Music Reviewers

Aaron Searle

Aaron Searle is a saxophonist and composer who has performed with many of Australia’s leading jazz bands and musicians. He has appeared on numerous recordings and leads a jazz quintet. Aaron has composed music for film, theatre, television and radio. He has a Master's degree in Music Education.

Alistair Noble

Alistair Noble is a pianist, composer and musicologist. He has performed extensively in recitals around Australia, and made many broadcasts for ABC radio. His compositions have been performed in Australia and North America. Alistair’s primary research area is later twentieth-century music, with a special focus on the work of Morton Feldman.

Anthony Linden Jones

Anthony Linden Jones is a musicologist and composer. He is a research fellow with the National Film and Sound Archive, and the director of an a cappella community choir, Chorella, based in the Hawkesbury area. He teaches (variously) at the Eora Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, School of Audio Engineering, and the University of Technology.

Blair Greenberg

Blair is well known as a musician, composer, producer and teacher. He has studied the music of West Africa, North India and Cuba amongst others, and currently plays in the West African band, Keyim Ba, based in Sydney. He has recorded and produced many CDs for various artists and also tours with Musica Viva in Schools.

Chris Cody

Pianist and composer Chris Cody has performed and recorded internationally for the last 25 years while based in Paris. He has headlined at many international festivals including Paris Quartiers d’Eté, London, Rome, Brussels Jazz Marathon, Marciac, Nantes, and Algiers. Nine CDs of his music have been released on international labels and he has collaborated on over 30 other albums. He has had many important commissions and has composed the music for eight films, and several TV and Radio documentaries.

D L Lewis

D L Lewis lectures in academic studies at the Australian Institute of Music. His lecturing interests are popular music, roots music and popular culture. He is also a mandolinist, guitarist and bassist in various bands with a musical experience spreading over 20 years.

Dan Bendrups

Dan Bendrups is Deputy Director (Research) of the Queensland Conservatorium, where he specialises in research training in ethnography, ethnomusicology and performance-based research. As a trombonist, he has performed in jazz, art music and commercial music in Australia, New Zealand, South America and Oceania. He has spent over a decade in research into performance practices in Latin America and Polynesia, particularly the music of Rapanui (Easter Island).

Daniel Blinkhorn

Daniel is a composer, sound and new media artist currently residing in Sydney. He has worked in a variety of creative, academic, research and teaching contexts, and is currently lecturing into the composition and music technology department at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

Dave Goodman

Dave Goodman is the drummer with some of Australia’s most important jazz ensembles - Ten Part Invention, the Kevin Hunt Trio, Warwick Alder’s Jazzgnostics and the Matt Keegan Trio. He has worked with a long list of luminaries - both Australian and international - including Joe Lovano, Bob Berg, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones, Mike Nock and Mark Isaacs. Dave holds a PhD from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

David Bollard

David Bollard is well-known as pianist, teacher, writer, lecturer, adjudicator, examiner, broadcaster and editor. He has toured to some thirty countries, made numerous recordings and held important posts at various Australian universities. He holds degrees in languages and music. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania.

Elizabeth Silsbury

Elizabeth Silsbury is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Flinders University of SA. She sat on the first Music Board, Australia Council from 1973-76, and was a member of the Board of Directors of The Australian Opera 1977-94, a record she holds with Robin Gibson of Brisbane. She is Chief Music Critic of The Advertiser, Adelaide, and SA correspondent for Opera (London), and writes also for Music in Australia.

Eugene Ball

Multi-award winning Australian trumpeter Eugene Ball has received widespread national and international recognition throughout a professional career that has featured performances with some of the biggest names in music. Eugene is also a prolific composer, music director and arranger as well as an in demand educator. Eugene currently lectures at Melbourne Polytechnic, Melbourne University Faculty of VCA and MCM, and Monash University.

Gavin Franklin

Gavin Franklin is a jazz pianist and educator who is currently a teacher in the Generations In Jazz Academy at Mt Gambier, S.A. He has written a treatise on the recorded improvisations of the American trumpeter, Woody Shaw.

Gwen Bennett

Gwen Bennett is the author of 'More Than Music', a biography of Kenneth Tribe AC (2011). During two decades in classical music radio she had varying roles as producer, presenter, program planner and manager of ABC Classic FM. She sat on boards of 2MBS FM, the Australian Music Centre, Roger Woodward’s Sydney Spring Festival, Music Studies at the University of Sydney and chaired judging panels for APRA/AMC Awards and Lowin Prizes.

Houston Dunleavy

Houston Dunleavy is a freelance composer and conductor. He is Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Wollongong and Musical Director of the Sydney Male Choir. His music has been performed in Australia, the USA, the UK, France, China, Taiwan, Italy, Puerto Rico and Thailand. He is published by Publications by Wirripang.

Inge Southcott

Inge Southcott was a medico for ten years before joining Opera Australia (full-time chorus and minor principal artist) until 1995. She teaches singing in Armidale. In 2010 she was awarded a MMus in vocal pedagogy from the University of Sydney. Her research was about how singers hear themselves and the use of recordings as a pedagogical tool.

John Clare

For fifty years John Clare has been predominantly freelance writing for most prestige Australian publications, as well as Town and Queen and other magazines in England. He has published four books and had poetry read on the ABC and BBC.

John Weretka

John Weretka has taught courses on the history of music in the Renaissance and the Baroque and the theory of music for the University of Melbourne and on the art, architecture and urbanism of Rome from the Renaissance until the mid-eighteenth century onsite in Rome. He holds qualifications in mediaeval history, musicology, art history and theology and is undertaking research for a PhD in architectural history at the University of Melbourne, as well as advanced study in Latin. John’s performance experience includes appearances over three years in the plainchant projects of e21. He is the director of the chapel choir of Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne.

Joseph Cummins

Joseph Cummins is a musician and academic based in Sydney. He has published articles on Australian music, literature, and culture, and is currently completing a doctoral project in this field. He also leads the band 'Lines of Flight', and performs with many other jazz/world/noise groups around Sydney.

Mandy Stefanakis

Mandy Stefanakis lectures in music education at Deakin University. She has authored books and articles and loves composing. She is a life member of the Association of Music Educators, a member of The Music Trust Advisory Council and conducts interviews with musicians and filmmakers for the National Film and Sound Archive.

Michael Hannan

Michael Hannan is a composer, performer and music researcher. He is the author of Peter Sculthorpe: His Music and Ideas (UQ Press, 1982), The Australian Guide to Careers in Music (MCA/UNSW Press, 2003) and The Music of Richard Meale (Wildbird, 2014). Hannan is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Southern Cross University.

Peter Winkler

Peter Winkler is a composer, record producer and a leading practitioner in community and world music. He was the Music Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Paralympic games and is the Music Director of REM Theatre and the LATT Theatre in Seoul, South Korea.

Steve Paraskos

Steve Paraskos is a studious Perth-based artist from Murdoch University and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He is a composer, improvisor, producer and performance artist with his non-idiomatic approach garnering multi-award winning film scores and contemporary dance works. He is currently developing large-scale spatial music.

Tim Rollinson

Tim Rollinson is a guitarist and composer based in Sydney. He has written and released two albums: Cause and Effect and You Tunes. Tim is a founder member of the band Dig and has a jazz-electronica project, The Modern Congress. He studied at the NSW Conservatorium and Sydney University. Tim is teaching at AMPA and Macquarie University. Email:

Toby Wren

Toby Wren is a composer and guitarist who teaches jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium where he is also completing a PhD on intercultural improvisation. He has produced five CDs of his original compositions and improvisations and is known for his collaborations with South Indian Carnatic musicians. Email:

Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell teaches cultural studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the editor of Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop outside the USA (Wesleyan University Press, 2001), co-editor of Sounds of Then, Sounds of Now: Popular Music in Australia (Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, 2008), and co-editor with Glenda Keam of Home, Land and Sea: Situating Music in Aotearoa New Zealand. (2011).

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