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CULTURE | Sunday, 06 April 2008

White Russian 5tet launch CD at brand new venue

On April 25 at 20:30, the White Russian 5tet - a Paris-based jazz quintet led by Sandro Zerafa - will be launching a self-titled album at Warehouse no. 8, a brand new venue in Marsa. The event is organized by Fringe! Productions.
White Russian is a dynamic five-piece set-up for which he wrote the compositions, drawing on various influences ranging from folk to free-jazz, Keith Jarrett to the Beatles, Ornette Coleman to Thelonious Monk.
Sandro was born and bred in Malta and has been living in Paris since 2002. Prior to that he studied at the Lyon Conservatoire after having finished his musicology degree at the University of Malta. Since then, he has made a name for himself on the Parisian and European jazz circuit, working and associating with some of the most sought-after and names on the scene. Apart from his own band, Sandro can be heard with the Nico Gori ‘European’ 4tet ‘Alien in your head’ and Brazilian instrumental group Botafogo amongst others. He has won a number of awards, including one from the Conservatoire de Lyon (Medaille d'or jazz guitar), the third prize at La Defense National Jazz Contest (Paris) and a special Mention for Composition at La Defense National Jazz Contestat.
The award winning-band comprises much-sought after musicians including Yoni Zelnik (double bass), David Prez (tenor sax), Olivier Zanot (alto sax), David Georgelet (drums) - names that are hardly new to Maltese audiences. They have performed individually on various occasions in local jazz-haunts the likes of the Bridge Bar, Veccja, tat-Tarag and Ristorante La Rosa, as well as collectively on two occasions organized by Fringe!, namely Jazz yo Azz (2006 at MITP) and Jazz Fringe! in the Summer Arts Festival of 2007.
The launch of their debut CD comes with two evening concerts and will include a matinee aimed for secondary school children with the aim of improving informal education in the arts.
White Russian CD will be sold on the night and will be available in all leading local music stores from the launch date onwards.
DJ Danjeli will be keeping the mood alive with an inventive mix of jazz and electronic music following the concert on April 25. 
Warehouse no.8 can be found off Racecourse Street, Marsa (near BOV - just follow the signs). The concert starts at 20:30 and tickets at €11 are available from St James Cavalier or at the door. For more information on the venue and ticketing call 21223216 or 79404134.

About Fringe! Productions
Fringe! Productions is a subsidiary of NGO ‘il–Mahzen’. It aims to entertain its audiences with an independent calendar of music events and artistic happenings.
These activities are in increasing demand as their remain original and entertaining whilst still retaining a high artistic and cultural standard.
These events are varied and colourful and are slowly becoming established to a growing, enthusiastic and discerning audience, who are opting for quality, smaller-scale events as opposed to more commercial ones.
Fringe! was established to cater to a niche of international contemporary jazz and world music niche locally and it aims to showcase worldwide artists to Maltese audiences - artists which would otherwise be excluded from the cultural calendar.

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April 26
80s Club +
Nuwavemalta in colloboration with Reflex promotions presents the 80's Club + at The Molecule during same night of The Reflex 80's party - Gianpula. Dance all night to the sounds of the 80s New Romantics/New Wave/Electro/ Ska/Post Punk/Alternative Rock and Goth with DJ Mozzer. Tickets at €5.80, to book call 99448080.

April 12
Owen Jay at Q Bar
Owen Jay will be performing a five-hour set at Q-Bar, Valletta Waterfront starting from 22:00. His set will span across various styles ranging from minimal German grooves to jazzy Chicago rhythms to Detroit tech-house. The performance will also feature Dr. Zicotron, Darko, The Missing Link, Claire Tonna and Annabelle Galea. Giulivio will serve as warm-up DJ. Entrance is free.

May 3
The next Espionage party, held at Tigullio, St Julian's, will boast two music rooms: 60s mod sounds, RnB, punk, spi-fi, soundtracks and freakbeat as spun by Job and M Vella and another room of House Swing from Owen Jay and Dave Brown. Tickets from Juuls at €6.
Last performance tonight
Peter and the Wolf
Following last year's Magic Flute, the Manoel Theatre will be presenting another show for children: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. The re-orchestration and musical direction is by Sarah Spiteri while the choreography is done by Emma Loftus. The cast includes: Chris Agius Darmanin and Jules Sacco (Peter/Hunter) Florinda Camilleri (Bird) Clarissa De Giorgio (Cat) Yanica Fenech (Duck), Jes Sciberras (Wolf)Toni Attard (Grandfather) and Erin Stewart Tanti – (Hunter). The musicians are Godfrey Mifsud, Ulrike Buhlman, Renzo Spiteri, Christine Vella, Albert Garcia, Silvio Zammit and Sarah Spiteri. The performances will take place on April 5 at 18:30 and on April 6 at 16:30 and 18:30. Special prices will be on offer for families. Bookings on 21246389,,

April 12, 18 - 20, 25 - 27
Bad Jazz
The MADC presents a provocative new comedy by Robert Farquhar - which satirises modern theatre and the eager young hopefuls desperate to become its new stars - at the MADC playhouse. Directed by Wesley Ellul, the cast includes Angelica Coppini, Graham Arnold, Keith Pavia, David Ellul Mercer, Maxine Calleja Urry and Chris Agius Burke. Bookings:, and
May 2 - 4
Du' Theatre Group present an all-female, Maltese rendition - using Oliver Friggieri's translation - of the classic Euripides play at the MITP, St Christopher’s Street, Valletta. The cast includes Simone Spiteri, Franica Pulis, Kristjana Casha, Magda van Kuilenburg, Victoria Vella with Domenic Dimech as Jason. The actors are also accompanied by a live musical ensemble led by Tim Ellis, who is also the composer, along with Chris Cini Antoine Zammit and Gilbert Micallef. Performances start at 20:00. Tickets are at €10, with a special offer for students on premiere night (€8). Bookings from St James Cavalier: 21223216, 21223200,
April 11
Performers' Platform
The next edition of the Lunchtime Concert series at the St James Cavalier Music Room will feature a guitar recital by Matthew Ellul, whose repertoire will feature works by J.S. Bach, Francesco Tarrega, Joao Pernambuco and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Starts at 12.35pm. Tickets are at €2.33.

April 11
Kroppy Distik
No Snow/No Alps, B.N.I. and Cable 35 will be playing at Poxx Bar from 21:30. Entrance is €7.,,

April 12
Beangrowers CD launch
Beangrowers will be launching their new album, Not in a Million Lovers, at Poxx Bar. They will be joined by No Snow/No Alps. Doors open at 20:00. Entrance is €6 at the door or €10 including album.

Until April 20
Gaulitana: A Festival of Music
Gozo’s Gaulitanus Choir has launched the second edition of its festival Gaulitana : A Festival of Music. A series of twelve concerts in various venues in Gozo will feature local and international artists/ensembles in a mixture of musical events ranging from the sacred to the folkloristic and from the pop to the classical, in which musical sounds are sometimes also juxtaposed with the flavours of the local cuisine. The festival is artistically directed by the choir’s founder-director, Colin Attard.

April 25
White Russian 5tet
Sandro Zerafa's White Russian 5tet will be launching their new album at Warehouse no.8, a brand new fringe-event venue. Warehouse no.8 can be found off Racecourse Street, Marsa (near BOV - just follow the signs). The concert starts at 20:30 and tickets at €11 are available from St James Cavalier or at the door. DJ Danjeli will be playing a unique mix of jazz and electro after the band. For more information on the venue and ticketing call 21223216 or 79404134. Organised by Fringe! Productions.
Ends today
Reading Cabinets
An installation by Raphael Vella at St James Cavalier. A corridor in the lower galleries of St James Cavalier has been transformed to house a unique display that presents many of the drawings in bright red plan chests with drawers that can be opened by viewers. Entitled Reading Cabinets, the exhibition also includes a number of large drawings that were produced after the Modern Art Oxford show and are being shown in public for the first time at St James Cavalier.

April 11 - 25
Mirror of Life
A collective exhibition of paintings at the National Museum of Natural History, Vilhena Palace, Mdina. Free Entrance. Open Monday to Friday from 08.00 - 17.00 (Last Admission 16.30).

Until April 13
Boats, Balconies and Buildings
An exhibition of paintings and watercolours by Lionel Coates and Narinder Coates at Heritage Malta Head Office, Valletta.

Until April 14
Grazzi Malta
‘Grazzi Malta: An art exhibition with works by Olaug Vethal (1946-2007) whilst in Malta from 1988-2007’ features works of art and other artifacts that reveal the relationship of this artist with the Maltese people whom she loved to paint. It is taking place at the St James Cavalier Upper galleries. This is the first exhibition and publication following the artist’s death on February 24.

Until April 15
A collaboration between Vince Briffa (Malta), Ken G. Hay & Seetha A. (Moorland Productions – UK) and J. Michael Anderson (UK) at the Loggia, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. Open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 - 17.00 (Last admission 16.30.)

April 19 - May 18
An exhibition of paintings by Jeni Caruana at Heritage Malta Head Office, Valletta. Free Entrance. Open Monday to Friday from 08.00 - 17.00 (Last Admission 16.30).

April 19 - May 28
Ix- u jien
Exhibition of paintings by Dustin Cauchi at the Loggia, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. Open from 09:00 until 17:00 (last admission at 16:30). The opening will also serve as a launch for Francesca Mangion’s book, which will feature illustrations by the artist.

Until April 30
Exhibition of paintings by Robert Farrugia at Juuls Bar, St Julian’s. Sponsored by Marsovin.

Until May 4
An exhibition of drawings, etchings, oils and sculpture by Jesmond Vassallo and Francesco Astiaso Garcia at the Contemporary Room, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. Open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 - 17.00 (Last admission 16.30.)
April 8
Philosophy Café
The next Philosophy Café session will be a screening of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, held at 2_22 Wine Bar, Valletta. Starts at 20:00. Entrance is free.
April 8
Insite Quiz
Student’s quiz at Luca’s Pancake House (near University Skate Park), Msida. Starts at 16:00. Groups will be divided into teams of five to answer general knowledge questions. Admission is €5 per person. Each table gets a free bottle of wine, and the winning team gets half of the total sum of money collected on the night. Places are limited, so, please, apply before:

Quiz Nights held at Ciao Frà, Xemxija. Entrance next to Beachaven. Every Thursday at 21:00, tables team up to fill in a self-completion quiz pack of 40 general knowledge and current affairs questions. Winners receive Lm10 discount off their bill and a bottle of bubbly (both winners and runners-up). Participation fee Lm1. Reservations call: 99458567.
April 26
Culture Crunch
The Malta Anthropology Society will be holding its annual meal at Il Gattopardo Art Gallery and Bistro, 20 Villegaignon Street, Mdina, starting from 19:00. Ticket Price: 10€ (Lm4.29): includes entrance, a free drink and two visits to the buffet table. Spaces are extremely limited so early booking is recommended at, or 99273355. Transport will be available at an additional cost.


April 13
Early Man in Malta Heritage Trail
Visiting Għar Dalam, Mġarr archeological sites and Xemxija Tombs. Pre-booking essential. Booking from Heritage Malta head Office. Tel: 22954312. Tickets at €15 each. Limited tickets available.

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