NEXAS QUARTET and International Epilepsy Day – Arts Monday
The Internationally renowned Nexas Quartet presents an exciting, spicy taste of the world of Argentinean Tango in a unique and inspiring performance of classic and new works. The much-awaited return concert from the colourful and hugely popular all-saxophone foursome will feature pieces by composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, Gerardo Rodriguez and Fernando Lerman. At the forefront of chamber music, Nexas Quartet (Michael Duke, Andrew Smith, Nathan Henshaw and Jay Byrnes) is focused on promoting the musical diversity of the saxophone by showcasing its versatility and ability to cross genres.
Saxophonist, Andrew Smith, is my guest today.
Nexas Quartet: Tango de Saxos
A Prelude in Tea Concert: afternoon tea from 2.30pm, concert 3.30pm
The Independent Theatre
Miller Street, North Sydney
Info/Bookings:www.theindependent.org.au or ph: 99553000
International Epilepsy Day promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries each year on the second Monday in February. Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function that involves recurring seizures. There are over 40 types of epilepsy and about 4% of the population will have epilepsy at some stage of their life and its symptoms and effects are different for every person.
Epilepsy Australia, the peak body and national coalition of Australian epilepsy organisations, keeps communities informed on the latest medical breakthroughs, social research, publications, news and policy about epilepsy. Living with epilepsy is not just about managing seizures; it is learning to build resilience concerning the associated health and wellbeing impacts, economic and social participation barriers as well as issues with stigma and discrimination among the wider community.
Of the nearly 4 million students aged 4 -18 years across Australia, it is estimated that 19,201 live with epilepsy, or 1 in 200. Epilepsy is also in the top 3 (after asthma and diabetes) of health conditions for school children and is in the top 5 of avoidable causes of death in people aged 5 to 29. Beyond the obvious seizures, epilepsy impacts memory and concentration, which in turn impacts education and social stigma. Less than 5% of the 9,500 schools across Australia are properly trained in coping with and understanding the needs of students with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Smart Schools (EES) program is designed to meet the duty of care schools have to create inclusive and supportive educational environments for all students living with epilepsy.
NSW Spokesperson Graeme Shears, is my guest today.
International Epilepsy Day – 11 February 2019
I look forward to your company