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Culture Wrap April 23

space-cowboy-horizThe Space Cowboy

The Space Cowboy returns to his hometown Byron Bay with a performance jam-packed with his latest stunts and revelations.

Inspired by the great thinkers of the past and present in the field of psychological persuasion and mind reading, The Space Cowboy performs some of the most direct and precise thought-reading demonstrations that can be found in the world today. The holder of 34 Guinness World Records he is also leading the frontier of extreme performance. Experience his death-defying stunts of sword swallowing and much more pushing the boundaries of what is physically possible.

His bizarre demonstrations highlight the incredible power of the human mind and the physical body, and are so unusual they have baffled doctors and scientists around the globe. Witness The Space Cowboy draw pictures from people’s minds, bend spoons in their hands. See him swallow a 60cm glass neon tube and hear his heartbeat as his skin glows from the inside.You are invited to bring your own cutlery for The Space Cowboy to bend in your hand with no apparent physical force!

Making international headlines and performing to sell-out crowds around the globe, The Space Cowboy’s Mind Bending show promises to do just that.

Three new Space Cowboy shows coming soon to the Community Centre Byron Bay – this Saturday 25 April at 7pm, then Sunday 3 May 3.30pm and 7pm.

Book your tickets at the box office: 6685 6807 or online at: www.byroncentre.com.au.

Dream Drone

Dream Drone is a 90-minute lie-down immersion in the sound of the didgeridoo. Participants come with what they need to be comfortable to lay on the floor and are treated to a sonic experience that vibrates the whole body. Utilising the interference pattern created by playing two keyed didgeridoos at the same time, Dream Drone is a unique sound that has the power to take the listener on an inner journey.

Dream Drone is a collaboration between longtime local didgeridoo player Si Mullumby and Jon Worsley, the designer of the YiDaChi range of hemp didgeridoos. Jon and Si share a twenty-one-year history and the resultant YiDaChi instruments used in these events represent the latest in material and design technology.

Dream Drone will be at Temple Byron at 46 Melaleuca Drive close to Byron town on Friday. Arrive 6pm for a 6.30pm start. No late entry. Tickets $31 including bf or $35 on the door. Available from www.dreamdrone.com.au.

Multicultural Muzik

On 20 December 2014 there was an event like no other held in Lismore. It was a hugely successful community performance, the first for Orkeztra Lizmore with 38 performers onstage together. The event also featured several smaller ensemble performances including the debut of Voices of Nimbin, who are sadly non-active at present. The show worked partly through the idea of combining several key performers and writers alongside participants with varied or even no prior experience in musical performance but who helped carry the fantastic energy of a community keen to work and grow together.

Led by local musician, composer and music teacher Pietro Fine, part of what brought the community together so successfully was the commitment of its members and guests to the ethics of political and environmental change toward issues such as sustainable energy, refugee support, respecting the rights of first peoples and all cultures of the world as well as opposing unconventional gas and fracking.

Performances are a way of making a group statement on such important issues, through both instrumental music and song.

Pietro, who established and directed the exhilarating Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde in Melbourne in 2008, leads fellow musicians in the Orkeztra Lizmore project. He has now taken on the role of artistic director with three fellow co-musical directors; Peter Jaggle, well known for his work with Youngdrums, will bring his percussion teaching and writing to the whole ensemble, while Mark Bromley, who performed along with Pietro in KaOZ Klezmer as well as establishing Stypski and teaching several ensembles, will impart some of his huge knowledge of world music; and Jude Magee will add her experience as a musician, composer and teacher to the team, bringing some Celtic flavour to Ork-Liz.

The first Ork-Liz gathering for 2015 will be a weekend of workshopping the material and getting to know each other while working with the three new musical directors.

Starting in the afternoon, Saturday 25 April, the first workshop is at 1.30pm with arrival any time from 12 noon at Silvercloud Studios, 14 Foleys Road, South Lismore. A bring-a-plate dinner from 6.30pm should be a great part of the social side of the weekend.

On Sunday 26 April, workshops start at 10am, lunch 12 noon, then workshops continue 1–4pm. A contribution of $25 a day or $40 for both days is requested. Directions can be made at http://silvercloudstudios.com.au/silvercloud-studios-location.

It is hoped that anyone with an instrument will come along. Bring a music stand if you can, along with your instrument and a pencil. Attendance can be for any part of it, and fees are negotiable according to a participant’s ability to pay.

For more info, please contact Megan 0414 393 370 or Pietro 0409 425 119.

SNIPPETS

Cuppa Tea Choir

Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre and Song Dynasty Music present the beginning of the term for Cuppa Tea Choir, Tuesday 28 April, 10.30–11.30am every Tuesday. Contact [email protected] 0438 965 397 or [email protected] 0429 841 816.

Lone Goat Gallery

Lone Goat Gallery presents Sublunary by Brooms Head artist Ross Howard, opened by Paul Witzig, legendary surf-filmmaker, on 25 April, 6–8pm. All welcome. Ph 0490 004 542 for info.

Bay Singers

The Bay Singers (BB Community Choir) meets Mondays 10.30–11.30 at the Community Centre each week. More info: [email protected]

Impro

Improvisation & Performance Peer Practice Mondays 4–6pm at Kulchajam, Byron ind est. More info: Gabrielle 0418 438 396.

Bushdancing

Live music from Hide The Potato with dance caller, last Sunday of every month 3–5pm at Brunswick Heads RSL Hall. Next dance Sunday 26 April.


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