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 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.…

 
Jamie Messenger and Clockwork Gentleman

Jamie Messenger is a highly talented award winning composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Having studied classical piano, he turned his hands to composition and achieved first class honours at Adelaide University studying under leading Australian composer Graeme Koehne. His love of…

 
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…

 
Ross Edwards

Ross Edwards has been having an exciting time! We’ve brought him to you before with his retrospective at the Con. There’s the world premiere of Full Moon Dances which Ross finished last year. The saxophone concerto was performed by the…

 
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