Jig’s Up

Jig’s Up – September 2015

Post by , August 30th, 2015

Jarryd James the next big thing in pop music? That’s what the reviewer on music.mic has written after James’s New York live debut. James has already had great success in the Australian charts. The music.mic headline says “The Producers Who Brought Us Lorde Have Found the Next Great Pop Star.” Each song demonstrates a deep… continue reading »


Jig’s Up – August 2015

Post by , August 7th, 2015

Commenting on the by now familiar ineffectuality of the NAPLAN regime in lifting maths and reading scores, a letter writer quotes a Russian educator: “You can’t fatten a pig by weighing it.” -0- Theatre director, dramaturg, commentator Julian Meyrick writes this in an article published in The Conversation: Respecting the past doesn’t diminish the present…. continue reading »


Jig’s Up – July 2015

Post by , July 22nd, 2015

The Australian World Orchestra will perform at the very end of July in Sydney (two concerts) and Melbourne (one). If you are into orchestral music, this is a thrilling orchestra made up of Australian musicians come home from around the world and around the country. It will be conducted by Simon Rattle, himself a thrill…. continue reading »


Jig’s Up – June 2015

Post by , June 10th, 2015

Arts Minister Brandis has taken $105m from the Australia Council funds and transferred it to his own Department where he can dictate its use. He says the Minister is the democratically elected member officially in charge of arts funding but since he cannot instruct the Australia Council who to fund, he has no control but… continue reading »


Jig’s Up – May 2015

Post by , May 2nd, 2015

Melbourne’s Vance Joy is the winner of the Grand Prize at the US-based International Songwriting Competition for 2015. The announcement of the win says that “In the history of ISC, no other entrant has ever garnered perfect scores from the judges until the 2015 Grand Prize winner, Vance Joy, for his song Riptide… the song… continue reading »


Jig’s Up – April 2015

Post by , April 6th, 2015

A very inventive production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Art Gallery of NSW carried a few surprises. Jig’s was a bit disorientated for the first couple of scenes, eventually realising that Orpheus and Euridice were a same-sex couple. The vision was complete: the other principals were women and the only (two) male supernumeraries… continue reading »


Jig’s Up – March 2015

Post by , March 4th, 2015

Ruminations and Revelations Unsurprisingly, when Bukhchuluun Ganburged got a little bit used to Australia, he saw that things might work out better if he were known as Bukhu. He has just been awarded one of the 40 citizenship places reserved annually for artists of very high distinction. Welcome, Bukhu! Bukhu is a virtuosic throat singer… continue reading »


Jig’s Up – February 2015

Post by , February 3rd, 2015

This is the cradle to the grave edition of Jig’s Up. -0- Tony Abbott, in his 2014 Ministerial reshuffle, removed childcare from the Education portfolio and placed it in Social Services under its new Minister, Scott Morrison. What are the messages here? Childcare is a form of welfare, not a part of education during the… continue reading »


Jig’s Up – December 2014

Post by , December 6th, 2014

So the ABC cuts have sliced and diced music. To handle the cuts, the management could have called for voluntary redundancies. But it didn’t. The cuts have been applied to particular program areas. That suggests a program strategy. In music, Triple J is untouched. RN and Classic FM are strongly affected. The number of live… continue reading »


Jig’s Up – November 2014

Post by , November 1st, 2014

Jig’s just saw the most marvellous documentary. You remember Mrs Carey’s Concert? This is just as moving and more inclusive. It’s called Outback Choir and it’s about Michelle Leonard and the annual Moorambilla Festival in outback NSW. The doco shows Michelle travelling to outback towns across this vast region to give music workshops and to… continue reading »


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