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Music Live

Category:Improvisation, Jazz, Music Live

Artist(s): Simon Barker (drums), Chloe Kim (drums); Earshift Orchestra: Jeremy Rose (leader / sax / bass clarinet), Jacques Emery (bass), Novak Manojlovic (keyboards), Ben Carey (modular synthesizer), Hilary Geddes (guitar), Tom Avgenicos (trumpet) 

Location, Date: Concert at Lazybones Jazz Club, Marrickville, Sydney, Wednesday 16th December 2020.

Reviewed by: Chris Cody

“Disruption, based on solo drum works by Chloe Kim and Simon Barker fleshed out by Jeremy Rose for eight-piece ensemble explores the power and use of the drums from disruptive protest music to more meditative healing roles.”

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Music Live

Category:Arias, Art Songs, Classical, Music Live, Opera

Artist(s): Eva Kong, soprano and Alex Raineri, pianist

Location, Date: Brisbane Music Festival, Saturday August 15, 2020, online from Brisbane.

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

“This was an exemplary recital in both the planning and the execution, demonstrating a strong musical collaboration between Alex Raineri and Eva Kong and celebrating their wide musical interests.  A wonderful tribute to the resilience of the performing arts during difficult times.”

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Music Recording

Category:Contemporary, Funk, Pop

Artist(s): Leanne Tennant (guitar and vocals), Travis Jenkins (guitar), Kram (drums / piano), Konstantin Kersting (bass / synth), Phil Roach (bass), Yanto Browning (guitar / piano), Ed Ruben (keys). Recorded and mixed by Konstantin Kersting and Yanto Browning.

Label: Artist release

Reviewed by: Noel Mengel

“Right at the heart of this colourful reinvention is Everspin, recorded in one breathless take. It’s one of those songs that just sounds like audio sunshine.”

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Music Recording

Category:Jazz

Artist(s): Tony Gould (piano), Imogen Manins (cello), Adam Simmons (clarinet).

Label: Move Records MCD 517

Reviewed by: Ian Muldoon

“Music that inspires reflection on our common humanity referencing Jewish traditional music with two originals by Tony Gould whose fervent sincerity is supported by genre crossing clarinet (Adam Simmons) and genre crossing cello (Imogen Manins). Consummately played.” 

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Music Recording

Category:Classical

Artist(s): Australian orchestras, choirs, soloists. 17 orchestral, choral or solo piano works.

Label: ABC Classics 481 5579, from the series 1000 Years of Classical Music

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

A well-chosen selection of works from this multifaceted composer, given performances imbued with a sympathetic understanding. The disc is highly recommended for all lovers of Grainger’s music and to those curious to know more.

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Michael Kieran Harvey, piano

Label: Move Records MD 3404 [Double CD]

Reviewed by: Michael Hannan

“Julian Yu’s 126 Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for piano is a tour de force of compositional craft, brilliantly interpreted by pianist Michael Kieran Harvey.” Julian Yu has already had significant success with his variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little…

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Book

Category:Biography

Author: Merri Cyr with Jeff Apter.

Carlton, Victoria: Nero, an imprint of Schwartz Publishing, 2019. 240pp. Hard cover LP sized book, lavishly illustrated with Cyr’s photos, text by Australian author Apter and reflections by a number of contemporaries.

ISBN 97817606418794.

http://blackincbooks.com

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

I prefer to learn everything through music. If you want divinity, the music in every human being and their love for music is pretty much it. – Jeff Buckley

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Music Recording

Category:Choral music, Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Australian Chamber Choir conducted by Douglas Lawrence AM

Label: MOVE Records MCD 607

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Seventeen tracks compiled from live concert recordings show the beautiful tone, flawless intonation, and excellent balance between the parts that the Australian Chamber Choir has achieved under conductor Douglas Lawrence AM. Favourite works from 1400s to the end of the Baroque period are interspersed with some worthy, but lesser known, pieces on this superb CD.”

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Music Recording

Category:Jazz

Artist(s): Luke Howard Trio. Luke Howard, piano; Daniel Farrugia, drums; Jonathan Zion, double bass

Label: Which Way Music WWM018

Reviewed by: Chris Cody

This album is one of several recent Australian jazz albums to have been recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo that raises the question: why are Australian musicians going to Norway? The two countries have some similarities – both are middle…

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Music Recording

Category:Avant Pop, Contemporary, New Music

Artist(s): Leider. Rishin Singh (trombone & music & lyrics), Annie Gårlid (viola & voice), Derek Shirley (cello & percussion) and Stine Sterne (flute & voice)

Label: Beacon Sound. LP and digital.

https://beaconsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-fog-like-liars-loving

Reviewed by: Joseph Cummins

It is certainly a very beautiful album, and also very addictive. A Fog Like Liars Loving is a first collection of what I hope will be much more music from Rishin Singh and Leider.

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Music Recording

Category:Classical

Artist(s): Zoe Knighton, cello, Amir Farid, piano

Label: Move Records MD 3367

www.move.com.au

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

This CD was immediately appealing given my love for all things turn of the century (19th to 20th) the wondrous contribution of the French to all aspects of that time’s aesthetic, my relatively nouveau affaire d’amour with the cello and…

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Jeanell Carrigan, piano. Works by McKay, Webb, Hannan, Polglase, Davidson, Isaacs.

Label: Australian Music Centre VAST032.2

Reviewed by: Houston Dunleavy

Jeanell Carrigan is a passionate pianist. She seems to be able to harness that passion and find works by primarily Australian composers that deserve a thorough, active listening. Without her, a lot of good music would lie mouldering in the…

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Book

Category:Fiction

Author: Jessie Tu

Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2020, 293pp

ISBN 978 1 76087 719 4 (pbk)

Reviewed by: Loretta Barnard

“A powerful debut novel, one that explores what it’s like growing up in Australia with an Asian heritage; and how women are perceived when it comes to both professional ambition and sexual desire. It’s an investigation into how friendship works and how love is expressed in different families; and along the way, it dissects something of what it really means to be a child prodigy.”

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Music Recording

Category:Arias, Art Songs, Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Lorina Gore (soprano), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marko Letonja

Label: ABC 481 6297

Reviewed by: Jane Edwards

“Lorina Gore’s prodigious vocal gifts are on display throughout, stamping her as a great Australian coloratura of this generation.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical

Artist(s): Roger Benedict (viola), Simon Tedeschi (piano)

Label: ABC Classics 481 6751

Reviewed by: John Weretka

“Benedict and Tedeschi prove powerful advocates for Schumann’s ‘fantastick’ style but Schubert gets lost in translation.”

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