AFTER four exhausting but productive years as Artistic Director of Four Winds, Genevieve Lacey was ready to return to her former life as a performer and musical collaborator. Four Winds now has a new Artistic Director, Paul Kildea, an Australian conductor and musicologist who has studied and worked overseas and in Australia. Genevieve had made community engagement one of the hallmarks of her time with Four Winds and Paul is determined to build upon it.
Paul was born and grew up in Canberra and has a love of the NSW South Coast. His family were not involved with music and he discovered it for himself at school by signing up for the school band. Paul went on to study music and was a Young Artist with Opera Australia before heading overseas.
Paul’s approach to being an Artistic Director begins not with the repertory or composers but the musicians. ‘My first good idea was a crazy Croatian pianist, Dejan Lazic, who’s an old mate… as well as an unusual and distinctive pianist.’ Once he had Dejan locked in, Paul suggested that maybe Dejan’s good friend Richard Tognetti could join in and, once Richard worked out that he had a gap of five days over Easter, he brought along Giovanni Sollima with whom he was touring. Over the weekend, the various friends will play in different combinations with each other and with other notable musicians.
There is a tribe of world-class performers touring the globe who are inter-connected and over the years Four Winds has been the venue for many members of that tribe to meet and play together at Barragga Bay, strengthening old friendships and forging new ones.
There is a free concert on Friday 3-7 pm at the Fisherman’s Wharf, Bermagui. Tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday and can be bought either on-line at www.fourwinds.com.au (where you can also check out the program), in person from the Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre, Bunga Street, Monday-Thursday between 10am and 4pm or by phoning 6493 3414 during business hours.