Firstly, a big congratulations to Marialy for winning the Montreaux solo piano competition. We've heard that she will be touring in 2013, so do try and catch her live. In the meantime here's a clip - Marialy.
Coming up soon are the Freedman awards. Best wishes to the four finalists Zac Hurren, Christopher Hale, Jeremy Rose and Evan Mannell.
The Wangaratta Jazz Festival program is out next week. Keep an eye out for their launch.
In the meantime, stay warm and if you have a chance, catch some live performances in your town.
RIP Charlie Haden Haden viewed jazz as the “music of rebellion,” and felt it was his responsibility and mission to challenge the world through music, and through artistic risks that expressed his own individual artistic vision. Image courtesy of Charlie Haden's website Charlie Haden wikipedia Read more
Let’s be clear: from Spotify to Pandora, streamed music is killing downloads, and that’s bad for artists and music lovers. The opposition between art and commerce has been a defining feature of the history of pop music. The countercultural rebellion of the 1960s, to take perhaps the most poignant illustration, was one fully permeated by romantic… Read more
Warren Burt presents the 16th peggy glanville-hicks address Music today consists of a bewildering variety of kinds of music and music making. We’ve really arrived at the situation predicted by Kenneth Gaburo in 1975 when he wrote (in The Beauty of Irrelevant Music) ‘And what if we replaced every ‘either/or’ statement with an ‘and’ statement?’ In… Read more
Of all the novel names for a band—and, let’s face it, there are plenty of ‘em—Adelaide’s jazz trio, yeahyeahabsolutelynoway!, surely has to top the lot. But that’s not all that’s oval or unusual about the group: it also has a very unconventional makeup, in that it features two guitarists (James Brown and Sam Cagney) and a drummer (Stephen… Read more
Different music encourages different frames of mind Jun 24, 2014 |By Daniel A. Yudkin and Yaacov Trope Hum the first two notes of “The Simpsons” theme song. (If you’re not a Simpsons fan, “Maria” from West Side Story will also do.) The musical interval you’re hearing—the pitch gap between the notes—is known as a “tritone,” and it’s commonly… Read more
The long list of candidates for the prestigious 2014 Freedman Jazz Fellowship have been announced with the candidates having been nominated by a national panel of nine selectors who represent some of the most distinguished figures in Australian jazz. The four finalists will be announced in mid July and will then have the opportunity of performing… Read more
It's that time of the year again when pre release tickets are on sale for Wangarratta Festival of Jazz. This is the 25th Festival and will be held from 31 October to 3 November. More info Here's a quick chat with Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director, talking about programming, though it was actually shot at the end of last year's festival so no sneak… Read more
Congratulations to Sandy Evans who has just been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research performance, composition and pedagogy in intercultural music between jazz musicians and Indian musicians. Sandy has been studying Indian music with a particular interest in Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music dating back to 1996 when she toured India… Read more
After the Budget: The future landscape for Australian arts and culture There will be immediate impacts from the decisions in the Budget affecting Australia’s arts and culture. Unfortunately the real damage will become apparent several years down the track when the cumulative impact of these various measures is recognised. Compounding effect There… Read more
New Australia Council research shows 95 per cent of Australians have engaged with the arts in the past 12 months. Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said The Arts in Daily Life: Australian Participation in the Arts survey released today told a great story about the way Australian’s engage with the arts, and their appreciation… Read more
A $25 million state-of-the-art creative hub featuring dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts facilities will be built in the heart of the city following an agreement between the City of Sydney and property developer Greenland Australia. An Australian first, the hub will span 2,000 square metres over five storeys, and will be located in what… Read more
Keep on Keepin' On has just won another audience award for best film at the Seattle International Film Festival, earlier in the year it scooped the Best New Documentary Director at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie has just made its Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival. This is a wonderful story for a number of reasons. It celebrates… Read more
ARTIST RIGHTS AND THE LAW Marrickville Council is presenting a series of free workshops throughout June & July on Artist Rights and the Law. Tuesday 3 June, 6pm–8pm – Copyright and moral rights Tuesday 10 June, 6pm–8pm – Artist contracts Tuesday 17 June, 6pm–8pm – Artist as business Tuesday 1 July, 6pm–8pm – Setting up an artist run initiative… Read more
Congratulations to Jazz pianist, composer and conductor Professor Paul Grabowsky who has been awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to music as a performer, composer, educator and mentor and through significant contributions to the arts as an administrator". Grabowsky is one of Australia's best known jazz musicians.… Read more
It’s a pretty big claim. However the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club has been described by the Lonely Planet travel guide to Australia as “the world’s best jazz club”. Bennetts Lane has been operating for over 20 years. Founded in 1992 by the son of Italian immigrants, Michael Tortoni, who was a successful stockbroker, a member of a rock band that toured… Read more
The MIJF kicked off this weekend with a performance by the Charles Lloyd Sky Trio that lived up to its hype. Lloyd’s prestigious history, apart from working with many of the legends of jazz also includes the formation of his own quartet, which introduced the jazz world to Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Cecil McBee. The Sky trio consists of… Read more
Hi, there is so much going on over the next couple of weekends I thought it was worthwhile to do a round up. Too much to capture in this short newsletter, but just to get your listening juices flowing. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival kicks off this weekend and there are lots of events and also free performances in Fed Square. Thanks to… Read more
"It’s good to find a record that does justice to British saxophonist Julian Argüelles extraordinary talents. Julian plays to his lyrical, passionate and highly individual best on soprano and tenor." Time Out ‘This was a performance to take Arguelles into the highest ranks of today’s jazz masters’Birmingham Post Prior to their national tour, we… Read more
"This is music that sounds as if it’s growing and evolving out of the earth. Though much of this music is arranged... it sounds truly spontaneous, free and improvised. Crossing Roper Bar Volume 1, The NYC Jazz Record On the eve of their second CD launch we do a quick interview with Daniel Wilfred. The Wägilak people speak English as a second… Read more