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by Kirsty Beilharz
Music Remembers Me - Connection and Wellbeing in Dementia is written for carers supporting people living with dementia: spouses/partners, loved ones, daughters, sons; the pastoral and social workers, home carers in the community; care staff in nursing homes; and friends. The aim of this book is to put in carers’ hands both practical ways to enjoy music with the people they love, and some of the background from science and experience that helps understand the experience of a person with dementia holistically.
by Gabriella Smart
Blame it all on Jon Rose. I’m in Melbourne Airport when he rings me to ask: 'Why on earth are you writing on Shostakovich? You HAVE to write about the neglected legacy of pianos in colonial Australia. Write about the music of Australia.' So began a journey...
by Luke Styles
Luke Styles writes about this set of songs for the 'Friday Afternoons' project. An international initiative inspired by Benjamin Britten, 'Friday Afternoons' encourages young people to sing. The ever-growing Friday Afternoons Song Bank contains new music and support material to help teachers develop their students’ skills – as performers, listeners and composers.
by Jane Sheldon
In 2014 American vocalist Lucy Dhegrae invited me to present a program at Resonant Bodies, the festival she founded in New York City in 2013. The brief was a rare gift: 45 minutes in which to do whatever I liked. I could explore a corner of the vocal repertoire that was a preoccupation of mine at that time, or I could focus on a particular kind of vocal sound or vocal technique; I could commission a new work, or invite a collaborator to create something new with me.
It may not be obvious, but this is not usually how singers are booked to perform...
by Nick Wales
Sydney-based composer and producer Nick Wales talks about the ideas and the collaborative process behind the Sydney Dance Company's production Ocho, showing this month in Sydney (until 13 May), Melbourne (17-20 May) Canberra (25-27 May) as part of the double bill Orb. In the finale of Ocho, Nick has been collaborating with the songman Rrawun Maymuru from North East Arnhem Land, creating unique and captivating music for Rafael Bonachela's choreography.
by Peggy Polias and Lisa Cheney
If you're familiar with the work of Making Waves, you'll know that on the first of each month we (composers and curators Lisa Cheney, VIC and Peggy Polias, NSW) release an hour-long, streamable playlist of new music by Australian composers. Through themed playlists (check out the current one here), Making Waves connects listeners with the online offerings of both early-career and established composers and performers. As a brand-new initiative associated with Making Waves, we have now launched a podcast titled 'Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast', featuring 30 conversations with a diverse array of Australian composers.