Articles by sound artists, composers, performers and teachers discussing contemporary practice - you can also browse our archive of all blog articles
by Elizabeth Sheppard
Our Aboriginal composition group is continuing in 2018, and, for me, this means more adventures in integrating my church and conservatorium music training with my Aboriginal Noongar Yamatji and Gundungarra ancestral music heritage...
by Nicole Murphy
Nicole Murphy writes about her recent involvement in the Intimacy of Creativity program in Hong Kong, together with four other composer fellows from all over the world. In Australia, Muprhy has just been announced as the 2018 Emerging Composer Fellow of the Sydney-based Australia Ensemble. This new UNSW Fellowship comes with mentoring opportunities and a stipend of $10,000 enabling Nicole to write chamber music works as part of the Australia Ensemble's outreach program over 12 months.
by Jennifer Eriksson
If you'd asked me six or seven years ago what was driving me artistically, I would have told you about my ongoing goal of performing the complete viola da gamba works of Marin Marais with my ensemble, the Marais Project (you can hear us play this repertoire on Youtube). As a viola da gambist I am a member of the second generation of the historically informed performance (HIP) movement, a fairly narrow but popular enough classical music byway. Given that my day to day focus is on the French baroque, and more specifically, French baroque viola da gamba music, it is fair to say that I occupy a niche within a niche!
But happy as I was, I had a nagging feeling I wanted more...
by Rita Crews
Pianist, music educator and editor Sally Mays died in London on 25 April at the age of 88. A friend and colleague Rita Crews remembers her in this little article - read also an obituary in The Guardian by Sally's husband John Elsom.
by Evan Lawson
Forest Collective's artistic director Evan Lawson writes about the importance of conversation for successful collaboration - conversation both before, and, crucially, also after the concert. Forest Collective's next event takes place at Abbotsford Convent on 25-27 May, a collaboration with queer artist Addison, with arrengements by Lawson. Collective's concert in November 2018 will feature works by three of the AMC's Associate artists, Jakob Bragg, Alex Turley and Samantha Wolf.
by Zoe Knighton
Cellist Zoe Knighton writes about the Melbourne-based Flinders Quartet's Composer Development Program, currently accepting applications for 2018.