February 19th 2010
An exciting addition to the musical calendar: Music on Magnetic 2010
May signals the beginning of winter and in the southern part of the country people are thinking about cosy fires and hot drinks. Meanwhile up in the tropical North, after the drenching wet and the sweltering heat of a tropical summer, May brings perfect dry sunny days with pleasant night-time temperatures. Pretty surprising then that May can be a quiet time for festivals and gigs in Australia. That is, until now. May is now the time to head up to tropical Magnetic Island for some musical fun and excitement and a bit of sunshine.
The program is now in place for the inaugural Music on Magnetic a week of fun and discovery in music and dance. Music on Magnetic brings together a group of fantastic performers who will workshop their music and dance expertise with participants. Teachers and participants will share a community of music, living, playing, singing and dancing together for a week. There will be plenty to do for beginners as well as for intermediate and advanced musicians.
With direct flights to Townsville from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, the Gold Coast and regional centres, Magnetic for music in May sounds hard to resist.
Musical Director and organiser Beat Lehmann said: “I’m really excited about being able to bring together lovers of music and dance with teachers who have such big reputations in such a perfect setting.”
The teacher-performers are just outstanding. Kristina Olsen is a superb instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina and piano) and a powerful singer-songwriter with a big bluesy voice. Kristina will teach songwriting and arranging, and pushme-pullyou partner dance, a surprise hit in America.
Linsey Pollak is well-known around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He is famous for making instruments from rubber gloves, root vegetables, watering cans, chairs, brooms, bins, and other found objects. Linsey will run workshops looping and improvising and humarimba (a ‘human marimba’ strung between two people and played by a third).
Simone Pope is a truly exciting performer and teacher of flamenco dance and an expert in percussion and she will offer workshops in each of these. She is joined by her regular accompanist Andrew Veivers, one of the finest Spanish guitarists in the country. Andrew will add workshops in Spanish guitar and ensemble playing. Simone and Andrew starred in the wildly successful Flamenco Fire tour of Australia.
Beat Lehmann, is also founder and director of Aquapella, the award-winning world music choir from Magnetic Island and Townsville, and current Director of the Festival Choir at Woodford. Beat will run workshops in world heritage listed Georgian vocal music as well as an eclectic program of world music.
The concerts and other evening entertainments, yoga classes included in the price of admission and kahuna massage at discounted prices all set in the stunning beauty of a tropical paradise and you have a very attractive package.
Music on Magnetic runs from 2nd – 8th May 2010. It will be held at the Active Recreation Centre in the village of Picnic Bay. Facilities and accommodation are all in the same place and the Centre has direct access to the beach.
The entry fee includes 11 different workshop streams, evening entertainment, expert yoga classes, accommodation, 3 meals per day and sporting facilities. All this for just $745.
Locals who are interested in participating can also make non-residential enrolments for $550 and enrolment for individual courses - the minimum of which is one session per day for five days. These are available for $135 including tea breaks and inclusion in the final concert on Saturday night. These are courses where what you are able to do depends on what you did in the previous sessions. The final concert is arranged primarily so participants can play what they have learned to fellow participants.
Organiser Malcolm Waters said: “We are proud to have packaged together such a high quality program with meals and accommodation at a very affordable price. And, with the low-priced air fares that are often available, Music on Magnetic should be very accessible for most people.”
Check out the website http://home.iprimus.com.au/magneticnorth/ Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Malcolm on 04 3000 6661.
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