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Resonate Feature Articles

In-depth articles discussing issues relating to Australia's new music scene - you can also browse our archive of all feature articles.


Insight: The Usefulness of Art

Insight: The Usefulness of Art

After more than 25 years of being a professional performer and composer, I am embarking on a new initiative, 'The Usefulness of Art', as a way to bring various threads of my work together. Underlying this is my increasingly evangelical understanding about the importance and fundamental nature of art for us all, despite feeling the arts are under siege from various quarters. My humble offering is to try to do what I do to the best of my ability - which is to write and play music.


Composing against the tide

Composing against the tide

A surprisingly large number of women born in Australia between 1860 and 1915 became composers of piano music. For most of them this was not a task easily accomplished - they did not always receive encouragement, let alone earn a living from their creative work. Many of these composers have been largely forgotten, most of their works perhaps irretrievably lost. Jeanell Carrigan has been researching and discovering this repertoire, playing and recording the music of these women - and now writing their story in a new book entitled Composing Against the Tide.


Animal Farm of Candlebark School

Animal Farm of Candlebark School

Last year, in 2016, I had the pleasure of writing and staging a musical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm with the author John Marsden. The opportunity to write a show with one of Australia’s best-loved writers came about as a result of my long working-relationship with John as a music teacher at the school that John founded and runs, Candlebark School...


Insight: The Child Ballads Redux

Insight: The Child Ballads Redux

Andrew Robson writes about the genesis, over a couple of decades, of his major work The Child Ballads, inspired by a late 19th-century collection of English and Scottish ballads.


Insight: Stolen

Insight: Stolen

Nicole Murphy writes about Stolen - a 45-minute work for solo electric guitar and chamber ensemble that forms part of the folio of works for her PhD at the University of Queenland. Stolen grew from its beginnings - a 7-minute work premiered at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in June 2014 - into its current form through a collaboration with a dedicated group by North American musicians


Insight: the Hour of the Flute

Insight: the Hour of the Flute

Writing for the flutes has been evolving into a major thread in my composing for more than a decade. This has been possible thanks to having the honour to collaborate with some of the finest flautists specialising in new music, including Ewa Liebchen and Rafał Jędrzejewski, who make up a Warsaw-based duo called Flute o’clock. In June this year, Polish new music label Bôłt Records released a CD, entitled Glimmer, with all my flute works to date, recorded by the duo...


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