[Blueboard] Celebrate Australia with the Music and Movement of SIROCCO

Joanna Ruiz jruiz at ateneo.edu
Thu Jan 19 17:17:14 PHT 2006

The Philippines-Australia Studies Network (PASN) invites the Ateneo community to


Sirocco, one of Australia's finest world music ensembles, together with leading Aboriginal performers David Hudson and Phil Geia, bring to Manila the rich Indigenous heritage and unique cultural diversity of the Land Down Under as they perform at the Jazz Society of the Philippines' 1st Philippine International Jazz and Ethnic Arts Festival on January 20 to 23, 2006.

The tour, a highlight of the Australian Embassy Manila's National Day Celebration entitled Celebrate Australia, will give Filipinos a rare opportunity to enjoy a fusion of ancient Australia's Indigenous music and the ethnic rythmns of multicultural  Australia.

Sirocco distills the best from Australia's cultural diversity to produce its own unique style capturing the spirit of modern Australia. Sirocco consists of Paul Jarman, Peter Jacob, and Andrew de Teliga whose performances take the audience on a journey around the world with their exotic instruments - Middle Eastern and Celtic flutes, and Irish and Turkish drums. Australian Aboriginal performers David Hudson (didgeridoo) and Phil Geia (dancer), on the other hand, celebrate the Indigenous heritage of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. 

Scheduled performances
January 20, Friday, 7:00 p.m. at The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center

January 21-22, Saturday and Sunday, at the 1st Phil. International Jazz and Ethnic Festival, Harbor Square, CCP Complex

January 23, Monday, 7:00 p.m. at the Greenbelt 3 fountain area (Jazz Festival highlights)



Cinema Australia, January 24 - 28, UP Film Institute Videotheque
A Critic's Choice Film Festival featuring five award-winning works from avant-garde Australian director, Rolf de Heer. A must-see for film enthusiasts, the festival will unreel with Alexandra's Project and will showcase de Heer's critically-acclaimed films such as The Tracker, Bad Boy Bubby, Dance Me to My Song, and The Quiet Room.

Double Vision Down Under, January 26 - February 10, Ayala Museum

A back-to-back exhibition featuring fashion designer Akira Isogawa and art pieces by West Australian artists. Akira Isogawa: Printemps - Ete explores the creative process of one of Australia's most distinctive and inspirational designers. Colours of the Aussie West features works that reflect the vivid colors and unique environment of Western Australia as interpreted by artists from the region.

For more information, contact the Australian Embassy's Public Affairs Officer at 757 8135 or 757 8173.  

Sirocco's Manila tour is spearheaded by the Australian Embassy Manila, in cooperation with Musica Viva, Fraser Place Serviced Residences, ETC, 2nd Avenue, and NU 107.

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