Festivals

Miriam Zolin clarifies things around the Wangaratta Jazz Festival

We have received a letter from Miriam Zolin, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues (and this website’s founding editor), addressing all the issues that have came up recently, leading to the decision to cancel the 2019 edition of the festival. It is a very important contribution to …

Loz Irwin-Ray invites you to “giggle, squirm and sing along” to nostalgic tunes from the ’40s

“The show serves for a moment of escapism, where we get to dress up and play a person that would otherwise no longer exist. The interesting twist though, which makes me realise how far we’ve come since the 1940s, is that an all-female band would never have been dreamed of in that era.”

Barney McAll: “Music is a guide for society”

“I am presenting this music with a great amount of respect, because the thing that I realized is that there are really magnificent composers who only write for the church and are thus not really known – particularly Doris Akers is a very strong composer in different styles and few people in Australia has heard of her,” says Barney McAll

Harry James Angus talks about his soul-jazz-gospel album project on Greek mythology

“To me, Theseus and Minotaur is a story about masculinity and a story about a cycle of fear and anger and rejection that fathers pass on to their sons that perpetuates bad things in society, like sexual abuse and violence. I see the Minotaur as a classic example of a child who wasn’t given the tools to be a good person in life regardless of the fact that he had the head of a bull.”