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Welcome to Western Riverina Arts - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to develop, support and promote the arts and culture in Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera & Murrumbidgee. 
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Something to sing about

The Wired Lab is excited to announce a wonderful opportunity for singers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in wellness who is based in the Riverina region. People who have to travel and hour or more are entitled to travel assistance.

In preparation for our biennial 'Wired Open Day' event on Saturday 3rd May we are hosting two acclaimed harmonic overtone singers, Bukhchuluun Ganburged (Bukhu) and Dean Frenkel, who will present a workshop series over three weekends in April.



These FREE workshops are open to novice, amateur and professional singers, musicians and actors from age 13. Basically if you have interests in either singing, wellness, breathing and exploring other musical traditions, you are welcome to attend.

During the workshops participants will learn various harmonic overtone (aka 'throat singing') vocal techniques and, with Bukhu and Dean, you will work towards developing a performance that will be presented at 'Wired Open Day'.

The workshops will not only expand your vocal technique(s) but will also encompass wellness and breathing, fortifying your breath and respiratory muscles. This aspect of the workshops will ultimately lengthen your breath duration and tap into all your breath and vocal abilities.


WORKSHOP INFORMATION

The two-day workshops will be held over two weekends in April, with Bukhu and Dean returning on the 2nd May to hold an evening session to prepare for our 'Wired Open Day' event on Saturday 3rd May. We understand it is quite a commitment to attend all four days of the workshop series, and ask that participants at least be able to commit to attending two or three days of the workshops and participate in 'Wired Open Day' on 3rd May.


WORKSHOP 1

WHEN: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th April, 10am-3pm each day

WHERE: The Arts Centre, Cootamundra, 18-20 Wallendoon St, Cootamundra


WORKSHOP 2

WHEN: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April, 10am-3pm each day

WHERE: The Arts Centre, Cootamundra, 18-20 Wallendoon St, Cootamundra


WIRED OPEN DAY

WHEN: Saturday 3rd May, from late afternoon into the evening

WHERE: The Wired Lab


Refreshments with morning and afternoon tea will be provided at the workshops, please bring your own lunch.

If you wish to attend the workshops please contact Sarah Last, via sarah@wiredlab.org or 0414 22 66 23. People who need to travel an hour or more to attend the workshops are eligible for travel assistance (i.e. contribution to your fuel costs), please contact Sarah.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

BUKHCHULUUN GANBURGED (BUKHU)

Bukhu is a virtuosic Throat Singing (Koomii or Khoomei) & Horse Head Fiddle (Morin Khuur) Performer. Formerly a master student at Music and Dance Conservatory of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Bukhu has performed around the world. Now based in Sydney Bukhu is a regular performer at major festivals around Australia and Asia.

Whilst Bukhu considers himself a cultural ambassador for his county and its music traditions, he is also an accomplished contemporary composer whose work crosses a range of genres.  Bukhu has enjoyed numerous collaborations and solo releases such as his EP of live performances on ABC Radio National 'Music Deli' program. For more information & to listen to his music visit his website: http://www.horsefiddle.com/


DEAN FRENKEL

One of the world’s leaing harmonic singers and facilitators, Dean is also an anthropology graduate from Latrobe University, clinical hypnotherapist and author. He appears on a number of albums and film soundtracks including three solo music releases on Move records and facilitates singing, didgeridoo and wellness breathing workshops for conventions, retreats and festivals.

Dean firmly believes that breath and voice can be trained to improve health and skills. "It's about practising strategic exercises to develop the full potential of the breath and voice". Dean was appointed Visiting Fellow for WAAPA and recognised by Guinness World Records – in 2005 he smashed the world record for singing a continuous note on ABC TV show ‘Enough Rope Andrew Denton’. He regularly performs at festivals around Australia and is a regular guest on ABC radio. Dean is a master of voice and an enthusiastic teacher. http://www.move.com.au/artist/dean-frenkel


ABOUT THE WIRED LAB

Based in Muttama NSW, The Wired Lab was founded by Muttama local Sarah Last in 2007. The Wired Lab has hosted a number of high profile Australian and international artists, and facilitated workshops and events throughout Australia. In 2013 The Wired Lab won two national APRA/AMC Art Music Awards for 'Excellence in Experimental Music' and 'Excellence in a Regional Area' for 'Southern Encounter', a project curated by Sarah and presented at the National Regional Arts Australia Conference in Goolwa, South Australia.


OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The Wired Lab is an artist led organisation evolving interdisciplinary art practices in rural Australia. We create opportunities for the research, production and presentation of projects that connect international and local artists with communities in new ways. Our curated programs and projects involve artists working from a regional context whilst producing outcomes of local and global relevance. Our activities range from skills development for young people, seniors, emerging and mid career artists, to the creation, presentation, publication and promotion of new works and major live arts projects. http://www.wiredlab.org/

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