Written by: Elaine Chia
To be an arts administrator is to stand behind, and if you’re fortunate, sometimes alongside greatness.
Written by: Mandy Stefanakis
Shane Howard’s support for Aboriginal rights goes back to the Goanna Band in the 1980s and he wrote the soundtrack for the Franklin Rive campaign. He hasn’t faltered!
Written by: Mandy Stefanakis / Ruth Mundy
Musicians in support of climate action. Ruth Mundy is forthright and then some.
Written by: Rendle Adam and Anne-Marie Pecoraro
Lawyer Rendle Adam and Anne-Marie Pecoraro have written the annual book of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, looking at the future of technology in the entertainment industries and the legal implications.
The Music Trust offers congratulations to the following people on the recognition by the Australian nation of their contributions.
Written by: Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG)
The Australian Government’s Innovation agenda should move from a STEM approach to STEAM (A for Arts) recognising that siloing of arts and creativity limits the crossover of artists’ skill sets and innovative approaches across academic learning and into traditional employment sectors and industries.
Written by: Kate Torii, Sarah Pilcher, and Stacey Fox
Australia is doing well on enrolling four-year-olds in pre-school, but the picture on three-year-olds is less clear.
The Song Room and ARIA (the Australian Recording Industry Association), with the help of Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes, are excited to announce the first ever ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award. This new ARIA award has been introduced to celebrate…
Only 9% of teacher education applicants to Helsinki University were admitted in 2014. The school day finishes between 1 and 2pm. Music education is mandatory up to grade 7 and taught in regular schools for two to four hours per week. Up to grade 6 it is taught by generalist classroom teachers with a music education that is hardly even a dream in Australia.
In San Francisco’s public schools, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, is giving middle school principals $100,000 “innovation grants” and encouraging them to behave more like start-up founders and less like bureaucrats. But what happened to democracy?
“If you are wondering about the schooling of your children or grandchildren and are looking for an up to date authoritative guide to Australian education, this is probably the book to get.”
“Here and Now provides a snapshot of the impressive research-informed creative and performance work being carried out at the Queensland Conservatorium by staff, research affiliates and graduate students.”
“The Littlest Prima Donna is a very entertaining and informative memoir of the highs and lows of making a living as a busker in inner city Sydney.”
Artist/s: Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone). Nexas Quartet: Michael Duke (soprano saxophone), Andrew Smith (alto saxophone), Nathan Henshaw (tenor saxophone), Jay Byrnes (baritone saxophone), Benjamin Burton (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, Musical Theatre
Label: ABC Classics 576 2204
Reviewed by Inge Southcott
Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Quartet bring us a fascinating glimpse into the period of the fall of the Weimar Republic, when music was the language of defiance and protest, as well as of love and beauty in a world on the brink of catastrophe…
Artist/s: Compilation with large number of musicians, band leaders and singers including Phil Slater (trumpet), Don Burrows, (clarinet), Kristin Berardi (vocalist), Julian Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Grabowsky (piano), Barnaby McCall (piano), Stephen Magnussen (guitar), James Morrison (trumpet), Phil Slater (trumpet), Judy Bailey, (piano), Craig Scott (double bass), Jonathan Zwartz (double bass), Tom Baker (tenor saxophone)...
Label: ABC Jazz 570 8195
Reviewed by John Clare
If you are due to relax and eat and drink with good friends I suggest you take this disc along. If you are young, however, you may find yourself standing perfectly still.
Artist/s: Lotte Latukefu (mezzo-soprano), James Cuddeford (violin), Tristram Willams (trumpet), Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), Claire Edwardes and Peter Neville (percussion)
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Navona Records nv6095
Reviewed by Gwen Bennett
“Australian composers are frequently known for integration of Asian influences in their music; Bruce Crossman goes a few steps further with his distinctive compositions, mixing lesser-known Asian instruments with contemporary western sounds.”
Artist/s: The Smith Street Band. Wil Wagner (vocals, guitars), Lee Hartney (guitars, vocals), Fitzy Fitzgerald (bass, synth, vocals), Chris Cowburn (drums, vocals, percussion)
Category: Contemporary, Folk, Punk
Label: Pool House Records/Remote Control Records Pty Ltd PHR002CD
Reviewed by Mandy Stefanakis
The Smith Street Band’s prolific output continues with this, their fourth album in six years.
“Listening to New Spirit on vinyl, one thinks – it doesn’t get much better than this. PVT are Australia’s best electro-rock band, and this album is just another reason why.”
“These 26 enchanting impressionistic musings on aspects of Erik Satie’s life and music are skilfully composed and expertly performed and produced.”
Artist/s: The Wiggles: Anthony Field - Lachy Gilespie - Simon Price - Emma Watkins. Guest Vocalists: Guy Sebastian, Kylie Minogue, Slim Dusty, The Irwin family, Marlee Martin, Katie Noonan, David Hobson, Robert Rakete, Paulini, Christine Anu, Lee Hawkins, Tim Chaisson, Jimmy Barnes, Troy Cassar-Daley, Anuna, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ross Wilson.
Category: Children's songs, Contemporary, Pop
Label: ABC Music 5766876
Reviewed by Peter Winkler
“The Wiggles Duet album is far better than their previous productions. It will be enjoyed by many children and be bearable to most of their parents.”