Some years back we had the opportunity to interview world renown Psychic Medium John Edward.
In this informative & compelling interview John has answered questions about what it means to be a psychic medium and how he shares this gift with the world.
As a prelude to his forthcoming 2019 tour at the Alex Theatre in St Kilda we decided to publish this interview in three parts in PODCAST format for your listening pleasure.
Sound by Alexander Stuart Black and original music by David Morris
The Evening will begin with Q & A, John will then connect with the other side delivering messages to the audience from loved ones who have crossed over.
VIP ticket holders get seats closest to the stage, they stay for a special Q & A and then meet and greet with a photo of them and John. In addition to that, they will receive a one-year membership to Evolve. (No welcome package is included)
THE CARLTONIANS established in 1964 is the original and longest serving coterie of the Carlton Football Club. It is also considered the most prestigious in the game and boasts a unique mix of leading business identities, corporate executives and entrepreneurs.
I was invited to the 2015 end of season celebrations held at Aerial Dockands to capture some highlights of the evening .
images by Kerrie Pacholli
The night’s entertainment was headlined by Lucy Gale, Dominic Ross and their band The Extremes. Also sharing the stage was the very dynamic standup comedien Bruno Lucia and the formidable and talented magician the amazing Anthony De Masi.
There will be a 3 course meal including drinks and a night jammed packed with information and entertainment.
Hosted by comedien John Barresi the night’s entertainment will include a star studded lineup with singer / songwriter Lucy Gale and her eight piece big band Galeforce along with special guest artists’ , musical director / composer Dominic Ross and Melbourne opera singer Brett Kaye.
This special event offers you an up close and personal view of the Magical Getaway Foundation providing extensive information about what is being done and what can be done to implement positive change.
‘It’s about kids, kindness, love, opportunity and hope’
It is a sobering awakening to discover that current statistics, as published duringAnti-Poverty Week 2014,show that 1 in 7 Australians and I in 6 children are living in poverty.
As a resident of Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs I simply do not see this reality on a day to day basis…
I discovered these facts during an interview with Rosemary Teedwho is currently a Student Wellbeing Coordinatorand a specialist in issues related to poverty and its ripple effect.
Throughout her vocation of over twenty years
working with children, Rosemary felt that she was putting proverbial bandaids on poverty stricken kids until she ‘bit the bullet’ and went about formalising her vision in the Magical Getaway Foundation.
It is important that there are experienced and dedicated people like Rosemary Teed working on the front lines who continue to rise up and manifest practical solutions to what are often spiritual maladies within our communities.
This non-for-profit organisation is about providing financially disadvantaged children and their caregivers the chance of experiencing a family holiday for the very first time in their lives.
The ultimate goal is to plant life changing ‘seeds of hope’ through positive experiences.
It’s about kids, kindness, love, opportunity and hope; the fibre of any healthy society.
First established in 2013, theMagical Getaway Foundationis hosting these two very special events on the 24 May 2015 to further illuminate their call to action and encourage sponsorship from corporate organisations, trusts, private donations and government agencies from within our community.
Since 1936 the magnificent, ‘Art Deco’ Astor Theatre in St Kilda, one of Melbourne’s iconic purpose built treasures, has played host to outstanding 20th and now 21st century motion picture classics.
For Melburnians and international tourists alike a night out at the Astor Theatre is a special event. It is a great building in structure and essence and a preserved time capsule of a rich history and a by gone era.
Brett Kaye who is spearheading this special event Is a high profile and much loved global opera singer with strong roots in cultural and music education in the Jewish community. He is notably, the recipient of an acclaimed opera scholarship which allowed him to further his operatic studies in Milan and Tuscany.
Lucy Gale is a world class singer and known by her peers as ’The Voice’. She will be performing Soul / Jazz with her band Kerberos including the super talents of Gianni Turcio on piano, David Rosaon bass, Michael Rochford on Drums and the extraordinaire trumpet player Gianni Marinucci.
Tamara Vasilevitsky has a Bachelor degree in Music specializing as a piano teacher, piano artist and chamber orchestra soloist. After she graduated, she worked at the Minsk Conservatoire as a teacher and piano accompanist.
Galit Taylor Klas is a Melbourne based singer / writer / director who was born with expansive natural talent that has been further influenced by some of the worlds notable coaches, directors and performers.
David Ohaion singer / songwriter / musician will also be performing some incredibly touching original song.
Lauren Glezer is an young super talented singer / songwriter who will entertain and amaze. ‘I use music to map my personal journey – my own ups and downs and the stories of the people that I meet along the way. I find the more honest my songs are, the freer I become’ , writes Lauren.
When orchestrating a music or sound project the difference between mediocracy and brilliance lives within the realms of ‘sound staging and vision’, quotes sound maestro Yury Kogan from Black Pearl Studios.
Yury’s finely tuned senses for the art of sound and staging first began when he was four years old living in St Petersburg, Russia. Aware they would be migrating to Australia in the not too distant future his parents purposely introduced Yury to all the artistic majesty and grandeur that ‘the world’s most beautiful city’ had to offer.
Ignited and cultivated at an early age Yury’s explosive passion for sound and excellence has manifested in the creation of Black Pearl Studios. Also a musician, Yury lovingly designed his studios under the guidance and advice from a couple of the best sound architects in the world with the end result allowing for fantastic natural acoustics.
Yury has always been a dedicated collector and since the 1980’s he has amassed one of world’s best collections of musical instruments including 140 prestigious guitars, loads of drum kits and over 370 specialist microphones to suit any voice.
Being a stickler for sound Yury likes to be prepared and oversees projects the ‘old way’ as they did back in the 1970’s when the cost of an album was about $3000. To ensure excellence and for less than half the price he incorporates preparation time a week in advance with setup the night before, allowing for musicians to be able to come in and get straight into it. This way he can pull a choice instrument out of the vault if he feels it will enhance the sound and provide a selection of 4 to 5 microphones for each particular voice type.
My introduction to Black Pearl Studios, Yuri and his wife Galina was while photographing the recording of the first four songs for Chopper the Musical, all of which were cut in record time with fantastic results.
Now attracting some of the best sound engineers in the business including multi-award winning Julian Mendelsohn there is no doubt in my mind that Black Pearl Studio’s natural progression is to become known as one of the best recording studios in this country if not the world.
I had the opportunity to meet with Les Twentyman, his fellow team member Wayne Ownes and singer / songwriter Lucy Gale at the 20th Man HQ in Footscray last week. Along with getting publicity shots to promote the 20th Man Charity Gala on the 18 October, my mission was to get a closer understanding of who Les is and how I could help him connect with the general public.
I discovered there are incredibly complex issues that Les and his dedicated team and supporters are confronting on a daily basis.
Most of us in the burbs rarely see children and adolescents actually living on the streets, forging a living out of what’s at hand. Often these kids are pretty hard to identify; overshadowed by our society’s enormous prosperity and affluence.
What is now illuminated to me is that Melbourne has a rather colourful and diverse street kid sub-culture. A melting pot of cultural and political diversity with rich expression and a great deal of potential. The graffiti posted on walls throughout all our suburbs, reflects a natural born desire to communicate, sometimes statement based and sometimes messages to rival gangs. A language that has sprung from ingenuity, a language that can be both positive and negative.
Recently Les visited America as part of the 20th Man Youth Services – International Out-Reach Exchange in the quest to cross pollinate information about strategies in tackling the youth crisis at home.
Yet the common denominator among all these kids, regardless of where they are from, is that they are socially and financially dis-enfranchised, excluded from mainstream society, left to survive the best way they can.
We are indeed lucky to have Les Twentyman, a leading specialist with over 30 years of grass roots experience and knowledge in the field on the job.
The forthcoming 20th Man Charity Gala will be held at the Peninsula, Shed 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands on the 18 Octobers 2013. If you would like to be part of this very special evening and get a greater understanding of the work this significant fund achieves throughout the year, please purchase your tickets direct from Wayne Owens 0417 107 959, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucy Gale will again be performing “Tears of a Child” a song co-written by Lucy as part of “the Loft” group and recorded by Bettina Spivakovsky to help lift awareness of our society’s struggling youth. Available in iTunes with all proceeds going to the 20th Man Fund.
If you are interested in learning more about the work Les does please check out: .20thman.com.au
Last Sunday night The Lucy Gale Quartet delivered a stellar night of Jazz to celebrate the recent opening of Aria Bar and Events, Dockland’s newest, state of the art events and live music venue.
Lucy Gale known as ‘the voice’ among her peers was supported by the cream of Melbourne’s Jazz fraternity, with Michael Tortoni from Bennett’s Lane, on double bass, the phenomenal Joe Ruberto on piano and Gideon Marcus on drums. Together they delivered a world class performance in launching their new Sunday night Jazz on the Docks residency. A show not to be missed by enthusiasts.
This venue’s conception and evolution is a labour of love by collaborators’ Poppy and Rima Takatainga and their business partner Johnson, all musicians in their own right as well as successful venue operators.
With a warm and inviting vibe, visually beautiful interior, great acoustics and a magnificent waterfront view, Aria is a red carpet experience earmarked to be one of Melbourne’s hottest live music venues for discerning over 25’s.
An attractive jewel in Docklands, Aria Bar & Events venue is located at 17G-18G, 427 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City with access through Doepel Way. There is ample secure parking just before you hit the red carpet entrance on the waterfront, plus a cab rank and a city bound tram stop meters away from the venue.
To find out more about this exciting new live music venue and performances by guest artist: www.ariaevents.com.au Lucy Gale with a five octave vocal range is hitting the high notes. Gideon Marcus on drums, Michael Tortoni double bass and Joe Ruberto
As one of Melbourne’s unknown, long time inhabitants I have very recently come to know of nationally celebrated Victorian based artist Jim van Geet. My “awakening” came to pass as a result of his portrait of Lucy Gale titled “Somewhere under the Rainbow” which was part of the 2012 “ Hidden Faces of the Archibald “ exhibition at the Hilton at Docklands and in pride of place at the Age’s Media House Gallery from 20th August on the 28th September 2012.
Awakening, you may ask? Well, it was ignited five minutes into an interview with Lucy Gale during the time her portraiture was part of the Hidden Faces People’s Choice Awards at the Hilton in Docklands. I was actually asked to come along to take some shots of Lucy and her portrait.
Within minutes I became intrinsically linked to Lucy, her story and Jim van Geet. The best way to describe what happened is to say I became part of an extraordinary tapestry of life in motion that is gaining momentum by the hour, day, week and month. When I give my attention to the creative force that radiates through these individuals the feeling is exhilarating. I know very little of their personal circumstances other than they are profound, live in the present and celebrate the ethereal world in magnificent splendor through colour, canvas and song. It is indeed magical when artists exponentially shape events through the inspired unleashing of the creative essence that lives within us all.
A consummate professional, Jim van Geet started his career in the corporate world as a Technical Advisor to Patent Attorneys after completing his Diploma of Applied Science; it wasn’t long before his destiny propelled him to complete his Diploma of Fine Art, change careers, become self-employed as a Furniture Designer and continue to paint.
His dedication to the pursuit of excellence also moved him to undertake tuition from artists such as John Borrack, Sir William Dargie, Ron Crawford and The Melbourne Realist Art School.
Like all well-trained artists he is fluent in a wide range of subject matter, however it is his portraits and figurative works for which he is best known.
His predilection for painting interesting portraits, stems from his approach and selection of subjects.
As he says, “ People are endlessly fascinating and they each have a history and story to tell. I enjoy spending a lot of time on research and in discussions with them until I feel that I can do justice in portraying WHO they are honestly. “
During a recent discussion Jim shared an insightful story about the iconic Melbourne creative Barry Dickins who spent time at Jim’s country haven situated in the foothills of Mount Buffalo during the painting of Barry’s portrait. This, of course has now linked me to the poignant, fantastical and joyful world of Barry Dickins. And the beat goes on…
Around the globe the art world is experiencing a resurgence of focus and appreciation back to he learned skills of the fine artist. Jim Van Geet exemplifies such an artist. All his paintings project an expanding story with interconnectedness that is forever in motion.
Always available to discuss portrait commissions you can check out his website: www.jimvangeet.com
Do not miss this leg of this amazing exhibition.