This month we’ve brought together a number of compositions that relate to jazz or world music in varying degrees, sometimes not in the most direct or obvious way. Where are the boundaries between contemporary classical and jazz styles? What are different ways composers look to wider folk and world musics for inspiration? Many composers featured this month effortlessly weave in and out of jazz/improvisatory and classical practice, creating fascinating and eclectic bodies of work. We hear in some of the works a focus on melody and harmony, with folk tunes or a chart-based approach. Several works for sax ensembles or big band are of the toe-tapping variety while others have an adventurous contemporary flavour. Yet other works are scored for small colouristic bands or chamber ensembles. We hope you enjoy this ride through a diverse collection of sounds.
This month we’re thrilled to present you with our very first audiovisual playlist hosted on YouTube. Featuring a prestigious lineup of Australian composers, all compositions are supported by live performance or studio recording footage. We are also treated to works incorporating choreographed visual elements, including some intriguing multimedia work. Mixing it up this month, we are pleased to feature artists of various ages/stages, bringing in the music of some of our revered mentors and role models. Enjoy this specially gathered concert of new music in the comfort of your own home! Continue reading