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by Kristian Ireland
During the second half of 2012, I was a composer in residence at Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf (Wiepersdorf Castle Artist Residence), in the land of Brandenburg in Germany, approximately 80 kilometres south of Berlin. My four-month residency was supported by the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture.
Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf is a centre for cultural, artistic, and intellectual exchange. It houses an artist residency fellowship program...
by Linda Kouvaras
Linda Kouvaras's book Loading the Silence - Australian Sound Art in the Post-digital Age is among the new releases of the UK-based publisher Ashgate. In this article, Kouvaras retraces her steps and finds the beginnings of her work in a series of sound art events she experienced while a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
by Amanda Handel
Amanda Handel writes about her Gardens of Stone project, a collaboration with didjeridu player Michael Jackson. The CD Gardens of Stone was released in 2012, and a live performance of this music will take place on 26 May in Penrith.
by Michael Sollis
...So, enter the Griffyn Ensemble, our band of six musicians: flute, clarinet, composer, harp, percussion, and soprano (cue self-promotion). Currently in our 8th year, we have performed over 50 Australian premieres from composers across the globe, over 15 world premieres, and dozens of new interpretations of old works...
by Michael Schäfer
Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester is a regional orchestra based in the town of Sønderborg in the South of Denmark. The orchestra is by no means shying away from performing and premiering works by contemporary non-Danish composers - in recent years the orchestra has performed works by Erkki-Sven Tüür (Estonia) and Armando Bayolo (USA). In 2013, it was Andrew Schultz's turn, thanks to the orchestra's conductor David Porcelijn who first got to know the Australian composer's music during his time in Australia. Porcelijn conducted the first European performances of Andrew Schultz's Ghosts of Reason - Symphony No. 2 in Denmark (17 January 2013) and Germany (18 January). This interview with Schultz was first published in the Klassisk pt magazine and is reproduced here by permission.
by Bronwyn Lobb
A book written in extreme circumstances, The Happiness Box has a special place in Australian children’s literary history. The story, which involves three animal friends journeying through the jungle on a quest to discover the secret of happiness, is an enduring message of tolerance and triumph over adversity.
On 8-11 May, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new orchestral work for children, based on The Happiness Box (for details, see the AMC Calendar). Bronwyn Lobb chats to composer Bryony Marks about capturing the book’s sense of wonder, trepidation and delight in music.