Tutors for 2018
Rosie Luby - Beginner Strings
Ewen Baker - Intermediate Strings
Ewen Baker has been playing the violin professionally for over twenty-five years.
His fiddle playing brings soulfulness to the music. He has performed with Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Mary Black, Steve Pigram, Yirrmal and Declan O’Rourke.
His other credits include the string arrangement for APRA award winning title track of The Secret River, written by Shane Howard and Archie Roach, and Music Director and performer for Exile, Songs and Tales of Irish Australia.
Ewen’s recent album of traditional Celtic tunes features duets with some of Australia’s finest tune backers, each having been an important influence in his life as a musician. On 'The Inch Before the Saw' Ewen was joined by Jim Green, John Hudson, Shane Howard, Patrick Evans, Dan West, Tommy Carty, Jim Moginie, Peter Daffy and Jeremy Dunlop.
Jody Moran - Beginner and Intermediate Whistles
Jody is accomplished on a variety of instruments and whilst well known for his tenor banjo playing, is also a previous All Ireland winner on tin whistle. More recently Jody won, for two years in a row, the gold medal for the newly composed tune category at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann.
Based predominantly in northern England, in his youth, he performed at international level with the Leeds Ceili Band and was a regular tutor at music festivals including Willie Clancy Summer School and Tocane (France). Jody has adjudicated at the top level and with a musical heritage in the Sligo style, he has a vast repertoire of tunes. Being a keen session musician, Jody is always happy to help out others needing guidance. His influences include Joe Cooley, Paddy Canny and Paddy Fahy. Since emigrating to Wodonga, Australia with his family nine years ago he has been nurturing the scene in the North East of Victoria with a twice annual traditional music festival from where he helped direct and produce a Ceili House broadcast in late 2012. He is also a mainstay in the newly formed Facebook group, ‘Banjoheads’
Kavisha Mazella - Singing
Kavisha Mazzella is an ARIA award winning singer songwriter who does not believe in world music. It's just music!!! Music unites us and creating imaginary titles such as world music is silly! She enjoys crossing musical boundaries and create community experiences in her shows. She first came to national attention with her appearance in the Franco Di Chiera documentary " Joys Of The Women" in 1993. Drawing on her rich multicultural heritage she creates contemporary songs with haunting melody and lyrical depth. While her early influences come from the singer songwriter tradition of the likes of Sandy Denny,Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, over time due to her passion for italian regional folksong, she has absorbed influence from the East with its modal tones and ecstatic singing styles of Indian, Arabic, Southern Italian and Gypsy influenced song and links these with western folk music influences. Other influences that have made an impression on Kavisha's music are her interest in meditation and mysticism through the teachings of Osho , Sufi , Tibetan Buddhist Masters and Advaita teachings.
Gil Santos - Intermediate Guitar
East Timorese-born guitarist, Gil Santos, performs with Mystic Trio whose other musicians, singer Paulo Almeida and percussionist Zeca Mesquita, will also participate at Rosewood as tutors. They call Dili, Melbourne and Lisbon as their hometowns! The three also are part of Timorese/Australian band, The Dili All-Stars.
Paulo Almeida - Ensemble
Zeca Mesquita - Percussion
Lucy Wise - Beginner and Intermediate Ukeleles
Lucy Wise is a Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and singer. Accompanying herself on guitar, ukulele and Appalachian dulcimer, she creates a contemporary sound that draws upon her roots in folk, Old Time American and Celtic music. The evocative imagery and universal themes in Lucy’s songs have won the hearts of listeners from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds and have seen her tour three albums and two EP’s in Australia, NZ, the US and the UK since 2010. “Lucy is a natural storyteller, infusing songs with a sense of place so strong you can almost feel the dusty earth crunch beneath your feet as she sings,” says The Brag.
Lucy grew up in a musical household. Through childhood she toured as part of the Western Australia-based Wise Family Band playing an eclectic mix of folk, roots and blues, and at age 11, she started writing her own songs. Upon moving to Melbourne in 2009, Lucy dived into the local music community establishing herself as a beloved solo artist, celebrated for her insight poetic lyricism, and stunningly pure voice. She has played many festivals and concerts, including Sidmouth Music Week (UK), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) and Woodford Folk Festival (QLD). As well as touring and recording, Lucy teaches private lessons in guitar, ukulele, singing and Appalachian dulcimer at her home in Melbourne.
Flora Carbo and Luke Chapman - Youth Band
Flora Carbo is a young musician based in Melbourne. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of 12 and since then has studied with musicians from Australia and around the world; most notably Julien Wilson, Angela Davis, Melissa Aldana, Jeff Clayton, James Morrison and Lee Konitz.
Flora has performed extensively in Melbourne and around Australia, at venues such as Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Uptown Jazz Café, The Jazzlab, and at festivals including Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, the Festival of Slow Music (Ballarat) and the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival. She has worked with world renowned artists including pianists Barney McAll and Andrea Keller, as well as co-leading the Carbo/Carter/Gunnoo Quartet (will be recording their debut album in September 2018).
In May 2017 she was the featured soloist with James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall after winning the prestigious James Morrison Scholarship at the Generations in Jazz Festival. In 2016, she was selected as one of 10 finalists in the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and was nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2018.
She is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the James Morrison Academy of Music, Mount Gambier.
Elsa Pinto - Dance
Polly Christie - Kids Singing
Wendy Ashton - Yoga
Wendy Ashton has been teaching yoga for more than 25 years. Based in central Victoria she runs classes in Newstead, Maryborough, Majorca, Castlemaine and Maldon. Come and stretch, twist and contort yourselves under her careful guidance and end up feeling relaxed!
Kate Holmes - Environment/Resilience
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Clare James - Art
Clare James is an artist, freelance florist, gardener, general maker and mother living in a little house in the Yarra Valley, Australia.
"Drawing inspiration from my surrounds which include my garden, the forest and the wild and domestic animals that live around me, I paint, draw, stitch, sculpt and design.
Our family love to be in the garden. We grow a lot of food including fruit and vegetables, eggs, herbs and honey. I designed our garden to not only be productive have to also have an abundance of flowers, enough to be be able to pick a posy every day of the year and a place that our children can disappear into. "
"I am drawn towards the untamed, unusual and old fashioned plants that we have growing. In this garden of fruit trees, clematis and roses, behind velvety salvia and giant grasses, beyond the chook house and wood pile sits my small studio. It is a handmade room, made out of salvaged materials. In here I sit each day making."