The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is an annual celebration and showcase the range of linguistic talents and cultural diversity from around the world. This program features the highlights from the festival at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, organised by Sirius College and supported by Australian Intercultural Society.
Explore Europe's most spectacular cities and landscapes while luxuriating in the great classical music composed within their precincts. Presented by renowned actor, writer and classical music specialist Simon Callow.
This program looks at the different song writing processes of three groups; one a professional rock group and two groups of young musicians just "starting out." It follows them from the initial trigger or idea for their songs, through the choices they make, the setbacks and changes, to the final performance of their work.
Growing up in war-torn Yugoslavia, Milos Karadagli from Montenegro discovered a battered guitar in his parents' bedroom and after realising his natural talent declared that he wanted to take this instrument out of hibernation. Heartstrings tells the story of Karadagli love affair with the guitar, taking it to concert halls around the world and restoring it to its rightful place in the pantheon of classical music.
Edgar's Indian journey ends up in India's capital city Delhi, where he explores the vibrant underground music scene. He connects with Rabbi Shergill, the Sikh music star who blends the revolutionary spirit of John Lennon with Indian pop. Edgar visits the rehearsal space of Indian Ocean, India's counterpart to the Grateful Dead, who have been performing their compelling fusion of ancient Indian roots music with modern grooves for nearly 20 years. Edgar also meets up with the East India Company, an up-and-coming collective that modernizes folk music with electronics and funky beats. The Delhi music tour ends up with a DJ set featuring Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale in one of India's hippest nightclubs.
A fascinating curio from 1969 that features nine of Bowie's songs, including Love You Till Tuesday, Sell Me A Coat, When I'm Five, Rubber Band, The Mask, Let Me Sleep Beside You, Ching-A-Ling, Space Oddity and When I Live My Dream.
Over the last three summers, conductor Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra have been performing all nine Beethoven symphonies across the world. Formed in 1999, this is no ordinary orchestra. Its members include Israelis and Arabs. The idealism of Beethoven's music makes it the perfect choice of repertoire.
David Bowie performs at Dublin's Point Theatre as part of a worldwide tour in support of his Reality album. The setlist includes tracks spanning Bowie's career, including The Man Who Sold the World, Five Years, and Hang on to Yourself, which he hadn't played live in more than 20 years.
The careers of Bach and Mendelssohn reached their height in Leipzig. Niki performs part of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and we visit the publishers Schott in the city of Mainz to learn the craft of music engraving and look at the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
This episode sees the Music Voyager team delving deeper into the Georgian heartlands, where spirituals, gospel and the blues laid the foundation for American popular music. We start in Albany with Miss Rutha Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers that marched with Martin Luther King Jr to Washington DC. Every second Saturday, Ms Harris still assembles her fellow Freedom Singers and new voices from the next generation to join in song to keep the spirit of freedom alive. Next we head to Columbus and the house of Ma Rainy 'The Mother of the Blues'. Her colourful story is just one of many enriching experiences on this journey to where it all began.
When Justine Clarke accidentally stomps on the foot of ballroom dancer partner Paul Mecurio and Dash chews her fancy dancing shoes the ballroom dancing spectacular show suddenly turns very wobbly. Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
When special guest percussionist Bree Van Reyk's musical instruments don't arrive in time for the show, Justine, Dash and Bree all have to put their heads together to come up with a new way to create some amazing new sounds.
There's to be a classical quartet performance with eccentric conductor George Ellis. However, there are blowflies in the theatre and George can't stand blowflies. Justine and Dash now have a very big, buzzy challenge on their hands.
Justine and Dash are getting ready for their jazz show, but props master Ben Woods has had a giant clean out and there are no props left! By learning how to improvise, can they imagine their way out of trouble in time?
Squeezy won't get out of bed. Under his blankets he's making a very strange sound. a hicc-choo. Lah-Lah guesses that Squeezy has a bad case of the hiccups. Squeezy moans he's a sneezer not a hiccuper. Now the band must help Squeezy get over the hiccups and get back to being his happy sneezy self.
Lah-Lah can't wait to show Buzz the cute little trumpet her uncle sent her in the post - it makes a great high sound. Buzz is just as eager to show Lah-Lah the trombone his aunty sent him in the post, it makes an awesome low sound. Lah-Lah insists her trumpet is better it has three little buttons that you push. Buzz is certain his trombone is better it has a slide that makes the sound go up and down. Mister Saxophone can't take it any longer and points out that both instruments are good and what's more important is having fun playing together.
Lah-Lah is going stargazing with the band, but when it's time to go Buzz keeps delaying things. Lah-lah sees that Buzz is nervous about going to the park where there are strange noises, creatures and other scary things. Lah-Lah realises she has to do something quick or their stargazing won't happen. The band helps Buzz to get over his fears and enjoy the stars.
Tom Tom was tinkering all night long. With so much banging and thumping Lah-Lah and the band didn't get any sleep. There's only one thing to do, so they march out to Tom Tom's shed to have a little chat. Tom Tom explains his tinkering isn't done yet, so to get the noise over with quicker the band offers to help.
Buzz has lost his boom chaka and without it he can't write songs or lead the band! When the band can't find Buzz's Boom Chaka anywhere close to home, they go to check at the park. All the natural sounds around Buzz inspire him and without realising it Buzz directs the band to play a song. Looks like Buzz has got his Boom Chaka back!
Get in tune with Morgan who is about to meet ARIA award-winning singer-songwriter Vance Joy who explains how he was inspired to get into music, plus gives away a secret about his name (hint: it's not his real one).
Mr Saxophone has gone missing at rehearsal time. They can hear him but they just can't find him! Mr Saxophone loves to play hide and seek. They set off to find him but everywhere they turn up, he's just left. They decide to take the bus home and bump into Stephan who shows them loud and soft sounds on his baritone saxophone. Lah-Lah has the great idea to play Mr Saxophone's favourite song really loud and lure him back to play with them.
Lah-Lah has a new dance but she can't quite get the ending right. The band offers other suggestions but they all just look too silly. Maybe she needs to take a real dance lesson? Along the way to the lesson they meet Carlos who plays the guiro and they all learn the samba beat. Playing the samba fast and slow helps Lah-Lah finally learn her dance!
The friends travel across the Atlas mountains to Marrakesh, one of the most exotic cities in the world. This is where artists and poets, painters and creatives sought their inspiration. Hassan Hakmoun was born and raised here, this is the city that taught him Gnawa music at age five and he played to feed his family. Hassan takes the friends to the house where he grew up, the bakery that he worked in and the instrument maker that makes his sintir from scratch. The Medina of Marrakesh is always bustling with the unexpected, from exotic foods, clothes, entertainment and colours to the amazing blend of modern and eclectic. From Marrakesh the friends head to Essaouira, the old city of Mogador by the sea. The blend of Arabic, Hebrew and French sounds can be heard floating through this seaside resort. The home of the International Ganawa Festival. Hassan invites the original Ganawa group to perform on the old fort overlooking the ocean. From Essaouira the friends head to the southern deserts of the Morrocan Sahara, the home of the Sah Roui people. They invite popular artist Fnair to join them. The friends travel to Agadir, a major city in central coastal Morocco. Beyond the tourist grid, this port city is the home of the Timitar Festival, a festival of Amazigh. We seek out the music styles of Haha and Arouassa. Then venturing further into the western Sahara as guests of Hassan Hakmoun, Fnair and Nass el Ghiwan, we travel by road to Ad Dakla. Through our artist ambassadors we seek to understand Gadra music, its origins, how it is being preserved and the modern interpretations of this style of music.
Aspiring musicians get 'in tune' with real-life music stars in a one-on-one interview and jam sessions. From Sheppard to Samantha Jade, these famous musos are full of advice for the next generation of talent!
Italian-born, Vienna-raised singer Patrizio Buanne recorded live in concert at the Colosseum in Rome. The show features many popular Italian songs such as Na Sera E Maggio, L'Italiano, Il Mondo, Amore Scusami, and old classics such as Na Sera E Maggio, Luna In Mezz'O Mare and Volare.
French filmmaker Eric Darmon profiles composer Steve Reich, and examines the process and development of Reich's unique rhythmic style, and even captures the composer on the morning he learns of his having won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the piece Double Sextet.
A new concept in travel and history on television, exploring Europe's most spectacular cities and landscapes while revelling in the great classical music composed within them. This program explores the lives of the master musicians, the cities they lived in, and how their work reflects the very same surroundings familiar to us today.
This is a cinematic and aesthetically high-quality homage to one of the greatest violin virtuosos of this decade. Charting the American star violinist Joshua Bell's rise to success, and using his music to explore the man behind the phenomenon, this revealing one-hour special unveils intimate insights into rehearsals coupled with unique, high-quality live recordings from concerts. Pieces featured are from Bell's extensive and individualised repertoire.
Philanthropist James Fleck's own passion takes flight, with a little help from some of Canada's most prominent artists, including cellist Shauna Rolston, Shakespearean actor Albert Schultz, and prima ballerina Karen Kain. Under their expert guidance, Fleck gets to experience the tremendous sense of exultation that comes from playing Bach or mastering the waltz.
Award-winning filmmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - aka The Ballet Boyz - join The Royal Ballet as they embark on a historic tour to Cuba. It's the first time a major international ballet company has visited Cuba since the revolution and coincides with its 50th anniversary.
If ever there was a love story to break your heart, Puccini's opera La boheme is it. La boheme ranks with Madama Butterfly as the most frequently performed opera today. In spite of its popularity it is, in its own way, revolutionary, taking the spotlight off the kings, queens, warriors and heroes of 19th century opera to focus on more realistic subjects.
This series explores Europe's most spectacular cities and landscapes while revelling in the great classical music composed within them. This program explores the lives the master musicians, the cities they lived in, and how their work reflects the very same surroundings familiar to us today.
Part two features Simon Callow, Niki Vasilakis and Matt Wills following Mozart through magnificent Austrian countryside from Salzburg to imperial Vienna via Linz; the irresistible magnet for composers such as Brahms, Mahler, Schubert and Haydn. Their stories and their relationship with the magnificent Hapsburg capital are described amid the city's great landmarks.
An enigmatic musical poet, world-renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate 27 years after his untimely death. Gould's inimitable music and writing reveal an insightful worldview that we are still unravelling. His use of complex recording technologies, including editing and manipulating recordings and overdubbing, was unprecedented. Though there have been many documentaries about Gould, most are distracted by his eccentricities, focusing on the pills, gloves, and scarves while missing the man and message behind the music. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould pierces through the myths, revealing the man beneath the icon.
This Opera Australia (OA) co-production with Opera de Montreal sees two of its most distinctive voices performing the famous duet. Emma Matthews brings her crystalline coloratura to the role of Lakme, while Dominica Matthews is the darker-voiced Mallika.
Chronicles the relationship over two years between Alfred Brendel and Kit Armstrong, an 18-year-old Chinese American, culminating in Kit's first big concert with Ricardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Although he has played music most of his life, Seaman Dan only released his first album at the age of 71. He has lived and worked his whole life in the maritime industry in the Torres Strait and his songs document his work and lifestyle. (From Australia, in English)
Featuring dancers from the Sydney Dance Company, this film is set inside a house rocking back and forth on a cliff above an endless ocean, where a woman dreams of imaginary beings who live on the rocks below.
The ballet Sylvia, composed by Leo Delibes in 1876, tells the story of Sylvia, an Amazon beauty, Aminta, a handsome shepherd, and the god Eros. Sir Frederick Ashton's choreography was written for Margot Fonteyn, and it places strong emphasis on the role of Sylvia. Darcey Bussell, who returned to the stage in this Royal Ballet production 18 months after giving birth, is famous English ballerina. Roberto Bolle from Italy plays Aminta. At the end of Acts I and II, Bussell takes the viewer backstage.
Cat Deeley presents the third series of the insightful music series. Each episode focuses on a musician or group as they open up about the tracks that shaped their career and the lyrics that changed their lives.
Celebrated jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist, Madeleine Peyroux reinterprets songs from Ray Charles' seminal album Modern Sounds in Country And Western Music, as well as other songs from legendary artists such as Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and Warren Zevon.
This short film shows how Howard Shore has distinguished himself as one of Canada's most accomplished and versatile composers. During woodland rambles with his beloved dogs, Shore gives free rein to his ceaseless creativity. Whether composing delicate counterpoint or Oscar-winning music, Shore is keenly tuned to a remarkable range of musical expression.
Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
Encourage your students to develop their musical skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music, including dynamic, pitch and rhythm with this collection. (ACAMUM080, ACAMUM084, ACAMUM088, VCAMUR020, VCAMUR024, VCAMUR028, VCAMUR032)