All posts by Peter Winkler

Birdsong at Dusk

William Barton didgeridoo, with Kurilpa String Quartet, Delmae Barton vocals, John Rogers violin
Classical, Indigenous Australian, New Music
ABC Music 481 0962
http://williambarton.com.au/
Reviewed by , August 1st, 2014

William Barton is one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and has taken the wonders of this ancient instrument to the world. He regularly performs around the globe, and his album Kalkadungu won the 2012 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album. Musically, Barton grew up in both worlds having learned to play didgeridoo from his uncle,… continue reading »


Concerto of the Greater Sea

Joseph Tawadros, oud, Australian Chamber Orchestra
Classical, Middle Eastern, New Music
ABC Classics 476 4745
Reviewed by , October 3rd, 2014

Joseph Tawadros is Australia’s leading exponent of the oud. For readers unfamiliar with this beautiful instrument it is a pear-shaped lute used traditionally in North African and Middle Eastern music. The oud and lute are descended from a common ancestor and are in turn the ancestors of the guitar. The enrichment of Australia’s culture and… continue reading »


Dirtsong

The Black Arm Band Company
Contemporary, Indigenous Australian
Self-release. Purchase via the website.
http://www.blackarmband.com.au/
Reviewed by , June 1st, 2014

The Black Arm Band is a vital part of Australia’s cultural identity.  They describe their work as music of the Australian Indigenous experience. It was formed by director Steven Richardson in 2005 and takes its name from the derogatory term that Prime Ministry John Howard used to denigrate attempts by some historians to recognise the… continue reading »


Ndakondwa (I’m Happy)

Post by , May 1st, 2014

Some years ago my family and I travelled to Tanna, a remote island in the Vanuatu archipelago and stayed in a village near Mount Yasur, the world’s most accessible active volcano. On the first night in our grass-hut accommodation a truck pulled up and the young men of the village converged to unload all the… continue reading »


Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu (Together We Are Strong). The Song Peoples Sessions

Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen
Contemporary, Indigenous Australian, World
2 CDs, box set with large booklet. Barkley Regional Arts www.barklyarts.com.au. Or ABC Music
www.barklyarts.com.au. http://songpeoples.tumblr.com/. Shellie’s website: http://www.shelliemorris.net/
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2014

Last year I wrote a rapturous review of the Winanjjara double CD by Warren H Williams and the Warramungu Songmen. Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu (Together We Are Strong) by Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen is the second release of the culturally significant project knows as The Song Peoples Sessions. The project facilitates collaborations between traditional… continue reading »


On Love and Science. CD and illustrated hardback book

Zulya and the Children of the Underground. Musicians: Zulya Kamalova, vocals, writer, composer, leader; Lucas Michailidis, guitars; Aviva Endean, clarinets, tenor sax; Anthony Schulz, piano accordion, piano; Justin Marshall, drums, percussion; Andrew Tanner, double bass, jew’s harp. Accompanies illustrated book, hard back by Zulya Kamalova, illustrations by Dilka Bear
Folk, Fusion, Jazz, World
Self- release, self-published, limited edition. Purchase from website
http:// zulyaandthechildrenoftheunderground.com/
Reviewed by , March 3rd, 2016

This multimedia release is Zulya’s finest and most ambitious work to date. It demands attention and accolades. Zulya Kamalova, the Tatar/Australian world music trailblazer never ceases to surprise. Her previous release was a sci-fi computer music extravaganza. This one, back with her brilliant band The Children of the Underground, is a return to her world… continue reading »


On Love and Science. Illustrated story with accompanying CD

Book by Zulya Kamalova, illustrations by Dilka Bear. With accompanying CD. Musicians: Children of the Underground: Zulya Kamalova, vocals, writer, composer, leader; Lucas Michailidis, guitars; Aviva Endean, clarinets, tenor sax; Anthony Schulz, piano accordion, piano; Justin Marshall, drums, percussion; Andrew Tanner, double bass, jew’s harp.
Books, Fiction
Self-published hardback. Purchase via website.
http:// zulyaandthechildrenoftheunderground.com/
Reviewed by , March 3rd, 2016

This multimedia release is Zulya’s finest and most ambitious work to date. It demands attention and accolades. This is a highly produced illustrated story for adults in a hardback book, accompanying a CD. For the review, please go to Music Reviews on this site. VIEW AND LISTEN Book and CD Trailer :  


Permission to Evaporate

Joseph Tawadros, with Christian McBride, James Tawadros, Matt McMahon, Mike Stern
Jazz, Middle Eastern, World
ABC Music 481 0917
www.josephtawardros.com
Reviewed by , July 1st, 2014

Joseph Tawadros is prolific and adventurous. He is Australia’s leading exponent of the oud, a North African and Middle Eastern lute. He is also a trailblazer in cross-cultural music collaboration and a two-time ARIA Award winner for Best World Music Album. Permission To Evaporate was recorded in New York in just two days in February… continue reading »


Rasa Duende. Improvisations

Post by , November 1st, 2015

In the mid-sixties musicians from India, Pakistan and the West began exploring each other’s musical traditions, looking for common ground, playing concerts together and eventually recording together. The trailblazers were Yehudi Menuhin and Ravi Shankar. These two giants of their own musical heritages, having met in the fifties, developed a great mutual respect both personally… continue reading »


Sonorous Sonatas. Fantasie Australis

Peter Sheridan and the Monash University Flute Ensemble
Classical, New Music
Move Records 3375 and 3366
http://www.move.com.au
Reviewed by , December 1st, 2015

I don’t usually put my hand up for reviewing new classical music. But I have a great liking for the low versions of orchestral instruments. I like the cor anglais more than the oboe. I love the bass clarinet and adore the tuba and the bass trombone. So when I saw that Sonorous Sonatas was… continue reading »


Spring Sea Music of Dreams – Music for Shakuhachi and Harp

Riley Lee, shakuhachi, Marshall McGuire, harp
Classical, Japanese, New Music, World
ABC Classics 476 4870
Reviewed by , October 4th, 2014

Riley Lee and Marshall McGuire are masters of their instruments: Riley of the Japanese bamboo flute known as the shakuhachi and Marshall of the classical concert harp. At first glance a collaboration between these two instruments from vastly different musical traditions may seem like a brave experiment in cross-cultural music. But in the hands of… continue reading »


Starship Z Kosmostan

Zulya Kamalova
Electronic Music, Russian, World
Yammy Music YMCD 2015-001, available on iTunes and Bandcamp
http://zulya.com/ http://kosmostan.com/
Reviewed by , October 1st, 2015

OK… take a look at the genre classification (electronic Tatar music with sci-fi themes) and tell me this album doesn’t intrigue you. The Republic of Tatarstan is a region of Russia about 800 kilometres east of Moscow. It lies between the Volga and Kama rivers and extends east to the Ural Mountains. Zulya Kamalova is… continue reading »


Suspicion

The Tango Saloon
Experimental Music, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Tango
Romero Records and Newmarket Music NEW3342.2/ROM010
http://thetangosaloon.com
Reviewed by , June 1st, 2015

Any band that describes itself as experimental tango meets spaghetti western with a dose of film score, rock, pop, gypsy, jazz and electronica thrown in for good measure is going to grab my attention. The Tango Saloon makes music that is indeed Piazzolla meets Morriconi and Equivel. I first came across them when they appeared… continue reading »


The Art Of The Didgeridoo

William Barton, Matthew Doyle, various ensembles
Classical, Indigenous Australian, New Music
ABC Classics 481 1909
www.abcmusic.com.au/discography/art-didgeridoo
Reviewed by , November 1st, 2015

Some people are still surprised that the didgeridoo is much more than a drone instrument played by Australian Aboriginal musicians for corroborees and ritual ceremonies. Others may be used to seeing the didgeridoo playing in rock bands like Yothu Yindi, Jamiroquai and by singer/songwriters like Xavier Rudd. But some trailblazers like Mark Atkins, Charlie McMahon,… continue reading »


Visible Six and The Best of Visible

Post by , October 3rd, 2014

Bold statement: The only way folk or popular music has ever progressed or developed is through the impact of multicultural influences. Consider one of the primary and most far reaching examples: the impact of the slave trade that brought Africans to the Americas. Now, of course I’m not saying this was a positive experience for… continue reading »


Winanjjara – The Song Peoples’ Sessions

Warren H Williams and the Warumungu Songmen. Sung in Aboriginal languages
Contemporary, Indigenous Australian
2 CDs. ABC Music 279 6239
Reviewed by , October 3rd, 2014

Winanjjara means song man in the Northern Territory language of Warumungu. This double CD by Warren H Williams and the Waramungu Songmen is a major project that is part of an important Federal Government initiative known as The Song Peoples’ Sessions. The project has developed collaborations between traditional and contemporary Australian indigenous musicians to support… continue reading »


About Peter Winkler

Peter Winkler is a composer, record producer and a leading practitioner in community and world music. He was the Music Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Paralympic games and is the Music Director of REM Theatre and the LATT Theatre in Seoul, South Korea.


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