Written by: Barney McAll
Written by: Richard Letts
“OA has punished a media critic of its personnel policies by withholding his reviewer’s ticket. Among relevant questions: Do reviews have a role beyond assisting in marketing? How are major funded companies assessed artistically? Should there be no public discussion of their personnel practices?”
Written by: Matt Keegan
Written by: Richard Letts
The Minister has returned more Catalyst funds to the Australia Council. But after subtracting funds whose use he has “suggested” and funds precommitted, how much is left for artists and small companies?
Written by: Jessica Gelt
An El Sistema-type program in Los Angeles is producing wonderful results in a very disadvantaged neighbourhood.
Written by: Mandy Stefanakis
“David Greenberg and colleagues looked at the features of music and found correlations between people’s personalities and the music they liked. But is it that simple?”
In the UK, Charlotte Gill had an article published on March 27 warning against teaching music theory and notation as too academic. Ten days later, 650 people, including many famous names, had signed a letter explaining their view of Gill’s article and their argument against it.
Written by: Joel Copeland, National President, KMEIA Inc.
Joel Copland, President of KMEIA, describes the objectives of Kodaly Music Education and the activities of its national association in Australia. The Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia Inc. (KMEIA) is an organisation of people committed to music for everyone.…
Written by: Victorian Minister for Education
The Victorian government is spending $2million on music training for school teachers and for the purchase of student musical instruments.
“This portrait of Robeson is a compelling read – it is both a detailed, engaging biography and a travelogue full of astute insights on race and politics today.”
“A richly detailed account of Midnight Oil on their 1986 tour through the Northern Territory, a journey with the Warumpi Band that inspired their international breakthrough album, Diesel and Dust.”
Artist/s: Monique di Mattina. Monique di Mattina (vocals and piano), Eamon McNelis (trumpet), Paul Williamson (tenor sax and clarinet), Andrew Hammon (trombone), James Sherlock (guitar), Howard Cairns (bass), Andrew Swann and Marty Brown (drums and percussion)
Label: Jazzhead HEAD214
Reviewed by Gavin Franklin
“This is a CD that contains a mixture of old and new songs with an old-fashioned vibe.”
Artist/s: George Dreyfus (bassoon, vocals and percussion), Paul Grabowski (electric piano and ARP synthesizer)
Category: Classical, Eclectic, Film Music, New Music
Label: Move Records MD3300
Reviewed by Michael Hannan
“A reissue of an LP from 1972, Live! is an entertaining mix of George Dreyfus’s promiscuous musical practices encompassing composition, song, dance and bassoon acrobatics.”
“Australian composer David Lumsdaine has waited almost forty years for this, the first commercial recording of his acclaimed work Mandala 3; is he to be another composer whose talent will be appropriately recognised only after his death?”
Artist/s: Mark Seymour and the Undertow. Mark Seymour (vocals and guitar), Cameron McKenzie (guitars), Peter Maslen (drums), John Favaro (bass), Scott Griffiths (keyboard and guitar)
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Liberation LMCD0310
Reviewed by Mandy Stefanakis
“Mark Seymour is, at heart, a storyteller and the wonderful traditions of Australian folk music are effusive, stripped of the aerophonic hardware prevalent in his Hunters and Collectors persona.”
Artist/s: Jessie Lloyd, Monica Weightman, Leah Flanagan, Karrina Nolan, Jessica Hitchcock, Iain Grandage, Ed Bates, Rob Mahoney. Bonus Tracks by: Archie Roach, Lillian Geia, Lynelda Tippo, Alma Geia
Category: Indigenous Australian
Label: The Aviary Recording Studio, Melbourne, MSP002, 2017
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Reviewed by Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg
“This album defies categorisation in an exciting and innovative way. It captures and revives older songs created between 1900 – 1999 by Indigenous Australian mission communities.”
Artist/s: CHV. Ashley Cross (guitar), Rob Vincs (tenor saxophone/saxello), Anita Hustas (bass/ percussion/objects)
Reviewed by Joseph O'Connor
“Despite attractive moments, the impact of this collection of improvisations from Melbourne-based ensemble CHV is compromised by stylistic disparities that suggest a need for greater aesthetic focus.”