31 October 2016
Australian music on air & online, November 2016
ABC's Australian music month experiments with something entirely new this time around, with ABC Classic FM taking over the digital radio station ABC Extra in order to broadcast exclusively Australian music for the whole of November, 24 hours a day. The 'pop up' station, entitled Classical Now, will be available on digital radio as well as online. To find the station, search for ABC Extra on your digital radio tuner, or go to the ABC Extra website or use the ABC Radio app to listen online.
The daily schedule of the Classical Now station will be built
around the following programming blocks:
• 9am and 4pm: Artists' Choice. '40 Under 40' featured artists (celebrating ABC Classic FM's 40th birthday) and members of the 30-year-old ELISION introducing some of the works premiered by the ensemble.
• 10am and 5pm: Talk Time. New Waves podcasts, both the latest and selections from the archive, plus selected New Music Up Late 'Off the Record' interviews from 2004-2014.
• 12pm and 7pm: The Big Listen. Selected operas, and longer-form orchestral, chamber and experimental works.
The full broadcast schedule is not available, but you'll find highlights for the first week further down in this article. Highlights will also be posted on ABC Classic FM's Australian music blog each week - the Australian Music Centre will also post alerts to interesting works and programs on our social media page, so keep an eye on the AMC Facebook page and Twitter feed.
For Australian music month programs and broadcasts on ABC Classic FM's regular program and on ABC Jazz, see further down. We've also included great 'listen again' links for recent programs on the ABC RN's The Music Show, as well as Making Waves playlists, among other things.
Classical Now - week 1 highlights
Tuesday 1 November
10am Off the Record: Peter Sculthorpe (2009)
12pm and 7pm: Orchestral: Barry Conyngham - Vast; William Barton & Matthew Hindson - Kalkadungu
5pm: Topology/The Australian Voices: Unrepresentative Swill
Wednesday 2 November
10am: Off the Record: Jon Rose (2012)
12pm: Words & Music: Moya Henderson - Pellucid Days; Rosalind Page - Sonetos del Amour; Becky Llewellyn - Whales Weep Not!; Rosalind Page - Aquila's Wing; Andrew Ford - To my excellent Lucasia
5pm: New Waves: Jane Sheldon - Symbiosis
7pm: Opera: Liza Lim - The Navigator
Thursday 3 November
10am: New Waves: Rostrum - Katy Abbott Kvasnica
12pm & 7pm: Chamber: Nigel Westlake - String Quartet No. 2; Matthew Shlomowitz - Popular Contexts; Amanda Cole - Ecliptica; Moya Henderson - Ecstatic Exercises; Katy Abbott Kvasnica - Midnight Songs
5pm: New Waves: Rostrum - Lachlan Skipworth
Friday 4 November
10am: New Waves: North of North
12pm: Art Radio: Jon Rose - Talking Back to Media; Andrew Ford - Elegy in a Country Graveyard
5pm: Off the Record: Peter Sculthorpe (2009)
7pm: Words & Music: Moya Henderson - Pellucid Days; Rosalind Page - Sonetos del Amour; Becky Llewellyn - Whales Weep Not!; Rosalind Page - Aquila's Wing; Andrew Ford - To my excellent Lucasia.
Saturday 5 November
10am: Vanessa Tomlinson - '8 Hits'
12pm: Opera: Liza Lim - The Navigator
5pm: Off the Record: Jon Rose (2012)
7pm: Art Radio: Jon Rose - Talking Back to Media; Andrew Ford - Elegy in a Country Graveyard
Sunday 6 November
10am: Off the Record: Hollis Taylor (2009)
5pm: New Waves: Rostrum: Katy Abbott-Kvasnica
12 pm & 7pm: Immersion: Erik Griswold - Wallpaper Music
ABC Classic FM concert broadcast schedule
Wednesday, 2 November at 10pm: Ensemble Liaison; Greta Bradman, soprano; ANAM Musicians. Includes Mark Viggiani - Cleopatra.
Thursday, 3 November 3: Queensland Symphony Orchestra/ Gergely Madaras. Includes: Gordon Hamilton - The Trillion Souls.
Friday, 4 November at 10pm: Benjamin Martin, piano. Includes Benjamin Martin - Sonatine No 4, Op 27.
Saturday, 5 November 5 at 7:30pm: Opera Australia (live broadcast): Alan John - The Eighth Wonder
Sunday, 6 November at 7pm: Short Black Opera Company; Deborah Cheetham, soprano/artistic director; David Kram, conductor. Deborah Cheetham - Pecan Summer
Monday, 21 November at 10pm: Kristian Chong, piano; Megan Sterling, flute. Includes Carl Vine - Flute Sonata
Tuesday, 8 November at 1pm: Queensland Symphony
Orchestra/Jessica Cottis; Tom Thum, beat boxer; Gordon Hamilton,
conductor. Includes Gordon Hamilton and Tom Thum - Thum
at 10pm: Elision Ensemble/Carl Rosman. Includes Liza Lim - Ehwaz
Wednesday, 9 November at 8pm: Flinders Quartet; Benjamin Martin, piano. Includes Elena Kats-Chernin - Piano Quintet No.1: The Offering; Stuart Greenbaum - 4 before (and after) 5.
Thursday, 10 November at 10pm: Elision Ensemble. Includes Luke Paulding - the abundance of breath; Timothy O'Dwyer - transbraxton 2.
Friday, 11 November at 1pm: Tasmanian Symphony
Orchestra/Richard Mills; TSO Chorus; Kate Amos, soprano; Carlos
Barcenas, tenor; David Hobson, tenor; Nathan Lay, baritone; Emma
Muir-Smith, mezzo-soprano; Michael Petruccelli, tenor; Belinda
Prakhoff, mezzo-soprano; Cristina Russo, soprano; Matthew Tng,
baritone. Richard Mills - Remembrance
10pm: West Australian Symphony Orchestra/Otto Tausk; Margaret Blades, violin. Includes James Ledger - Violin Concerto
Saturday, 12 November at 1pm: Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Blendulf; Janine Jansen, violin. Includes Nigel Butterley - Never This Sun, This Watcher.
Sunday, 13 November at 5pm: Trio Dali. Includes Roger Smalley - Piano Trio.
Wednesday, 16 November at 10pm: ANAM Musicians, conducted by David Elton. Alan Holley - Canzona for Ligeti; Loaded with Dream; Ornithologia; the estuaries of time; The Winged Viola.
Thursday, 17 November at 10pm: Canberra International Music Festival: musicians including Amy Dickson, saxophone; Ensemble Offspring; New Zealand String Quartet; Tinalley String Quartet. Brian Howard - Full Fathom Five; Peter Sculthorpe - Island Songs; Kate Moore - Velvet.
Friday, 18 November at 1pm: Sydney Symphony
Orchestra/Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Vadym Kholodenko, piano, Shefali
Pryor, oboe. Includes Alan Holley - Oboe Concerto A
Shaft of Light.
8pm: The Metropolitan Orchestra/Sarah-Grace Williams; Andrew Doyle, basset clarinet. Includes Elena Kats-Chernin - Ornamental Air.
10pm: Martin Wesley-Smith 70th birthday concert - Geoffrey Collins, flute; Robert Constable, piano; Karen Cummings, mezzo-soprano; Wendy Dixon, soprano; Roslyn Dunlop, clarinet/bass clarinet; Timothy Kain, guitar; David Miller, piano; Daryl Pratt, percussion; Jon Rose, violin; Julia Ryder, cello; Rachel Scott, cello; Nicole Thomson, soprano; Sydney Chamber Choir/Paul Stanhope. Martin Wesley-Smith - What is the Snark?; The Hunting of the Snark; Weapons of Mass Distortion; Don't Let Me Persuade You; The fighters who fell Baghdad Baby Boy; Kolele Mai; Uluru Song; Papua Merdeka; Welcome to the Hotel Turismo; Janet; For more than sixty years; Black Ribbon; Second-Hand Sale; Balibo; When we are old and gay; I'm a caterpillar of society; Merry-go-round; and Jon Rose: improvised tribute/intervention.
Saturday, 19 November at 2pm: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Dale Barltrop, violin/director; Prudence Davis, flute. Includes Ian Munro - Flute Concerto (world premiere).
Sunday, 20 November at 5pm: Trio Dali. Includes Roger Smalley - Piano Trio
Monday, 21 November at 10pm: Musicians of ANAM - Australian Voices: Nigel Butterley. Nigel Butterley - Grevillea; String Quartet No 2; Uttering Joyous Leaves; The Wind Stirs Gently; Spindles of the stars
Tuesday, 29 November at 10pm: Plexus; Christopher Saunders, tenor. Richard Mills - Ganymede and Leda; Paul Grabowsky - Djuwalparra; Iain Grandage - The Keep; Gordon Kerry - The End of Many Worlds; Michael Kieran Harvey - Deus es Fabula
You can download or listen online to any of the last 70 New Waves podcasts. See the website for details and to subsribe to forthcoming episodes, including the following November podcast episodes (podcast dates tbc.):
• North of North live in studio. Trio Scott Tinkler (trumpet), Erkki Veltheim (electric violin) and Anthony Pateras (piano) recorded in October in the ABC's Eugene Goossens Hall, Ultimo Sydney, and in conversation about the band and their approaches to improvisation.
• Australian Art Orchestra's Creative Music Intensive. A peek at the process and the participants at this year's intensive in the Tasmanian Highlands, including artistic director Peter Knight, and featured artists Arnhem Land's Young Wagalik songmen, cross-cultural drummer Simon Barker, and Korean p'ansori singer Bae Il Dong, plus Mofo curator and supporter/participant Brian Ritchie.
• Zephyr Quartet - 'Between Light'. New studio recordings from ABC Adelaide of music for string quartet commissioned by Zephyr from jazz composers Andrea Keller, Tony Gould, Stephen Magnusson, Matt Keegan and Lyndon Gray, presented in conversation with Gray quartet leader and cellist Hilary Kleinig and violist Jason Thomas.
• Sydney Chamber Opera - Notes from Underground. A new chamber opera based on the famous Dostoyevsky novella, recorded in performance at Sydney's Carriageworks and presented in conversation with composer/conductor Jack Symonds and librettist Pierce Wilcox.
ABC Jazz is celebrating Australian music month with lots of new and unearthed Australian material on the airwaves. It's also a time to celebrate the 40th birthday of the program Jazztrack. The program kicked off with the arrival of ABC-FM in 1976, was presented by Jim McLeod for many years and is now hosted by presenter and audio engineer Mal Stanley. Mal has put together a 3CD set of Australian jazz, recorded for Jazztrack over the past four decades. The set will be out 4 November. Throughout the month, the Home Cooked program will feature Mal Stanley's recollections on some of the highlight Jazztrack recordings.
Over the month ABC Jazz will also be releasing tracks from Australian performers, just recorded at Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Stay tuned to programs by Jessica Nicholas and the ABC Jazz Soundcloud page to hear these exclusive recordings during November.
Forthcoming programs also include:
• Thursday, 3 November at 9pm. Robson at the Opera House - Andrew Robson Trio (Robson, Brett Hirst, Toby Hall). Thursday Night Live.
Recent programs still available for listening include:
• LISTEN AGAIN: Reuben Lewis picks Ronny Ferella. Broadcast 31 October. Melbourne trumpet player Reuben Lewis presents this week's playlist of Australian jazz on the Home Cooked program, and he has picked music from drummer Ronny Ferella.
• LISTEN AGAIN: Live from Wangaratta - National Jazz Awards. Broadcast 30 October. Mal Stanley presents the annual episode of Jazztrack, direct from the National Jazz Awards. Hear three saxophonist battle it out in the finals, the winner to receive $12,000 plus a recording for Jazztrack. You can also hear past winners of the National Jazz Awards online.
• LISTEN AGAIN: Live from Wangaratta - Celebrating Bernie McGann. Broadcast 29 October. A suite composed by Sandy Evans and performed live by Evans, Warwick Alder, Andrew Robson, Brendan Clarke and Andrew Dickeson.
• LISTEN AGAIN: Just Friends - Mike Nock & David Friesen, Wangaratta 2015. Broadcast 20 October on Thursday Night Live.
ABC RN The Music Show
• LISTEN AGAIN: Jon Rose's Extraordinary Violins. Broadcast 30 October. Andrew Ford and Jon Rose tour around and discuss 'The Museum Goes Live' - an exhibition and live performance series featuring eccentric hand-built instruments and violin iconography, amassed over Jon's 40-year career.
• LISTEN AGAIN: Lawrence English: The Sound of Fear. Broadcast 16 October. Sounds heard without a visible source are known as 'acousmatic', and they have generated an array of myths and stories in all cultures throughout history. Composer Lawrence English discusses where some of those stories have led, and the more recent use of music and sound to provoke fear, or to torture.
• LISTEN AGAIN: Ros Bandt and the Australian tarhu. Broadcast 16 October. The tarhu is an Australian stringed instrument invented by luthier Peter Biffin, who took inspiration from the Turkish Tanbur and the Chinese Erhu. Sound artist Ros Bandt has just released a double album of original tarhu works performed in spaces all over Europe and the Pacific.
Making Waves is a monthly series of curated playlists streaming one hour of quality, new composed music. Founded in 2015, Making Waves shines a spotlight on the music of Australian composers. Fresh playlists are released on the first day of each month.
In October, composers included are Kevin Atkins, Daniel Portelli, Jaslyn Robertson, Ethan McAlister, Melody Eötvös, Eli Simic, Thomas Mission, Jocelyn Ho and Peggy Polias.
Making Waves playlists are curated by Lisa Cheney and Peggy Polias.
3MBS - Australian Sounds
With Zoe Barker, Fridays at 10pm. Individual program details for November tbc. The most recent program is available for listening on the website, other past programs by subscription.
CBAA National Features and Documentary Series: Permission to Speak
Composer Leah Blankendaal's radio documentary focuses on Kate Neal's new work Permission to Speak for Chamber Made Opera in Melbourne. The documentary is being broadcast across the country on community radio stations but you can also listen to it in its entirety online - check the CBAA (Community Broadcasting Assocation of Australia) website for details.
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