Kris Kross Reunite!

What’s this I’m hearing? Kris Kross to reunite? Come on, we all remember the ’92 hit Jump! Believe it or not, they were only 11 years old when the track peaked at #1 across Australia. Well… the boys are 32 now and are about to reform in Atlanta for the 20th Anniversary of SoSo Def Recordings. All eyes on Atlanta City Hall on February 23!

JUMP! JUMP! Kris Kross will make ya!



Special Interview: JUENO (Vic Murdaca)

theaussieword.com talks to JUENO (Vic Murdaca) for a one on one blog interview.

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
Im a big fan of funk music the rest is history! I began writing when I was 13. I started writing lyrics initially and I found myself expressing emotions on paper. I guess it grew from there. I formed a band “The People” around the age of 16 and we were gigging up until late last year when I decided to work solo.
What had you first interested in music?
Initially I was very influenced by artist’s who had interesting image ie: KISS, BOWIE, PRINCE. It helps when you can identify a character to the music, particularly when you are young. It draws you to the music.
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
Its building something from the ground up. Its creation from scratch. There is no better satisfaction that I could possibly get.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
My biggest goal to accomplish is to be recognised on a large scale. I would also love to be able to collaborate with other great established artists.

What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
Alot more music!
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Prince by a long shot. He just pushes all barriers musically and performance wise. He is a genius and an inspiration for me.
How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
The music is a blend of soul, funk, rock and gospel tinged harmonies. A fusion of old and new styles.
What can you tell us about your latest single?
“Beautiful” which is the first single release for me, was put together late last year. It’s a song about a recent event in my life. It will also be on the upcoming album that will be put together later this year.
Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
Recent arrangements have been made for a trip to the U.S as of March this year, to co-write with Rikk Angelori. Rikk is a songwriter/producer who is based just outside Brooklyn NY, working with many established soul artists there. He got in contact with me late last year after hearing some of my work and asked me to head over to record and album together.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I honestly can’t say as I’m open to all possibilities. As long as I am making music in some way, shape or form I’ll be happy.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Melbourne based “Harts”. His funky grooves have just hit the scene but have garnered some great attention. Great songwriter and an amazing guitar player! Watch out for him!
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
Depending on which way you look at it, the industry has changed for the good and the bad. It’s now a lot easier to get your music out there, but the idea of mainstream has been somewhat ruined I believe. I guess you have to be adaptable and resilient in the business. All I’ve ever wanted out of my art is recognition and that’s what drives me to create music.
Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today?
A promise that more good music is on the way!

Double Bill: Big Al & The Centenarian

Michael Brasser Productions present the DOUBLE BILL: Big Al & The Centenarian.
 
Two Short Plays, One Ticket.

The critically acclaimed Big Al by Bryan Goluboff tells the story of what happens when two struggling writers in New York City are given the opportunity to write a screenplay for their idol, Al Pacino. Set in real time, follow Leo (Vincent Andriano) and Ricky (Shane Savage) as they develop their script and discover what they’re willing to sacrifice for success. 

From New York City to suburban Sydney, The Centenarian by Philip Ryall follows Shirl (Sarah Hallam) and Clive (Vincent Andriano) as they prepare for Gran’s 100th Birthday celebrations. With three hours before Gran makes her century, things take a turn for the worse and the couple hilariously navigate how to still throw the party and receive their inheritance.

Strictly Limited Season! February 2013.
Thursday 7th Feb 8pm (Gala Opening)
Friday 8th Feb 8pm
Saturday 9th Feb (Matinee) 3pm
Saturday 9th Feb 8pm
Sunday 10th Feb 6pm
PLAYING AT CHAPEL OFF CHAPEL
12 Little Chapel St, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria, 3181
$28 Full, (+Transaction Fee)
$24 Conc. (+Transaction Fee)
$24 Group10+ (+Transaction Fee)
Book ticket at http://www.chapeloffchapel.com.au
Big Al by Bryan Goluboff
Directed By: Sarah Hallam
Starring: Shane Savage & Vincent Andriano
The Centenarian by Philip RyallDirected By: Shane Savage
Starring: Sarah Hallam & Vincent Andriano

Click READ MORE to hear from the Cast & Crew!

Shane Savage 
(Associate Producer, Ricky in Big Al, Director – The Centenarian)
Since graduating from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama/Film), Shane went on to study full time at the Howard Fine Acting Studio under tuition from their esteemed L.A based faculty. Recent film work includes Dean in ‘Nevyr Love a Vampyr’ (Geoffrey Wright), Alex/Ray in ‘Semblance’ (Tom Shanan), Chris in webseries ‘Chris and Josh’ (Matt Smolen/Balloon Tree Productions) and film clips for Kimbra and Vanessa Amorosi. Recent theatre credits include Jack Novarro in Playing Rock Hudson, Herres in Maurice Guest (both with FLY-ON-THE-WALL Theatre), Dancer/vocalist in numerous variety shows and The Emcee in Cabaret, which earned Shane the theatrepeople.com.au peoples choice award for Best Supporting Actor and allowed him to reprise his role, opening the 2010 Lyrebird Awards ceremony with ‘Wilkommen’. Whilst studying at Deakin, Shane also ran student theatre company ‘BuST Co’, producing and directing several productions, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festivals sellout season of ‘PUNCHLINE’.
1. What has it been like being involved in this Production?
It has been an absolute blast! I’ve loved every second of it. I couldn’t dream of working with a greater team, everything is collaborative and we all speak the same language – which makes for no drama or politics!
2. Could you please give us a few words about your role(s) in the production?
Where to start? As well as being Associate Producer of the Double Bill, I’m also playing the role of Ricky in ‘Big Al’ and Directing ‘The Centenarian’.
3. How did you come to be a part of this?
This production is my baby. In a scene study class with Howard Fine last year he asked me to prepare a scene from ‘Big Al’. Ultimately, I ended up doing a completely different piece for Howard but I had already fallen in love with the script for ‘Big Al’. Nearing the end of my full time study last year I wanted to create my own work and approached some of my colleagues from the studio to join me in this new venture. After assembling the team I realized that I had stumbled upon my dream cast for a script that I had up my sleeve (since studying at Deakin University) and approached them with the idea of a Double Bill, with Sarah directing Vincent and myself in ‘Big Al’ by Bryan Goluboff and then I would direct both of them in ‘The Centenarian’. I knew that the scripts explored similar themes and would work well together, but it wasn’t until we began rehearsing and really dissecting the pieces that I realized just how well they complimented each other. Both follow the integral themes of love and sacrifice, and without giving too much away, mirror each other in terms of structure and conclusion within a hypothetical fantasy world created by the characters.
4. What does it mean to you to be presenting this work?
At the risk of sounding like a cliché, it means the absolute world to me. To be able to turn this project from concept in to reality is incredibly fulfilling and I’m so grateful to everybody that has helped in getting this project together. I have called on too many incredibly talented and creative friends to name them all, but special thanks must be made to Michael Brasser, my Executive Producer and all of the support and love coming from the Howard Fine Acting Studio.
SARAH HALLAM (Director – Big Al, Shirl in The Centenarian)
 
Sarah has just graduated from fulltime study at Howard Fine Acting Studios, but has been working extensively in the industry for the past 16 years. Sarah’s television acting credits include Rush, Neighbours, City Homicide, Canal Road, Stingers, Blue Heelers, and Scooter Secret Agent. Sarah was one of Straightjacket Theatre’s founding members and made her Directing debut in 2010 with MEN by Brendan Cowell. From there, Sarah went on to direct film clip ‘The Ballad of You, Me and Donnie McGee’ by Speed Orange (Nominated for Atom Awards’ Best Film Clip) and Directed the Rush Webisodes for Network Ten, in co-production with Southern Star. As well as acting and directing, Sarah has worked in casting with casting agents Faith Martin, Jodie Brearley, Christine King, Kate Leonard, Jo Rippon, Helen Salter, Mel Mackintosh, Kirsty McGregor, Toni Higginbotham, Fremantle Media, 2 Diva’s and Peta Einberg.

1. What has it been like being involved in this Production?

It’s very difficult as the cast don’t get along, there just seems to be a lack of electricity in the rehearsal room, and the possums in the roof seem to steal my thunder….however we do have air con to deal with Melbourne’s heat waves…and Shane has been providing cake at every rehearsal! This production has the luxury of working with the Howard Fine technique correctly as well as collaboratively, so rehearsals are challenging, rewarding and inspiring.

2. Could you please give us a few words about your role(s) in the

production?

I’m directing Vincent and Shane in Bryan Goluboffs ‘Big Al’ and I’m also acting in Philip Ryall’s ‘The Centenarian”. They are one act plays; black comedy’s that face similar themes, as well as deal with the world in its natural state and the imaginary realm.  

3. How did you come to be a part of this?

2012… a year of kicking and screaming about the lack of work in Melbourne or rather the lack of auditions I can obtain,,,I decided to graduate from the Howard Fine Acting School and score myself a directing and acting gig to celebrate.

4. What does it mean to you be presenting this work?

To be able to put on work at Chapel off Chapel is a privilege. To work with Shane and Vincent who are so passionate, dedicated and talented is an absolute honor. As most of my work has been filming on set, being able to work in theater and be a part of the cultural fabric of Melb is very exciting. I believe that Theater makes a difference and changes and affects people  which is why I love doing what I do.


VINCENT ANDRIANO (Leo in Big Al, Clive in The Centenarian)
Vincent studied acting at NIDA during high school and since has appeared in several short films and television commercials. After graduating from Macquarie University, earning a Bachelor of Media in Screen Production and English Literature, Vincent studied at the Dov Simens Filmmaking School in New York before completing his post-graduate Certificate in Directing at the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School (AFTRS). For 3 years Vincent taught acting at ClubHouze Performing Arts Academy (formerly Brightstars). Some of Vincent’s theatre credits include ‘Sir Henry Baskerville’ in Hound of the Baskervilles, ‘Mr. Lucas’ in a stage adaptation of Are You Being Served?, ‘Cassius’ in Julius Caesar, and ‘Macbeth’ in Macbeth, as well as being a two-time Gala Grand Finalist in the Sydney Short + Sweet Theatre Festival. Vincent recently played the lead role in feature film ‘Brush’, which is currently moving through the international festival circuit recently winning Best Picture in the New Hope Film Festival Awards, USA. Vincent has just graduated the full-time program at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia.

1. What has it been like being involved in this Production?
I couldn’t effectively convey just how grateful and honoured I feel to be included in this production. My biggest challenge has been wrapping my head around playing two very complex and different characters in two very contrasting yet superb plays, back to back. However, the ‘team’ attitude shared by all involved has allowed me to safely and freely explore the jump from being a mentally-erratic, crazed fan of the great Pacino, into the socks-and-sandals of a downtrodden husband with a heart condition and a sudden case of life and death on his hands.    

2. Could you please give us a few words about your role(s) in the production? 
In ‘Big Al’ I am playing Leo, a suicidal yet eager young New York screenwriter, utterly obsessed with “one of the most gifted actors in the history of American film”, Al Pacino. In ‘The Centenarian’ I play Clive, an aging Aussie bloke and mortuary attendant that has to use his expertise dealing with dead people in a whole new way.
…Eh, all in a day’s work.

3. How did you come to be a part of this?
While studying full time at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia in 2012, I came to know both Shane Savage and Sarah Hallem as classmates and colleagues. One of the many great lessons we three took from the school was the advice to constantly pursue and create our own work. An inevitable collaboration amongst us students seemed to permeate in the atmosphere, particularly towards the end of the rather intense course. So, this project was born and, I’m sure, is the first of many to come.   

4. What does it mean to you to be presenting this work? 
Doing this production post full time study has given us the opportunity to instantly incorporate the lessons we learnt last year, outside the classroom. The techniques taught under the Howard Fine umbrella were those of a highly professional standard in preparation for what the industry expects of actors. I relish the chance to present this along side some of the most gifted people I’ve ever worked with, in one of the most accomplished theatre pieces I’ve ever been a part of. Doesn’t hurt that I’m also, incidentally, livin’ the actor’s dream, a.k.a working.

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MICHAEL BRASSER (Executive Producer)
 
1. What has it been like being involved in this Production?

Amazing! The whole team has so much passion and drive.


2. Could you please give us a few words about your role(s) in the production? As the executive producer I am the like the God father. Over seeing everything, not just paying the bills but over guidance to develop the best show we can.


3. How did you come to be a part of this?

Shane approached me last year with both of the fabulous scripts and after discussing them with him I learnt the passion he had. I got very excited and decided then and there to put it on.


4. What does it mean to you be presenting this work? I strongly believe that every deserves a chance in theatre. I love discovering new and inspiring  talent.


Thank you to Shane Savage and his entire crew who took some time out to assist with putting this interview together. To the people of Australia (especially Melbourne!!), get behind this amazing project. I’ll be seeing you down there.

2013 Australian Open – Aussie Player Line Up

theaussieword.com Guest Tennis Blogger Melinda Samson returns for us with a special look at our Aussie player line up for next weeks 2013 Kia Australian Open. Time to get excited Australia! Here are our great Aussie hopes! #AussieAussieAussie – Remember to use the #kiaAO hashtag via Twitter throughout the Australian Open!

There’s been a lot of news coverage on Aussie tennis players Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Ash Barty and John Millman already this year. In total there are sixteen Australians, nine men and seven women, in the main draw of the 2013 Australian Open. Here’s a review of their form from last year’s Australian Open and the start of the 2013 tennis season. Plus their first round opponents at the 2013 Australian Open. 
World rankings are sourced from the ATP for men and WTA for women, both as at 6 January 2013.
Sam Stosur (world ranking 9)
Stosur, along with all her fans, will be hoping she does better at the Australian Open than last year’s first round exit. In 2012 Stosur made the semi-finals at Roland Garros and the quarter-finals at the US Open plus two WTA finals at Doha and Moscow.
So far in 2013 she lost to Sofia Arvidsson in the first round of the Brisbane International and was defeated by Jie Zheng, a tricky first round opponent, at the APIA International Sydney.
Plays Kai-Chen Chang in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. Stosur has a relatively favourable draw with the possibility to meet fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in a quarter-final, second seed Maria Sharapova in a semi-final and first or third seeds Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams in the final.
Marinko Matosevic (world ranking 49)
Matosevic is currently the highest ranked Australian male player. 2013 will be Matosevic’s fourth Australian Open, to date he hasn’t progressed beyond the first round. Kei Nishikori defeated Matosevic in the first round of the Brisbane International. At the APIA International Sydney Matosevic was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Bernard Tomic in round one. Plays twelfth seed Marin Cilic in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Bernard Tomic (world ranking 52)
Current Australian number two Tomic will be competing in his fifth Australian Open in 2013. Based on his form so far this year, a lot of people are expecting him to do well. Tomic showed great form at the 2012 Australian Open, beating Verdasco in an epic first round five set match and following up the win by beating Sam Querry and Alexandr Dolgopolov before being defeated by Roger Federer in the fourth round.
Tomic won all three singles matches in the 2013 Hopman Cup, including a straight sets victory over Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4. Tomic plays Kevin Anderson in the final of the APIA International Sydney, his first ATP event final. He beat current Australian number one Marinko Matosevic, Florian Mayer, Jarko Nieminen and Andreas Seppi to reach the final.
Plays Leonardo Mayer in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. Tomic faces a potentially tough draw with the possibility of Roger Federer in the third round, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in a quarter-final, Andy Murray in a semi-final and Novak Djokovic in the final.
Lleyton Hewitt (world ranking 83)
2013 will be Hewitt’s seventeenth consecutive Australian Open. Hewitt made it through to the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, eventually losing to Djokovic. Hewitt lost to Denis Istomin in the second round of the 2013 Brisbane International. He will play Juan Martin Del Potro in the final of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong, where he defeated Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych to make the final.

Plays eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. If Hewitt gets through the first round he wouldn’t play a top 4 seed until David Ferrer in a quarter-final.


Casey Dellacqua (world ranking 101)
Dellacqua is well loved since her run to the fourth round of the 2008 Australian Open, beating Patty Schnyder and Amelie Mauresmo along the way. In 2012 she lost in the second round to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka.
2013 will be Dellacqua’s tenth appearance at the Australian Open. Dellacqua had to pull out of the 2013 Hopman Cup due to injury. Plays Madison Keys in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Matt Edben (world ranking 105)
Ebden played all four grand slam events in 2012, making the second round at both the Australian and US Opens. During the Australian Open he won two sets off Kei Nishikori before eventually losing the second round match in five sets. Ebden lost to David Goffin in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International. Marcel Granollers defeated Ebden 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the APIA International Sydney.
Plays Mikhail Youzhny in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Wildcard entries
Ashleigh Barty (world ranking 175)
Barty debuted in grand slam events at the 2012 Australian Open going out in the first round. She also experienced first round losses at last year’s French Open and Wimbledon after receiving wild card entry. Barty has been awarded a wildcard for the 2013 Australian Open.
Barty replaced the injured Casey Dellacqua in Australia’s 2013 Hopman Cup team. In the Hopman Cup singles matches Barty was one set down when her opponent Andrea Petkovic withdrew; lost to Anna Ivanovic 6-2, 6-3 and defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-0, 6-3.
In the first round of the Moorilla Hobart International Barty was defeated by Mona Barthel 2-6, 6-0, 6-1. Plays APIA International finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Olivia Rogowska (world ranking 113)
In 2012 Rogowska made it to the second round of the Australian Open after three years of going out at the first round. Monica Puig beat Rogowska in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International. Maria Kirilenko defeated Rogowka in the first round of the APIA International Sydney.
Plays a qualifier in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Sacha Jones (world ranking 173)
Jones is making her grand slam debut at the 2013 Australian Open. Nina Bratchikova beat Jones in the second qualifying round for the 2013 Moorilla Hobart International. Plays Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Jamila Gajdosova (world ranking 183)
2013 will be Gajdosova’s eighth appearance at the Australian Open where she is yet to make it past the first round. In 2010 Gajdosova made the fourth round at both the French Open and Wimbledon.
After beating Roberta Vinci in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International Gajdosova lost to Lesia Tsurenko in her next match. Gajdosova defeated Romina Oprandi in the first round of the Moorilla Hobart International. This was followed by victory over Olga Govortsova. She was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by eventual finalist Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals.
Plays Yanina Wickmayer in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
John Millman (world ranking 199)
Millman will debut in grand slam events at 2013 Australian Open. After beating Tatsuma Ito in the first round of the Brisbane International Millman succumbed to Andy Murray in three sets in the second round. Millman beat Tommy Robredo in the first round of the APIA International Sydney 6-3, 6-4 before losing to Andreas Seppi 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Plays Tatsuma Ito in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
James Duckworth (world ranking 209)
In 2012 Duckworth made the second round of Australian Open, his only men’s singles grand slam event to date, going out to Tisparevic in four sets 3-6, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4. Duckworth lost in the second qualifying round of the 2013 Brisbane International to Igor Kunitsyn. In the first round of the APIA International Sydney Denis Istomin defeated Duckworth 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.
Plays Ben Mitchell in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
John-Patrick Smith (world ranking 244)
The 2013 Australian Open will be Smith’s first singles grand slam event. Denis Kudla defeated Smith in the first qualifying round at the Brisbane International. Smith was defeated by Joao Sousa in the final round of qualifying to the main draw of the APIA International Sydney.
Plays Joao Sousa in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Ben Mitchell (world ranking 327)
Mitchell earnt a wild card entry to the main draw with victory in the Australian Open December Showdown beating Matt Reid in four sets.
2013 will be Mitchell’s third Australian Open. Best singles performance is the first round. Mitchell lost in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International to Marcos Baghdatis. Alex Bolt defeated Mitchell in the first qualifying round of APIA Sydney International.
Plays James Duckworth in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Bojana Bobusic (world ranking 331)
Bobusic won the women’s Australian Open December showdown beating Monique Adamczak 6-1, 6-3.
2012 was Bobusic’s debut at the Australian Open going out in the first round. Bobusic lost to Alize Cornet in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International after making it through qualifying. Plays Radwanska in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Luke Saville (world ranking 349)
Saville’s only grand slam appearance to date is the 2012 Australian Open, where he was defeated in the first round. John Millman defeated Saville in the first qualifying round of the 2013 Brisbane International. Tatsuma Ito beat Saville in the first qualifying round of the APIA International Sydney.
Plays Go Soeda in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Possible Qualifier
An eighth Australian woman, Arina Rodionova, may also make the draw if she wins her final qualifying match against Maria Joao K.

Thanks to Melinda Samson for her contribution to theaussieword.com For more grand slam tennis tips and articles, visit www.grandslamgal.com or follow Mel on Twitter @grandslamgal – you may also wish to sign up for ‘Aussie Summer of Tennis Daily Updates’

Johnny Farnham’s Special Aussie Gigs

One of our greatest Aussie performers John Farnham has announced a second show at The Star in Sydney on Friday January 25. Could you ever get sick of hearing You’re The Voice, Two Strong Hearts and A Touch Of Paradise? Johnny will bring his 10 piece band entourage for the show where fans lucky enough to get tickets will hear all the Farnham hits. Wonder if Melbourne is on the performing radar? Come on Johnny!