Cayman Arts Festival kicks off once
more on Friday, 5 February. The event, which runs until 13 February, was the
brainchild of Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef and first came about back in
The festival has developed greatly
since then, and the biennial shindig now has additional concerts throughout the
year under the Music on the Menu banner, keeping the spirit of the festival
This year’s event is notable for
its blend of established performers and exciting young talent, plus unique
multi-pianist events all marked out with a big slab of humour.
Interview: Rainer Hersch
Rainer Hersch began working in
music management, working with orchestras and artists on the classical scene.
In his own words, it was quite an experience.
“I’d go around the world counting
the money in the intervals, negotiating things and walking round with a cigar
and a bow tie pretending that I was important,” he laughed.
When he worked at the famous
Edinburgh Festival he realised that he also had a passion for comedic performance
which developed into a second career as a stand-up comedian. By 1996 he had
successfully melded music and comedy into All Classical Music Explained (ACME).
He brings the contemporary version of that show to Cayman Arts Festival 2010.
“I’ve been to the Caribbean but
never to Cayman Islands which I’m looking
forward to very much indeed. I don’t do holidays anymore, that’s a thing of the
past but my wife does! She’s coming with me to Cayman Islands -but when I go to
a gig in Reading
in the rain she suddenly is very busy.
“I’m looking out on a rainy,
so it’s the perfect time of year to get away to somewhere warmer,” he
Although Hersch is not a scuba
diver, he is intending to find as much out about Cayman as possible in what he
said will be the inevitable wait in Miami
Hersch’s show deals with a series
of questions about orchestras, classical music and those troublesome blobs on a
musical manuscript. Both the adult and the kids’ version come from the same
concept, said the musician/comedian.
“The premise is that] nobody knows
anything about music nor do they have to which is the point. It’s just us
messing around and having a laugh, really.
“Maybe the kids’ show is more
visual and has more clowning elements. There’s a screen onstage with funny
images, the piano’s there onstage and the instruments I play so it’s demonstrative
– I’ll be playing the vacuum cleaner and stuff like that,” he said.
The performer said that there are
significant reasons that artists are drawn to Cayman Arts Festival and other
events of its ilk.
“I’ve heard of people’s enthusiasm
for the festival which I’m really looking forward to. Festivals in smaller places
can be really fun for the artist because the audiences really get into it more.
The artist feels a lot more welcome so I’m really looking forward to that.
“There’s a difference between Grand Cayman and the London Metropolitan Area. People are
much more prepared to give things a go in small communities which is something
that London and
the bigger cities can learn from,” he explained.
Interview: Rising Stars
Saxophonist Michael Testori was
named Butterfield Young Musician of the Year 2008, an accolade he said was ‘amazing’.
“It truly showed what unbelievable
talent these small Islands have to offer in
comparison to our nation’s population. The talent which this Island
provides is unbelievable, as each year goes by the standards become higher with
the diligent work of each musician.”
Michael first picked up the sax in
year 9, quickly developing his talent. The St. Ignatius school pupil is
currently studying for his A-levels plus grade eight saxophone and grade five
piano examinations. He is hoping to subsequently attend Interlochen Arts
Academy for the second
“Being a rising star is an honour
and a privilege. It makes me feel accomplished and appreciated as an
individual. It also makes all the work that I have done over the past four
years worthwhile,” he said.
Rising Star: Aziza La Pierre
Steel pan player Aziza La Pierre
was Butterfield Young Musician of the Year 20090. She said that it is an
“It feels like I’m a accomplishing
something. I’m enjoying every moment of it and it made me into a better musician.”
She said she was inspired to play
by her brothers and a Trinidadian band called Phase 2 Pan Groove.
“I liked how they used to enjoy
playing pan and of course the music they used to play was amazing. I liked how
they used to play together and I wanted too be part of that.”
Steel pans, explained Aziza, were
made in Trinidad after World War II and are
forged from 100-gallon oil drums that are tuned and engraved with different
notes. The sound is quintessentially-Caribbean, at least in the ears of
visitors. Aziza said that she felt good about upcoming musicians such as
herself being showcased.
“The talent on the island is
growing which what I like to see,” she explained.
Sponsor: Deutsche Bank
Globally, Deutsche Bank is a keen
supporter of the arts and artistic development. Even in their offices, they
always try to cultivate an environment that encourages creativity as there are
strong links between creativity, business success and social cohesion, says
David Dyer of Deutsche Bank.
“We wanted to reflect this belief
locally in Cayman by supporting a major initiative that promotes such artistic
“Deutsche Bank has been a supporter
of the arts in Cayman in various forms for some time. More specifically, we are
keen to support artistic development of young people, and the Cayman Arts Festival
reflects this perfect,” he said.
The bank is particularly interested
in inspiring creativity and artistic appreciation at an early age, and encouraging
young people to broaden their horizons, said Mr. Dyer.
“Of course, the festival is aimed
at older people too, which is an added bonus! Another dimension of our support
of the arts is to support local artistic talent. Helping to bring world class
performers to Cayman is really important in this respect.
“As well as being a rare
opportunity for local audiences to enjoy international artists, sometimes it
gives local young musicians the opportunity to work alongside visiting
performers, in school workshops and concerts, for example,” he added.
Sponsors: Event Sponsors
Butterfield (Cayman) Ltd; Deutsche Bank (Cayman)
Ltd; Ministry of Education, Training & Employment; Ministry of Health, Environment,
Youth, Sports & Culture; Ogier.
Sponsors: Diamond Sponsors
BB&P Advertising; dms Broadcasting Ltd;
In memory of Augustus Randolph – from the Randolph
family; WestStar TV
Sponsors: Platinum Sponsors
Caledonian Bank; Stepping Stones; Walkers
Gold Sponsors Cayman National; Close
Brothers; Comfort Suites;
Deloitte; First Caribbean International
Bank; Maples and Calder; Scotiabank
Sponsors: Silver Sponsors
Bay; Ernst & Young;
Kensington Management Group Ltd;
Rawlinson & Hunter
Event: Broadway Comes To Cayman
On Friday, 5 February at First
Baptist Church there will be tunes from shows including West Side Story, Candide,
Peter Pan and more. Wayne Marshall and Kim Criswell entertain with singing and will
chat about the background of the shows in the programme.
Broadway Comes To Cayman is
sponsored by Cayman Free Press.
Tickets are $35 on the door, $30
advance and $15 for under-16s.
Event: 2+2 = 8
Wayne Marshall and John McLaughlin
Williams join the incredible talents of duo joined by Wayne Marshall and John
McLaughlin Williams on a four-handed piece for two pianos. Saturday 6 February
at First Baptist Church
is where the musical adventures happen, as does Carnival of the Animals with
narrator Rita Estevanovich, performed by Micallef-Inanga along with an
island-based actor; it’s billed as a delight for the visual and aural imagination.
Sponsors for 2+2=8 are Ogier.
Tickets $35 on the door, $30
advance and $15 for under-16s.
Event: Rising Stars
Monday, 8 February at Camana Bay’s
Arts and Recreation Centre is the time and venue for a Rising Stars concert featuring
many Butterfield Young Musicians of the Year 2008 and 2009 plus selected finalists
from the last two associated National Children’s Festival of the Arts.
“Both the Ministry of Education and
the Ministry of Culture have come together to sponsor and support the Rising
Stars Concert. This programme puts our young performers on the stage, giving
them a glimpse of what they can achieve.”
Mark Scotland, minister of culture.
The event is $15.
Event: Rainer Hirsch in ACME
ACME stands for ‘All Classical
Music Explained’ and Rainer Hersch takes to the piano to answer questions like:
Why is organ music so boring?; How can I play a musical instrument without practising?
And what do conductors actually do?
It comes to Aston Rutty Civic
Centre on Cayman Brac (Tuesday 9, 7pm).
A children’s version is on Grand Cayman’s First Baptist
Church (Thursday 11,
11.30am and Friday 12, 7.30pm).
ACME is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.
“Rainer Hersch’s show is quite
different in its approach to exploring music. At Deutsche Bank, our philosophy
is to work with a ‘passion to perform’. In many ways, Rainer Hersch does just
that, introducing children to classical music in a totally different, fun and
engaging way,” said David Dyer of Deutsche Bank.
Adult tickets are $10 for the Cayman
Brac concert and the First
is $35 for adults on the door ($30 adv, under-16 $15).
Event: youth2youth: A Caribbean
comes to a fantastic finale on Sunday 13 February at First Baptist in the
company of Jamaican Immaculate Conception High School Orchestra. The leading
school is one of the largest and most talented ensembles in Jamaica, with
65 youngsters participating.
Butterfield are sponsoring
“When the artistic directors
brought the sponsorship opportunity for Youth2Youth, a full Youth Orchestra… and
opportunities for our own to play with them and the choir to sing, we jumped in
with both feet.
“This event could be the
springboard that Cayman, parents and our educators need to really focus on performing
arts for our youth,” said Sherree Ebanks at Butterfield Bank.
Tickets $35 on the door, $30
advance and $15 for under-16s.
Tickets are available from a number
of outlets including all stores in the Fosters Food Fair group, The Camera
Store, Funky Tangs and Reflections. Season tickets are available as well as
individual tickets for all events.
Further information can be seen at caymanartsfestival.com