High Tea at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto moves to Alluvial

High Tea at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto moves to Alluvial

There is something about indulging in High Tea that heightens your senses as it epitomizes sophistication. From Saturday 21st January 2017, High Tea at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto will have a new home. (We can't wait). The World Loves Melbourne (Narani) was invited to the media launch.

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OMG Greek Week High Tea at Hotel Lindrum

OMG Greek Week High Tea at Hotel Lindrum

The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the fabulous OMG Greek Week High Tea at Hotel Lindrum. As part of a celebration of Hellenic culture, cuisine and community Oh My Greek Week was celebrated during the week of the 21st to 26th November with several creative and fun events. If anyone knows how to have a good time it's the Greeks, with the sophistication and technique of extraordinary desserts.

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POW Kitchen Sundays a Summer Sensation

POW Kitchen Sundays a Summer Sensation

The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the launch of POW Sundays at the POW Kitchen at Prince Bandroom balcony. POW Sundays will be open to the general public from this Sunday, 11th December all summer long - $10 Aperol Spritz and a Robarta Grill grilling Yakitori skewers all day and night for $10.00.

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LULU Cafe and Gallery A Shining Star in North Melbourne

LULU Cafe and Gallery A Shining Star in North Melbourne

LULU Cafe and Gallery is a shining European style haven in North Melbourne for foodies and art lovers alike. This is surely one of the hidden gems of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to LULU Cafe and Gallery to sample the menu (including breakfast/lunch all day menu as well as the dinner menu) and was highly impressed.

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Arts

Jazz Legend Miguel Atwood Ferguson

 

Last night I had the priviledge of seeing one of the most revolutionary 'musical masterminds'....the brilliant Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. If you don't know much about Miguel and his music, all you have to do is type his name into google or youtube to see the long list of people he has worked with. It will probably make you cry. Partnering with the guys from Hiatus Kaiyote (and friends), they jammed out to a very keen crowd at the Hifi bar – just seconds into Miguel walking onto stage the crowd was singing his praises and the place was well and truly alive. Good start.

 

Now look, I'll be the first to admit that ordinarily I don't gravitate towards string intruments. It's not that I don't like them, I just think that over time I've pigeon-holed 'strings' with strictly classical sounding music. HOWEVER, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson flips all of that upside down and back around again. Taking on songs from Coltrane, the Beatles and of course original compositions of his own, he led the band into what was a spectacular night of musical arrangements! Guest vocalists Nai-Palm and Elana Stone also joined in the fun creating some spine tingling moments of the night. The sound was a kaleidoscope of jazz, groove, beats, experimentalism, edge and intensity all spun into one. I was completely engaged with his undeniable presence on the stage.

For me, I really love watching musicians who physically throw themselves into their art. I guess as an audience member you want to visually enjoy something just as much as you do sonically. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson holds his own on stage. He leads with his body language and really gels the people together who are on stage with him. I found myself in moments completely zoned in on him, watching and listening intently to his playing – even in the times where he stood away from the spotlight. He is a true musician, director and leader in his field and it was obvious that the band really trusted him, as did he with them. Being the first time he has ventured out to Australia, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson told the crowd how much he loves being here, saying: “Next time I come back, I want to take at least a month” - I'm sure any of his fans would happily have him stay here anytime!

The night also included music from the support act 'Myele Manzanza Trio'. These guys brought some real groove! Myele Manzanza (drummer) teamed up with Scott Maynard on double bass and Dj/ producer/ keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe. Doing tracks from both Myele's and Mark's' work was the sounding combinations of hiphop beats, smooth jazzy rhodes and latin flavours thrown in there too. Pretty much my favourite musical cocktail. I've been listening to Mark de Clive-Lowe's music for quite a while now and after watching him absolutely belt the life out of the keys last night...I love him even more. The trio brought life, vibe and energy to the room and kicked off our night at the Hifi with a solid..BANG! 

@jwilsify

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