Monday, January 07, 2008

MUSICA SURFICA Australia Day World Premiere


Australia Day World Premiere

Saturday, January 26 at 8.30pm



World-renowned violinist Richard Tognetti teams up with surfing supremo Derek Hynd in the inspiring documentary MUSICA SURFICA which will make its Australia Day World Television Premiere on Saturday, January 26 at 8.30pm exclusively on Bio.

MUSICA SURFICA is a documentary that follows one man’s creative journey. Richard Tognetti, leading violinist and artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as he searches for new inspiration and explores new boundaries in classical music and experimental surfing.

Richard Tognetti, an incredibly gifted and brilliant violinist is also a life-long surfer. Richard, who has a love for the ocean, teams up with Derek Hynd, one of the world’s most influential surfers … a thinker, a man with a twinkle in his cultural eye. Both are virtuosos, but with their major talents in different worlds.

In this stunning documentary Richard and Derek bring together a unique gathering of classical musicians and top surfers on remote King Island, as they explore new boundaries in experimental surfing and classical music.

During their King Island sojourn, Richard and surfer members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, along with guest musicians, develop a new repertoire and perform for the people of King Island. It is an unlikely but electrifying combination of classical and folk music, a return to music’s roots, which has since toured Australia to much acclaim.

At the same time, Australia’s leading surfers, including two time world champion Tom Carroll, were given a challenge. Every surfer, and surfer musician, rode un-finned, or unconventionally finned surfboards.

Highlights of the documentary include:

  • Richard Tognetti, performs with a Guarneri del Gesu “Carrodus” Violin, an extraordinary instrument crafted in 1743 and conservatively valued at $A 10 million.

  • The violin was donated to him by an anonymous benefactor earlier this year.

  • This is one of the first “finless” surfing events since the days of the ancient Hawaiians.

  • Unique footage of surfers riding radically designed, unfinned surfboards AND surfboards based on 300 year old Hawaiian designs.

  • A rare combination of surfing and outstanding performances and classical music soundtracks by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

MUSICA SURFICA was produced by Us Phoques Pty Ltd, Writer & Director Mick Sowry, Producers Simon Whitney and Richard Keddie. MUSICA SURFICA was financed by the Australian Film Commission and FOXTEL.


World Television Premiere

Saturday January 26,

at 8.30pm EST on Bio.

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