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INTERVIEW: Hook Turn Orchestra

Hook Turn Orchestra is an eclectic nine piece ensemble of Melbourne’s most accomplished jazz musicians featuring an exquisite string quartet with members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. We had a chance to have a chat with Remco Keijzer, the Dutch-born jazz saxophonist/arranger and multi-instrumentalists to find out more about the band. So go grab your cuppa and read on! Tell us about you – Hook Turn Orchestra. How did you all meet; what’s the story behind the name; what inspired you; tell us all! Hook Turn Orchestra is collaboration between musicians, which was conceived at St Kilda’s Local Taphouse, a craft beer institute where locals gather to enjoy interesting brews from all over the world. Unlike most grand plans dreamed up at late night gatherings involving fermented beverages, this idea actually came to fruition. Like a well-crafted beer, our orchestra was conceived of three key ingredients; Musical theatre star, Alinta Chidzey (West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hugh Jackman Tour); Violinist/arranger, Roger Young (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Dutch-born jazz saxophonist/arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Remco …

Interview: Dream Lover – Hannah Fredericksen

Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical is a big show with a big score and a big heart. The show includes 34 great hits from the 50s and 60s including Mack The Knife, Beyond the Sea, Splish Splash and the multi-million-seller Dream Lover. We had a chance to have a chat with Hannah Fredericksen, starring as Sandra Dee, to find out more about herself and the show. Can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into performing? In primary school my Principal gave my Mum a book called ‘Raising Your Spirited Child – A guide for parents whose child is MORE intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent and energetic’. Poor Mum. I think it was clear to my parents very early on that I wouldn’t take a predictable path! I discovered music and theatre throughout school and it was where I found myself and truly thrived. Music came first; piano, guitar, saxophone and singing lessons and theatre followed soon after. I don’t remember the moment when I realised that it was …

Interview: Candy Ng – Melbourne Illustrator

Candy Ng, a well-known Melbourne based illustrator did our Facebook featured cover. She has published books and done public talks, and continue to influence local artists with her ever-growing creativity. Let’s get to know Candy a little. Tell us a little about yourself and how you’ve got to where you are today, Candy? I grew up in Hong Kong and moved to Melbourne to study Graphic Design; I fell in love with everything Melbourne has to offer (food culture, creative scene and nature) and decided to make Melbourne my second home. I worked as a Graphic Designer for four years before becoming a full time Illustrator. You may say self-discipline and persistence helped me to reach to where I am today. In creative practises, I create and often make mistakes, but failure is a better opportunity for me to get closer to where I want to be. I learned to leave my ego at the door and ask people with expertise for constructive feedback/advice. There were times I felt like I am “not good enough” …

Interview: Chris Cincotta

We had a privilege to get to know the talented photographer, known as King of the streets – Chris Cincotta. He is the founder and creator behind @Melbourneiloveyou on Instagram and Humans in Melbourne on Facebook. Let Chris tell you a little more about himself… Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do? I’m a Melbourne based photographer and I run the ‘Humans in Melbourne’ Facebook page as well as the ‘@Melbourneiloveyou’ instagram page. I take walking tours on the weekends and I have a photography store on the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets where I sell my photos from the city. Where does your inspiration come from? I love Melbourne and I want everyone to see Melbourne the way I do. The city itself is such a fantastic place to be with so much always happening and I just want to show off as much of that as I can. You also do Melbourne walking tours, what can people expect? I love taking the tours! I think my passion …

Art n’ Absinthe in Fitzroy

Shrouded in a veil of mystery and myth since its 18th century Swiss origins and often (incorrectly) labeled as a hallucinogenic, Absinthe, la fée verte, the Green Fairy, has long been the popular choice of beverage for artists, writers and bohemians. Much like the spirit itself, Fitzroy’s relatively new Absinthesalon is a little mysterious. Hidden behind a heavy, unassuming wooden door off Fitzroy’s Rose Street, guests are admitted only after they ring a doorbell. Once inside, they are transported down the rabbit hole to a soft, elegant and dreamlike 19th century French salon with close to 40 varieties of the spirit available. Dark period art adorns the walls inside, the ceiling is accented with a garden of reverse tulips (inspired by Oscar Wilde’s famous quote), and the indoor / outdoor garden area is enclosed by glowing green walls. An Absinthe-lovers dream. We caught up with Paddy Hutchinson, from Absinthesalon, where we hoped to clear up once and for all, if Absinthe really drove people mad? How long have you been working in the Absinthesalon? I’ve been working …

Fiona Tuck, health and wellness expert

Time to get your spring/summer body back on as the warm days approach. We got a chance to speak with Fiona Tuck, a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Skincare Expert, Yoga Teacher and an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, and also for her to teach us a sneaky spring snack that will not destroy that fit-bod of yours. But first, let Fiona tell you a little more about the health industry and herself. Tell us how you got into the health and wellness industry 25 years ago, Fiona. I have always had a keen passion for health and wellness and after working in banking for a short while I realised I needed to follow my heart and study health and wellness which included three years full time of nutrition, skincare and spa therapies. I have worked in a variety of roles including hands on therapy, skincare, education, nutritional consults and manufacturing. One of my roles as an International Training Manager included lots of travel and after working in Asia and discovering the medicinal benefits …

Interview with the Danish artist – Tine Bech

Light / Play is the first installation in the new QV Laneway Series: a seasonal program of ongoing interactive outdoor events, festivals and activations in the QV Square and surrounding laneways. The celebration of light and play heralds the end of winter, with events and installations until Sunday 10 September 2017. We were given the chance to meet Tine Bech, the artist behind the program and got to know her a little bit better. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background? I am an artist and researcher. I am Danish, but I now live and work in London. I create interactive and playable projects where the human experiences are at the centre. Despite living in an age which seems to offer unlimited forms of media communication, we still fundamentally crave a human connection, to find expression in a community and in dialogue. I am interested in how this can be achieved through play, through the creation of a particular environment, and by recognising and exploring the ways that technology has informed our …