you don't know, you can ask anything of them.”

There are times when his new material showcases a soaring falsetto, which he denies is new.

“Because I've been making records for a long time some people think of 'My Happiness' and 'On My Mind' and that's what they think Powderfinger is or was, but there was a lot that came before that.”

Fanning and his family have since returned to Australia for his upcoming national tour, which already has several sold out shows, as well as this year’s Splendour In The Grass. His popularity definitely hasn’t waned in his absence and he seems animated and enthusiastic to share his music again. Without the bells and whistles of the Powderfinger extravaganza, Fanning plans to bring the music to a more intimate crowd.

"I haven't looked this forward to touring in a really, really long time. With Powderfinger, from about ‘Odyssey 5’ onwards, it just got bigger and bigger and turned into this massive machine,” he says.

Having enjoyed the rollercoaster ride that was Powderfinger, Fanning now talks easily about the power music can have for delivering a message.
"I don't see any reason not to have a song solely about politics or a political film that's trying to say something about the nature of society, because isn't that what most art is trying to say anyway?”

But he’s a musician first and foremost, and when it comes to song selection, he prefers to be democratic — if a song doesn’t match up musically, it won’t make it to the album.

"I don't have any one message or agenda. In the past, especially in the Powderfinger context, I wrote songs that occasionally had a kind of political bent on them, or political message. Those songs surfaced and became known because they were songs that were good enough to get on to the record.”

The energy is palpable on ‘Departures’ and Fanning has created a work highlighting his shift in circumstance and outlook. At the base of it, Fanning hopes listeners can see the transition for what it is and not be put off by the seemingly abrupt change in direction.

"Friends of mine when they first listened were a little bit confronted by it,” he says. “I think they were looking for the mid-slow tempo depressing stuff that people probably associate with me. And that is the exact reason I didn't want to do that. I don't want to have just one stamp on me. I want to be able to try and explore and try and have an adventurous, creative life.”

‘Departures’ is out now. Bernard Fanning plays Nambour Civic Centre July 14, Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, July 16 and The Tivoli July 18 & 20 and The Arts Centre Gold Coast July 19 plus Splendour In The Grass July 26-28.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 02:53

Bobby Alu: Rhythm Trance

Polynesian singer/ songwriter, Bobby Alu, is set to play at the largest international live music event in the world, Fête de la Musique.

“We're going to bring some of the Island flavour to them all," Bobby says. "We're just going to put up some palm trees and try to slow down people's minds for a moment. We're in the studio at the moment, so we'll showcase some of the [new] songs. We've been locked up in the studio to be able to deliver these songs live. That's pretty much why we really wanted to do the gig."
Bobby started his musical career as a drummer, touring with bands around the globe. But the last two years have seen him focus on soul singing.

"Doing both of them increases my love for the other. I love being able to communicate through voice and song ... to have the opportunity to do that is a good release for me. Drumming has always been there, I've always played and it's such a good feeling, because it's so physical. It's just a good feeling to get into rhythm trances and deliver some craziness. I love singing when I don't feel like lugging around the drum kit."

Bobby's music is a cohesive blend of Island soul, Afro rhythms, pop and smooth harmony.

"It's kind of like sitting in a hammock with a coconut, that's how I would describe it."

Bobby says a lot of his music is influenced by the artists he used to listen to as a kid.

"I listened to a lot of Bob Marley because my uncles would just slam it while I was a kid. As I went to high school I started branching out a bit more, listening to more old soul like Marvin Gaye. Then obviously branching out some more with New Zealand reggae. I've explored a lot of genres. It seems to be the ones that I listened to as a kid that shine through in the music."

Fête De La Musique Brisbane takes place Friday June 21. fetedelamusiquebrisbane.com.au
Published in Reggae/ Roots
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 02:27

World Press Photo: Snapped

The World Press Photo exhibition is known for its heart-wrenching and breathtaking images. This year’s collection, currently on display at the Brisbane Powerhouse, is no exception.

The 54 winning photographers were narrowed down from more than 5,600 entrants from all over the world. Two Australians are among the winners. New Delhi-based Daniel Berehulak (who’s from Sydney) placed third in the General News category for his series ‘Japan After The Wave’, which captures the devastation of northeastern Japan one year after the March 2011 tsunami. Singapore-based Queenslander Chris McGrath came third in the Sports Action category. His photos ‘London 2012 - An Overview’ give a bird’s-eye view of the action at the 2012 London Olympics. Chris gives us an insight into his own work as well as the other World Press Photo entrants.

How long have you been a photographer?
Sixteen years.

Was it what you always wanted to do?
No, originally I wanted to be a wildlife ranger. I was part of a group of volunteers who looked after injured wildlife and it was during this period that I started thinking about becoming a wildlife photographer; I was about 13 or 14. However, I didn’t do much about it until the last few months of high school when I decided to change direction. I turned down my college position in a natural systems and wildlife management course to become a photographer and everything went from there.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The best thing about working for Getty Images is it’s all about pictures. They put a huge emphasis on simply great pictures. So as a photographer we get the freedom to pursue our ideas and freedom to fulfill and explore projects that we want to do. On top of that, I love travelling and that is a major part of my job. Photography has always been something I have done and I am lucky enough to get paid to do it. The worst part of my job I think would have to be the hours you work. I have no roster and can work weeks on end for long hours away from home. It can take its toll on you and it’s not for everyone.

There was some controversy over Paul Hansen’s winning photograph [four grieving men carrying two dead children through the streets in Gaza City] in this year’s competition, with some claiming it was a fake. What are your thoughts on that furore?
This sort of scrutiny happens from time to time during or after the announcement of a big award. The image was checked and studied by independent researchers and by World Press Photo, and the results were that it fell inside the guidelines of what was acceptable toning, and I think that should be enough to put the issue to bed.

Do you alter your images? Where do you draw the line when it comes to retouching etc?
No I do not — in editorial/ photojournalism and transmitting pictures for the news wire, I am bound by photojournalism ethics and at Getty Images we have a strict policy on photo retouching and manipulation. I adhere to the idea of using basic darkroom techniques only — cropping, color correction and darkening and lightning. Working for a wire service means that transmitting pictures quickly is key, sometimes within minutes of an event. I don't have time to spend messing around with the pictures.

Overall do you think the accessibility of photography (digital, smartphones, social media etc.) is a positive or negative thing?
The rise of digital and social media, along with the democratisation of technology, is generally a positive thing. For example, I think the use of visual elements and the volume of imagery being used by online publications is a good thing. However, the freedom with which images can be shared and published around the internet poses potential problems when it comes to the protection of photographers’ copyright and, consequently, the ability for them to be compensated for their work. With the ease of copying and sharing visual content, there is a misconception that images online are free and I think this is a dangerous practice for our industry. For photographers [along with filmmakers, illustrators and musicians], the ability to earn an income from the licensing and distribution of their original content is key to living a creative life, and to sustaining a thriving creative community.

How did you get the bird’s eye view of the Olympics – were you suspended from the roof?
For the London Olympics we were unable to have photographers shoot from the overhead roof angle as we had during previous Olympics. This was due to workplace health and safety restrictions and also because many of the stadium designs had no catwalks. To get around this, Getty Images decided to use robotic remote cameras to shoot overhead images, and formed a team of photographers to work on the design and building of these specialist units, in collaboration with Canon and Camera Corps. My portfolio of pictures from the Olympics was all shot using these robotic remote cameras mounted directly over the field of play. I controlled the cameras remotely via a computer and controller that allowed me to see exactly what the viewfinder was seeing and control all the camera functions. I would shoot and control the camera from a location somewhere in the stadium, sometimes up to a 100 feet away. The cameras were able to move in all directions and zoom in and out, allowing me complete control over the composition and style of photograph I was trying to achieve.
 
Do you have a favourite photograph?
I don’t have one favorite image. Sometimes my favorite images are those that were difficult to shoot. They might not be the most amazing image but they have a good memory/ story behind them and that makes them special for me. In regards to other photographers work, I wouldn't say I have one favorite, it’s more about the series or body of work. There are many great photographers that inspire me: Daido Moriyama, Trent Parke, Jon Lowenstein, and of course James Nachtwey and Sebastian Salgado. The list goes on, far too many to name.

Do you ever think about packing it in and doing weddings?
No, never! I have never shot a wedding, and don’t plan on it!

The World Press Photo Exhibition runs at The Brisbane Powerhouse until Sunday June 23. And it’s free.

Published in Art/ Photography
Sunday, 09 June 2013 06:43

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Published in Flipbook
Sunday, 09 June 2013 04:33

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Published in Flipbook
Saturday, 08 June 2013 12:02

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Published in Flipbook
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 17:24

Australian Burlesque Festival Tickets

The Australian Burlesque Festival 2013 will tour the nation throughout the month of June, showcasing classic glamour, exciting neo-burlesque and sizzling striptease.

The festival will roll into Brisbane for one night only, and promises to ruffle some feathers with a night like no other!

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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:58

Lady Rizo: Cabaret In Preview

A performer that is bringing a packed suitcase full of glitter, gowns and false eyelashes, Lady Rizo is prepared and ready to dazzle Brisbane audiences.

If you've even felt like hearing Nirvana, David Bowie or Lady Gaga revisited with a cabaret twist and some New York sass — then this is your chance. As a multi-award-winning artist, Lady Rizo has collaborated with Moby and won a Grammy Award with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and is now taking her show global and according to Lady Rizo, audiences should prepare themselves for a night of glamour, comedy and heart-felt songs.

Describe your show in 5 words?
Divine, Dirty, Glamorous, Luscious, Invigorating.
What is your show all about? The show thrusts the image of a chanteuse from a bygone era — decked out in her sparkly gown and chandelier earrings — into the 21st century with killer songs and hilarious audience interactions.

How do you feel being up on stage?
Are you completely your Lady Rizo persona or is it the real you up there?
I love the stage and have been performing since I was three. I do believe my purpose on this earth is to highlight the glorious intersection between entertainment and art. Lady Rizo is a fully embodied creature now — she is president of the show and Amelia as the VP sneaks in for a statement or song intermittently.

How did you end up doing cabaret?
I always sang, acted and danced (triple threat!) but musical theatre never felt like home. For a while I worked regionally in classical theatre and sang for fun on the side. Somewhere along the road trip while moving to New York City I decided to start actually calling myself a singer as opposed to an actress who sang. I immediately became a better singer. When I arrived to New York I started a show with my sister inspired by the burgeoning neo-burlesque scene. She is a professional modern dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group and we melded our talents and made a 'caburlesque' extravaganza that enjoyed immediate cult success. Lady Rizo was born.

And how do you choose the songs and material for your shows as it's such an eclectic array of styles?
I choose my material in myriad ways, though the most important aspect is that I WANT to perform it. Sometimes I get an idea for a funny framing or twist to a popular song or a deeper interpretation (like the despair under the Bacharach pop song 'Wishin & Hopin') or a good musical mash-up. Sometimes it’s a standard that I'd like to tackle or my own original songs which I'm performing more and more of.
What is the craziest thing you've done on stage? I do crazy things in every show. I've done a headstand in an audience member's lap and just last week I did a full-on boob smooch with a gal who I brought behind my shadow screen. That's the first person who has taken off their clothes for me in that bit.

Who is the person you'd love to collaborate with or work with next?
I'd love to do something on film that captures this cabaret and burlesque world I've been traipsing around in. I just reconnected with the gorgeous Baz Luhrmann at a NY ‘The Great Gatsby’ premiere. He saw a show of mine a few years back and was so lovely, came backstage and told me I had fulfilled a long dream he had of seeing an iconic performer at the beginning of their career. It was perhaps one of the sweetest things that anyone had ever said to me. I didn't get to tell him at the premiere but I know Australia is actually quite tiny so please let Mr. Luhrmann know I'm ready for my close-up.

If you had a dinner party of 6 guests — who would you invite?
I feel like that answer would change every day but if it were tonight it would be: Lena Dunham, Mel Brooks, Maya Angelou, Meryl Streep, Oliver Sacks and Janelle Monae.

Are there any behind-the-scenes stories that are weird/ crazy/ funny/ unbelievable that you can share with us?
None that I can share :)

What should an audience expect?
To be taken on a date, to be seduced by humour, sequins and song. All this while being secretly challenged to join together to become braver, more joyous and more expressive in all aspects of life.

And anything else that we should know?
Bring extra money for a martini. For you — or for me!

Lady Rizo performs at the Brisbane Powerhouse for one night only on Wednesday June 19.

Published in Cabaret
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:55

Ballet Revolution: Dance In Preview

The question is — what happens when some of the most talented dancers in the world get together to perform to the infectious rhythms of Latin-America and hits from Usher, Shakira, Beyonce, Prince and J-Lo?

‘Ballet Revolución’ is the result — a show that combines the dynamics of contemporary dance, ballet, street dance and hip hop. Expect an explosive, intensive, sensual and impressively athletic performance, full of raw energy with a distinctly Cuban flavour and features lead dancer, Odeymis Torres Perez.

Describe the show in 5 words?
Emotion, feeling, happiness, ferocity and explosion.

What role do you play?
My role in the show is just that I am one of the more experienced dancers because of my age and my journey through dance. In Cuba I was First Ballerina in the Cuba Contemporary Dance, which is the best dance company in the country and that is why I provide the experience on stage as a dancer and as a person. Also because of my training in classical and contemporary I can move in different styles, it offers versatility in the show and makes the choreographers may feel freer to create with the dancers, when they want to merge styles.

What does dance mean to you?
I wish I could make you understand how I feel when I dance, it's just the best expression of my deepest feelings, even those I can not express in words. Many times I am alone in my world, but despite that I am the happiest person alive if dancing because that feeling of freedom of maximum expansion is what makes me go forward despite the injuries, the rush of the shows and the many hours without sleep.

What is your favourite part of the show and why?
I'm really happy with everything I do in the show, but to be honest the second part of the show is the most emotional for me. A few years ago, I had to stop dancing for a knee injury and I thought maybe I would never be at this level again, after recovering Ballet Revolución offered me the opportunity to try again and do it at the top. It is in the second part of the show where I'm back to be me, where I can once again feel the excitement of contemporary dance again which is what always fascinated me.

Anything else readers should know?
I really do not know what else to say. I can tell you more of me as a dancer or more of my personal life, but I'd rather tell you I am very happy today as a person and as a dancer. Many years ago I just wanted to win the largest venues and I did, I did. After my injury just asking the universe one last chance to dance and Ballet Revolución gave me that opportunity, so this show is so great for me. I will feel very sad when I have to retire someday but I will at the top of my career with Ballet Revolución.

Ballet Revolución is on at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from June 19-22.

Published in Dance
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:54

Judith Lucy Tickets

Two of Australia’s funniest have joined forces for an evening of short stories, tall tales and jokes at each other’s expense.

Judith Lucy and Denise Scott are both household names – Denise is a regular, much-loved cast member on Channel Seven’s drama ‘Winners & Losers’ and guest roles on ‘Spicks And Specks’; Judith most recently from her show ‘Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey’ on ABC1.  

Judith and Denise on stage together is a rare treat: “Either of these performers is capable of tickling an audience pink; together, you can expect to be red raw” — The Age.

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