The Growing Edge
BMus + CaLD – memories and reflections

Written by: Kiri Koubaroulis

“Exotic” and not from Killarney Heights. That old tape ran on loop in my mind again: Is my voice/my perspective valuable? Am I the right ‘fit’ for this?

The arts brand

Written by: Barry Hessenius

What is the Arts Brand – not that of any individual arts organization – but of the whole of the arts?

Beyond streaming: law, tech and entertainment

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.

Music Education
Time capsule

Written by: Henry Vyhnal

Were some things that much better in the old days? You might be surprised at how much better they were. Educational theory and practice at Huntingdale Technical School during the 1970s and 80s make current thinking look Neanderthal.

Innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy

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.

Eye-opening music education in Finland

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.

The Silicon Valley billionaires remaking America’s schools

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?

Latest Music & Book Reviews
Ballads of the Pleasant Life. Kurt Weill, Weimar and Exile

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

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…

The Dinner Sessions

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)...
Category: Jazz
Label: ABC Jazz 570 8195
Reviewed by

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.

Living Colours: Pacific Sounds and Spirit – Music by Bruce Crossman

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

“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.”

More Scared of You than You Are of Me

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

The Smith Street Band’s prolific output continues with this, their fourth album in six years.

The Wiggles Duets

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

“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.”