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Eastside Arts Update
February 2005

By Christina Mimmocchi
Posted Monday, February 21, 2005

Welcome to Eastside Arts News
@ Paddington Uniting Church
(home of Paddington Markets)
2 Newcombe Street, Paddington 2021
ph: 9331 2646
news and info - what’s on - concerts - workshops
Hot Off the Press
2005 has started with a bang! After much planning, consulting, brainstorming and construction work, Eastside is finally off to a big start. We welcome old faces and new to be part of this vibrant community arts centre.

The big news is that as of 1 April Eastside will have two state-of-the-art performance venues up and running and a diverse program of performances, workshops and events. Read on!
New Faces
Arts Manager Carol Hirt celebrates 10 years at Eastside this year. In 2005 she is joined by three fresh (ish) faces.

Justo Diaz has recently commenced as Artist-in-Residence and is in the throes of planning a year crammed with musical activities. Stay tuned (!) for details. This position is thanks to funding received from the NSW Ministry for the Arts. Also on board are Christina Mimmocchi (as general stuff-doer and singing projects) and Greg Bull (folk/acoustic concerts).
You Can’t Stop The Music
Café Carnivale makes a welcome return to Eastside Arts on Friday nights from 1 April (no, this isn’t an April Fool’s gag!). The season kicks off with Karifi – musicians and dancers from West Africa. Bring your dancing shoes!

To view the whole Café Carnivale program, and to become a member of the Café, visit
The Singing Room
Due to popular demand, The Singing Room is back! One-off singing workshops designed to get the voice and the ears working. Everyone is welcome regardless of past singing experience. Tuesday nights, 7-9 pm.

1 March Singing for a Better World with Alistair Hulett (Scotland)
8 March songs from the Pacific with Ora Barlow and Planet Woman
15 March adventures in sight-singing with Judy Campbell
22 March harmonies and rounds with Christine Wheeler
29 March Latin American songs with Ricardo Andino
5 April Melismatic Improvisation with Linda Marr

Bookings are essential as places are limited. For a booking form, visit or email or phone 9331 2646.
The Music Room

Percussion Workshops
Percussion classes with Sergio Mulet – all welcome (including beginners)
Monday Nights – 7.45 – 9.15 pm
March 14 and 21
April 4 and 11
(possible performance on 17 April)
Cost: $60 for the 4 weeks ($48 concession)
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 9331 2646 or email.

The workshops will take you through the different Cuban rhythms such as son, guaganco, bolero, cha cha with instruments including congas, timbales, bongos, maracas, guiro and claves.

Sergio is a percussionist originally from Uruguay with more than 20 years of experience on the Sydney Jazz and Latin music scene. He specialises in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion.

BYO percussion instruments if you have them. Sergio will also have a selection you can use.

Pan Pipes Workshop
with Olympia Karanges
Monday nights - 6 - 7.30pm
March 14 and 21
April 4 and 11
(possible performance on 17 April)
Cost: $60 for the 4 weeks ($48 concession)
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 9331 2646 or email.

Come and learn all about the pan pipes and work towards forming a pan pipes ensemble.
BYO pan pipe or borrow one here.
Bluegrass Fans Take Note!
Legendary clawhammer banjo player Bob Carlin is visiting Sydney all the way from the US. Any fan of bluegrass will not want to miss this gig and special one-off workshop.

Bob Carlin in Concert
Presenting American Banjo: From Africa to Appalachia
7.30 pm, Saturday 12 March
Tickets - $18/$12
($28/$22 Special Concert & Workshop Package Price)

Bob Carlin Workshop
Banjo Skills Workshop for all levels - A hands-on workshop on the clawhammer banjo style, starting at a basic level and works toward some advanced techniques by the end.
2.30 to 5pm, Sunday 13 March
Tickets: $15/$12
Bookings Essential - Minimum Number Required
Chapel of the Human Voice
Back from 6 March – a project combining singing workshops, performance and worship. A gathering place for voices - World Sacred Music, Gospel, Taize, Celtic, Indigenous and chants.

Coordinated by Trish Watts (Colla Voce, COTGOS) – with special Guest Workshops leaders and Conductors – Tanya Sparke (Sydney) and John Bell (Scotland).

For more info, dates and times, check the website or call us on 02 9331 2646.
Over To You
Got an idea for a concert, event or workshop at Eastside Arts? We want to hear from you. Drop us a line.

Eastside also has performance/workshop spaces for hire at reasonable prices.

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