Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the ACO, had always wanted to collaborate with a visual artist. But which one? He wanted to create a spellbinding event, not just a soundtrack, through the combination of sound and vision. Then he saw the work of Bill Henson and Luminous was born.
On tonight's episode of Spectacle, Elvis hopes to build a band by inviting Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint on stage. Singer songwriter and electric guitar player Richard Thompson, grew up listening to folk music. He reflects on the influence it had on him before performing Shoot Out The Lights. New Orleans piano player Allen Toussaint, explains why the piano is such an integral part to any band and how his home town is so important to his music. At Elvis's request, he plays his classic song Holy Cow.
The Colombian city of Cali is known as the world capital of salsa, and its also the urban center of the country's Afro-Pacific culture. The Music Voyager team discovers how salsa, an upbeat tropical dance music that isn't even originally from Colombia, has been adopted as a native style. We meet up with Grupo Niche, one of the world's most famous salsa bands, for a performance at their private club Dulce con Dulce, and explore the famous Juanchito neighborhood where salsa clubs line the streets. A four time world champion salsa dance team shows us the latest and greatest moves in a square in downtown Cali (Plaza Caicedo), while the electronic duet No DJs gives us a taste of the city's Latin music cutting edge. Music Voyager also explores the local Afro-Pacific music with an intimate performance by Grupo Bahia on the banks of the Rio Melendez, and young bloods Herencia de Timbiqui demonstrate their funky grooves in the streets of the old city. Finally, we jam in Matildelina with the hippest salsa band in Colombia, La-33, who are bringing a modern attitude to this classic style.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
Part nine of Classical Destinations looks at the careers of Bach and Mendelssohn. In today's episode, Niki performs part of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and we visit the Schott publishing house in the city of Mainz to learn the craft of music engraving and look at the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Part twelve of Classical Destinations follows Beethoven's troubled early life in his birthplace of Bonn, near which descendents of his family still live and work as winemakers. Then to an indisputably modern city: Berlin, home to one of the world's greatest orchestras.
Star tenor Rolando Villazon goes on the trail of the story behind what is, arguably, the greatest opera ever written, Don Giovanni by Mozart. Rolando returns to the theatre in Prague where the premiere was performed and attempts to put together a recreation of the first night, where the composer, audience and cast unite for a unique historical event. Villazon talks about how his own love of opera was formed and examines how it was performed and received by audiences in the eighteenth century. The resulting film will provide a rich insight into every aspect of the performance, from the musicians and singers to the outfits worn by the audience and the price and business of selling tickets.
Join Simon Callow and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for an exploration of Europe's most famous composers and the cities in which they lived. Simon takes us through Handel's house in London where he wrote Messiah and other masterpieces before taking a side trip to Dublin to explore the premiere of Messiah in the Irish capital. Returning to London we hear of his charitable work with the Foundling Hospital before Simon closes in Westminster Abbey where the great man is buried. The Australian Chamber Orchestra performs Handel's Concerto Grosso.
Director Phil Grabsky explores the life one of the world's most revered musicians, Fredric Chopin. The story is told through Chopin's music, letters and biographies. Performances by world-leading performers and the views of internationally renowned musicologists embellish the profile, exposing nuances of the composer's life and works, never before revealed.
Experience the angelic voices and inspiring music of Celtic Woman in this extraordinary stage show, which celebrates the Emerald Isles' spellbinding musical and cultural heritage, combining traditional Irish anthems and pop standards.
ABBA In Concert was shot in 1979, mainly at London's Wembley Arena. The band play their biggest hits in front of a passionate crowd. Featured songs include: Waterloo, Take a Chance on Me, Voulez-Vous, Chiquitita, I Have a Dream, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Knowing Me Knowing You, Summernight City, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, and Hole in Your Soul.
In this new series, renowned historian Dr David Starkey reveals how the story of British music was shaped by its monarchy. While exploring what the monarchy has done for music, David Starkey also shows what music has done for the monarchy. In this first episode he begins with kings who were also composers - Henry V and Henry VIII - and the "golden age" of English music they presided over.
Four internationally-renowned artists each present an operatic work, from Puccini and Strauss to Mozart and Bizet and recount their personal interpretation of the score. Each presenter shares a rare backstage pass into how an opera is produced.
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.
At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in the US, with a weekly primetime show acknowledging his unique natural talent. Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story is told of the man whose charm and genius for performance made him a role model and a pinnacle of American cultural society.
The world's only Ice Music Festival is held in Geilo, Norway. All the instruments are created from wild, lake ice, the only sort which can resonate and "sing", the stage and auditorium are also sculpted from ice and snow. Through a combination of patience and technical prowess, instruments are created which make extraordinary, mystical sounds that reflect the natural landscape in which they were created.
Australian-born Duncan Gifford left Australia to pursue his dream of studying under one of the great piano teachers, Lev Vlasenko, in Moscow. Now, on his return, he recounts his time in Moscow, and performs the challenging First Piano Concerto of Prokofiev with the SBS Youth Orchestra.
One of the most intelligent writers and singers of his time, Elvis Costello's output has ranged from punk through to jazz and classical. Discover the man behind the mask in the first ever intimate profile of this legendary performer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is contemporary music, of a somewhat menacing quality, by the composer Thom Willems, in collaboration with William Forsythe. Dancers move between tables; under them, on them. Their movements have a sinister quality. By pounding, rubbing and slapping the tables constantly, they produce additional sounds. The only word spoken is "go".
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Voice is a journey through the greatest vocal talents the world has ever heard. The series combines classic archive, rare and unseen footage, unique intimate performances, and exclusive interviews with a legion of legends, from Pavarotti to Bono, Maria Callas to Bjork, Ray Charles to Brian Wilson.
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)