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by Ross McHenry
AMC's new Associate artist Ross McHenry is a composer, bassist and producer, and winner of the 2019 Art Music Award for Excellence in Jazz. His new album Nothing Remains Unchanged - also featuring North-American colleagues Eric Harland, Ben Wendel and the Australian pianist Matthew Sheens - is just out and available via Bandcamp - this is the essay accompanying the new release.
by Sarah Curro
Violinist Sarah Curro and Melbourne artist ReVerse Butcher's new digital book 'This Is Not a Violin, It Is a Doorway' is a living document of an artistic process involving, among other things, the decorating of a semi-acoustic violin designed and built by Curro's husband, luthier Paul Davies.
Around the finalising of the book, Sarah Curro's father passed away at the age of 86. John Curro AM MBE was the Queensland-based founder and conductor of the Queensland Youth Orchestras, whose life's work lives on in those thousands of musicians and music lovers who found their own calling in the ranks of the QYO. The following passage 'Music clips' from This Is Not a Violin, It Is a Doorway doesn't mention Australian music, so it's worth adding here, as a reminder of John Curro's wide-ranging tastes, a list of composers whose work he championed...
by Rob Burke
Tony Gould's 80th birthday has been celebrated this month with special gigs in Melbourne - we asked Tony's long-term friend and colleague Rob Burke to write down his thoughts about making music with the extraordinary pianist, composer and improviser. A new album Live Again! by the Burke Gould Quartet was released at the end of 2019 on the Jazzhead label and is available via Bandcamp.
by Luke Gilmour
Luke Gilmour writes about the Cranbrook Centenary commissioning project that first culminated in performances in 2018 but that continues to bear fruit - a new education resource about one of the 10 commissioned works, Katia Beaugeais's Latitude 33° South has just been made available by the school.