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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.


Halcyon and the poetry of voices

Halcyon and the poetry of voices

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


Mind on Fire

Mind on Fire

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.


Sandy Evans and Andrea Keller: sharing the stage

Sandy Evans and Andrea Keller: sharing the stage

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.


Ears Wide Open: reflections and personal recollections of Richard Gill

Ears Wide Open: reflections and personal recollections of Richard Gill

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.


Insight: The Making of <em>[A]part</em>

Insight: The Making of [A]part

Composer, trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Kirkwood writes about her work [A]part, finalist in the 2018 Art Music Awards and to be featured at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues (3 November) and the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival (13 November). A recording of [A]part has just been released by Earshift Music.


Five questions to Catherine Likhuta

Five questions to Catherine Likhuta

AMC's Associate artist Catherine Likhuta has a strong connection with the US, which started in 2005 when she first moved from her native Ukraine to the US, prior to moving on to Australia in 2012. She visits the US regularly for performances and residencies - last year, she was preparing for the US premiere of her oratorio-drama Scraps from a Madman’s Diary with a week-long residency at the University of Georgia, and in September 2018 she finds herself at campus of the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.


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