Some very exciting news: My Symphony No.2 that was commissioned by Lynchpin will be recorded by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at the Rudolfinum concert hall in Prague!!
This is the large collaborative science/arts project that I have been alluding to for some time. I have now been working with with PhD candidates Nick Roden and Rob Johnston (Profiles below) for nearly two years in pulling together the science that has informed the composition of this large scale composition.
“A Ring of Promise” © SJ Anderson
watercolour pigment, carbon – in the form of charcoal and liquid graphite – on paper.
Centered around the topic of ‘the other CO2 problem’ – ocean acidification – and linked with the vital role of phytoplankton in planetary metabolism, this is an extensive creative venture in sound and image through which we want to generate a different experience of ocean science.
Please read more about the project and Lynchpin at the Lynchpin website.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Music Festival have jointly commissioned Australian composer Matthew Dewey to write an exhilarating work for James Morrison (trumpet) and Julian Bliss (clarinet). American composer Lalo Schifrin was originally slated to compose a triple concerto for trumpet, piano and clarinet. While it is unfortunate that Mr Schifrin is no longer in a position to complete this commission, QSO is excited to be able to feature the work of Australia’s own Matthew Dewey.
It’s a lyrical, diverse program. Dewey has delighted American and Russian audiences with his fresh, yet appealing musical voice. Just as Dewey is a composer who creates tuneful music exploring a variety of styles, Morrison is an exceptional trumpeter and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who has performed on the saxophone, trombone, tuba and double bass. Bliss is also feted for his versatility. He recently launched A Tribute to Benny Goodman celebrating the life of this ‘King Of Swing’.
Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances and Ives’ rich Symphony No.2 infused with borrowed fragments from hymns, folk music, other composers’ repertoire and the pop songs of his day, are an excellent fit in this adventurous, accessible concert. A concert that premieres Dewey’s classical yet jazz-fired language; tailor-made for two extraordinary musicians.
Find out more about the event on the Queensland Symphony Orchestra website.
To purchase tickets, visit the Queensland Performing Arts Centre website.
A quick note to pass on that I have been officially named as the new Senior Music Producer for ABC Classic FM in New South Wales, based in Sydney. I look forward to settling into the position with many exciting upcoming projects including regular recordings at the Sydney Opera House.
I am extremely excited and honoured to take up this position.
Monday, 14 January 2013 at 9.30pm on ABC NEWS 24
Repeated on Sunday, 20 January 2013 at 4pm
The Hunter River is one of Australia’s great rivers. Almost 500 kilometres long, the Hunter has flowed through the lives of Australians since the earliest days of British settlement – and for thousands of years before that, defining the rituals and inspiring the legends of Aboriginal tribes.
ABC journalist Scott Bevan explores the river, from the headwaters high in the Barrington Tops to the sea at Newcastle. And the best way to see the river is on the water itself, so Scott paddles some of the Hunter in his curiously named kayak, Pulbah Raider.
During his journey, he spends time with the people who live and work on its banks and rely on its water – some are doing it tough, others enjoying the good life.
As he learns, the Hunter has helped shape not just a region but also the nation, from the food and wine we consume to the electricity in our homes. The river itself has inspired storytellers, it has helped realise dreams and make fortunes, such as in mining and the thoroughbred industry. And during floods, the river has washed away livelihoods – and lives. Now, as the competition for resources intensifies, the river’s health — and the region’s lifeblood – are under increasing pressure.
Scott Bevan grew up within earshot of the sea in Newcastle and began his journalism career at the Newcastle Herald. He has worked as a reporter, presenter and producer for television, including as a senior reporter and relief host for The 7.30 Report. He was the ABC’s Moscow Correspondent for two years. Since 2010, Scott has been the presenter of The World, a nightly international affairs program on ABC News 24.
The “sublime music” used throughout this documentary is by Australian Composer Matthew Dewey.