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ESPAÑA El VITO THE SPIRIT OF SPAIN

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A celebration of Spanish repertoire for the guitar and piano, from classical masterpieces to flamenco styles of Paco De Lucia and Paco Pena and modern jazz.

In a world first collaboration, Internationally acclaimed, award winning concert pianist and ‘Young Steinway Artist’ Nicholas Young and renowned 10 String Spanish Classical Guitarist Matthew Fagan aka Lord of the Strings! infuse the exhilarating traditional flamenco elements of Spanish Guitar into virtuosic classical piano masterpieces to form stunning new arrangements, celebrating the launch of Fagan’s newest vinyl album “El Vito”.

From the famous folk-inspired ballet music of Manuel De Falla’s “The Three Cornered Hat” to the Spanish dances evoked in Isaac Albeniz’s “Sevilla”, “Asturias” and “Tango”.  Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous “Concierto de Aranjuez” is explored through its origins in “Tarantos” and “Rodena”, combined with stunning orchestral realisation by piano, and Egberto Gismonti’s “Frevo Rasgado”, first brought to fame by guitarists Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin, will be transformed for concert piano and 10-string guitar, pairing rhythmic drive with colourful sonority.

Cooma Concert is presented by the Snowy Monaro Arts Council

SUN 14 Oct:   St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall (Cooma, N.S.W), 2.00pm (Doors 1.30pm)

https://events.humanitix.com.au/espana-elvito-cooma+BF

Watch snippets from the show here:

Big Weekend of Busking ANBC Cooma 2018

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The Australian National Busking Championships are in their seventh year, and it is going to be bigger than ever.

With the addition of the second day, the town of Cooma will be able to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere this event creates for even longer.

The variety of acts the buskers offer is extraordinary. Musicians of all different styles come from across the country to compete. Music genres such as, Country, Blues, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Alternative and Classical music, are all on display. Non-musical acts such as jugglers, dancers and magicians have also featured in previous years. Who knows what amazing talent will come out of the woodwork next.

Not to mention the local talent, which is always surprising to witness.

Spectators are able to wander the streets, listening to this variety of buskers performing in 30 different locations. They can stop and sit outside a café with a delicious coffee and snack while the competitors entertain them.

It’s like attending a unique music festival, and it’s all for free.

There will be over $12,000 up for grabs in prizes for the buskers, thanks to the support of local businesses.

The People’s Choice is a very special award that is decided by the spectators.

By purchasing a Busker Vote for $1 from the Cooma Rotary Club Stall or roaming sellers, you vote for your favourite busker by placing your vote in their collection container, whether it be a hat or a guitar case. You can also throw real money into the collection containers if you would like to show further appreciation for your favourite busker.

The votes will be collected and counted by event officials throughout the day and the top three buskers will be presented with the award at the Finals Concert.

Since beginning seven years ago, the Australian National Busking Championships have had several towns come on board for the Regional Championships, including Stanthorpe and Noosa in Queensland, Ballarat in Victoria, and Narooma, Peak Hill and Gundagai in NSW. There has also been interest from other towns, with organizers hoping it will grow to become a real national event.

These Regional Championships take place throughout the year with the winning buskers coming to Cooma for the National Grand Final on Sunday, November 4, our second day of a massive weekend of busking fun.

Entering the competition is $20 for individuals, $40 for duos and $50 for groups. Entry is free for the national finalists. With most buskers not having a great deal of money, this is a small cost for the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in prize money.

The Australian National Busking Championships provides an opportunity for these performers to display their talents to a wider audience. It has led to further opportunities for many of the previous winners such as The String Family, Haystack Mountain Hermits, Oscar Litchfield, Vendulka (who went on to compete in the X Factor) and Lucy Sugerman (who went all the way through to the Grand Final of The Voice), and many others. Who knows what talent will be discovered this year.

Mark the dates in your calendar and plan a trip to Cooma for the Australian National Busking Championships –  it is not to be missed.

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ENTRY FORM_2018 Cooma ANBC Regional Championships Saturday 3 Nov 2018

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Cooma’s Big Weekend of Busking!

The Australian National Busking Championships™ in Cooma this year will now be a two-day Busking Festival.

3rd & 4th November 2018.

  • Saturday 3rd November will be the ANBC Cooma Regional Busking Championships
  • Sunday 4th November will be the ANBC National Grand Final

How will this work?

On Saturday…

  • The ANBC Cooma Regional Busking Championships will basically have the same format as in previous years, with busking performances timetabled during the day on Saturday and then the Finals Concert in the afternoon.
  • There will be, once again, generous cash prizes awarded, with three age categories (Open Adult, Secondary and Primary School Age), Best Band, Best School Group, Blues Music Award, Special Judges Awards and of course the hugely popular Peoples Choice Awards.
  • The First Place Getters in each of the age categories in the Cooma Regional Finals on Saturday will be invited back for Sunday to compete in the ANBC National Grand Final.

Download Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM_2018 Cooma ANBC Regional Championships Saturday 3 Nov 2018

Download for Groups: ENTRY FORM ATTACHMENT FOR LIST OF GROUP MEMBERS _Cooma ANBC Sat 3 Nov 2018

On Sunday…

  • The ANBC National Grand Final will now have its own day in Cooma.
  • First Place Getters from all the seven 2018 ANBC Regional Championships in Stanthorpe, Ballarat, Narooma, Noosa, Peak Hill, Gundagai, and Cooma will be invited to busk on Sunday morning.
  • Nine competitors, three from each age categories, will then be selected to perform for prizes in the National Grand Final Concert to be held at 1:00 pm.
  • All the competitors that have qualified to busk on Sunday will receive a cash prize.
  • Buskers that have qualified for Sunday are welcome to also busk on Saturday. They can receive cash tips, sell CDs and merchandise, however as they will be guaranteed a share of the prizes on Sunday, they will not be able to win extra prizes on Saturday.

We at ANBC are very excited about this year’s expanded program and we hope that the buskers, their supporters and the general public have a fantastic weekend in beautiful Cooma.

More activities, such as Open Mic Sessions and Concerts are also in the planning stage. We’ll keep you posted.

Download Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM_2018 Cooma ANBC Regional Championships Saturday 3 Nov 2018

Download for Groups: ENTRY FORM ATTACHMENT FOR LIST OF GROUP MEMBERS _Cooma ANBC Sat 3 Nov 2018

For more information:

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ANBC comes to Gundagai in 2018

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Gundagai NSW will be hosting a Regional Final of Australian National Busking Championships™ on Saturday 27 October 2018.

The Australian National Busking Championships™ is an Australia-wide network of busking festivals. The ANBC celebrates the rich diversity of Australian music and street performance culture. Throughout the year, Regional Finals are held in towns all over Australia culminating in the ANBC National Grand Final which is held in Cooma NSW on the first weekend of November each year.

Download the Gundagai Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM 2018 Australian National Busking Championships Gundagai PL3

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Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be up for grabs at the ANBC Gundagai Regional Finals. Gundagai is one of the regional towns that have joined the ever-growing network of ANBC busking competitions around Australia.

Dates for 2018 so far are:

Links to all these Regional Busking Competitions may be found at:  https://www.buskingcooma.com/

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There are generous prizes for 3 age categories, Open (Adult), Secondary (High School Age) and Primary (Primary School Age). Plus lots of other awards such as Peoples Choice Award, Best Band, Country Music, Blues Music, Jazz Music, Classical Music, Folk, Indigenous, Community Based Music, Youth Encouragement, Most Innovative, and Ability Award (for buskers with a disability). Solos, Duos, Groups, Ensembles, Choirs are all welcome. There has even been a prize for non-musical Street Performance such as jugglers, magicians, and dancers.

The winners of each of the 3 age categories will qualify for the ANBC National Grand Final in Cooma.

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Australian National Busking Championships™- Peak Hill NSW Regional Finals

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Peak Hill NSW will be hosting the Peak Hill Regional Finals – Australian National Busking Championships™ on Saturday 15 September 2018.

The Australian National Busking Championships™ is an Australia-wide network of music festivals. The ANBC celebrates the rich diversity of Australian music culture. Through out the year, Regional Finals are held in towns all over Australia culminating in the National Grand Final which is held in Cooma NSW on the first weekend of November each year.

Download Peak Hill Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM PEAK HILL 2018 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Download this additional form for larger groups: GROUP MEMBERS LIST FORM_PEAK HILL 2018

Calling All Buskers:

Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be up for grabs at Peak Hill Regional Finals. Peak Hill is the one regional towns that have joined the ever-growing network of ANBC busking competitions around Australia. Dates for 2018 so far are:

Links to all these Regional Finals may be found at: https://www.buskingcooma.com/

The Prizes:

There are generous prizes for 3 age categories, Open (Adult), Secondary (High School Age) and Primary (Primary School Age). Plus lots of other awards such as: Peoples Choice Award, Best Band, Country Music, Blues Music, Jazz Music, Classical Music, Folk, Indigenous, Community Based Music, Youth Encouragement, Most Innovative, and Ability Award (for buskers with a disability). Solos, Duos, Groups, Ensembles, Choirs are all welcome. There has even been a prize for non-musical Street Performance such as jugglers, magicians and dancers.

The winners of each of the 3 age categories will qualify for the National Grand Final in Cooma.

New Alhambra Classical Guitar with Pickup & Cutaway!

 

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Alhambra ZCWE

The Alhambra Z natural classical guitar now has a big brother just arrived from Spain!

It’s the Alhambra ZCWE which

Fishman Pickup with Preamp and Chromatic Tuner

Fishman Pickup with Preamp and Chromatic Tuner

is basically, the Z model with an onboard Fishman Pickup & Preamp and a Cut-Away. Big acoustic sound and ready for weddings, parties..anything where more volume is needed.

Recommended retail price $839.

 

AVAILABLE FROM:

COOMA SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
PHONE: 02 6452 6067
FAX: 02 6452 4938
EMAIL: allan@coomamusic.com.au

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Come and meet the Alhambra Guitar family

Alhambra Classical Guitars – Made in Spain

 

Alhambra Guitars Made in Spain

Alhambra Guitars Made in Spain

We have the Alhambra guitars from Spain.  So you can  pick up a quality hand made Spanish guitar for a great price. All Alhambra are made in Spain and have solid wood tops. The tops are available in solid cedar or spruce. We try to keep this Alhambra models in stock:

  • Alhambra Zero    $499
  • Alhambra Z CW  $839
  • Alhambra 1C        $699
  • Alhambra 2C       $799
  • Alhambra 3C       $940
  • Alhambra 4P     $1160
  • Alhambra 7C     $1740

More concert models are available through special order from $4,000 to $17,000

Also in smaller sizes:

  • Alhambra 1C Requinto 1/2 Size (Solid cedar top)_______$699
  • Alhambra 1C Cadete 3/4 Size (Solid cedar top)_____$699

(We try to have all these models in stock, however this may be subject to availability as all Alhambra guitars are imported from Spain) 

AVAILABLE FROM:

COOMA SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
PHONE: 02 6452 6067
FAX: 02 6452 4938

Email: allan@coomamusic.com.au

Click here to see and hear these lovely guitars.

Alhambra model Z with cutaway and pickup $769

Alhambra model Z with cutaway and pickup $839

Alhambra model Z Natural

Alhambra model Z Natural $499

 

Alhambra 7C Classical Guitar (solid cedar top-solid mahogany back & sides) $1740

Alhambra 7C Classical Guitar (solid cedar top-solid mahogany back & sides) $1740

Alhambra 4P Classical Guitar (solid cedar top pictured-rosewood back & sides) $1098

Alhambra 4P Classical Guitar (solid cedar top pictured-rosewood back & sides) $1160

Alhambra 3C Classical Guitar (solid cedar top) $906

Alhambra 3C Classical Guitar (solid cedar top) $940

Alhambra 2C Classical Guitar (solid cedar top) $769

Alhambra 2C Classical Guitar (solid cedar top) $799

Alhambra 1C (Solid Cedar Top) $549-Great beginners guitar!

Alhambra 1C (Solid Cedar Top) $699-Great guitar for the serious beginner!