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Lumsdaine’s music is deeply thoughtful, bringing together ideas from European concert life with the close study of the natural world, and especially of Australia’s birdlife. Much of his music is also about Australian people and places, and he was one of the leading composers of his generation.

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Written by: Katie Yap

I am scheming to make an album of these new works, give a proper launch to the beautiful videos we’ve made, sew custom concert attire for each collaboration, and start touring. The first hare-brained plan is a bicycle tour of the Munda Biddi track in SW Western Australia with Bowerbird Collective – just gotta find a cello trailer!

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This study was conducted using data from the LikeYouth Facebook application, a research-focused survey tool that has engaged over 64,000 participants primarily in Italy. Participants provided voluntary and informed consent and completed various psychometric surveys, including the Moral Foundations Questionnaire (MFQ), in addition to sharing demographic details and Facebook Page Likes.

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Our leaders and legislators need to be firmly convinced that what are relatively mild recommendations should remain and be even strengthened and implemented in full. And that’s just the easy part. It then has to navigate a perilous path among politicians who will need to fully understand…

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Written by: By Krystal Cathcart, Katie Burke and Georgina Barton

“Reading is a critical skill to have for school and life success and there are multiple suggestions as to how to teach it effectively and quickly in schools – but what happens in home schooling?”

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Book

Category: Music and related arts, Non-Fiction, Social History

Author: Loretta Barnard and Ingeborg van Teeseling

Publisher: MoshPit Publishing 2023

ISBN: 978-1-923065-33-8 (Soft cover)

Available online at: https://imagining-australia.com.au/ and through selected bookstore

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

In this wonderful book, we savour a banquet of amazing Australian artists across all fields, understanding their striving through artistic portrayals which both depict and profoundly alter our historical and socio-cultural perspectives of this country.

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Book

Category: Lyrics, Media, Memoir, Music Business, Music creation, Social History

Author: Bob Dylan

Publisher: Sydney: Simon and Schuster (Australia), 2022. 340 pages, hardback. Also Ebook. 

ISBN 9781398519411

Reviewed by: Libby Myers

I loved the images that accompanied each chapter, which felt like just as much a device of the book’s multisensory mode of storytelling as the text and music. In particular, I enjoyed the photos of record stores in their heyday, the early days of American rock ‘n’ roll, as bustling centres of social, economic and artistic opportunity. These exemplified Dylan’s earnest nostalgia for the truly ground-breaking time he came of age and became a musician.

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Book

Category: Biography, Music creation, Music Education, Social History

Author: Kerry Alexander Wirripang Pty Ltd, Wollongong, NSW, 2023. 330 pages, ISBN 9781876829865

Publisher: Wirripang Pty Ltd, Wollongong, NSW, 2023. 330 pages,

ISBN 9781876829865

Reviewed by: Elaine Lewis

At the end of her introduction to this biography Anderson writes “This book is not about the technical or musicological aspects of Ann’s work; rather, it is about the life of someone who is a unique human tour de force.”

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Music Live

Category:Jazz, Music Live

Artist(s): Gregg Arthur (vocals), Peter Locke (piano), Craig Scott (double bass), Andrew Dickeson (drums)

Location, Date: January 11, 2024, Foundry 616, Sydney

Reviewed by: Eric Myers

Arthur’s approach at Foundry was reminiscent of the later Sinatra versions, and I suggest that Arthur’s appeal to jazz fans is based on similar qualities which he shares with Sinatra: not only immaculate phrasing of the lyrics, but also an ability to swing, how to feel the groove in the music, and how to ride on the pulse of a great rhythm section ready-made behind him.

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Music Live

Category:Jazz, Music Live

Artist(s): Harold López-Nussa (piano and keyboards), Grégoire Maret (harmonica), Luques Curtis (double bass),  Ruy Adrian López-Nussa (drums)

Location, Date: Harold López-Nussa (piano and keyboards), Grégoire Maret (harmonica), Luques Curtis (double bass),  Ruy Adrian López-Nussa (drums)

Reviewed by: Eric Myers

I had mixed feelings about this concert, presented by the Festival of Sydney. It took place in The Neilson on Pier 2/3, an excellent venue for jazz, and which appeared to be sold-out. It was highly successful, particularly if you…

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Music Recording

Category:Jazz, New Music

Artist(s): Jeremy Rose, (composer / reeds), Tessie Overmeyer (alto saxophone), Hinano Fujisaki (alto saxophone), Michael Avgenicos (tenor saxophone), Lachlan Hamilton (tenor saxophone), Nick Bowd (baritone saxophone / bass clarinet), James Powers (trumpet), Thomas Avgenicos (trumpet), Simon Ferenci (trumpet), Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet), James Macaulay (trombone), Jacob Parks (trombone), Cailey Mei Soon (trombone), Nick Barnard (bass trombone), Novak Manojlovic (piano / keyboards), Hilary Geddes (guitar), Jacques Emery (bass), Chloe Kim (drums).

Label: CD, Earshift Music EAR082

Reviewed by: John Shand

Rose had long proved himself an engaging composer for small bands before he released 2018’s Iron in the Blood … proving he could also write imaginative, ambitious, thoughtful pieces for 17 players, this one being a response to Robert Hughes’ pivotal account of Australian colonisation. Then came a baby version of the orchestra and Disruption! The Voice of the Drums, Rose astutely crafting contexts to spotlight the abundant creativity of drummers Simon Barker and Chloe Kim. Now we arrive at Discordia, a nine-part suite for 17-piece orchestra in which Rose explores, as he puts it, “the intricate labyrinths of misinformation and consequent human discord”.

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Keyna Wilkins (piano/ flute/ compositions), Elsen Price (double bass/ loop pedal), Wil Gilbert (trumpet), Carl St Jacques (viola), NASA recordings compiled by astronomer Paul Francis

Reviewed by: Kevin Bonnett

“The Ephemera Quartet, led by the composer and performer, Keyna Wilkins presents a stunning collection of seven atmospheric works exploring musical forms, combinations and textures to create music that is gentle, ethereal and insistently bold.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, Music Recording

Artist(s): Sally Walker (flute), Emily Granger (harp)

Label: AVIE Records AV2626

Purchase details - https://www.avie-records.com/releases/something-

Reviewed by: Philip Pogson

This is an album that operates at several levels: it can be listened to intently for the sheer finesse and accomplishment, or played in the background while you do something else.  Either way, it’s a joy.

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Music Recording

Category:Jazz

Artist(s): Meg Morley

Label: 2017 Smokehouse Studios London. CD, Artist’s release

megmorleymusic.com

Reviewed by: Gavin Franklin

“Morley has a touch informed by her experience of many different types of music.” Morley is an expat Australian in London. This is her first release; a more recent release has been reviewed here. (Journey). CD, Artist’s release

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Music Recording

Category:Contemporary, Rock

Artist(s): Steve Pinkerton (vocals, keys, guitars, drums), Ashley Naylor (vocals, guitars, bass), Dave Mudie (drums), Luke Thomas (bass), Erica Menting (backing vocals), Slava Grigoryan (classical guitar), Tony Gould (piano), Shane Reilly (pedal steel), Jane Pinkerton (operatic vocals on Just Steady), James Pinkerton (backing vocals), Mal Pinkerton (guitars).

Label: Centaurus | The Ronson Hangup (bandcamp.com)

Reviewed by: Noel Mengel

“These are different times for rock bands, no doubt, but this much has not changed. Make great music and you will find your tribe.”

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Music Recording

Category:Electronic Music, Improvisation

Artist(s): Nick Calligeros (trumpet), Adrian Lim-Klumpes (piano), Miles Thomas (drums), Nicholas Meredith (electronics)

Reviewed by: Ian Muldoon

“We Will Intersect (2023) is another exploratory step in the artistic journey of Nick Calligeros, Adrian Lim-Klumpes, Miles Thomas and Nicholas Meredith. A wholly improvised session in which melody and harmony defer to colour and rhythm with some beautiful moments.”

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Book

Category: Australian Indigenous Music, Government policy, Music and related arts, Social History

Publisher: Publisher: Thames and Hudson Australia Pty Ltd, Port Melbourne, September 2023. 238 pages, eBook available.

ISBN 9781760763893 (Hardback), 9781760763909, (e-Book)

Reviewed by: Elaine Lewis

It is true that some of the Opera House performances may be viewed again through the use of technology but the book Transcendence offers an immediate, personal connection with the artists and their experiences and should surely contribute to Australia’s ‘cultural memory’.

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Music Live

Category:Big Band, Jazz, Music Live, Traditional

Reviewed by: Andra Jackson

In reviewing the festival back in 1998, Jessica Nicholas wrote that while American musicians topped the bill, “the festival’s primary focus is on the strength and diversity of Australian jazz’’. 25 years later, the MIJF has moved well away from this model leaving a vacuum for a festival that could focus more on Australian musicians. It certainly did not include significant collaboration between local jazz artists and leading overseas musicians that was such a strong feature in the programing of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues for many years which it has now eclipsed.

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