This program starts with body percussion which is an important tool for understanding music and for pre-instrumental skill development. A piece of repertoire provides the context in which to explore the skills of body percussion. The body percussion repertoire is then transferred to "found instruments" i.e. rubbish bins, lids, and sticks, and a composition is developed.
The use of layering repetitive patterns, ostinati, to create ensemble sounds is an important composition tool. This program establishes the idea of rhythmic ostinati patterns using simple time. The concept is developed by demonstrating how melodic and non-melodic ostinati can be added to a song to create a composition.
Ben L'Oncle Soul - One of the biggest successes to come out of France in recent years, Ben L'Oncle Soul is a soul singer whose inspiration comes from his childhood exposure to the sounds of the great soul musicians like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and others. Paying homage to these great artists, Ben performs live at the Zenith de Paris.
Music Voyager travels to Jerusalem and northern Israel to discover the sights and sounds of a region rich with ancient history and religious significance. Israel is a land of contrasts and conflicts: between tradition and modernity, war and peace, spirituality and secularism. The popular band Hadag Nahash blends hip-hop, funk and soul with politically expedient Hebrew lyrics to draw attention to the complex issues facing Israeli society. The band gives Music Voyager a stripped down performance at the picturesque Mahane Yehuda market in Jersualem, then invites us for drinks and conversation at the lead singer's pub. We visit leading Shephardic singer Yasmin Levy at her home on the outskirts of the city, where she performs songs in the Spanish-derived Ladino language. Leading singer-songwriter David Broza invites to visit a village devoted to peace between Arabs and Jews that was founded by his grandfather. Broza performs amidst the vines of his family winery, then takes us to an informal jam session with Palestinian musicians in East Jerusalem. We travel to the Galilee region of northern Israel for a visit to Tzfat, an epicenter of the mystical Kaballah and the world's largest klezmer music festival. Music Voyager journeys to the ancient and scenic port of Akko, before meeting up with Israeli star Mosh Ben-Ari for an unplugged performance in the magnificent Roman Theater at Caesarea. Mosh takes us to his home and farm where we learn of his love for the land and the importance of agriculture in the history and identity of Israelis.
Music Voyager starts its Tennessee journey in Bristol, a city in the north-east corner of the state that proudly claims to be the Birthplace of Country Music. We visit Georgia Warren, who at 96 years young is the last surviving participant of the legendary "Bristol Sessions" of 1927, which introduced the sounds of Appalachia to a wide audience and set the foundation for the growing popularity of country music across the nation. While in Bristol, we catch a street performance by musical nomads Megan Jean and the KFB and check out the Knoxville band the Black Lillies performing at one of Bristol's many outdoor concerts. We explore Bristol's other sites, including the Bristol Motor Speedway, as our host Jacob Edgar tests out a pace car on one of NASCAR's most exciting tracks. From Bristol, Music Voyager heads to Knoxville for a visit to the legendary "Blue Plate Special", a live radio program that features the best in local music. Singer-songwriters Scott Miller and RB Morris show us around their hometown. We also learn how far Appalachian music has evolved with an unplugged performance by up-and-coming country stars the Roys. Finally, we pass through the revitalised city of Chattanooga, home to the New Binkley Brothers who reveal that old time music isn't just for old folks. We also meet local dulcimer wizard Dan Landrum who performs with the country rock band Yarn.
An exciting talk series hosted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Elvis Costello. Each artist not only talks but performs. This episode features Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson and John Mellencamp.
There are now only seven weeks left before opening night and none of the actors has been up in the flying rigs yet! Lyn cracks the whip and puts the leads through their paces, but again time is against them. Can Lyn have the cast ready for opening night? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Two young Aussie rookie producers attempt the seemingly impossible: to take an unknown musical straight to Broadway! Tonight, the team heads south in search of funds, and a theatre. Frank's connections in the South take them to Louisiana in search of Christian dollars to find new investors into the project. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
The world awakes to the crash of the stock markets around the globe. Marcus receives a call plunging the production of "Angels the Musical" into turmoil. Will the show go on? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
This program starts with body percussion which is an important tool for understanding music and for pre-instrumental skill development. A piece of repertoire provides the context in which to explore the skills of body percussion. The body percussion repertoire is then transferred to found instruments i.e. rubbish bins, lids, and sticks, and a composition is developed. Other segments in the program extend the exploration of percussion skills.
Justine Clarke is getting ready for her glam rock show when Dash arrives with a guitar case that has no electric guitar inside. With help from wardrobe consultant Tim Rogers, can Justine find a new way to rock in time for the show? Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
Justine Clarke is trying to put together a special dance routine for today's funky disco dance show when she's interrupted by the super loud super-clean cleaner, David Collins. But it might be just what Justine needs! Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
Justine Clarke is preparing a special gift for Dash and desperately needs help with the finishing touches before the show starts. With help from their audio engineer-come-rapper Hau Latukefu the show takes a surprising twist. Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
The French choir Accentus, conducted by choir founder Laurence Equilbey, performs orchestral works by Wagner, Mahler, Ravel, Schubert and Barber, transcribed for the choir by composers such as Gerard Pesson and Franck Krawczyk.
This program profiles prolific Russian conductor, Valery Gergiev, on his non-stop international schedule as artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolita Opera in New York and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, to name but a few of his appointments.
One of the latest and most exciting trends in Colombian music is the fusion of traditional rhythms and melodies with electronic beats and modern influences. The Music Voyager team explores this cutting-edge Bogota scene starting with an electrifying live performance in the streets with La Mojarra Electrica. Then we meet British DJ and producer Richard Blaire, whose Sidestepper project pioneered the electrotropical trend. Systema Solar gives us a taste of their funky and eclectic sound at the equally colorful restaurant and nightclub Andres Carne de Res. Finally, Music Voyager learns about one of the most popular electrotropical bands Bomba Estereo from founder Simon Mejia, and are treated to a stripped down performance of one of the group's new songs at Gaira, a popular Bogota restaurant that also serves as a Colombian music museum.
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.
Tonight on a very special episode of Spectacle, Elvis slides over to the guest chair as actress Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) guest hosts. Elvis performs songs from throughout his career including I Don't Want to Go To (Chelsea), So Like Candy and Brilliant Mistake. He discusses song writing and collaborating with the likes of Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach.
Elvis Costello meets Bill Clinton. who shares his adulation of jazz giants like Al Hirt and Russian jazz saxophone player, Igor Butman. Bill has an extensive collection of saxophones including one that was made by Adolph Sax himself in 1861. He tells Elvis that playing the saxophone helped him cope when times were tense in his role as President of the USA.
Elvis Costello describes Tony Bennett as "a man who embodies the humanity and the subtle nuance of American melody from the heart-standing crescendo of his most requested songs to the intensity of a piano- accompanied ballad. He is a great American artist whether he has a microphone or a paintbrush in his hand."
Fenella Kernebone chats to founder of the Kronos Quartet, violin player David Harrington, about the group's 30-year history, their album Floodplain and their performance and collaboration with Jon Rose at the Sydney Opera House.
Two young Aussie rookie producers attempt the seemingly impossible: to take an unknown musical straight to Broadway! Write a musical and get it on Broadway - maybe in your dreams. But for Marcus and Ken, unknown Aussie natives it's a whole new reality. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Thirty music students spent three days with members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, re-imagining Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture into a unique contemporary musical work. This program follows the students as they improvised, rehearsed, directed, composed and collaborated, culminating in a live performance in front of their family and friends at the Sydney Opera House.
Music Voyager is on a Colombian journey from the ranches and farmlands of Valledupar through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range and on to the Caribbean coast. The small city of Valledupar is the cradle of vallenato, which is a rustic, folksy and distinctly Colombian music style. There, we meet up with Fonseca, one of Colombia's biggest stars, who has incorporated the vallenato style into the tropipop sound for which he is famous. We meet with the Rey de Reyes (King of Kings) of the accordion, attend a wild street party, visit a restaurant that serves unusual wildlife, and join the adorable Los Ninos de Vallenato for a performance in the city's main square. Next, Music Voyager travels to a small coastal village to meet with a former paramilitary soldier turned vallenato singer, who serenades us in a fishing boat in the picturesque harbor. Finally we end up in the port city of Barranquilla, where steamy, tropical Afro-Colombian beats dominate the music scene. Singer Erika Munoz takes us to a rehearsal for Barranquilla's famous carnival and gives an impromptu performance of her African-influenced sound. Colombian legend Joe Arroyo performs with his full 14-piece band in a commandeered library. It's a journey that reveals the amazing diversity of Colombia's geography, culture and music.
Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar continues his Road to a Grammy journey by meeting up with Grammy-winner India Arie in Washington DC. Dobet Gnahore (a stunning singer from west Africa who shares a Grammy nomination with India Arie for their duet on the song, Pearls) is invited to join India Arie and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel for a very special global musical jam session. Then, Jacob travels to Lafayette, Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country, to meet up with Cedric Watson, a young accordionist and violin player who has been making big waves in the Creole music world. The good times roll on the bayou, with a crawfish cookout, intimate porch-side concerts and a raucous Zydeco dance party at the famed Blue Moon night club.
To celebrate the centenary of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, these are three works commissioned from choreographers Wayne McGregor (Dyad 1909), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Faun) and Russell Maliphant (Afterlight) which aim to reflect the revolutionary spirit of the original performances by Nijinsky and the Russian troupe. Before each performance, short inserts provide some background information while the choreographers discuss the sources of inspiration for each piece.
Biting, bite-sized comedy as Sammy J rips into the political machinations of Canberra and beyond. With an insatiable appetite for politics, Sammy blends comedy and song where he can harass and heckle the politics of the day.
An account of director Stanley Donen's long life and career as a major figure in the golden age of Hollywood musicals, where he directed and often starred in a host of classic films from 'Singing in the Rain', 'Funny Face' and 'Pyjama game' to 'On the Town'. Donen reminisces on his own involvement in the studio system and his collaborations with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and many others.
Until now, Michael Nyman's fine reputation has rested on music. Composing with innovative minimalism for films as memorable as The Draughtsman's Contract, The Ogre, Man on Wire, and most famously for Jane Campion's The Piano, he has reached an international audience. But now, Michael Nyman is about to become a filmmaker himself - with an increasing passion for filming, editing and photography.
Join Leah and Teo as they practice happy and sad facial expressions in the mirror, create leaf faces to tell a story and play with bottle people at the beach. Through the windows, we take a look at surf life saving.
Join Luke and Zindzi as they make use of the laundry basket laboratory, make a roly poly ball wall painting and test some balloon rockets. Plus, look through the windows as some children play with bubbles.
After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Afghan Pop Idol is taking the nation by storm. But this is more than just a TV show ... in Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. Winner of the World Cinema Audience Award and the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance, 2009.