Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless comes highly recommended, having been awarded the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Festival, but it only elicited lukewarm applause in Melbourne. Perhaps Australians are less welcoming to the wintry bleakness of the film’s settings, not to mention the searing, hateful exchanges between Boris and Zhenya as they approach divorce and argue about which of them is best suited to look after their twelve year son, Alyosha.  Boris’s job is at stake if his employer finds out about the divorce; Zhenya hopes he will be fired as she indulges in her Brazilian wax treatment. Aloysha bursts into silent tears as he overhears his parents’ vituperations and he decides to run away. All this domestic drama takes place in a social context of lives led in quiet desperation (thank you, Thoreau) of I-phone Dreaming, selfies, bland indifference to others and public drunkenness. The police are unhelpful, too busy with murders and robberies and worried about paperwork; and social workers are a force to be feared and avoided if possible.  Boris’s new love is pregnant and fearful of abandonment, whereas Zhenya gives herself to body worship and unbridled lust, kidding herself that she has finally found true love, after acknowledging her failure to choose wisely between abortion and marriage. Meanwhile, a child is missing.

The search for Aloysha takes up more than half the movie and creates the tension one would expect in a thriller, but without the conventional dénouement.  We walk through icy forests, abandoned buildings, hospital corridors and witness a terrible scene where Boris and Zhenya scream and scratch at each other inside a filthy morgue… There is no respite, no redeeming feature, unless it is the remarkably well-equipped team of volunteers who scour the area in search of Aloysha.  Meanwhile, the television shows us the carnage in eastern Ukraine, voice-overed with the bland reassurances of the authorities. The only enlivening scene involves a splendid diatribe from Zhenya’s paranoid mother (‘Stalin in a skirt’) who rails against everything and begs God for help. The closing scenes, a few years on, show that nothing is likely to change for anyone.

JAZZ: JMQ Jazz Thursdays at Phamish : AUG 10, CRAIG SCHNEIDER , AUG 17, ALINTA CHIDZEY and many more

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7/8/2017

Dear Jazz Lovers,


At times the JMQ Jazz Ensemble showcases front man talents of fine musicians, who are often better known as instrumentalists,

And on August 10, highly lauded singer-arranger-pianist-composer CRAIG SCHNEIDER will again step away from the piano and
sing your favourite standards with a smattering of blues too.

A multi talented entertainer, you are in for a treat with a terrific band line up too, including Michael Harding (piano), Sam Anning (double bass)
Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums) & John Montesante (trumpet /flugelhorn).

Doors 6.30pm and Live Jazz 7pm. Trams # 96 & 16 at the door.
Table bookings 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

ALL WELCOME!🎤🙌🎺🎹🎶🎻

Next week,  Aug 17, love;y talented  ALINTA CHIDZEY will feature again with JMQ before she heads to Europe.

AUGUST : Star Studded Thursday Jazz at Phamish, St Kilda Every Week – Flyer

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PS.
Please tell your friends…

Top quality Jazz in St Kilda every Thursday at Phamish – 30 The Esplanade, St Kilda 7PM

Bookings: 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

Those of you who know my colleague Paula, (who usually takes care of gig promotions), will

be sad to know of her partner Shane's brain cancer relapse  this week – so she is under considerable stress.
If you
can help spread the word and/or attend these stellar Jazz Thursdays, she would really appreciate

you participation at this challenging time….Thank You

YOU ARE WELCOME🙌🎤

AUG 3, LOUISA RANKIN : AUG 10, CRAIG SCHNEIDER @ WARM WINTER JAZZ at PHAMISH

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Dear Jazz Lovers,

Warm Winter Jazz at Phamish keeps delivering…


JMQ Jazz Ensemble is delighted to feature LOUISA RANKIN , making her Phamish debut on  AUG 3rd at 7pm.(Doors 6.30pm)

A dynamic and compelling vocalist, Louisa Rankin moves seamlessly from bandleader to ensemble member whilst maintaining a
sound and style all her own, formed over years of musical exploration.She has established herself as one of Australia's leading
jazz improvisers, working with artists as diverse as Luke Howard, Lior, Barney McAll, Hailey Cramer and The Monash Art Ensemble.
As band-leader, Louisa has presented her music at all of Melbourne’s premier jazz clubs and is highly regarded as one of Melbourne’s leading jazz vocalists.

She  has attended an International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada, where she studied with artists like Theo Bleckmann,
Esperanza Spalding
and Vijay Iyer. She also spent time in New York City, where she took further vocal studies with Theo Bleckmann.

Joining Louisa onstage at Phamish are some of Melbourne's finest names in the jazz world: Sam Anning, Michael Harding,
Carlo Alberto Canevali, Mirko Guerrini, John Montesante
. ALL ARE WELCOME! Table Bookings : 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

And Next Week, AUG 10th, we shall feature one of Melbourne's most in demand male jazz singers, CRAIG SCHNEIDER, just for you.

Then…Aug 17 Alinta Chidzey, Aug 24 Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Aug 31 Chris McNulty,  Sept 7 Wilbur Wilde and more….
We look forward to your company,

ALL ARE WELCOME.💜🎤🎺🎸🍷😊🎹

Melbourne Festival Our Top Ten

The Melbourne Festival program has just been released. Once again, for 18 days this October it will unify, divide, enchant and entice our city with some of the most colourful, bright and brilliant acts from around the world. Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway describing the selection of this years program  as having

“Searched the world for the most courageous, visionary and ambitious artists: artists who are actively taking on the biggest subjects with flair, excitement and drive. We have drawn together as many of them as possible to create a blockbuster that attempts to remind us all what humankind is capable of.”

The 2017 line up has something for everyone and TAGG will again this year be bringing our readers the very best of the festival. To kick things off, here’s our top 10 picks.

 

Tanderrum

For the fifth year, Melbourne Festival opens with the celebration of the ground on which we stand and the people whose ancestors walked it before our time. Performed by the clans of the Kulin Nation, through Tanderrum we acknowledge the lore of creator spirit Bunjil and pay their respects to the vibrant and living culture of this land.

Federation Square Wednesday the 4th of October at 6.30pm.

Tom Waits’ Black Rider: The Casting Of The Magic Bullets 

It maybe hard for one to go wrong with an opera penned by Tom Waits that has on it’s bill  both Meow Meow and Paul Capsis, these two veteran performers have and continue to delight Australian Audiences. Presented by Malthouse Theatre this work continues on a bit of a trend for gothic theatre that has emerged in Melbourne and should prove to be an impactful performance.

Playing at the Malthouse Theatre from Friday the 15th of October.

All The Sex I Have Ever Had

As part of Melbourne Festival 2016, Hair Cuts By Children placed scissors in the hands of school kids and allowing them to play barber for some of the more intrepid Melbourne Festival patrons. This year the same creative team Mammalian Diving Reflex brings us something a little different. With Seniors taking the seat to talk about sex, life and longevity. Because let’s face it, we all do it and it certainly isn’t a new invention.

Playing at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse from Thursday the 12th of October.

Bangsokol: A Requiem For Cambodia

Over two million Cambodians, were in the 1970’s, murdered. But in the face of this genocide and over the proceeding 40 years, a resilient and strong community has grown. Giving voice to a country which is still reeling from such unimaginable events. Spanning song, film, dance, voice and orchestra this is the first major symphonic work to commemorate the atrocities that played out in Cambodia

Playing at Arts Centre Melbourne Hamer Hall on Friday the 13th & Saturday the 14th of October.

Tree Of Codes

If any performance this festival  promises to deliver “Epic” it has to be this one. Having wowed audiences across the world, Tree Of Codes finally touches down in Australia premiering as part of this years Melbourne Festival. Between dance, light and structure, this is the work of three of the world most resplendent artists Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson, and Jamie xx.

Playing at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre from Tuesday the 17th of October.

Ever

Now settled into their new digs at Temperance Hall, BallatlLab under the guise of Phillip Adams, for this years festival gives us Ever. A transformative, painterly expression of vibrant minimalism and chromatic Romanticism morphing Shaker and Quaker roots and nostalgic tropes of the American West. 

Playing at Temperance Hall from Friday the 6th of October.

Ayoung Kim

Korean artist Ayoung Kim’s work is for the first time presented in Australia through dual exhibitions, Porosity Valley, Portable Holes and In This Vessel We Shall Be Kept. To walk through an exhibition by this artists akin to taking a voyage across dark and eerie waters, where real events rub shoulders with myth and memories are made mutable.

Exhibiting at Collingwood Arts Precinct, The Gym and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Mueller Hall Herbarium from Friday the 6th of October.

Under Siege 

A chance to see one of China’s most epic stories reinvented as one of this century’s most ravishing spectacles. The work of renowned Chinese choreographer and dancer Yang Liping this is her vision of the climactic battle between Chu and Han armies; an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history.

Playing at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre from Thursday the 5th of October. 

Dark Circus

A riotous work for all ages, Dark Circus makes its Australian debut for Melbourne Festival audiences. Combining shadow puppetry, live illustration and hand drawn animation they present a scripted piece that is never the same twice. The resulting effect, is something close to “cinema without film”.

Playing at the Malthouse Theatre from the 5th of October.

Taylor Mac: A 24 Decade History Of Popular Music

From 1776 to 2016 this is a decade-by-decade account of American history and popular culture, told by the unmissable Taylor Mac. Re told from a radical, queer and unapologetic view point, these stories are often forgotten, dismissed, or buried. Part celebration, part exorcism, all party, this extravaganza will take its place as one of the most spectacular moments Melbourne has ever witnessed.

Playing at Forum Theatre and Hamer Hall Arts Centre Melbourne from Thursday the 5th of October.

With this being just the tip of the iceberg, head to the Melbourne Festival website to find out about many of other great offerings this years festival promises local audiences. 

Artist Change: WARM WINTER JAZZ at PHAMISH: Thursday JULY 27, SAMANTHA MORLEY; August 3rd, LOUISA RANKIN

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JULY 2017

Dear Jazz Lovers,

WARM WINTER JAZZ at Phamish, St Kilda continues with more fine artists..
This Thursday, JULY 27 at PHAMISH, St Kilda  JMQ JEnsemble will
now feature classy Jazz singer, SAMANTHA MORLEY as our billed artist,
Chris McNulty, shall be participating in a close friend's funeral in Perth – so we
have rescheduled her to August 31..
 
Samantha is an outstanding jazz songstress. A versatile and talented jazz artiste,
she has worked in Australia and abroad, and also appears across genres,
such is her musicianship. With the JMQ Ensemble she has sang previously
at jazz venues and her tasteful 2014 solo jazz album, The 'Nearness of You',
was very well received.

She is joined by a truly fine line up: Michael Harding, Ben Robertson,
Carlo Alberto Canevali, Anton Delecca & John Montesante.

 
Delicious wine and meals are available all evening in a warm and welcoming
setting.  Phamish (opp Luna Park)

30 The Esplanade, St Kilda
Table Bookings: 9534 3800 or info@phamish.com.au

And Next Week, AUG 3rd, we shall feature one of Melbourne's most in demand
jazz singers, LOUISA RANKIN, because she is one of the best..

We look forward to your company,
ALL ARE WELCOME.💜🎤🎺🎸🍷😊🎹

JMQ JAZZ @ PHAMISH : Thursdays : JULY 20 YVETTE JOHANSSON & JULY 27 CHRIS McNULTY : Two of the Best! 7PM

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July 2017


Dear Jazz Lovers,

WARM WINTER JAZZ continues on Thursdays, PHAMISH, St Kilda, with more great artists…


THIS Thursday, JULY 20 we are delighted to present one of Melbourne's most highly
regarded jazz divas, YVETTE JOHANSSON, who always satisfies with
her presence and vocal prowess.
Yvette needs no introduction to the local scene,
as a versatile and stylish jazz artist with an enviable and well-deserved reputation
as one of the finest in town. Her influences range from Ella Fitzgerald,
 Billie Holiday and Blossom Dearie, to Astrid Gilberto, Anita Baker, Doris Day and
many others .
Come along and treat yourself to an unmatched evening of enjoyable
Jazz entertainment,
with some  of the finest musicians in town: Sam Anning,
Carlo Alberto Canevali, Michael Harding, John Montesante

Doors 6.30pm Live Jazz 7PM.
Table Bookings: 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au .



NEXT Thursday, JULY 27, we are thrilled to present CHRIS McNULTY , who has one
of the most exquisite jazz voices around. She recently returned after 30+ years in the
USA where she forged a stellar international recording, performing and touring
career and made many critically acclaimed albums.
She has been hailed by musicians, peers and critics alike as a jazz
vocalist-composer with a unique vision, boundless creative energy and a
distinctive style. She combines a rich, expressive voice with a deep sense of swing,
a natural feel for the blues and an impressive ability to improvise.
She joins JMQ Jazz Ensemble  at Phamish at 7PM, and is a must for true jazz-lovers

30 The Esplanade, St Kilda. 3182  (opposite Luna Park)
All Welcome, Come Rain or Come Shine!
Table Bookings:  9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au


and more exciting artists coming up…

ALL ARE WELCOME !

JMQ JAZZ @ PHAMISH : JULY 20 – JULY 13 – ‘La Vie Est Belle’ JULIARNA CLARK -Bi Lingual Jazz

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July 2017

Dear Jazz Lovers,

WARM WINTER JAZZ continues on Thursdays, PHAMISH, St Kilda, with more great artists…


THIS Thursday, JULY 20 we are delighted to present one of Melbourne's most highly
regarded jazz divas, YVETTE JOHANSSON, who always satisfies with
her presence and vocal prowess.
Yvette needs no introduction to the local scene,
as a versatile and stylish jazz artist with an enviable and well-deserved reputation
as one of the finest in town. Her influences range from Ella Fitzgerald,
 Billie Holiday and Blossom Dearie, to Astrid Gilberto, Anita Baker, Doris Day and
many others .
Come along and treat yourself to an unmatched evening of enjoyable
Jazz entertainment,
with some  of the finest musicians in town: Sam Anning,
Carlo Alberto Canevali, Michael Harding, John Montesante

Doors 6.30pm Live Jazz 7PM.
Table Bookings: 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au .



NEXT Thursday, JULY 27, we are thrilled to present CHRIS McNULTY , who has one
of the most exquisite jazz voices around. She recently returned after 30+ years in the
USA where she forged a stellar international recording, performing and touring
career and made many critically acclaimed albums.
She has been hailed by musicians, peers and critics alike as a jazz
vocalist-composer with a unique vision, boundless creative energy and a
distinctive style. She combines a rich, expressive voice with a deep sense of swing,
a natural feel for the blues and an impressive ability to improvise.
She joins JMQ Jazz Ensemble  at Phamish at 7PM, and is a must for true jazz-lovers

30 The Esplanade, St Kilda. 3182  (opposite Luna Park)
All Welcome, Come Rain or Come Shine!
Table Bookings:  9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au


and more exciting artists coming up…

ALL ARE WELCOME !

Fiona O’loughlin

There is something unique about O’loughlin musings on the Australian identity. Being born to an migrant family, a child hood spent in a small country town, escaping to the big smoke in pursuit of her dreams. It’s the kind of story line that we know so well through our own personal experience, or as represented in our screen cultures and literature. O’loughlin, having experienced some pretty dark battles, takes this almost cliched story line, lacing it with some deliciously dark antidotes, that emerge throughout the performance in the most perfect of moments.

Perhaps to liken O’loughlin story and popularity with Australia’s love for the underdog is a little reductive, but can not be overlooked. She speaks candidly about her battles with addiction, the breakdown of her marriage, and the pressures of parenthood. From the sharing of her own experience she further adds subject matter, that to an Australian audience is unquestionably resonate. Some of the best lines surround the expense paid for IVF treatment, the 80s in Australia and on a more contemporary note, even Cocaine Cassie makes an appearance.

The material here, has been unpacked by many comics, film makers and authors, and it is a risky choice for any one wanting a refresh. But this is Fiona O’loughlin, a woman that always takes what has been done that little bit further, and sometimes to far.

Also, it should be mentioned that for nearly four weeks earlier this year, O’loughlin was in a coma given only a 7 percent chance of pulling through. It is perhaps because of this, that the performance has a certain quality not often found. Here we see a veteran performer rediscovering her craft with a fresh perspective, it’s not just an hour of heavily edited and rehearsed stand up,  at time’s O’loughlin focus seems elsewhere, moments that falter,  endear us all the more. Anyone who shows such strength and fragility on stage, while sharing so deeply and gifting so much laughter, needs to be commended.

With one of O’loughlin daughters the opening act, singing three of her original songs is a peculiar choice. The obvious conclusion to draw from such choice, would be as an antidote to the comedy which follows. But with similar themes from both performers  the bleak reality of life and the connection of family is what stays in the mind throughout and post performance.

Is this the greatest hour of comedy served up by O’loughlin, perhaps not, but with so many moments which remain with you, it is certainly not without merit. How O’loughlin further shapes her craft moving forward will be interesting, let’s hope she continues her story telling in such a raw and brutally honest manner.

Fiona’s season has finished, however there are a stack of great shows happening or coming up soon down at Map 57, to check out their full program click here

JMQ JAZZ @ PHAMISH : JULY 13 Bastille Day Eve – JULIARNA CLARK -Bi Lingual Jazz; JULY 20 YVETTE JOHANSSON features. 7PM

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July 2017


Dear Jazz Lovers,

WARM WINTER JAZZ continues on Thursdays, PHAMISH, St Kilda, with more great artists…


1. Don't forget to book for  this Thursday, BASTILLE DAY EVE, Thursday, JULY 13,
when Jazz Thursdays at Phamish  presents  a BI-LINGUAL jazz evening
"La Vie Est Belle", featuring JULIARNA CLARK at 19:00h-21:30h. You will enjoy
listening  to both  French and American standards, in a welcoming setting,
 with meals, drinks and and cocktails served throughout the evening.
Also performing are Sam Anning, Michael Harding, David Hicks & John Montesante.
Tout le monde est invité!   All Welcome, Come Rain or Come Shine!
Table Bookings: (03) 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au


2. Next Thursday, JULY 20 we are delighted to present one of Melbourne's most highly
regarded jazz divas, YVETTE JOHANSSON, who always satisfies with
her presence and vocal prowess.
Come along solo or with your partner or friends,
and treat yourself to an unmatched evening of enjoyable Jazz entertainment,
with some
of the finest musicians in town: Sam Anning, Carlo Alberto Canevali, Michael Harding,
John Montesante

Doors 6.30pm Live Jazz 7PM.
Table Bookings: 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au .

and more exciting artists coming up…

ALL ARE WELCOME !

Warm regards,