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Tomoe Kawabata on the French-influenced compositional school in Japan

Japan and France have long been involved in a cultural love affair. From as early as the second half of the nineteenth century the two countries have exchanged artistic aesthetics and ideologies. Similar to Van Gogh’s adoration of the colourful palettes seen in Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Melbourne-based pianist Tomoe Kawabata is attracted to the […]

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Change the way you see and hear the piano with Eve Egoyan

Born and raised among the emerald and russet-coloured natural surrounds British Columbia is known for, Canadian sound artist Eve Egoyan spent her childhood exploring the crenellated coastline or at her neighbour’s piano. While there was a brief moment after high school where she didn’t know what the arc of her life would be, Egoyan studied […]

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Art as an agent for change with Mama Alto, N’fa Jones and Tamara Murphy

In a post-truth era of anthropogenic climate change, controversial presidents and an international refugee crisis, it’s no wonder that artists are responding to the state of the world through their work. Be it a theatre production, painting, film or protest song, politically charged art has the ability to present us with alternative versions of ourselves […]

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Distilling life’s complexities through set design with Liminal Spaces

Located in a wide and open street in Hobart, Tasmania, Liminal Studio is an interdisciplinary design house operating outside the traditional confines of architecture. Weaving together interior, furniture, object and production design with art curation and architecture, Liminal Studio is an ideas-focused practice aiming to push spatial relationships and to improve the environments we live […]

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Evoking mood and emotion through light and shadow with Elegy’s lighting and set designer Rob Sowinski

Based in Naarm (Melbourne), Rob Sowinski’s lighting and set design practice is emotive, explorative and alluring. Often influenced by the colour and tone of a piece’s writing, Sowinski elegantly manipulates light and shadow on objects in space to rouse the mood of a scene and to accentuate the emotions of a character. The resident designer […]

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Rainbow Vomit: Break free of your technological bubble

MLIVE presents a dance spectacular Rainbow Vomit! Performed by the critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Dance North Australia, Rainbow Vomit is an immersive contemporary dance show created for young audiences, whilst maintaining appeal for kids of all ages. Artistic director, Amber Haines says the performance aims to “inspire kids to go home and play and […]

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Creating compassion through music with Lior Attar

Since garnering national adoration in 2005 for his pure and heartfelt debut album Autumn Flow, Israeli Australian singer-songwriter Lior Attar (known as Lior) has been keeping busy. In 2013 the artist collaborated with composer Nigel Westlake to write a song cycle centred on the humanitarian concept of compassion as explored through a compilation of ancient […]

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New music for electronics and piano with Gabriella Smart

Inspired by the historical narratives of seven colonial pianos that still exist in various locations across Australia today, Gabriella Smart’s ‘Of Broken Trees and Elephant Ivories’ is comprised of commissioned works by twelve Australian and German composers; offering a rich and complex perspective of Australia’s colonial history involving famous artists, Afghan cameleers, Morse code and […]

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A career in composition with George Dreyfus

Rows of hardback books, notated film scores and family photographs line the walls of George Dreyfus’s living room. One of Australia’s most prolific film and television composers, it may be surprising to learn that the internationally-acclaimed, Melbourne-based composer didn’t always know that he wanted to pursue music professionally. Born in 1928 in Wuppertal, Germany, his […]

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New perspectives on jazz with Professor Paul Grabowsky AO

One of the most refreshing elements of contemporary jazz practice is the way it has become less concerned with adhering to narrow stylistic conventions and more about the open embrace of innovative musicianship and composition across all genres. Whether it’s American legend Miles Davis (known for his groundbreaking jazz-rock record Bitches Brew) or current-day movers […]

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Tackling stage fright and set lists with The King’s Singers’ Jonathan Howard

Since their legendary formation at King’s College, Cambridge in 1968, internationally-adored a cappella ensemble The King’s Singers have been known for their unwavering commitment to musical diversity through their popular coupling of contemporary and classical arrangements. Equally at home with renaissance church repertoire as they are with jazz, pop and folk songs from contemporary culture […]

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