THE ONLY WEB PORTRAYAL OF A NATION'S ENTIRE MUSICAL LIFE - DESCRIPTIONS, NUMBERS, ISSUES, FUTURES

Rainbow Serpent Festival - January 2013
By Asher Floyd (Creative Commons)


Credit: Simon Whitaker (Creative Commons)

ABOUT 'MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA'

The Music in Australia Knowledge Base provides the world with a source of information about musical practice in Australia and/or by Australians that can assist in its further development and lift its status in Australian life and culture, and in the world at large.

The Knowledge Base describes the situation of music in Australia. So, for instance, it could describe the situation of music in schools – what is provided, the competence of the teaching, government attitudes and so on, but would be much less likely to dwell on intricacies of pedagogy or syllabus.

It covers the entire music sector including the role of music in human development and society, music’s creation and practice, the music sector and its components, government policies, regulation, support, the international context. It covers facts, issues of contention, statistics, research.

The Music in Australia Knowledge Base is produced and published by the Music Trust. The Trust’s slogan: The Music Trust works with energy, imagination and authority for music in Australia.

New ADDITIONS TO MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Jazz Real Book in 2020: Is there such a thing as Australian Jazz?

Tim Nikolsky
At the end of this twisting story, the Australian Jazz Real Book has been created. So what, you ask, is a Real Book as compared with a real book? Read, and you will follow...

Online music education information and resources at music-ed.net

Robin Stevens
Online Music Education Information and Resources at music-ed.net gives access to websites with collections of research and historical reports from Australia, some international.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Rose, Jon: A Life of Experimentation

Jon Rose
The perception among many musicians is that Jon Rose is unique in Australia, possibly the world.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Northey, Ben: Stillness and Transformation – a conductor’s perspective

Benjamin Northey
Conductor Benjamin Northey writes on the shock of silence during the COVID-19 crisis and how we might re-examine our relationship with audiences.

The current circumstances of Jazz in Australia

Richard Letts, Matthew Kneale, Stefanie Farrands, Aviva Endean, Lina Andonovska, Peter de Jager, Ashley William Smith, Emma Grace Stephenson, James McLean, Tal Cohen, Marc Hannaford and Christopher Hale
The audience is tiny, the government support is minimal, the music is GREAT!

Freedman Classical and Jazz Fellows Report

Richard Letts
These fellowships, run by the Music Trust, have become among Australia’s most prestigious. The winners spend their prize money on special projects and afterward report what happened. You can read the reports.

Loudmouth is the free monthly online magazine of the Music Trust. It reports current developments, discusses matters of policy, politics and cultural development. Its music education section covers issues ranging from early childhood to career development, community music and educational research. Its excellent reviews are written mostly by musicians, and include important recordings and books not reviewed elsewhere.

THIS MONTH ON LOUDMOUTH

THE GROWING EDGE

Reports on what 27 other government are doing for their artists. Makes Australian government look perverse. Survey: Australians want government lifeline for creatives. / INSIDE THE MUSICIAN: famous opera singer Peter Coleman-Wright and virtuoso international flautist  Lina Andonovska / Carriageworks and HOTA: what two arts centres are facing during COVID. / Literary magazines are essential for new authors – but they are being killed by funding cuts / ABC and NLA commissioning opps / Aussies win big international pop  music competitions

MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA KNOWLEDGE BASE

Launch of entirely restructured site.

MUSIC EDUCATION 

How music education stays afloat during COVID / Paavali Jumppanen a brilliant choice for Artistic Director of ANAM / NZ teachers danced in the streets when their ‘NAPLAN’ was terminated / NZ principal says students will need the arts in a changed post-coronavirus world / Defining a context for music learning / Online resources for music education

FREEDMAN FELLOWSHIPS

All the candidates have been nominated. But by whom? See the list. / The Classical nominees are being announced daily on the Fellowship FB site / Concerts replaced by special recording projects.

MUSIC AND BOOK REVIEWS

THE BEST MUSIC REVIEWS page in Australia. Written mainly by musicians.

LOUDMOUTH’S JUNE REVIEWS

BOOKS

Melting MomentsAnna Goldsworthy / Playing Changes: Jazz for a New CenturyNate Chinen

RECORDED MUSIC

JAZZ. [A]partEllen Kirkwood, Sirens Big Band / Five Below LiveAndrea Keller and quintet / The ShadowLuke Howard Trio / Slip SlidingRob Burke, Ben Monder, Tom Rainey / I Wrote You a SongEmma Stephenson, with Olivia Chindamo, Jane Irving, Kristin Berardi, Liam Budge, Jo Lawry, Liz Tobias

CLASSICAL.  Sonatas for Flute and Piano by Australian WomenAulos Australia / Live at the Sydney Opera HouseJoan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Australian Opera cond. Richard Bonynge

NEW MUSIC. Classic Kids: Sounds Like AustraliaEnsemble Offspring / EpiphanyEnsemble Liaison / The Peasant Prince. A Symphonic Tale. Music by Katy Abbott, narration Luke Carroll, TSO cond. Ben Northey

CONTEMPORARY  On Diamond, by On Diamond / Respect All LifeformsCustard