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An intimate evening with Mark Atkins and special guests
無限領域 - 澳洲 ﹣艾堅斯與友人

Mark Atkins, whose background is as diverse as the music he creates - Irish-Australian and Yamijiti - has found his calling in bringing Aboriginal stories and didjeridoo performance to audiences worldwide. On 07/10 Hong Kong was added to the list.

In Studio One the audience was witness to Mark Atkins’ Hong Kong debut and in part one of the concert - to highlights of his solo show ‘Grungada’. With his own inimitable story telling technique, video images and didj playing, he enlightened everyone to; the dangers and wonders of the Australian outback creating the sounds of tornadoes and of an encounter between a dingo and an emu; to his heritage and the belief in Mimis or trickster spirits and what happens when they appear, and; to events unique to Australia’s long stretches of narrow roads and the dreaded road train coming up right behind you with no where to go – an intense moment to say the least. With the loss of a front tooth, Mark needed a little help in the whistling department for a tune that gave the entire audience a chance to pucker up. At one point he had everyone doing an ‘Australian’ macarena – what a workout!

The result was an intimate hour, with a friend telling stories of his experiences and his culture. The audience was entranced - moved one moment, laughing out loud the next.

Then came part two . . .

Mark Atkins was joined by members of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (William Lane, viola; Annie Tseng, flute; Hani Molles, French horn; Louis Siu, percussion). It was the first time that a ‘Music Beyond Borders’ artist collaborated with local musicians and the result was magic. The soundscape was beautifully haunting at times and rock-like at others – and all of it was improvised!

We hope that everyone took a little bit of Australia home with them that night.

‘Music Beyond Borders’ returns in 2011. There are no limits to where we will take you next . . .

今年「無限領域—澳洲」音樂會已於10月7日於香港電台的一號錄播室舉行。
音樂會的主角是迪吉里杜管演奏家艾堅斯,他身上流著澳洲原住民和愛爾蘭人血統。艾堅斯的原創音樂正好反映他的多元文化背景。

音樂會上半部份,艾堅斯用盡渾身解數,以音樂配合錄像,道出一個發生於澳洲內陸的驚險故事。後半部份,艾堅斯請來香港創樂團的幾位成員作即興演出,現場氣氛瞬即彼推上高峰!

 
Mark Atkins' solo show 'Grungada'
 
Mark Atkins with members of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble

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The concert is a co-presentation
rthk radio4 Australia Consulate-General Hong Kong


Mark Atkins

Mark Atkins has proved himself to be Australia's finest and most internationally recognised didgeridoo player, collaborating with some of the world's leading composers and musicians, from Philip Glass and Peter Sculthorpe to John Williamson and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. A descendent of Western Australia's Yamitji people, as well as of Irish/Australian heritage, Atkins draws on his rich background for an eclectic mix of original compositions featuring didgeridoo, guitar and harmonica. 

As a soloist and ensemble player, he has incorporated the primal pulse of didgeridoo into orchestral works with the London Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, theatrical and dance presentations, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies, the Queen’s Jubilee Concert in London and he has performed on the sails of Sydney’s famous Opera House for its 20th anniversary celebrations. He founded cross-cultural groups Kooriwadjula (black man/white man) and Anakala and performs with the Black Arm Band (Murundak)  featuring Australia’s most respected legends of indigenous contemporary music. Murundak is an instrument of identity, resistance, resilience and a call to freedom through music. A film documentary about Mark's life and work, Yamatji Man: Geraldton 6350 via New York, was screened on SBS in 2003.

The Studio One event is set to be an intimate musical evening with a friend telling you stories of his experiences and his culture. Be prepared to be moved one moment and laughing out loud the next.

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澳洲 ﹣艾堅斯與友人

艾堅斯是澳洲最出色並世界知名的迪吉里杜管演奏家,曾多次與一流音樂家合作,如格拉斯、史高索普、鄉村歌手John Williamson 及 Led Zeppelin 的結他手 Jimmy Page 等。艾堅斯有澳洲原住民及愛爾蘭血統,他的原創音樂富有特色,結合他的多元文化背景,寫出一首首迪吉里杜管、結他及口琴的作品。

多年來,艾堅斯以獨奏及合奏身份與各大藝團合作,除了倫敦愛樂樂團及悉尼管弦樂團外,他更擔任殘奧會及英聯邦運動會開幕禮的表演嘉賓,並出席英女皇銀禧音樂會及其它慶典。艾堅斯亦組成了跨文化組合 Korriwadjula及 Anakala,並與黑手帶樂隊 Murundak 合作。

艾堅斯將於10月7日晚上8時於香港電台的一號錄播室舉行音樂會。除了演奏自己的原創作品,更請來幾位表演嘉賓作即興演奏。是場音樂會由香港電台第四台及香港澳洲總領事館合辦。


SOUNDS LIKE


Excerpt from the documentary YAMATJI MAN, profiling didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins, Adelaide Festival
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Excerpt from the documentary YAMATJI MAN , Mark Atkins with Shooglenifty
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OF INTEREST
Live on 4, Tuesdays, 8 pm
05.10

Australian String Quartet


Australian String Quartet
The current membership of Sophie Rowell and Anne Horton (violins), Sally Boud, (viola) and Rachel Johnston, (cello) was established in 2006.

This ASQ holds the distinction of having won more international chamber music competitions than any other ensemble in Australian history, including First Prize at the 2005 Cremona International String Quartet Competition, the Gold Medal in the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (Japan) and Second Prize in the Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy in 2005.

Projects for 2010 include the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Viola Quintet.

In this concert they are joined by pianist Konstantin Shamray, winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition 2008. The programme features Gordon Kerry’s Variations for String Quartet and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat among other works.
In 2009 Gordon Kerry was awarded a fellowship with which to compose new works for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Choir, Bendigo Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and complete a new opera with playwright Louis Nowra. 2009 also saw the publication of his New Classical Music: Composing Australia, which examines aspects of Australian music over the last 30 years.


12.10
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Paul DyerGenevieve Lacey

Through its annual subscription series, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra performs before live audiences in excess of 30,000 people and hundreds of thousands more through national broadcasts on ABC Classic FM. In addition, the orchestra tours nationally and has a regular commitment to performing in regional Australia. Since 2003 the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has been a member of the Major Performing Arts Group, which comprises 28 flagship national arts organisations supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform two of Vivaldi’s masterpieces.
Genevieve Lacey, the international virtuoso, will perform the vivacious violin role on period recorders in Vivaldi's Four Seasons. This is her own arrangement played from memory on a consort of differently pitched instruments.

Genevieve and the Brandenburg performed together at the Royal Albert Hall during the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's European Tour and also recorded the ARIA award winning CD (for Best Classical Recording) Vivaldi - Il Flauto Dolce.

The Brandenburg Choir is joined by Fiona Campbell (mezzo soprano) and Belinda Montgomery (soprano) to perform Vivaldi's most popular choral piece, Gloria in D major, RV 589.

They are conducted by Paul Dyer.


19.10
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

... the fresh, vibrant face of Australian chamber orchestral music. In the literature of music, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra presents the poetry and novella, accessible and communicative works for small orchestra.

The concept of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra is for a unique Australian orchestra. It is a group of the finest of Australia's next-generation of string players; it creates performance opportunities at the highest level which supplements small ensemble and solo performances but does not replace them; and it aspires to perform and create great music.

Sir Neville Marriner directs this emsemble in a performance including the Australian premiere of Douglas Weiland’s Clarinet Concerto. The soloist is Andrew Marriner.


26.10
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is a vibrant leader among Australia’s cultural organisations and Western Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts company. In addition to its own concerts, WASO performs with the West Australian Opera, West Australian Ballet, and with the Perth International Arts Festival.

WASO is also at the forefront of Australian orchestras in commissioning original works from the country’s leading composers and the development of the next generation of orchestral musicians.

In 2009, Paul Daniel began his three-year tenure as WASO’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser.

Included in this programme conducted by Benjamin Northey, is the violin concerto Maninyas by Ross Edwards. Maninyas has a lushness in its almost romantic orchestral writing, a flamboyance in the virtuosic solo part, and an insistent rhythmic energy organised into patterns that suggest ritual activity. The overall effect can be both exhilarating and confronting. Maninyas was commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to celebrate the nation's bicentenary in 1988. The soloist is the orchestra’s Associate Concertmaster, Margaret Blades.

第四台音樂會

為配合本月的無限領域,逢星期二晚8時的「第四台音樂會」將帶來四個澳洲組合, 包括澳洲弦樂四重奏(5/10)、澳洲布蘭登堡樂團(12/10)、墨爾本室樂團(19/10)和西澳洲管弦樂團(26/10)的精彩演出。




The Morning Call Interviews
(Thursdays, 8:30 am)


21.07

Ben Jacks, horn

Ben Jacks, horn
Ben was appointed as Principal Horn in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Ben has performed with every orchestra in Australia—with the Tasmanian, Adelaide, Queensland and Melbourne orchestras and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Sydney. Ben performs internationally as guest Principal Horn with the Malaysian Philharmonic and Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan.

Ben Jacks has tutored for the Australian Youth Orchestra and works as Horn Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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28.10

Ng Pei-jee , cellist

Ng Pei-jee , cellist
Born in Sydney Australia in 1984, Pei-Jee Ng grew up in Adelaide. In 2001 he was Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and in 2003 entered the Royal Northern College of Music.

He’s performed Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic as well as orchestras including Sinfonia ViVA (Tan Dun), Sydney Symphony (Tchaikovsky), Melbourne Symphony (Saint-Saëns), West Australian Symphony (Haydn) and the Tasmanian Symphony (Kabalevsky).

Most recently he completed a 16-city recital tour of Australia with his twin brother cellist Pei-Sian Ngand pianist David Tong.

Pei-Jee Ng plays a Jean- Baptiste Vuillaume cello of 1844.

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Sunday Morning on 4

‘For Voices Only' interviews
(8-9am)

10.10

Cheryl Barker, soprano



Cheryl Barker, soprano
Cheryl Barker appears regularly with Opera Australia, where her roles have included Nedda in I pagliacci , the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro , Mimì in the award winning Baz Luhrmann production of La bohème , and the title roles in Madama Butterfly , Tosca and Jenufa

Internationally, Cheryl Barker is particularly noted for her performances of Madama Butterfly, singing this role for English National Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Netherlands Opera and Houston Grand Opera. 

On the concert platform, Cheryl Barker has appeared at many prestigious venues. She has sung in the Edinburgh, Spoleto and Melbourne Festivals.

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17.10

Lisa Gasteen, soprano


 

Lisa Gasteen, soprano
Lisa Gasteen was born in Brisbane. She made her operatic debut in 1985 with the Lyric Opera of Queensland (now Opera Queensland) as the High Priestess ( Aida ) followed by Desdemona ( Otello ). 

After winning the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Lisa Gasteen was invited to sing Donna Anna in Prague with Sir Charles Mackerras followed by her British debut in 1992 as Leonora in Scottish Opera's new production of Il trovatore

Lisa Gasteen has appeared as Brünnhilde at the Meiningen Festival in her first complete Ring cycle, making her Australia's first Brünnhilde for some sixty years and made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Isolde under Bernard Haitink.

Lisa Gasteen's concert repertoire includes Rossini's Stabat Mater , Mendelssohn's Elijah , Janacek's Glagolitic Mass , Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Verdi's Requiem.

She was awarded the Opera Foundation's 1999 Bayreuth Scholarship and in 2006 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia

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24.10

Rosamund Illing, soprano

Rosamund Illing, soprano
Rosamund Illing is one of Australia's most distinguished sopranos. Her career spans the breadth of the repertoire for lyric soprano in opera, symphony and song.


Ms Illing's operatic repertoire embraces almost the entire spectrum of great soprano roles from baroque to verismo:  Alcina, Abigaille, Donna Anna, Elettra, Vitellia, Gilda, Norina, Marguerite, Amelia, Cio Cio San, Liù, Mimì, Nedda and many more.

Equally at home on the concert platform, Ms Illing's concert repertoire ranges from Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Gloria through to Mahler's Symphonies (2, 4, 8), Strauss' Four Last Songs and the Verdi Requiem .

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31.10

Steve Davislim, tenor



Steve Davislim, tenor
Twice awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee award, Australian tenor Steve Davislim began his musical training as a horn player then studied voice at the VCA under Dame Joan Hammond. After attending Zurich Opera's Opernstudio, he started his career as an ensemble member of the Zurich Opera.

In 2009 his roles included Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Chicago and at the Metropolitan Opera, David Die Meistersinger , Der Freischütz in Baden Baden with Thomas Hengelbrock, and Candide in Vienna. He also sang Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Lucerne (with Bernard Haitink) and Vienna (with Haselböck), Creation with Sydney Symphony (with Haselböck), Elijah and Liszt's Faust Symphony , and Martinů ' s Julietta with Sir Charles Mackerras.

Recent and future projects include Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 with Gardiner, appearances at the Lucerne Festival and La Scala, The Bells with Ashkenazy and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang at the BBC Proms and Maggio Musicale Florence with Hogwood.

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週日早晨 – 澳洲的藝術空間

十月份的週日早晨充滿澳洲的藝術色彩。每週8時30分,先有一位澳洲歌唱家接受訪問,分別是三位女高音-柏加(10/10)、姬絲丁(17/10)和依玲(24/10),以及男高音大衛斯林(31/10)。



Sunday Morning on 4

Interviews
(9-10am)

3.10

Maria Vandamme, CEO Melba Recordingss


Maria Vandamme, CEO Melba Recordings
In 1999 she established Melba Recordings, producing its first CD ‘Massenet Rarities' with Richard Bonynge, Opera Australia and Ballet Orchestra and Rosamund Illing. Soon after, the Melba Foundation was established and in 2004 it received an award of a $5m five-year grant to develop a quality record label to better promote Australian musicians internationally.  Recordings with the Tasmanian Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Simone Young, David Lloyd Jones, Richard Bonynge, the Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company and David Tong among others were produced. She recorded the State Opera of South Australia's production of The Ring. Die Walküre was released to unprecedented international acclaim.

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10.10

 Les Luck, Consul General of Australia in Hong Kong

 

Les Luck, Consul General of Australia in Hong Kong
A senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he commenced duties in Hong Kong in April 2008. He is an enthusiastic pianist and we'll be hearing some of his playing recently recorded by Radio 4 and he'll be talking about the music he enjoys most.

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17.10
Frank Panucci, Director of the Community Partnerships Section of the Australia Council for the Arts
Frank PanucciAustralian Goverment, Australia Council for the Arts

Frank Panucci was involved in establishing and running Sydney’s first Italian -Australian community cultural development performance company, was a General Manager of Carnivale (a cultural diversity arts festival) and has managed the Race Discrimination Unit at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission. He has also been an independent consultant on community and cultural issues. 

He has worked at the Australia Council for the Arts as Manager of the Council’s Multicultural Arts Policy and Manager of the Community Cultural Development Board. He was temporarily Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board. He is now Director of the Community Partnerships Section. He’ll be talking about the Council's 'Arts in a Multicultural Australia' - on its strategy, initiatives and issues

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24.10
Susan Street, Australia-China Council
Susan StreetAustralian Goverment, Australia China Council

Susan Street has a long history of association with China and dance in many guises: as educator, administrator, advisor, guest speaker, judge, writer/editor, choreographer and professional dancer. Among her roles with the Australian Dance Council and the Arts Touring Committee for Arts Queensland, she is a former Arts Advisor to the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Board member of the Hong Kong Ballet and Council member of the Australia Council for the Arts. She’ll be talking about the promotion of a mutual understanding through the arts, intercultural communication and cultural heritage.

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31.10
Lydia Miller, Executive Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts,
Australia Council for the Arts

Lydia Miller, Executive Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, <br>
                               Australia Council for the ArtsAustralian Goverment, Australia Council for the Arts

Lydia Miller joined the ATSIA Board in July 2005, bringing with her more than 20 years experience as a performer, artistic director, producer, administrator and advocate.

A Kuku Yalanji woman, she was a member of the Cultural Network of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, and a council member of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and the Council for Pacific Arts.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts (ATSIA) supports the development and promotion of traditional arts practices and new forms of artistic expression among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in urban and regional areas. She'll be talking about the indigenous artists and organisations that the Council supports and why these artists have been selected.

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9時至10時之間,盧迪思又請來本身為鋼琴好手的澳洲駐香港及澳門總領事黎士德(10/10)、澳洲藝術理事會的班諾奇(17/10)和米拿(31/10),以及澳中理事會的史特列(24/10),為聽眾揭示澳洲的藝術面貌。



‘Music of Friends'
(Sundays @ 8 pm)

24.10

Australian Girls Choir



Australian Girls Choir
Best recognised for its involvement in the Qantas 'I Still Call Australia Home' advertising campaign, the choir has sung at almost every major concert venue in Australia. The girls have performed with a long list of outstanding artists and personalities from the entertainment world, and have been acclaimed in some hundreds of performances undertaken in numerous international and national tours. They have been applauded by audiences and events organisers alike for their energetic and vibrant performances. The choir is renowned for the standard achieved in dance items as a result of the girls' work with professional choreographers. In this, the choir is unique in Australia. The choir has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 1984.

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31.10
Desert Songs (premiered at the City Festival 2010)

Warren WillsHeidi MakJason Kwok

Experience the mythical and exotic culture of Desert Songs - a worldly travel through time and space spanning 300 years and in multiple languages (English, Hebrew, Mandarin and Cantonese). Feel the heat of hot American jazz numbers, to haunting melodies of beautiful ancient Hebrew to unique Chinese love tunes. A uniting of cultures in original music and arrangements with international soul singer Heidi Mak, Australian composer-pianist Warren Wills and local violinist Jason Kwok.

Heidi Mak is a jazz singer, mezzo-soprano, pianist, songwriter and a music educator. She is a U.K. born Chinese raised between New York City and Toronto.  Her father, an Italian-German Opera tenor, inspired Heidi's musicianship and voice training by introducing her to arias and operatic excerpts. Her mother, an English-to-Chinese interpreter nourished her with poetry and novels in written Chinese and English. Heidi moved to Hong Kong in 2007 and since performed in countless venues including The Cavern, Philia, Fresco, Skylark, and Hyatt Regency's Chin Chin Bar. Desert Songs is her third collaboration with Warren Wills.

Warren Wills is a composer, musical director, and performer who has worked with many of the world's best cabaret, opera, jazz and classical artists. One of the most versatile musicians on the international scene, he has authored 8 original operas, 10 musicals, 13 children's musicals, 8 albums, 5 major orchestral works and music direction credits on more than 50 productions. Warren has played and composed for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). He was awarded the prestigious Best Musical, Carling London Award, and nominated for Critics Circle Award, Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, finalist for the Vivian Ellis Awards among others.

Violinist Jason Kwok is 16 years old and studies at the Diocesan Boys' School. He attends master classes given by John Harding, the Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, he obtained a Fellowship Diploma from the Trinity Guildhall College of Music. He was invited to perform in the City Festival held by the Fringe Club for ‘Desert Songs'. The South China Morning Post wrote “ ...featuring 16 year old violinist Jason Kwok who combined technical virtuosity with a suprising degree of feeling for such a young musician". 

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本月有兩集室樂雅聚節目,與澳洲息息相關。

澳洲女聲合唱團(24/10)成立於1984年。短短廿多年間,他們的足跡已遍及澳洲各個重要演出場地;在國外的巡迴演出,同樣大受歡迎。

澳洲鋼琴家韋斯聯同拍檔們 – 歌手麥愷悌和小提琴手郭雋揚,為你帶來Desert Songs(31/10);當中你可以聽到英語、希伯來語、普通話和粵語歌曲,是一個超越時空,跨越文化地域的演出。

室樂雅聚,星期日晚上8時播出,星期五下午2時重播