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17 November 2010

Music in the news - November 2010

Music in the news - November 2010

Topical links to Australian music-related items on the internet.

Proposed curriculum is being hijacked by the visual arts lobby - Richard Gill in The Age, 15 November 2010

'With the advent of the Australian curriculum we have a chance to introduce all children to all the art forms. The curriculum is the result of wide consultation, hundreds and hundreds of hours of input from some of this country's finest professional educational minds and serious thinkers. Let's not thwart this process by making ambit claims about distributions of time. It is really unfortunate that the visual arts lobby working against the Australian curriculum is so ill-informed and so far off the mark when it comes to arts education...'

Fooling about with a musical master - Leta Keens in The Australian, 15 November 2010

'In a drab classroom at Lewisham in Sydney's inner west, the chairs and tables are pushed to the edge of the room. About 20 Year 11 and 12 students, some in school uniform, are standing in a circle. Standing with them, Cathy Milliken leads them in stretching and relaxation exercises. "Girls, feet on the ground, we are trees" - and then starts them on a singing exercise...'

Mao's Last Dancer wins Screen Music Awards - The Australian, 9 November 2010

'Celebrated Sydney composer Christopher Gordon was the big winner at the Australian Screen Music Awards for his moving score to the movie Mao's Last Dancer.' See also: Screen composers know the score (The Australian, 9 November 2010) and Industry luminaries celebrate Australia's screen composers (APRA website, 8 November 2010).

Recent additions to classic/amp - ABC Classic FM Australian Music Unit

Recent additions to ABC Classic FM's online collection of Australian classical and experimental music include Nigel Butterley's Orphei Mysteria and In the Head the Fire, David Chesworth's Cosmonaut (orbits 3 & 4), Damian Barbeler's Elastic Horizons, and more....

Celebrating Mike Nock - reviews and an article - Extempore.com, 4 November 2010

'Mike Nock had a major birthday recently - and at around the same time, a biography by Norman Meehan was published and Mike found himself needing to do a second pressing of his recent CD An Accumulation of Subtleties. We've been collating some information here at extempore, and we've put together a bit of a Mike-Nock-o-rama...'

Adam Simmons - composing for massed music boxes - ABC Radio National's The Music Show, 11 November 2010

'To call Melbourne-based a saxophone player hardly does him justice. He plays a myriad of wind instruments including shakuhachi, piccolo, alto flute, clarinet, and fujara [a Slovakian fipple flute ie a mouthpiece like a recorder] as well as a range of saxophones.'

Tale of love and spite bears more fruit - Ashleigh Wilson in The Australian, 11 November 2010

'Three renowned works of art, one giving life to the other, all drawing on intense romantic emotions: these were the ingredients that appealed to Richard Tognetti, artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and sparked his imagination....'

Melbourne to Mexico and back again - Sophie Travers speaks with BalletLab's Phillip Adams - RealTime Arts, October/November 2010

'Just back from Troy, New York State via San Diego, Arizona and Dusseldorf Phillip Adams has been off the beaten track of late. I meet him as he prepares to depart for another unpredictable destination...'

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The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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