FRINGE – Music – Old Man River – The Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights – 4K

Ohad Rein, better known to audiences as Old Man River, entered the stage in the Spiegeltent and then made the interesting move of leaving it again to play his first song out amongst the audience. He certainly knows how to get a crowd on-side. With just his guitar and his voice we were drawn in by one of his trademark beautiful melodies. Remaining solo for a little longer, he then invited us to join in the next song which was based on the traditional Indian Kirtan singing style involving call and response. The audience responded enthusiastically.

At this point, Ohad was joined on stage by a three piece band. This was a different line-up to previous years, with a more conventional rock set-up of drums, bass, keyboard and guitar. In some cases, samples were utilised to add the traditional sounds that Old Man River is well known for. They played a well balanced combination of songs from the new album Trust and older hits from the 2007 debut Good Morning.

The music and the performances were both great and it was over too soon. Returning to the stage for one more song, Ohad encouraged us to get up and dance during their best known track La. Thankfully, the Speigeltent hadn’t been oversold, as is sometimes the case, and there was actually room to move. The audience once again joined in eagerly and, after it was all over, went out into the night on a high.

The line-up may have changed but Old Man River is still a quality live music experience.

Kryztoff Rating  4K

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FRINGE: Helpmann Academy Grad Exhibition – Drill Hall – 4K

The Helpmann Academy brings together under one umbrella the five major tertiary arts schools within South Australia. This exhibition at the fabulous Drill Hall at the Parade Grounds showcases the best of this year’s graduating class.

As with past years, the breadth of the styles is matched only by their quality – from photography to sculpture, needlework to blown glass.

Ruby Chew has created three large canvasses (top right) in kitsch 1950’s ‘hyper reality’ style that aim to reveal the inner qualities of her sitters that intrigue and grow on you the more you examine them. David Suter and Tom Squires have created substantial sculptures, Suter’s Orb, (centre) a 150cm diameter concrete sphere, looks like some moon rock and Squires’ Model For Philipp Mainlander Piece (left) is a tall multi layered rectangular cuboid that stretches to the ceiling. Both have small adjunct pieces; Suter’s has a moon that goes with his earth and Squires has small, almost stool like piece of not dissimilar proportion to Suter’s, the meaning of which may require Tom’s input.

The glass work of Zoe Woods I have covered previously in our review of the Uni SA Visual arts exhibitions as too the photography of Alice Blanch and Carly Snoswell’s fascinating web like forms constructed only from plastic fastening loops. They remain highlights even in this bigger field. (See: Uni SA Grad Exhibition Review Pt 3, Uni SA Grad Exhibition Review Pt 2, Uni SA Grad Exhibition Review Pt 1

While commercial success is not always a great measure of quality, the preponderance of red dots at this year’s exhibition even after a few days speaks volumes if nothing else for a public awareness of the excellence of our visual arts schools and the Helpmann Academy’s efforts to promote them.

This is a quality exhibition and adds to the Fringe’s reputation as genuine visual arts festival in its own right to partner SALA.

Kryztoff Rating  4K

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FRINGE: Into The Fringe – Gary Cockburn – Adel Town Hall – 4.5K

Last year Gary Cockburn’s first Into The Fringe exhibition grabbed our attention with his images posted in Cibo, Rundle Street. This time he has moved to the Adelaide Town Hall with a new set of images of the Adelaide Fringe and added to it images of the Edinburgh Fringe.

As he states in his Artist Statement, Cockburn seeks to ‘capture as much of the energy, beauty and passion of the Fringe as possible’ and he achieves that admirably again. His photographs drip with beautiful colours (his reds a feature), are infused with skilled use of light and carry subtle use of mood and motion to lift what may otherwise be considered mundane. At all times he looks to capture Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment and his Opening Parade Preparations, Gilbert Street and Sam Simmons Backstage are two of the best of this exhibition.

If there is criticism to be levelled it is that the form of presentation as large amalgams of images, rather than spaced out, tends to detract from the excellence of each.

Another important way to see and experience the Fringe.

Kryztoff Rating  4.5K

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FRINGE: Comedy – Marcel Lucont Chat Show – Tuxedo Cat – 2.5K

The Fringe this year seems jam packed with talk shows where performers interview each other or play host to a 15 min set piece from comedians. Last weekend I enjoyed Heath Franklin’s Chopper and this week Frenchman Marcel Lucont at the Tuxedo Cat.

Presenting like Rowan Atkinson utilising an absurd French accent, Lucont, in black turtle neck, blue suit and bare feet gave us some amusing patter before interviewing Gary Bradbury, a former goat farmer and now saxophonist. After that, Sammy J (the hand of Randy) took to the chair, played us a song or two to an ever sinking microphone, answered some audience questions and engaged Lucont in a stare contest.

All harmless good fun stuff and certainly something to do late in an evening; a visit to the Tuxedo Cat is an experience every fringe follower owes themselves. However, just why in a room of 35 sq metres and an audience of 50 (with a similar number of moths), one needs microphones is beyond me as they do tend to reduce the intimacy of the occasion.

Kryztoff Rating  2.5K

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FRINGE: Background Check – Amos and Moataz – 3.5K

The rear room at the Maid is the venue for two of Adelaide’s most talented young comedians in Moataz and Amos Gill. Their show, Background Check, is in two parts with Amos first up delivering some stories of life in a split Australian / Croatian home and as a footballer. His recounting of extracts from the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility policy and the spin that is ‘extra tasty cheese’ are great highlights.

Following a short video, Moataz, possessed of a sense of the absurd wrapped up in playfulness, took to racism with gusto pinning a number of our innate, unspoken fears on the hapless rangas. He says because he’s Egyptian he is allowed to ay things like this.

Sure, the show lacks a little polish and this is humour well tagged as undergrad but their willingness to take on topics beyond the safe, comedy norm, without at any time making us think there is overreach is frankly a breath of fresh air. Their delight in performing is infectious and their crowd interactions just fun.

Get there to pump up their tyres and you will find your own going the same way.

Kryztoff Rating  3.5K

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RAW: BAFF – Mrs Carey’s Concert – 3K

The glamour opening night of the Big Pond Adelaide Film Festival featured Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond’s return to the world of the documentary with Mrs Carey’s Concert. The film covers the 18 months of preparations of girls from Sydney’s MLC for their concert each two years at the Opera House.

The interactions between the teachers, of which Mrs Carey is just one of four, and their students aged 15-17, particularly their lead violinist Emily and major recalcitrant Iris, are well handled. However, as a documentary, Mrs Carey’s Concert lacks the usual documentary techniques of one on one interviews that explore players’ motivations away from the gaze of the others. Also, we never much got to know Mrs Carey, her history and motivations and the history too of the concert itself which by the film’s conclusion had grown to epic proportions.

While the outcomes of teacher coercion and training were obvious at the finish, it was not obvious from some of the banal exchanges as to how that all happened.

Anybody who has find memories of school concerts or who has had children (boys or girls) at this age will find much to enjoy but at the end for the proclaimed unfettered access of the production team, Mrs Carey’s Concert comes up short of being great.

Kryztof Rating  3K

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