Resonate Feature Articles
In-depth articles discussing issues relating to Australia's new music scene - you can also browse our archive of all feature articles.
by Josten Myburgh
'Amidst all of this I have a sense that something truly fascinating is growing here in Perth. As well as a playfulness which strengthens friendships and livens spirits, there is an increasing curiosity with what it means to make music in this strange place—Whadjuk Noongar boodja, a place to which our majority non-Indigenous scene has only a fragmented connection to, an isolated capital city, a place artists love to leave', writes Josten Myburgh, reporting from the recent Audible Edge exploratory music festival and the Sounding Together mentorship and residency project - both programs by the Perth-based Tone List
by Anni Heino
To congratulate one of our best loved and most performed composer, Ross Edwards, on the eve of his 75th birthday, we asked Australian musicians to talk about their favourite Edwards work. Their answers are revealing and give us an idea just why this music is so loved by its performers as well as its audience: on one hand there is the infectious joy of a musician becoming one with the music in an energetic, powerful dance - and on the other, there is the unique fulfilment that comes from transcending the technical and musical challenges of an Edwards score - so that, in the words of violist Stephen King, '...the performers disappear and only purity is left'.
by Jenny Duck-Chong
For a relatively young ensemble, the now 20-year-old Halcyon has a powerful legacy in the numerous Australian works commissioned by the ensemble or dedicated to them. Some of this legacy has now taken the form of an oral history project - a growing series of videos where prominent Australian composers talk about their work, about composing for voice, and about setting words. These videos are being made available via Halcyon's Youtube channel, with more in the making.
Halcyon's next concert on 1 December concludes the ensemble's 20th birthday celebrations, with works by Gillian Whitehead, Rosalind Page, Sadie Harrison, Gordon Kerry and Ross Edwards, who is celebrating his 75th birthday later in December
by Sam Gill and Brad Gill
Mind on Fire is a saxophone and vibraphone duo based in Sydney, comprised of brothers Sam and Brad Gill. Formed in 2016, the duo draws on their years of experience playing together, including with the composers' collective Sideband, and acts as a forum for their compositions as well as related improvisation-based work. In this article, Sam and Brad take turns writing about their work, and their mutual interest in combining pre-composed material and improvisation.
by Anni Heino
This November brings together, for the first time as a duo, two of Australia's best-known jazz artists, pianist Andrea Keller and saxophonist Sandy Evans. We asked the two incredibly busy women some questions about this as well as their other current projects and commissions.
by Nigel Westlake
Conductor and music educator Richard Gill died peacefully at his home in Sydney on Sunday morning 28 October, at the age of 76. His work will live on in all those musicians and students he inspired. One of these, as well as Richard's personal friend, is composer Nigel Westlake, who shares his memories in this article.