Sunday, May 23, 2010

Universal Grooves on the Surf Coast_29th May, 2010

At 7.30pm on Sat 29th May, Bellbrae Hall will transform your normal musical format into the ‘Universal Grooves’ interactive experience. 

Local musical outfit ‘Moonah’, with special guest, 'CC Thornley, a singer, songwriter and incredible banjo player, will be the next instalment of this successful event, following other global acts at ‘Universal Grooves’ earlier this year.

This intimate setting opens up opportunities for the band to perform their songs and explain the finer details of their instruments and song writing process as well as encourage the audience into the facilitated ‘jam sessions’. You can bring along your own instruments to join in or just relax and listen. Jacqui Dreessens from Wild Moves will introduce the djembe rhythms for you to follow and of course there will be some dancing, perhaps a Bush Turkey Boogie. Bring your guitars and didj.

Like the gnarled ‘Moonah’ trees which crown the local cliff tops, the music of the band Moonah has a bent and twisted appeal, shaped by the forces of nature and beauty of their coastal homeland. 

Mark Trinham, Jan Juc environmental artist and lead instrumentalist for Moonah describes the band’s songwriting as an instinctive and intuitive process; none of the core members have been formally trained in music, nor feel constrained to any particular style or genre.  “We have always enjoyed creating moods and evoking soundscapes with our music- we like the freedom to experiment and just play music that moves us- it’s more of a journey than a song”.

Moonah, is predominantly a four piece instrumental band with guest artists adding extra flavour. The band harnesses a range of instruments to fill out and broaden their song visions. These can include tin whistle, banjo, didgeridoo, keyboards, violin, guitars, drums, bass and even a flugelhorn!

“Harnessing the energies of Victoria's surf coast, Moonah tap right into a very interesting hybrid of folk, progressive, psychedelic and surf rock. The use of didgeridoo grounds the music in a way that conjures up connection to the stretch of country between Geelong and Lorne and the soaring guitar and violin sent me right out there. Irish/Spanish/Andes leaning folkies give way to indigenous/surf instrumentals and there's always a surprise when you least expect it” Anthony Amis – ‘Chain Reaction’.

African Diaspora song, drum and dance camp, 30th July - 1st August, 2010

Great Ocean Rd, Eumerella, Anglesea

Speical Guests:  

Fri 30th July - Sun 1st Aug, 2010

Jacqui: 0409 025 062
Explore how the ancient African rhythms have crossed the oceans and are fusing on the Surf Coast.
If you can ride the swell, you can jump on the beat!!
Awaken your body to explore dances, rhythms and songs that harness community spirit from across the African continent and their influence on the New World. Get rooted to the earth and connected to the universe by awakening your wild moves through the honouring of traditional culture with Wurundjeri Elder, Ian Waran-badj Hunter through the elements of fire, water, air and earth, and African ancestors with international guest artists from Ghana, West Africa,

Friday night
6pm  Dinner. 
8pm  Libation ritual to Aboriginal and African ancestors.Drum and Dance opening to the Elements with African and Surf Coast live music. Join in or witness the ceremony.
Earth: Ian Waran-badj Hunter
Water: Jacqui Dreessens, Thais Sansom & our sons
Air: Michelle Buggy, Demir Aliu
Fire: Appiah, Shabba, Bennini, Kuukua
10pm  Bush camp fire dance & song Jacqui with fire twirling Daryl Yeo, story telling Kuukua, belly dancing Anne Tracey in our Sacred Fire drum circle with Asanti & Wild Moves

8am  Morning Yoga with Thais Sansom
9am  Breakfast
10am Traditional Ghanaian drum and dance for beg/advanced.
Learn GOTA, Ewe social dance from the Volta region. Separating into groups depending on your skills level of drumming. Then all joining in to drum for the dance class. Or you can do one hour dance, then swap to drumming....2hr block - u can roam between classes! We will have a break during that time, somewhere!! Appiah, Shabba, Bennini
1pm Lunch
2pm African singing for all Appiah
3pm Drumming games, dance, songs for kids and parents Shabba
4pm Acro balance and djembe dance Shabba, Appiah, Bennini or more djembe workshops

6pm Dinner 
Asanti Dance Theatre 
Interactive performance, byo drums and instruments, opportunity to perform with the company if you have participated in the day workshops or just enjoy the dinner and electrifying show.
If you are not part of the Camp, please make a pre-booking $30 for dinner and show.


11pm  Film: Children of the Blue Light
Produced by Jacqui Dreessens, Bumpy Egg, Agoro Fie Productions. Set in the Cape Coast Slave Dungeons, Ghana, West Africa with Asanti Ghana and Wild Moves Australia. Bringing in the healing with music and dance. DVD available for purchase $25.00 All monies will go to International Needs Australia-Ghana to support the Trokosy Project in Addidome Ghana. Please see the following link:

8am  Morning massage and stretch with Fiona Crawford
9am Breakfast
10am  Tai Chi on the cliff top with Jacqui Dreessens; bush walk
11am  Sound meditation with Demir Aliu, outdoor chapel
12noon  Gospel High Life singing with Kuukua interactive drumming and dance in the outdoor chapel with Sackey and Asanti and Surf Coast musicians
2pm-Gumboot body percussion with Sackey or drumming beg/advanced
3pm-Hip Hop and Hip Life dance with Sackeor djembe drumming beg/advanced
4pm-Swing dance with Lotta and Matt Riddle or more djembe drumming.

Full weekend of workshops, accommodation $200
$100 Whole day workshops + performance
$50 Half day workshops + performance
$15 Evening performances
$20/15 per workshop
$20/15 per bed.
$10 per night per person for camping, byo all your gear, male/female outdoor showers.

Authentic African food catered Kuukua, $50 x 6 meals or $15/10 per meal BOOK IN PLEASE

Accommodation and what to bring:
Lodges with bunk beds for 6 people on first in first served basis. Mattresses provided. Shared bathrooms.
BYO mat for stretching, warm sleeping bag, pillow, water bottle, thongs for shower, towel, warm clothes, rain coats, runners, gumboots, chocolate, munchies, herbal teas

Drums available with pre-booking. If you have your own drum, you can just turn up to individual workshops without booking. But good idea to send me a text first because we will split the group up into skill levels.
Meals available with pre-booking or if you just turn up you run the risk of no food left!!! Try to let me know before THURSDAY 29th July.

Wild Moves members and family prices negotiable with pre-booking only.
All children will need to be supervised at all times. Separate classes can be arranged.
Bikes allowed, no dogs - sorry it’s the bush with lots of kangaroos and wildlife.

CDs, films, Tshirts, African artifacts and instruments available for purchase.

Register online:

Contact Jacqui for all your enquiries Mobile: 0409 025 062