A display of improvised and organised genius...
BAND OF BROTHERS
Guitar maestros... Slava & Leonard Grigoryan and Joseph & James Tawadros
Guitar virtuosi, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan return again to The Noosa Longweekend after wild acclaim at last year's festival.
The duo is joined by the extraordinarily talented Joseph and James Tawadros for an adventurous musical partnership that crosses musical boundaries. The exotic sounds of the oud and req' add an intriguing dimension to this eclectic program. Each a distinguished artist in his own right, this collaboration showcases an inspiring synergy of Australian talent.
The Brothers' repertoire embodies a mixture of their original duo pieces, a special arrangement of Blackbird by the Beatles and some group pieces composed by Joseph Tawadros - Lucca, Ten Ten, Freo and Sahara. All works are interspersed with thrilling forays into spontaneous, brilliant improvisation.
In 2007, Band of Brothers performed at the Queensland Music Festival, and in 2008 were invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House and as part of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. The same year, the group toured the east coast of Australia. In 2009, Band of Brothers performed at Arts in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley. This year, The Noosa Longweekend Festival is proud to present Band of Brothers as one of its keyline acts in Caloundra and Noosa.
THE BAND OF BROTHERS
Slava Grigoryan, guitar; Leonard Grigoryan, guitar; Joseph Tawadros, oud; James Tawadros, req'
Friday June 18, 7.30pm at Playhouse Theatre, The Events Centre -- Caloundra
Saturday June 19, 7.30pm at The J Theatre, Noosa Heads
$55 (both venues)
Duration: 2 hours with interval
The Events Centre
Wide Bay Australia
Some other 2010 Noosa Longweekend festival highlights include --
* the world-premiere-preview of David Williamson's latest play Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica starring Georgie Parker and the world premiere of the new children's play, Hurry Up and Wait as presented by the Queensland Theatre Company in association with deBASE productions; a showcase of 'award winning'-one-act plays; Acrobatica's gravity-defying physical theatre; and, Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries performed on stage.
* two, exclusive, Australian performances entitled International Stars of Ballet as performed by seven members of the San Francisco Ballet.
* musical performances including Australia's own Tom Burlinson in Frank a Life in Song; cabaret and supper club performances with Caroline O'Connor, Caroline Nin, Carita Farrer, Blossom Goodchild, Elizabeth Cousemaker, Tom Sharah and Australian musical theatre legend Toni Lamond; the Dame Joan Sutherland (opera) awards; a return festival appearance by guitar maestros Slava and Leonard Grigoryan accompanied by James and Joseph Tawadros as Band of Brothers; the So-la Voce Chamber Choir; a Japanese piano recital; Virginia Gay, and local bands, The Vitals and Dva.
* a celebration of short films and a Slow Food with Film event with food prepared by leading local chefs; the now famous progressive food events hosted by top restaurants in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast hinterland including a Seafood Saunter, Hinterland Gourmet Safari, Beachside Promenade and the traditional festival favourite, the Duck Waddle.
* literary events featuring everyone's favourite gardener Don Burke, Ita Buttrose, politician and pharmacist Terry White, social commentator Karen Brooks, high profile journalists and authors such as Paul Kelly, Margaret Simons and Anne Summers and sportswriter Mike Colman; the writers who inspired Underbelly, John Silvester and Andrew Rule; animal behavioural specialist Dr Paul McGreevy; author and former journalist Iola Mathews; former pop star and author Michael White; University lecturer and sci-fi buff, Gregory Nash; and, Dr Karen Hitchcock -- medic and super mum.
* celebrity lunches featuring comedian and author Tim Ferguson, celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, Ita Buttrose, Australian cabaret sensation Toni Lamond and a celebrity breakfast with Andrew Ettingshausen (ET).
* a full day children's festival.
* engaging and insightful forums exploring topics such as: China, Should we be worried?; America, in decline?; The changing media game and internet journalism; Barrie Cassidy and the Insider's take on politics, Griffith REVIEW's Food chain sustainability and 30 years of State of Origin. Forum participants include Julianne Schultz, Mark Scott, Eric Beecher, Margaret Simons, Dr Don Russell, Dr Michael Fullilove, Paul Kelly, Peter Hartcher, Peter Thompson, Warwick Smith, Geremie Barme, Saul Eslake, Fran Kelly, Steve Renouf, Kerrod Walters, Mick Hancock and Martin Lang.
* workshops featuring Bollywood dancing, African drumming and singing, Japanese puppet making, drama improvisation, Commedia dell Arte and a full day, comedy writing master course with Tim Ferguson
The full festival program can be viewed on line at www.noosalongweekend.com. Printed versions are available by phoning the festival office on (07) 5474 9941.
Downloadable: "2010 Noosa Longweekend Festival" pdf
TICKET SALES AND FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
* Tickets for all festival events will go on sale from 10am, May 4. Visit www.noosalongweekend.com for details.
* Tickets for Noosa events will be on sale at The J Box office phone (07) 5455 4455 or online at www.thej.com.au
* Tickets for Caloundra events will be on sale at The Events Centre, Caloundra phone (07) 5491 4240 or online www.etixdirect.com.au
* Ticket prices range from FREE admission to $185 (for a 'Blue Ribbon dinner and cabaret event')
* Interested parties are encouraged to register to receive festival news, updates and special offers on The Noosa Longweekend Festival website - www.noosalongweekend.com
* Special festival accommodation packages are available. Visit www.noosalongweekend.com for details.
The Events Centre, Caloundra
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