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Music By The Sea Festival 2015

9 - 11 January


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Friday, 9 January



Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything (Canada)

Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the absurd, while redefining what the violin is capable of. Always on the move, Jaron has produced or played on over 40 albums and toured the world as a solo artist, front man and collaborator. With unique results, the Toronto-based musician has fused his fiddling roots with his study of jazz and Indian classical music. At age 14, Jaron began an apprenticeship with Canadian fiddle pioneer Oliver Schroer, which lasted until Shroer’s death in 2008. Jaron has been playing his mentor’s custom 5- string violin since.

“The Opposite of Everything” transforms Freeman-Fox’s intricate compositions into an infectious party. Based in Canada, this limitlessly creative and playful ensemble features Toronto’s finest and most adventurous musicians.

In four busy years, the outfit has performed across Canada and Europe at Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Fest, The Ottawa Jazz Festival, Harrison Festival for the Arts, Stockholm Jazz Festival and Muko Festival (Denmark), plus Newfoundland, Germany, UK, Sweden and Finland, and official showcases at WOMEX in Greece and Folk Alliance International in Memphis. In January 2014, Freeman-Fox performed with Ben Caplin’s band at Woodford Folk Festival and Sydney Festival.

Their self-titled album won three Canadian Folk Music Awards, charted worldwide, received rave reviews from colleagues and critics and is nominated for Canada’s 2014 Independent Music Awards.



Louie and Patrick

Louie and Patrick are a young acoustic duo from Byron Bay who love nothing more than sitting on the back porch and strumming a new tune. Having played together for nearly five years in a multitude of acts spanning across music of all genres, Louie and Patrick is a recent return to the simple and honest pop songs of old. Inspired by the likes of Kings of Convenience, Simon and Garfunkle and many more in between, they hope their close harmonies and quiet songs will captivate audiences all over.

In the year since they began, Louie and Patrick have recorded two albums, supported Bob Evans at his Byron Bay shows and played all sorts of intimate gigs and events all over the shire.




Aariki-Jack Johnson

Music By The Sea presents an annual award (Music By The Sea Performance Award) to a local Sandgate District State High School student chosen by the school. The prize carries an award of $500 and an opportunity to perform at the festival.

This year’s award went to Aariki-Jack Johnson a year 12 student. He has achieved a VHA for music and a VHA for Music Extension, specialising in performance. Aariki-Jack is a singer-songwriter who plays acoustic guitar.  His songs tend to be ballads in a soft-rock style with folk music influences. 



Saturday, 10th January


11am - 12pm           

 morning raga with Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar) & Bobby Singh (tabla) 


Sarangan is an extraordinary artist whose music evokes ultimate  peacefulness and eternal joy. Perfection  of tone and execution come as spontaneously to Sarangan as the free  and unfettered flow of his ideas.


Under the guidance of Aneesh Pradhan, Bobby was nurtured  into a mature, internationally renowned tabla virtuoso. He is well known for his work with artists like Circle of Rhythm, Rasa Duende, Jeff Lang, Slava Grigoryan and the electronic/fusion group The Bird.




1pm - 2pm


Adrian Sherriff - bass trombone     Satsuki Odamura – koto      Tunji Beier  - percussion

While the name (means ‘spring’) of the group comes from the language of the indigenous Wembawemba people of Western Victoria, the music casts a wide net, encompassing a range of traditions from across the world, including: South Indian, Japanese and Indonesian - with a touch of jazz.


Adrian Sherriff is Australia’s leading improvising soloist on the bass trombone. He is also an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist and his performance in PRRIM also encompasses the shakuhachi and a wide array of other instruments. Since 2007, he has been the musical director of the Australian Art Orchestra’s. Collaborated with international musicians including Steve Lacy, Palle Mikkelborg and Django Bates and local musicians including Ted Vining, Bob Sedergreen, Paul Grabowsky, Mike Nock, Sandy Evans, Scott Tinkler, Bobby Singh and Andrea Keller.


Satsuki Odamura is a Japanese koto virtuoso, who has pioneered the teaching and performing of this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia. She was taught at the Sawai Koto School of Music in Tokyo by legendary koto players Tadao and Kazue Sawai, gaining her Shihan or master license in 1985. Three years later, she moved to Australia to establish the local branch of the Sawai School. Since that time, she has inspired a number of Australian composers to write for her instrument, including Peter Sculthorpe, Liza Lim, Carl Vine, Barry Connyngham and Mark Isaacs. She is a member of the world music group Waratah with Sandy Evans and Tony Lewis, the contemporary music ensemble Elision and the jazz fusion group GEST 8. Her koto ensemble, the Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble, based in Sydney, has performed widely around Australia and overseas. Her most recent CD, Koto Dreaming, was released in


Tunji Beier was influenced by drumming from the age of two whilst experiencing extraordinary drumming from the Yoruba tradition. He then started lessons at Drum City in Sydney after seeing Dollar Brand’s band in 1978. This led to further studies with Yoruba artist & drummer Muraina Oyelami and subsequently with South Indian Jazz drummer Ramesh Shotham. An introduction from Ramesh to his Guru TAS Mani inspired Tunji to move to India at the age of 16 and undergo the traditional Gurukulam training in Bangalore India for the next 4 years. Tunji is well known to audiences throughout Europe, Australia & India as an exceptional contemporary and improvising drummer. Some of his his collaborations include Linsey Pollak, in their Macedonian influenced duo ‘Dva’, Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain and Trilok Gurtu, Charlie Mariano and is currently working in Gary Daly’s projects Sanctuary & Bungarribee, Shaun Parker’s dance piece “AM I” with Nick Wales as musical director which premiered at the Sydney Opera House for the Sydney Festival 2014 & in two brand new projects: Linsey Pollak’s “Mrs.Curly & The Norwegian Smoking Pipe” & Cye Wood’s “Cave In The Sky”. 





3pm - 4pm                                           

Ensemble Diaspora

Nawres Al-Freh (joza spike fiddle, violin), Tenzin Choegyal (dranyen lute, winds, voice), John Druery (upright electric bass, Sebastian Flynn (fiddle, percussion), Tichawona Mashawa (mbira, vocals), Francis Gilfedder (didgeridoo assorted winds), Martin Reese (banjo, mandolin, mandola), Arash Zanganeh (chaqana claypot, daf, percussion), Wendy Lang (clarinet)


The Ensemble Diaspora is a culturally diverse World music ensemble that originally came together  in 2013. The group uses melodic and rhythmic ideas from diverse traditions as a departure point into an impromptu, improvised ‘music of the moment’ that also reflects the rich cultural diversity and fertile creative space that is Australia. The ensemble also symbolises the ongoing wave of human movement or diasporic migration that has taken place in many countries of the world in our present and previous eras due to a broad range of situations, whether natural or socio-political. Most importantly, it symbolises how cultural diversity can and should be a force for good via shared creativity, cooperation, empathy and enterprise. 





5pm - 6pm          

 FourPlay String Quartet



Lara Goodridge (violin), Shenzo Gregorio (viola), Tim Hollo (viola), Peter Hollo (cello)


FourPlay String Quartet return from wowing audiences at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre with their new album, This Machine - the next step in the evolution of the string quartet as songwriters. FourPlay is an indie rock band that just happen to be a string quartet. Australia’s favourite electric string quartet, FourPlay began life playing mostly covers. This Machine is their first album of 100% original material, and arguably their finest, most intriguing long-player to date. What’s in store? Epic soundscapes, rock ‘n’ roll ,chainsawing violas, jazz, eastern influences, pop songs. FourPlay’s sound and musicality has matured and evolved, resulting in a truly original album, which will cement their growing national and international reputation as an eclectic and diverse musical tour de force. 







 Sandy Evans (tenor/soprano saxophone), Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar, vocals), Brett Hirst (double bass), Bobby Singh (tabla)


In this special concert four of Australia’s leading jazz and Indian musicians weave an extraordinary kaleidoscope of colour, rhythm and melody. Their soulful melodies, breathtaking improvisations, hypnotic grooves and stunning percussion solos celebrate the fusion of jazz and Indian music in a unique and sublime way.


Sandy Evans is widely recognised for her outstanding abilities as a musician and composer. Sandy was awarded an OAM in 2010 and received the Inaugural Bell Award for Australian Jazz Musician of The Year, as well as many APRA, ARIA and Mo Awards. Over the past decade, Sandy has performed in Australia, India and Europe with many jazz and Indian musicians who share an interest in developing a meaningful fusion of Indian and Western ideas.


Sarangan Sriranganathan is an extraordinary artist whose music evokes ultimate peacefulness and eternal joy. Perfection of tone and execution come as spontaneously to Sarangan as the free and unfettered flow of his ideas. His performances have earned global accolades at some of the world’s most famous venues and music festivals, such as the Queen Elizabeth Halls, Sydney Opera House, Womad Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and the 2010 Commonwealth Games.


ARIA Award winner Bobby Singh was born in England, and spent much of his youth in India studying tabla. Under the guidance of Aneesh Pradhan, Bobby was nurtured into a mature, internationally renowned tabla virtuoso. He is well known for his work with artists like Circle of Rhythm, Rasa Duende, Jeff Lang, Slava Grigoriyan DHA and the electronic/fusion group “The Bird”.


Brett Hirst is one of Australia’s most in demand bass players and with has performed and recorded with such outstanding Australian and international artists as Mike Nock, Mark Isaacs, Lior, Katie Noonan, James Morrison and Vince Jones. 


Sunday, 11 January


11am - 12pm  

Ensemble Re-creation  - angelic morning musing

Polly Sussex (pardessus de viole and viola da gamba), Michael O’Loghlin (viola da gamba), Joseph Meyers (lute and theorbo)





Sonata in A major, op. 61 no. 6 (1736) for pardessus de viole and continuo

Josef Bodin de Boismortier (1689–1755) 


Le Majestueux, for two bass viols

Jean de Sainte-Colombe (late 17th century)


Presto from Sonata no. 45 in A Major for lute solo

Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686–1750)


Duo in D minor for bass viols

Christoph Schaffrath (1709–1763)


Suite in G major from Book 1 (1686)

Marin Marais (1656–1728)


Ensemble Re-creation takes its name from the process of performing Baroque music: it is never a matter of just reading the notes, but of re-interpreting them in the light of our understanding of musical style and fashion in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In this concert, the ensemble performs music by Marin Marais, the favourite viola da gamba player of Louis XIV and XV; of his enigmatic teacher Ste-Colombe, a reclusive genius who refused all royal appointments; and of Germany’s finest lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss.


Polly Sussex studied cello in Prague and later in London. After performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and teaching, Polly furthered her studies on the viola da gamba with Hille Perl in Bremen and with Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. She returned to NZ where she leads her group Affetto and as a freelance viola da gamba and Baroque cello player.


Michael O’Loghlin is a leader in Brisbane’s growing early music scene, active in performance, research and teaching. As an undergraduate at Sydney University he studied under Winsome Evans and Peter Sculthorpe. He then studied viola da gamba, double bass and performance practicein Vienna with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and others. Michael is a founding member of Brisbane’s the Badinerie Players. He is a former member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Music, UQ.


Joseph Meyers is one of Australia’s premier baroque theorbo and renaissance lute performers. Having graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium on classical guitar, Joseph has performed throughout Australia in a variety of styles and ensembles. Joseph made the transition from guitar to lute and theorbo in 2008.  He has received grants for research into early music performance and has performed concert series focusing on the solo lute music of J S Bach and the lute songs of John Dowland, featuring at the grand reopening of Brisbane City Hall, the Melbourne Early Music festival and Brisbane festival, as well as scores of other venues across the country.  



1pm - 2pm



Lisa Stewart (violin), Myee Clohessy (violin),  Stefan Duwe (viola), Anna Martin-Scrase (cello)


Program  -  ‘The Roaring Twenties’

“Sometimes words can fail to adequately describe what one witnesses… the Acacia Quartet illustrated each movement with an incredible depth of understanding” - The Age, 2014


Acacia Quartet present music from the Roaring Twenties, beginning with Gershwin’s Lullaby, like a dreamy and wistful slow dance, achingly tender. By contrast, the String Quartet no.1 by Erwin Schulhoff is vivacious and bursting with life, and Kreisler’s elegant String Quartet in A minor is reminiscent of the charm and finesse of Vienna in the 1920s. With two ARIA- and APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award- nominated albums under their belt and consistent critical praise, Acacia Quartet is one of the most exciting string quartets in Australia, and highly sought after for collaborations with composers from around the world including Elena Kats- Chernin, Eric Whitacre, Lyle Chan, Gordon Kerry, Joe Chindamo, Joe Twist, and Moya Henderson. 


Founded in 2010, Acacia Quartet has quickly won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs which often couple established repertoire with the unorthodox. In 2013 Acacia was nominated for both an ARIA Award and an APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award. Their performances feature regularly on ABC Classic FM, Fine Music 102.5 and Qantas In-flight Entertainment. In just four years Acacia has released as many albums, including their ARIA-nominated recording of songs with soprano Jane Sheldon, North + South, and the complete string quartets of Elena Kats-Chernin, Blue Silence (Vexations840), selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Limelight Magazine, ‘CD of the Week’ on ABC Classic FM, and nominated for a 2013 APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award.


In addition to their special relationship with composers, Acacia’s collaborations with performers to date also include singer-songwriter Katie Noonan, flautist Jane Rutter, and ARIA Award-winning pianist Sally Whitwell.


“The Acacia Quartet played not only with polished balance, but drew listeners in. This is a young group ... on the ascendancy.” - Sydney Morning Herald, 2013



3pm - 4pm

 Alex Raineri  -  solo piano recital

Program:  L.V. Beethoven // Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor “Quasi Una Fantasia” (Moonlight) Op. 27, No. 2 // 1801 ;  Adagio Sostenuto   Allegretto   Presto Agitato, J. Brahms // Three Intermezzi Op. 117 // 1892, M. Ravel // Prelude, Menuet and Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin // 1914-17, G. Gershwin (arr. Raineri) // Rhapsody in Blue // 1924  


With a passionate interest in solo keyboard music, chamber works and the concerto repertoire, Alex’s performance experience include performance tours of California, South-East Asia, Germany and a vast amount of engagements in Australia including several broadcasts on ABC Classic FM, 2MBS Fine Music FM, 3MBS FM and 4MBS Classic FM. 

Alex has had numerous successes in competitions on both a national and international level. Significant prizes include; Australian National piano Award (1st prize, 2014), Kerikeri International Piano Competition (1st prize, 2010), Sydney International Piano Competition (youngest Australian prizewinner in 2012), ANAM Concerto Competition (winner, performing Bartok’s ‘Third Piano Concerto’ with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - 2014), Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship (winner - 2014), among others…

Alex is the pianist and co-artistic director of the Brisbane contemporary music ensemble, Kupka’s Piano. 


5pm - 6pm

 Orava String Quartet

Daniel Kowalik (violin), David Dalseno (violin), Thomas Chawner (viola), Karol Kowalik (cello)



Haydn Quartet No. 53 in D major (‘The Lark’) Op. 64, No. 5, 

Rachmaninov string quartet no. 1 ‘Romance’ (incomplete), 

Mendelssohn Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 


Praised by the Sydney Morning Herald for their ‘warmth of sound, sublime inner-voicing and spontaneity,’ The Orava String Quartet is emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting chamber music ensembles. 


In 2014 Orava completed their two year graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado, USA, where they worked closely with the world renowned Takács String Quartet, also residencies at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada and the Bundanon Artist in Residence Complex in Australia. Studied with members of the Emerson, St Lawrence, Schoenberg, Jerusalem, Australian, Brentano, Juilliard and Goldner String Quartets. In 2014, Orava was one of four quartets selected to be part of the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York.


The quartet has performed in the United States, Canada, China, Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. Orava regularly performs at festivals which include the Musica Viva Festival. Orava recently won the Musica Viva Australia Tony Berg Award for the most outstanding Australian ensemble as well as the Peter Druce Audience Prize at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne Australia.


The Orava Quartet is currently based in Brisbane and is the Quartet in Residence with the Camerata of St John’s Chamber Orchestra - Queensland Chamber Orchestra. 



8pm - 9:30pm

 Tamara-Anna Cislowska  

Performing works by Peter Sculthorpe from the recently released album of his complete works for solo piano 


Tamara Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. Overseas, she has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro. In Australia she was the youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14, was recipient of the Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and most recently, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT). 

Tamara is a regular guest of orchestras and festivals worldwide, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and all the Australian Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Werner Andreas Albert, Matthias Bamert, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Markus Stenz, Yaron Traub, Edo de Waart, and Marco Zuccarini. She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and as a recitalist she has performed at the Purcell Room in London, Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Frick Collection in New York, and the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House.


Peter Sculthorpe’s  Piano Works 1945-2011 showcase the vision, diversity, strength and outstanding legacy of one of Australia’s great icons. From his earliest works such as Nocturne and Falling Leaves written in 1945, to the award-winning Sonatina of 1954, through the landmark Night Pieces of 1971, classics such as Djilile (1986) and his latest and most extensive work for solo piano Riverina (2011), this program takes us through every step of his remarkable career. Unique and unforgettable, the clarity and depth of Sculthorpe’s imagery and expression is that of a composer, a dreamer, and a man with an incomparable understanding of our land, our people and our hearts.


A review from “With solid technique, innate sensitivity and interpretative powers, Cislowska commands the music’s changing moods in the 58-track collection… Cislowska’s intelligent, unerring musicianship and strong hand.. make this project an Australian treasure.” 

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