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Talking ArtZ Episode 08 | Ian Neil Morrison talking to Bruce Cale on June 1st 2019 at the CarringtonIan Morrison from Katoomba Music talked to local music legend Bruce Cale about his life and his music.
Bruce Cale was born in Leura, NSW, in 1939 and raised in Katoomba in Australia's Blue Mountains. He began his musical education at nine, studying violin; at eighteen he had graduated to the double bass and was working professionally in Sydney. During the early 60s, Cale was a member of the Bryce Rohde Quartet - one of the seminal groups in the history of Australian jazz.
In 1965, Cale moved to England where he continued his jazz career playing and recording with leading 'modernists'. While in England, he was awarded a Down Beat Jazz Study Grant which took him to America in 1966. He spent eleven fruitful years living in America, working and recording with artists such as Phil Woods, John Handy, Zoot Simms, Ernie Watts, Toshiko Arkiyoshi, John Klemmer, Mike Nock and many others.
In 1974, he renewed his interest in classical music after receiving a commission to write a major work, dedicated to saxophonist John Coltrane. Amongst other works commissioned while in America, Iron Cross and Kookaburra were premiered by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1974.
Returning to Australia in 1977, Cale formed the Bruce Cale Quartet and the Bruce Cale Orchestra, a small jazz orchestra which performed mainly at the Basement in Sydney.
Cale's compositional output ranges from symphonic works through to chamber and jazz pieces. Cullenbenbong (1989), for bass recorder and temple bells, was commissioned by composer/performer Ian Shanahan who premiered the work in both Australia and Japan. The piece was awarded the Adolf Spivakovsky Scholarship for the Composition of Music. In 1992 Cale was awarded the Fellowship of Australian Composers Prize for Breeze in the chimes of time, and the Jean Bogan Prize for his solo piano work Coalesce.
Cale's music is highly individual in its approach, incorporating the use of Afro/American, Brazilian and contemporary European rhythms, extended/expansion of instrumental resources and in some works, improvisation. He credits much of his composing success to his study with American George Russell, whose Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organisation "Helped me create with a freedom that one cannot imagine until exposed to such an inspiring set of musical thoughts."
A number of recordings of Cale's music, made in England and America in the 1960s and 70s, have been re-released on CD in recent years. A CD of his orchestral works, recently released by Tall Poppies, was described by George Russell as "...lyrical and elegant. His use of the harmonic palette is uniquely his own, and draws on his early training as a jazz musician. He is unafraid of beauty; his work is thrilling in its complexity and scope."
After a number of years living in Wynyard on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Cale has returned to his hometown in the Blue Mountains.
Come and listen to his memories of an amazing life!
Talking ArtZ Episode 16 | March 07 2020 | Craig Billingham and Roanna GonsalvesMarch Talking ArtZ event at Nolan on Lovel Gallery on Saturday 7th March from 3pm was with local writers Craig Billingham and Roanna Gonsalves. Craig hosted the conversation with Roanna, as only another writer can.
Craig Billingham has published two collections of poetry, Storytelling (2007) and Public Transport (2017). He has also published short stories and reviews, most recently in Southerly, Verity La, and the Australian Book Review. He has a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney.
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) published in India and South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger). The book won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize 2018, and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. Roanna currently works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UNSW and at NYU Sydney. She serves on the Board of Writing NSW.
Talking ArtZ Episode 15 | Feb 01 2020 | Todd McMillan and Sarah MoscaThe first Talking ArtZ for 2020 had guests, Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca,
in conversation, with both Wendy Tsai and Ian McGilvray in the interviewers seats, sharing the role of investigating the practices of these two local artists. Both are successful and accomplished contemporary artists dedicated to their art practice using film, photography and painting to explore their experience of being human in a hugely changing world.
It was a very stimulating Talking ArtZ session to kick off the year.
We are very aware of the significance of the past few months on our community and our need to gather to support each other and enjoy the nurturance that art fosters.
This year Talking ArtZ (2020) is a collaboration between ArtHouse RBM, Ian Morrison from Katoomba Music, BMCAN and supported by Nolan on Lovel Gallery. Please put aside the 1st Saturday of each month from 3pm and join us at Nolan on Lovel Gallery. The Nolan on Lovel gallery situated halfway between Katoomba and Leura was opened by Terry & Robyn Nolan in October 2008 exhibiting top class contemporary art and hosting very popular musical evenings. Robyn and Terry’s belief is that a gallery should be more than a viewing space for art works – it should be a place of excitement, a centre of ideas and stimulation, a place where you have your spirit refreshed.
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Talking ArtZ | Live Podcast Event Episode 10 | Julie Ankers with Big Fix’s Lis BastianTalking ArtZ Live Podcast Event Episode 10
Our first event at our new venue, the Nolan on Lovel Gallery, Lovel St, Katoomba on Saturday 3rd August from 3pm was a huge succes.
We had the champion of Radio Blue Mountains and noted author and promoter, Julie Ankers interviewing Lis Bastian – the personality behind the hugely successful Big Fix. Lis has an extensive history in community development and the arts, and shared her passions on how the arts can change the way we live on this planet.
The conversation provided plenty of thoughtful creative energy and delighted and encouraged artists and friends.
Talking Art | Podcast 05 | Victor Paralta The Process of Portrait PaintingVictor Peralta stepped in at short notice for our March Talking Art meeting. Victor and Sharon Peralta co-direct GalleryONE88 in Katoomba and are active in promoting arts in the mountains. Victor is also an experienced artist, and spoke with us about his process of portrait painting. He brought several of his large portraits of local Katoomba Street identities. It was a refreshingly warm and open conversation.
Talking Art Extra | Victor Alejandro Peralta
VICTOR ALEJANDRO PERALTA is a self taught Artist, drawing and Painting from an early age.
A Resident of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains Victor is predominantly a Portrait Artist, well known for his honest capture of his subjects personality and mood. Victor prefers to work with Oils, Watercolour and Charcoal, all in large formats.
With several solo exhibitions to date, Victor’s works are represented in many collections throughout Australia and Overseas.
Victor is often asked to judge Art shows and guest speaker at many Art shows in the Blue Mountains region.
Victor is also Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts I Katoomba.
For a full biography see his Facebook page here.
Talking Art | Podcast 04 RolandHemmert 'Spirit of Place'Talking Art | Roland Hemmert in conversation with Wendy Tsai, Talking Art founder, about ‘Spirit of Place’ Held at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, Australia on Sat, 2nd Feb 2019 4-5:30pm
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A special event held at the Carrington Hotel. Katoomba on Saturday the 2nd Feb for a Talking Art podcast session. Wendy Tsai in conversation with local artist Roland Hemmert for an immersive, interesting exploration of a unique artist’s relationship with place.
Roland is a well-known mountains artist who exhibits regularly and is recognised for his colourful paintings and drawings of the mountains and parts of Central Australia. Roland has a deep spiritual connection with the places he explores, and his paintings and pastel drawings express this deep appreciation for the earth and natural world and for the connection he learned by interaction with our country'd indigenous population..
‘For me there is a mystery present within (the landscape) and art making is the means by which we try to understand it.’
Join us and experience this special event. The conversation was led by Talking Art Founder Wendy Tsai, a well known artist in her own right in the mountains and a member of BMCAN, the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network, a growing Tour De Force in the mountains arts scene.
Talking Art Podcast Number 02 Encountering the WildThe second podcast for the BMCAN* initiative 'Talking Art' focusing on 'Encountering the Wild' by means of a conversation between two of the organisers of the launch multi-arts festival for the Wild Mountain Collective, Barbara Lepani (BMCAN*) and Simon Hearn (Sunlab Architectural Services) was held at the Carrington Hotel on Saturday 3rd November 2018. Watch this short promo and then listen to the full 1/2 hour at
*Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network
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Encountering the Wild multi-arts festival, go to
Talking Art Podcast Number 1 Gallery CurationThe first podcast for the BMCAN* initiative 'Talking Art' focusing on 'Gallery Curation' by means of a conversation between two professional Blue Mountains Curators, Sabrina Rosener (BMCC** Gallery) and Kelly Heylen (Platform Gallery) was held at the Carrington Hotel on Saturday 6th October. Watch this short promo and then listen to the full 1/2 hour at
*Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network
**Blue Mountains Cultural Centre