Slava & Leonard Grigoryan: Song of the Guitar

The boxed set Song of the Guitar brings together five CDs, originally released over the period 2003 to 2008. It’s very much a Grigoryan family affair, with three CDs from brothers Slava and Leonard as duo guitarists, two solo CDs…

 
Synergy Percussion: XENAKIS vs. PATERAS

XENAKIS vs. PATERAS Synergy Percussion, Part 1 – 22 April 2014, Carriageworks, Sydney Pléïades, written for six percussionists (and some surprise extras) in the late 1970s by Greek composer Iannis Xenakis, is the epitome of modernist, ordered chaos. Synergy Percussion…

 
Of Birds and Angels – The Song Company in Canberra

Although it features some Christmas music, this concert is a far cry from your usual carols concert. Ancient songs in French, Russian, Spanish, Czech and Latin were contrasted with contemporary compositions, and sacred solemnity was juxtaposed with cheeky wit. Percussion…

 
Alicia Crossley is Addicted to Bass

Applause to Alicia Crossley for commissioning young composers to write for an instrument very suitable for this repertoire. For fans of C21 chamber music or wanting to broaden musical horizons.

 
The Good, the Bad, the Awkward by Sally Whitwell

I don’t normally read the liner notes of CD’s but I felt the need to know more about Sally Whitwell, she’s such an intriguing character. Her approach to music seems to be as eclectic as her personal style. She composes,…

 
The Acacia Ensemble & Elena Kats-Chernin

The Acacia Ensemble came together in 2010, formed by violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase. They come from a diverse range of quartets and orchestras and choose to focus on new contemporary compositions.  While I…

 
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