Written by: Tim Hollo
Written by: Andy Sugg
Festivals matter. They celebrate the assertion of a public communal spirit over the private; the triumph of the real over the virtual. In defiance of tendencies that strongly divide us — political values, religious beliefs — festivals bring us together. The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues has been a luminous example of this kind of success for over 25 years.
Written by: Marc Hannaford
Written by: Jo Caust
It seems that the majority of the Australian people recognise the value of the arts and want them to have government support – so why are politicians so slow in their cultural understanding?
Written by: Richard Letts
The budget found nearly $100m extra money for the big collecting institutions. Given that these funds were available, some could have been used to heal the wounds inflicted by this government in recent years on small arts organisations and independent artists.
Written by: Interviews by Mandy Stefanakis
I found the story behind the recently released CD Portrait of Bob Brown so fascinating that I interviewed the three participants in this project: the originator, Arjun von Caemmerer, composer and pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, and violinist and improviser Emily Sheppard.
Most Australians believe climate change is real but less than half think we are causing it From a report by Francis Keany A CSIRO survey of almost 18,000 people over five years showed 78 per cent of Australians believed in…
Written by: Mandy Stefanakis
After they have gone, many musicians will be remembered and lauded for their extraordinary contributions to humanity, despite, in their lifetimes, battling poverty, political aggravation, racism, genderism, societal indifference and personal demons.
Written by: David McCandless
Graphs and a chart showing artists’ earnings from the main streaming services and other sources of copyright income.
The new degree breaks from convention with a very diverse set of options.
The results are less than brilliant but in circumstances far more complicatted than those in Australia, the government at least showed enough interest to find out.
Too many of life’s problems are seen as only amenable to medical treatment. We all too readily turn people into patients.
“A new edition of the definitive reference work on Australian rock and pop. An essential library purchase.”
“Lack of transparency, unsuitable systems of governance and misguided notions of independence are at the heart of Dalton’s criticisms of the ABC and its recent failures in relation to screen content and policy.”
“Julia Reidy’s solo release All Is Ablaze merges traces of heavy rock, folk and song in two experimental long form pieces that fracture simple conceptions of genre in fascinating ways.”
Artist/s: Artists Sydney: Paul Chenard (saxophones/producer), Tina Harris (bass), Brendan St Ledger (keyboards), Glen Wilson (drums), Marty Farrugia (trumpet/flugelhorn), Ray Cassar (trumpet), Mike Raper (trombone), Mauricio Moriera (drums), Jess Ciampa (percussion), Blair Greenberg (percussion). Artists Rio de Janeiro: Roge (vocals/guitar), Daniel Conceicao (drums), Andre Siqueiros )percussion), Matheus Alcantara (bass), Tuca Maia (vocals), Ronaldo Silva (percussion), Leonardo Viera (guitar), Marlon Seite (trombone)
Category: Brazil, Jazz, Music, World
Reviewed by Peter Winkler
“The finest musicians of Sydney and Rio de Janeiro were assembled to participate in the creative development and recording of this exciting project.”
Artist/s: Ayşe Göknur Shanal (soprano), Patrick Keith, Erberk Eryilmaz, Ross Fiddes (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, New Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 707
Reviewed by Inge Southcott
“The wonderful Turkish-Australian soprano Ayşe Göknur Shanal performs new song cycles by contemporary Australasian composers, and the sheer beauty and dramatic power of her voice left me profoundly moved.”
“This disc abounds with Hyde’s flowing lyrical melodies, sensitively performed by highly accomplished musicians.”
Artist/s: Dead Letter Circus. Kim Benzie (vocals/keyboard/percussion), Luke Palmer (guitar), Luke Williams (drums/percussion/backing vocals), Stewart Hill (bass), Clint Vincent (guitar)
Category: Alternative Rock, Contemporary, Music
Label: Sony Music 88985426522
Reviewed by Mandy Stefanakis
“Is this really DLC?”
Artist/s: Andrée Greenwell (composer/voice/ukelele), with Julia County (soprano), Ewan Foster, Stephanie Zarka, Heather Lloyd (violins), Luke Spicer & Monique Irik (viola), Geoffrey Gartner (cello), David Trumpmanis (bass guitar/guitar/bass drum/electronics)
Category: Contemporary, Eclectic, Electronic Music, New Music
Reviewed by Michael Hannan
“Andrée Greenwell’s concept CD, Gothic, demonstrates her musical and theatrical versatility across a range of genres and is unified by her selection of gothic poems.”
Artist/s: THE EARLY YEARS. Don Burrows (clarinet), James Morrison( trumpet), George Golla (guitar), Craig Scott (double bass), Tony Ansell (piano), Allan Turnbull (drums). Recorded at Rothbury Estate, Pokolbin, 1983. Then Don Burrows (clarinet), Geoge Golla, (guitar), Craig Scott (guitar), David Jones (drums), Sydney Opera House, 1985. Australian Jazz Orchestra, Brisbane, 1988 and other ensembles.
IN GOOD COMPANY. Don Burrows (alto flute/clarinet/alto saxophone), Morrison (trombone/bass trumpet/trumpet), Phil Stack (acoustic bass) and a range of excellent ensembles.
Label: 2 CDs. ABC Jazz 476 0729
Reviewed by John Clare
Burrows and Morrison: a retrospective on a great jazz partnership
“Portrait of Bob Brown is the result of a range of serendipitous happenings plus a fervent love of Tasmania and its remarkable environmental heritage.”
“This is a great pianist and, more importantly a great mind, and 150-odd minutes well spent.”
Artist/s: The Necks. Chris Abrahams (piano and keyboards), Tony Buck (drums), Lloyd Swanton (electric and double bass)
Category: Improvisation, Minimalism
Label: Ideologic Organ (SOMA025)
Reviewed by Joseph Cummins
“A slight modification to the classic Necks recipe produces interesting results.”
Artist/s: The Vampires. Jeremy Rose (alto and tenor sax and bass clarinet), Nick Garbett (trumpet), Lionel Loueke (acoustic and electric guitars and vocals), Jonathan Zwartz (bass), Danny Fischer (drums), Alex Masso (drums, cojon, bongos, pandeiro, wood block, cowbells, shakers)
Label: Earshift 017
Reviewed by John Clare
“This disc is highly recommended, and should start your Vampires collection.”
Artist/s: Hans Maile (violin), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Hans Wallat (conductor), Merlyn Quaife (soprano), Stephen Lalor (mandolin), Geoffrey Gartner (cello), Daniel Herscovitch and Clemens Leske (piano).
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Biodiversity AUAPK 1600001
Reviewed by Gwen Bennett
A rare opportunity to re-introduce an accomplished composer, Wolfgang Steffen,showcasing a selection of his orchestral, vocal and chamber music, performed by Australian and German musicians.