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by Australian Music Centre
The jazz icon Mike Nock turns 80 this weekend. Normally, a significant birthday would provide a reason to look back, and there's a lot to see in that direction in Mike Nock's career, spanning some six decades. But even more significant is to be able to tune into a very recent, intimate 30-minute solo set by Mike Nock, recorded just two months ago behind closed doors at Sydney's Phoenix Central Park venue.
by Jason Noble
Clarinettist Jason Noble writes about a new album THRUM, realised in collaboration with Kim Cunio.
by Kiran Phatak
Kiran Phatak writes about Arcadia Winds' project 'Make Wind', realised in collaboration with composer Lachlan Skipworth. 'Make Wind' is one of 13 special Peggy Glanville-Hicks Commissions, a project initiated by the AMC in response to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
by Ania Reynolds and Carl Polke
Ania Reynolds and Carl Polke's Peggy Glanville-Hicks Commission 'Audible Lockdown' was born out of the first COVID lockdown period in Melbourne, and the changes in the sonic environment of the city. Find out more about all 13 Glanville-Hicks Commissions, initiated by the AMC in response to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
by Cat Hope
Cat Hope writes about Decibel's 2 Minutes from Home' project, where 20 Australian and international composers were commissioned to create short works for online delivery. To find out more and watch all videos launched so far, check out the project page and Decibel's Vimeo channel.
by Belle Chen
For her Peggy Glanville-Hicks commission, UK-based pianist and composer Belle Chen drew inspiration from her extensive memory bank of experiences growing up in Australia, as well as a collection of field recordings from over the years. The work is a hybrid of performance, composition, and improvisation, also including some music by Peter Sculthorpe. 'The journey traverses through multiple sound worlds and instruments: from sound art, electronics, classical piano, experimental extended techniques.. with hints of neo-classical and jazz-influenced language', she describes her work.
Home From Afar will premiere on Belle Chen's YouTube channel on Friday 21 August 2020 at 1pm London BST (10 pm AEST).