In 2017 I composed Yoora Tattoo, the second movement of my three part Kooranginy Suite. My Kooranginy score is now available on the Australian Music Centre website. In the Yoora Tattoo movement I set a fife tattoo drumbeat against an … Continue reading The Yoora Tattoo Saga . . .
https://the.song.company/songs-from-the-heart The Song Company’s upcoming Songs from the Heart tour in September-October 2022, directed by Antony Pitts and administered by Francis Greep and Eva Frey, with commissioned music by Sonya Holowell and myself, is designed as a musical interface between … Continue reading Walking Uluru Treaty Tracks with The Song Company’s Songs from the Heart
As an Australian composer and singer, I make music that’s deeply engaged with, and inspired by, the vast, wonderful country that has always nourished and sustained my people. My music records and celebrates the everyday lived experience of my generation, … Continue reading Homespun songs from Australia . . .
After The Song Company’s successful September – October 2022 tour of Songs from the Heart produced rave reviews from Classikon’s Pepe Newton and Sydney Arts Guide’s Lynne Lancaster (see links below), the live audio recording of the Cell Block Theatre production was mastered, and will be released internationally by Hyperion Records, on the 1equalmusic label, on April 7 2023. Click on this link to order : https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc,asp?dc=D_1EMFTH Continue reading Songs from the Heart CD April 7 2023
I originally composed Kaouwi Two Children Cooee as a simple children’s song. The transliterated word Cooee comes from the Dharug Aboriginal language, the First Contact Australian Aboriginal language of the place the English renamed Sydney, the Country of the Dharug-speaking … Continue reading Composing Kaouwi Two Children Cooee for “Songs from the Heart”
At Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral yesterday, The Song Company performed Songs from the Heart, a mainstage program of twenty four SSAATTBB choral responses to the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart from three Australian First Nations composers – Dharawal soprano … Continue reading Songs from the Heart at Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle
In March 2021 Dr. Sally Walker, a flute lecturer at the Australian National University, commissioned me to rearrange the third movement of my Kooranginy Suite (2017) for flute and harp. My rearrangement was performed by harpist Emily Granger and flautist … Continue reading “Koordaboodjar Heartland for Flute and Harp” NSW Art Gallery, 18 April 2021
Today I attended an ANU Music School Postgraduate Zoom Seminar, to hear brilliant Australian flautist Sally Walker speaking about her wide ranging work as a performer, conference presenter, music teacher and author. Sally’s versatile performance repertoire includes early music, flute … Continue reading CovidSafe Music Performance : Sally Walker’s Flute Concerts for One
It seems that the ongoing Coranavirus pandemic has woken Australians up to the important role that local community and country based music can play, in maintaining human mental health and community peace. Dreaming, performing, and paying attention to community music … Continue reading Closing the Gap : Academic Music and Community Music
As Australia comes to terms with COVID-19 protocols, musicians and composers are working out how to “do” music online. This photo of the first Ngarra Burria concert at Eora Aboriginal College in 2017, shows how Australian Indigenous and immigrant origin … Continue reading Live Music vs. Covid-19 Music-at-a-Distance