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28 August 2009

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in September 2009

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in September 2009

September on ABC Classic FM is somewhat dominated by the hush-hush programming of the Classic 100 Countdown symphonies, but there are two major broadcasts which sit at either end of the countdown and either side of the Australian continent. New Music Up Late presents two special live broadcast programs this month - the Splinter Orchestra live at ABC Sydney and Totally Huge New Music Festival artists live at ABC Perth. Then there is a new percussion concerto from Elena Kats-Chernin, and to finish the month we can, at last, present to you the commissioned radiophonic works from the three winners of last year's Orpheus Remix Awards.

Meanwhile the AMU podcast presents Cultural Crossings, recordings from Windstrokes and Crossing Roper Bar, two recent West Australian tours exploring cross-cultural fusions of Western art music with other genres and cultures, supported by Tura New Music. We also continue to post new video episodes from Waiting to turn into puzzles, an audiovisual collaboration between composer David Young and film artist Louise Curham, performed by Ensemble Offspring. And the collection of ABC archival recordings of Australian music continues to grow at classic/amp.

New Music Up Late

Saturday 5 September 10.30pm - Splinter Live
This week, the unique Splinter Orchestra, a large-scale ensemble of improvising musicians, joins us live in the ABC's Ultimo Studios, along with an array of percussion, winds, strings, home-built instruments, keyboards and laptops, to perform live on the program. Get to the ABC Centre by 10.15pm to join Julian Day and the musicians in the studio for a free late-night studio performance with the Splinter. Or join us from the comfort of your lounge room from 10.30pm.

Saturday 19 September 10.30pm - Totally Huge Live
This week on New Music Up Late we take you live to Perth's Totally Huge New Music Festival. This special festival live broadcast studio concert includes contemporary classical music from Ensemble Offspring, electronic soundscapes from Pimmon, live sound art from the Artefact Collective, ruined-piano-playing legend Ross Bolleter, and new young electroacoustic chamber ensemble Decibel from Perth's Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). It's the ultimate antidote to a fortnight of symphonies! So join us on the airwaves at 10.30pm, and on the web for a live video feed. Or if you're in Perth, get along to the ABC Centre by 8.15pm to join us live in the ABC's Perth studios for the 8.30pm (Perth time) live studio broadcast. For bookings and ticketing information, go to the Tura New Music website.

Saturday 26 August 10.30pm - Orpheus Premieres
Tonight on New Music Up Late, we present the broadcast premieres of three new works commissioned from last year's Orpheus Remix Awards prize-winners. The works are Drew Crawford and Anatoly Frusin's Black Orpheus / Little Richard in the Underworld (extended version), Jen Saunders's Hidden beak Funeral Bird, and Julia Plummer's Broken.

Rising Stars

Sunday 30 August 9.05am - Sydney Youth Orchestra/Max McBride; Claire Edwardes, percussion
Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin - Golden Kitsch, Concerto for percussion and orchestra (world premiere)

Sunday Live

Sunday 6 September 3pm - Compass Saxophone Quartet…PLUS; Christina Leonard, director: 'Tango Embrace'
Marcello Maio - Tango Deu; Jeremy Rose - Tango Suite for saxophone quartet, piano accordion and guitar; Marcello Maio - Tango One; Julian Curwin - They know not what they do
Direct from the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music. Concert-goers in Newcastle are welcome. Entry is free. Please be seated by 2.50pm as the performance begins promptly at 3pm.

In Performance

Monday 21 September 8.00pm - Elias String Quartet: Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; Martin Saving, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello
Incl. Carl Vine - String Quartet No 4

Wednesday 30 September 8.00pm - Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Australian String Quartet; Arvo Volmer, conductor
Incl. Carl Vine - Symphony No 7; Matthew Hindson - The Rave and the Nightingale


Wednesday 9 September 1:05pm - Flinders Quartet; Caroline Almonte, piano.
Incl. Carl Vine - String Quartet No 3

At Home

Australian music from disc with Julian Day, Saturdays at 7.05pm. At Home is replaced by the Classic 100 Countdown on 12 and 19 September.

5 September
Nigel Westlake - Hinchinbrook Riffs and Shadow Dances; Paul Stanhope - Songs of Innocence and Joy; Peter Sculthorpe - Cello Dreaming

26 September
Carl Vine - Red; Paul Stanhope - Throbology; Jeremy Rose - Tango Suite; Richard Charlton - A Sky For Dreaming; Kent Farbach - Schadenfreude

Your Requests

Saturday 15 August 10.05am
Incl. John Antill - Corroboree, Symphonic Ballet. Sydney Symphony Orchestra/John Lanchbery

Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, and online Australian music presentation. Since 2006, he has been co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program. Recent on-line projects include the AMU podcast, Orpheus Remix Awards, Lute Project and classic/amp.


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