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The Man Behind the Cello

Just before the commencement of his recent Melbourne tour I had the opportunity to film an exclusive interview with world renowned Cellist, Columbian born Santiago Cañón Valencia  at the Tolarno Hotel in St Kilda. The next day I saw him perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Under any circumstances this young man is a standout.  At 19 years old he is already a veteran of the world stage, playing with some of the best Symphony Orchestras from across the globe from the age of 6!.

With an impressive array of accolades Santiago is a well polished, disciplined musician who was born into a gifted musical family all of whom play classical and his teachers were carefully chosen.  But does anyone really know the source of this kind of musical presence?

I’ve seen many of the worlds best performers do their thing. Santiago is something else altogether.

He plays the Cello as a Maestro. When he is playing, one’s eyes are firmly fixed on him and his ring clad fingers. His playing is ethereal, hypnotic and transportive. His physical appearance conjures gothic images of past worlds. If I had to draw on a contemporary romantic parallel to describe Santiago’s appearance in the flesh, who springs to mind are the beloved characters from Ann Rice’s sizzling novel Interview with a Vampire. But of course, that is only fantasy and Santiago is very human, very gracious, and a very talented young virtuoso.

Lady Marigold Southey, champion of the arts in association with Skyhigh Promotions delivered Santiago to our shores to give us a taste of what is to come from this unique and enigmatic musician.

My lasting impression is Santiago Cañón Valencia is classical music’s equivalent to a Rock God.

The release of our forthcoming filmed interview with Santiago Canon Valencia by gifted Melbourne pianist 15 year old Spencer Harris titled ‘The Man Behind the Cello’ is coming soon so stay posted…

Melbourne pianist Spencer Harris and Santiago Canon Valencia at Tolarno Hotel St Kilda Melbourne. Image by Megagraphics Photography
Melbourne pianist Spencer Harris and Santiago Canon Valencia at Tolarno Hotel St Kilda Melbourne. Image by Megagraphics Photography



John Edward Psychic Medium exclusively interview PART ONE…

In the lead up to ‘Psychic Medium Superstar’ John Edward’s national Australian tour, our creative team at pationpics.com brings you PART ONE in a fascinating and intimate THREE PART series of exclusives from our Special extended interview at Tolarno Hotel.  

This unique footage sees John opening up with some very revealing answers to questions of interest to both skeptics and fans.

John begins his national Australia tour on the 7 November 2014 in Perth then heads to Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Sydney. Most shows are already sold out but additional shows may be added … so make a booking. 

Better known for his TV show’s Crossing Over with John Edward (1999 – 2004), his current show John Edward Cross Country broadcasted on We TV since 2006 and his satellite radio show John Edward Psychic Radio in partnership with SiriusXM, John is also a prolific writer and author of eight New York Times best sellers: Fallen MastersPractical PrayingWhat If God Were the Sun? Final Beginnings, Infinite QuestCrossing Over, One Last Time and After Life.

Evolve is John’s latest platform for communicating with the world. Evolve is an online interactive JE community. 

“Basically, Evolve is another way for me to interact with you, where members will randomly get selected for readings, questions, attend meet and greets after the events, and whatever else we can come up with.”

Very exciting opportunities when one considers that people can wait up to 8 years for a private reading due to his incredible popular demand.

If you want to became a member of Evolve John Edward can now be personally available to you for a moderate yearly membership fee, paid in full at time of ordering for $99 USD! That works out to just $8.25 USD a month.

Looking through a Glass Onion

In this entertaining and candid interview filmed at the Tolarno Hotel in Melbourne’s St Kildaour team had the privilege of recording two of Australia’s finest musician/entertainers in John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, talking frankly about the history, motivation and journey of their John Lennon show “Looking through a Glass Onion”.

Over a 22 year period this show has been successfully touring Australia and London’s West End with Stewart and John at the helm along with a three piece backing band. The difference in this season is that the show has been peeled back to it’s original grass roots  beginnings with John on guitar and vocals and Stewart on the grand piano on stage weaving the magic.  Another unique ingredient for 2014 is that after playing over 32 gigs around Australia ‘Looking through a Glass Onion’ will be finally landing in New York off Broadway, a destination that both John and Stewart  desired from it’s inception over 20 years ago .

Insightful, passionate and at times utterly hilarious, they share their stories, reflections and feelings on everything from John Lennon’s life, his music and Yoko Ono to the meaning and motivation behind the show, easily riffing off each other like the old mates and fine raconteurs they are.

Finishing off with a stunning musical performance, this is a must-see, and an utter treat for both John Lennon fans and the uninitiated alike.



Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au or visit www.artscentre.com.au

Phone: 1300 182 183

 Tuesday June 24 – 7.30pm

Wednesday June 25 – 7.30pm

Thursday June 26 – 7.30pm

Friday June 27 – 7.30pm

Saturday June 28 –  2pm & 8pm

Sunday June 29 – 2pm