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Interview with Three Lords founders Hano Kotevski and Thomas Zachary

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Three Lords founders Hano Kotevski and Thomas Zachary at Byron Theatre rehearsing for their next Special Event, Inception.

Three Lords Inception is an adventure into light and sound

Three Lords are local creatives Hano Kotevski and Thomas Zachary who formed an events and entertainment company earlier this year. Concentrating primarily on celebrating classic, cult and popular film anniversaries, they have already showcased their impressive skill range in event management to present Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the 80th anniversary of Citizen Kane.

Hano Kotevski is SAE Byron Bay alumni (Bachelor of Film production), who has served as a right hand man at the Byron Bay Film Festival from 2016 to 2020. Hano’s technical experience and life-long passion with film exhibition has yielded an ongoing relationship with Byron Theatre.

Tom Zachary has worked in the music industry for over a decade in many capacities. Having studied classical cello at the Sydney Conservatorium he has since utilised his creative talents as both a performer and teacher. With a passion for performance, composition, and bringing people together for exciting new projects and events, he has taken on the role of Musical Director for Three Lords.

Kotevski says the idea for this format was born when he and Tom yearned to release a long-term program of a variety of event types, but concentrating on local artists having a space and platform to continue honing their crafts, and keeping the arts alive. ‘Obviously, COVID’s ugly head has forced us to restructure our scope and limit our programming,’ he said. ‘However both Tom and I are of the “show must go on” mentality.’

Kotevski and Zachary produced their first audiovisual show for the 35th anniversary of Aliens. They expanded heavily upon that production by collaborating with visionary projection artist Arianna Bosi of Dashboard Animals for their most recent event – the 20th anniversary of the cult classic Donnie Darko, which they hosted in July.

The process involves using key visual elements that reflect a film’s cinematographic theme, by using projection mapping onto a variety of surfaces, adding a theatrical element where possible, and by implementing state-of-the-art lighting plans, as well as Tom incorporating live instruments during his soundscape performance.

For their next adventure the Three Lords super creative tech team are stepping it up a notch, this time for a personal passion project in honour of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller adventure Inception, which will pay homage to beautiful landscapes, architectural shapes and designs, all being manipulated away from the projection screen – Arianna will again weave the audience in and around the space of the Byron Theatre – while Thomas’ live performance of his original soundscape will guide the audience through an acoustic dream-like state, as well as tipping his musical ‘hat’ to the film’s score composer, Hans Zimmer.

Hano says Three Lords’ aim is to continue to keep live events innovative and accessible to patrons and local artists, while mindfully respecting the continuing nagging reminder that COVID is so present in our lives right now. ‘We are so grateful and fortunate to have the support of Byron Theatre, which has managed to keep its doors open, and its patrons and dedicated staff safe by consistently and vigilantly maintaining its COVID Safe status.’

Don’t miss Inception + A/V show at the Byron Theatre. It was scheduled for on Saturday 14 August 7.30pm and has been postponed until August 28 owing to the lockdown.
For tickets go to: byrontheatre.com.

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