The Growing Edge
The Growing Edge
Unsound technicians

Written by: Richard Letts

Sound technicians for music venues need not only to know their equipment but also to have a deep knowledge of the music they are managing. Unless it’s rock or pop, in Sydney mostly they don’t.

The Growing Edge
The Marks of a Maestro

Written by: Stephen Mould

The marked scores of master conductors have emerged as didactic and interpretative tools. We see how the performance styles of ten iconic conductors are reflected in their annotated scores and parts for Mozart’s Symphony No 41, K 551 (‘Jupiter’).

The Growing Edge
Queen’s Birthday Honours for music people

Australian Honours are awarded by the nation in recognition of valuable contributions by individual citizens to their country. They are our version of ‘knighthoods’ and are decided by a special committee managed by the office of the Governor General. The majority of…

Music Education
Music Education
We can all make music

Written by: Oliver Hinton

Music making with others, whether singing or playing an instrument, is a fabulous way of building social connections and enhancing wellbeing, especially in communities that might not otherwise meet together frequently.

Music Education
Are teacher educators really doing a bad job?

Written by: Mark Selkrig, Kim Keamy, Sharon McDonough, Amanda Belton and Robyn Brandenburg

Teacher educators referred to the “increasing control” and a perception that we are undermined in our work by the “constant critiques that suggest low standards and that we don’t care about the profession”.

Latest Music & Book Reviews
Classical Music Recording
Brightest Threads. Luke Carbon

Artist/s: Luke Carbon. Stuart Byrne, Luke Carbon, Natasha Fearnside, Robin Henry (bass clarinets), Thea Rossen (vibraphone). Works by Andy Akiho, Robert Davidson, David Lang, Tim Hansen, Ryan Walsh, Steve Reich.
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Digital, Made Now Music. Free streaming, or download for purchase.
Reviewed by

“An impressive debut album from clarinettist Luke Carbon and colleagues, performing contemporary Australian and American works featuring the bass clarinet.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Do the Understanding. Ron S Peno and the Superstitions

Artist/s: Ron S Peno and the Superstitions. Ron S. Peno (vocals), Cam Butler (guitars/sampling/processing), Mark Dawson (drums/percussion), Tim Deane (piano/electric piano/Hammond organ), Andy Papadopolous (electric bass/double bass). Produced by Cam Butler.
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: Independent (SE001CD)
 www.ronspenoandthesuperstitions.bandcamp.com
Reviewed by

“Times are hard, life is fragile, each day is precious. And songs and records as good as this can give us the strength to keep on keeping on.’’ 

Music Live Music Live
Edward and Richard: The True Story of the Princes in the Tower

Artist/s: Artists: Alexander Voltz (concept, composer, librettist), Michelle Carey (director), Bradley Voltz (conductor, music director, piano), Susan Ellis (soprano), Catherine Upton (soprano), Stuart Quill (narrator), Wayne Brennan (concertmaster), Nicholas Thin (violin), Raquel Bastos (viola), Dominic Fitzgerald (cello), Thomas Crilly (double bass), Jessica Walther (flute/piccolo), Cathy Simmers (clarinet/bass clarinet), Rebecca Meimaris (percussion)
Category: Music Live, Opera
Location, Date: Performance: St Rita’s College, Brisbane, 8th July 2021
Reviewed by

“Despite challenges with the concept and libretto, the two-act chamber opera Edward and Richard: The True Story of the Princes in the Towerby Brisbane-born young composer Alexander Voltz (b. 1999) demonstrates exciting potential and ability in writing music for the theatre. His score is the highlight of this piece.”

Classical Music Recording
The Five Elements. Riley Lee & Enigma Quartet

Artist/s: Riley Lee & Enigma Quartet. Riley Lee (shakuhachi), Marianne Broadfoot (violin), Kerry Martin (violin), Elizabeth Woolnough (viola), Rowena Macneish (cello). Works commissioned or selected from Ross Edwards, Stuart Greenbaum, Anne Boyd, Holly Harrison, Andrew Howes, Lachlan Skipworth, Katy Abbott, Gerard Brophy, David Hirschfelder, Elena Kats-Chernin.
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: ABC Classics Digital ABC 0028948179985
https://www.abcmusic.com.au/discography/five-elements-enigma-quartet
Reviewed by

“The central focus of the five natural elements is beautifully sustained across the diverse pieces in this collection, through the meticulous attention to every precious sound by Riley Lee and the Enigma Quartet.”

Classical Music Recording
Joseph Tawadros – Live at the Sydney Opera House.

Artist/s: Joseph Tawadros (oud / composition), James Tawadros (riqq / bendir), Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey. Works by Tawadros, some arranged by Wells, Buckley, Barker, or Tognetti.
Category: Classical, Middle Eastern, New Music
Label: ABC Classic 481 9241
Reviewed by

“It is the force of Joseph Tawadros’ personality as much as his skill and virtuosity, let alone the clear vision of his artistry and purpose, that drives the richness and appeal of his compositions and performance. The music of Joseph Tawadros is both powerful and memorable in lasting ways.”  

Music Live Music Live
The Marriage of Figaro. Opera Queensland.

Artist/s: An Opera Queensland production featuring; Jeremy Kleeman, Sofia Troncoso, Josê Carbó, Eva Kong, Xenia Puskarz Thomas, Hayley Sugars, Jud Arthur, Bradley Daley, Samuel Piper and Irena Lysiuk. Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dane Lam.
Category: Music Live
Location, Date: Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, July 29, 2021
Reviewed by

“Opera Queensland’s Marriage of Figaro in a few words? Uplifting, stylish, engaging.”

Jazz Music Recording
Ornette. By Origami

Artist/s: Origami. Adam Simmons (alto sax/bass clarinet), Howard Cairns (double bass), Hugh Harvey (drums), plus Noah Simmons (drums)
Category: Jazz
Label: Fat Rain FAT014.
http://www.fatrain.bandcamp.com
Reviewed by

“It was when I realised I could make mistakes that I realised I was really on to something.” Ornette Coleman

Classical Music Recording
Piano Sonata #6 – 17 Graeme Lee prints. Michael Kieran Harvey

Artist/s: Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), Graeme Lee (prints), Arjun von Caemmerer (aphorisms)
Category: Classical, Musical interpretation, New Music
Label: Label: MOVE MD3453
CD purchase: http://www.move.com.au/disc/michael-kieran-harvey-graeme-lee-prints
Reviewed by

“Piano Sonata #6 impresses as a significant addition to the 21st century solo piano literature. If it were a novel, one would say that it has a coherent, compelling narrative.”

Jazz Music Recording
Quirks. Steve Arié and the Arié Awards

Artist/s: Steve Arié and the Arié Awards. Steve Arié (alto sax/double bass), Paul Cutlan (bass clarinet), Abel Cross (double bass), Nic Cecire (drums).
Category: Jazz
Label: Artist release.
www.stevearie.com.au
Reviewed by

“After thirty years of performing and recording as a bass player, Steve Arié decided it was time to make a recording of his compositions playing alto saxophone. The outcome of this switch is heard on Quirks.”

Musicology Book
Australian Music and Modernism 1960-1975. By Michael Hooper

Author: Michael Hooper
Category: Musicology
New York (NY): Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 306 pp.
ISBN:  978-1-5013-4818-1 (Hardback). Also available as an ePDF and as an eBook
Reviewed by

“This book provides a well-researched and often fascinating account of the compositional practices and the historical, cultural and philosophical contexts and issues surrounding “modernist” classical music in Australia in the period 1960-1975.”