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Peter Sculthorpe is one of Australia’s greatest contemporary composers, while Garry Shead is one of Australia’s most distinguished visual artists. For many years they have travelled along parallel paths, sharing common interests and common sources of inspiration. In their separate ways, they have explored a fascination with the Australian landscape and its cultural identity.
The Fifth Continent, The Queen and The Ern Malley Suite mark a most remarkable act of collaboration between the composer and the artist. See more
Painter/photographer/filmmaker David Perry immersed himself in Sydney’s vibrant jazz scene and came out drenched in musical flavour and improvisation. Interviews with prominent Sydney jazz players including Bernie McGann, Mike Nock and Tony Gorman, as well as jazz authority John Clare, draw together what are often mistaken as disparate parts of an unorganised whole. see more
The only doco to record the early years of Australian jazz. This lovingly compiled celluloid history of the Melbourne jazz scene is a fascinating study of an era and a social milieu, as well as a music documentary.
Revisit Melbourne’s early years with Benny Featherstone, the Early Conventions, jive with Frank Johnson’s fabulous Dixielanders at Collingwood Town Hall, a riverboat trip up the Yarra, Dave Dallwitz, Graeme Bell in Czechoslovakia in 1947.
Powerful documentary on a 60′s icon.
When singer and clarinetist Gerry Humphrys moved from Britain to Australia in 1957, he quickly became one of the most popular and influential musicians in his adopted homeland.
Humphrys’ jazz combo, the Red Onion Jazz Band, was widely regarded as Australia’s finest trad jazz outfit, and when rock & roll became the dominant sound in pop music in the early 1960s, Humphrys embraced the new style as lead vocalist with the upbeat R&B ensemble the Loved Ones, which won him legions of new fans. See more
Shamayim began with Felders work with Nicholas Isherwood on a piece for voice and electronic sounds and Caplans interest in a series of images having to do with nature. Shamayim uses Hebrew letters as the base structure for the music, while Caplan uses the numeric values of these letters as inspiration for the images.
Is it a living musical culture? To some extent, yes. But … it is also being revitalized.
Yiddish Blues is an emotionally charged story told through images and original music.
Created by esteemed Hungarian director Andras Peterffy and Erno Nagy.
In the heart of present Romania in the region of Transylvania apart from the ancient Hungarian inhabitants, Szekelys and Csangos, other ethnic groups like Saxons, Romanians, Gipsies, Jews have been living together for centuries.
Brasso (Brasov) Railway Station is at a crossroad. Shabby trains come, stop and go. People of different origin, speaking different languages stop, wait and talk in the smokey waiting rooms. They eat, drink and sleep.
And sometimes they sing, play music and dance.
A rare and unique film presenting folklore in its original form.