Barry Conyngham’s fascinating, original and engaging new CD

Gardener of Time is a CD recorded at the concert given to celebrate the 75th birthday of Barry Conyngham, the well known Contemporary Australian composer. Barry has a huge list of academic achievements, the most recent being his decade as…

Review: Compose Queer | Divisi Chamber Singers

75 Reid St, Fitzroy North. 26 February 2021 Compose Queer is an initiative created by Divisi Chamber Singers, funded through a donation campaign and a grant from the Australian Cultural Fund. This initiative went beyond a single concert: four emerging…

Review: Hoang Pham’s sensitive recital

Hoang Pham – Sonata Tragica on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall 10/2/2021 Program Liszt – La Leggierezza Liszt – Liebestraum Pham – Nocturne in A Flat Chopin – Nocturne in D Flat, Op 27 No 2 Pham – Lòng Mẹ Pham – Sonata Tragica Liszt – Mephisto Waltz…

Review: Paul Cutlan’s genre-bending prowess at Parramatta

Paul Cutlan String Project Riverside Parramatta Feb 7, 2021 The Lennox Theatre at Riverside Parramatta last Sunday was the setting for my first encounter with the music of Paul Cutlan, improvising reed player and genre-bending composer/arranger. At once lyrical yet…

Review: Australian Miniseries an oasis in the desert of Covid

Australian Miniseries The Canberra Symphony Orchestra has had the bright idea of publishing a series of 15 vignettes featuring short works for solo instruments, specially composed by different contemporary Australian artists. The “Australian Miniseries” is co-curated by Professor Matthew Hindson…

Composer Elizabeth Jigalin: on Clearway (Corona)

For the film Clearway (Corona) Elizabeth Jigalin created music to accompany footage of Rox De Luca’s artworks and pieces for two solo musicians. Elizabeth reflects… …on composing music to accompany Rox De Luca’s artworks … To accompany Rox De Luca’s stunning…

Review: Alice Chance | Until We Gather Again
...Alice Chance reimagines the choral experience Last week The Australian Music Centre released the first of 13 Peggy Glanville-Hicks commissions for 2020 - Until We Gather Again by Alice Chance  - an aleatoric, audiovisual work for scattered choir, created in…
Paul Smith ‘I Dream of Purple Lakes’

Paul Smith grew up in the Blue Mountains. He is a singer, composer and arranger. He is currently rehearsing his latest work I Dream of Purple Lakes to be premiered on Saturday night at Swopera. How did you come to…

Carl Vine at Huntington Estate Music Festival

Before the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night concerts there are chats with musicians.  They provide great insights into their views and lives; and allow the audience to get to know them outside of the stage, which is a great addition…

Ross Edwards – started on 1st Ken Tribe Fund commission

We decided to get in early and ask Ross Edwards some questions about his most recent commission in honour of Ken Tribe (my grandfather). This work is a very recent commission and is not due for completion until early 2014.…

Interview with Tommie Andersson about Swedish folk music
classikON had a wonderful conversation with lutenist Tommie Andersson. He has arranged some of his favourite Swedish folk songs for baroque instruments, giving a broader sound while maintaining the dance style to the music. These works will be with works…
Interview with Andrew Batt-Rawden

Andrew Batt-Rawden wears many hats. His key hats are: a composer, Chronology Arts and Aurora New Music. classikON talked to him about composing. Something I’ve noticed is the topic of classical music being ‘accessible’. Is that something you think about?…

Tips for young composers: Lyle Chan’s approach

Lyle Chan recently spoke to classikON about his musical influences. He has taken it one step further and here he speaks about his approach to creativity and writing music. Considering Lyle is so prolific and his music is so beautiful…

World premier – Ten Suns Ablaze by Maria Grenfell

One of the wonderful aspects to a world premier is the workshop beforehand with composer insights. Today at UNSW Maria Grenfell spoke about her new work Ten Suns Ablaze. Australia Ensemble, who will be performing it on Saturday, were there…

Lyle Chan speaks to classikON about his musical influences

Lyle Chan is a Malaysian born Australian composer who has taken on a radical musical challenge. Over 2 years Lyle has committed to write 6-or-so minutes of music and release it (for free) every fortnight. This is his musical diary.…

Blood Count by Lyle Chan

Lyle Chan recently premiered his latest work, Blood Count. Here is a recording on SoundCloud and some notes from the composer himself. Why Blood Count for a title? It’s a pun and a tribute. The music of Billy Strayhorn is…

Christopher Fulkerson

This wonderful video is composer Christopher Fulkerson’s story about the life of being a composer. Website | Youtube

Osvaldo Golijov – How slow the wind

Some classikON-ers went to the Acacia Concert on August 31 – A Sense of Connection. At the concert they performed Osvaldo Golijov’s “How slow the wind” and we both really enjoyed it, so I found another performance so you could…

Cyrus Meurant

Cyrus Meurant was part of Chronology Arts Synchronicity Composers event in early 2012. He studied composition and violin at the Conservatorium of Music University of Sydney, completing Honours Class I (2003) and a Master of Music in Composition (2006), winning…

Exploring composers on SoundCloud

We thought that this week, instead of introducing you to a single composer; we would introduce how you can explore what living composers are creating and making available on SoundCloud. Here is a list of over 500 tracks tagged Contemporary…