CD Reviews Contemporary Music
The American composer George Walker lived a long life, passing in 2018 at the age of 96. Only in his later life did Walker receive the acclaim that his talents deserved, and it was in 1996 that he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, the first African American to receive the award.
CD Reviews Contemporary Music Paul Cooke
I had the good fortune to attend a live multimedia presentation of Life on Land’s Edge at the Newcastle Music Festival earlier this year – but while the visual component was impressive, the musical content was well able to stand alone.
Barry O'Sullivan CD Reviews Classical
Collaboration involves a group of people working together to complete a shared goal. This is a captivating journey through the realm of jazz. The album delivers a fresh perspective on a variety of compositional forms and innovative interpretations of well-known pop songs alongside some original compositions and arrangements from Jim Kelly and the vocalist Simone Waddell.
CD Reviews Classical
Latin American Piano Music presents the music of seven composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries: one, Luis G Jordá, was born in Catalonia but spent most of his career in Mexico City; another, Ernesto Lecuona, was Cuban; the rest were Mexican.
Barry O'Sullivan CD Reviews Jazz
Driven by genre-fusing ardour, with the inclusion of warped, shaped sounds, the ethnic intrusions and Eastern tangents of vocalised rhythmic syllables (Konakol), with instruments plus electronics, Bungarribee jazz quartet leans on solid ground while moving in mysterious ways between music of the jazz-infused avant-garde and classical. Embracing different genres, grooves and intensities, they have released a lovely recording that embraces openheartedness and positive expression.
Ngarra-Burria (‘To Listen, To Sing’) is a program instigated by Dharug composer and teacher Christopher Sainsbury in 2016 to encourage and enable indigenous composers to ‘create notated compositions and industry connections’.
It was my great pleasure in August 2022 to attend a concert by the Nomad String Quartet (since named as our artists in residence for 2023) featuring The Best of Danish Folk Songs. These were derived from two collections of folk songs collated and arranged by the Danish String Quartet, already showing in their relative youth a willingness to perform unfamiliar repertoire and intelligently programmed recitals.
Black Money is an original project of band leader, pianist, and composer John McAll, who launched the debut recording in 2009. His following recordings in the Black Money series are Alter Ego, recorded in 2012, and most recently, Pass the Rainbow.