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HUSKY: THE ‘PUNCHBUZZ’ INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - June 6, 2017

Melbourne’s harmony-based acoustic pop/rock outfit Husky have just released their third studio record, Punchbuzz. Recorded in Melbourne with producer Matt Redlich, the captivating sound of Punchbuzz is of a band re-birthed, having drawn upon new inspirations to deliver their most exciting and experimental record yet. Ahead of a national tour…

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AUSTRALIAN JAZZ BELL AWARD WINNERS 2017

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - May 16, 2017

Australia’s jazz music community gathered last night at Melbourne’s premier jazz club Birds Basement to celebrate the 2017 Australian Jazz Bell Awards.  Those in attendance witnessed some wonderful performances by award winning artists such as Michelle Nicolle, Joe Chindamo (a beautiful after-dinner Bach piece) and Stu Hunter, who played a…

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BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS TOUR: DYLAN ELISE INTERVIEW

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - March 6, 2017

Blood Sweat & Tears were one of the prime movers of the jazz rock sound in the early 70s. With major international hits such as “You Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die”, they brought brass to the top of the charts. Drummer/producer Bobby Colomby was…

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BACK ON THE STREET AGAIN: WARREN DALY TALKS BIG BEATS & PHAT SOUNDS

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - October 25, 2016

Festival Records have released yet another brilliant compilation of long lost treasure from their vaults. This one is  Back On The Street Again, a compilation of funk, soul and psych rarities from the 60s and 70s. AM editor Greg Phillips spoke to Warren Daly, whose group the Daly-Wilson Big Band…

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MEREDITH 2016 LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - August 11, 2016

One of Australia’s most loved music events, the Meredith Music Festival has announced its lineup for 2016 and it’s amazing! Peaches King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Sheila E BadBadNotGood Angel Olsen The Triffids Kelela Ben UFO Japandroids The Congos Baroness Archie Roach Jagwar Ma Mount Liberation Unlimited Fred &…

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KING PARROT AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - March 3, 2016

In true blue collar fashion King Parrot are hitting the road in Australia once again, after recently completing a monstrous 36 date tour through Europe and the UK with Soulfly.  They’ll headline the Blacken The Globe Open Air in Alice Springs and Murderfest in Perth while supporting US metal giants Five Finger…

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BOY & BEAR NEW VIDEO AHEAD OF NATIONAL TOUR

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - January 20, 2016

A week out from kicking off their national Limit Of Love album tour, Boy & Bear have released a new video clip for their latest single – the title track of their acclaimed, number one debuting third studio album, Limit of Love. With an instant hook and those signature Dave…

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THE MISSION RETURN TO AUSTRALIA FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - January 19, 2016

Eighties UK bad boys The Mission are heading down under for their 30th Anniversary tour this November, the first time they’ve set foot in Australia since 1990. Known as the kings of excess, the band’s memory of their last trip is hazy as they embraced the rock n roll lifestyle…

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Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 & Awards

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - December 10, 2015

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Registrations of Interest now open

Registrations of interest open this week in the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 & Awards, which is one of the most valuable music prizes in Australia.

With over $120,000 in prizes and awards available, all music genres will be eligible.  An exciting new category will be added for 2016. Open to Victorian residents only, further information will be available early in the new year.

To register your interest to receive the entry form for the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 & Awards, when it is released, please visit www.melbourneprize.org

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPHONY: ALLAN ZAVOD TRIBUTE

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - November 19, 2015

r722292_5749192We’ve recently been made aware that our good friend and longtime Australian Musician contributor, Dr Allan Zavod  is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

On Sunday December 20 at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, a concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to Allan, when they perform for the first time ever, the full version of Allan’s work, The Environmental Symphony. The concert will be narrated by film legend Jack Thomson. Following the Environmental Symphony, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will also perform Rachmanino’s beautiful Symphonic Dances.

Bert Newton and special guests will also pay tribute to Allan and his contribution to music. Allan has requested that 100% of the proceeds from the performance are donated to the world-leading brain cancer research of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation.

Allan’s contribution to music both locally and on an international level is immense. As a pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and conductor, there is little in music he hasn’t achieved.

Alan-ZavodAllan was helping to break down music barriers in the 70s and 80s, pioneering classical jazz fusion with Jean Luc Ponty and also spent a year touring and recording with the great Frank Zappa band. Esteemed USA jazz magazine Downbeat named Zavod one of the top 10 keyboardists of the 80s.

From studying at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, he later became a Professor there.

 

Allan wrote for theatre and orchestras worldwide and composed film scores, one with rock legend Eric Clapton.

Allan_Zavod_George_Benson_smHe performed with superstars like George Benson, Sting, Nigel Kennedy and so many more.

Allan  contributed to Australian Musician magazine from the very first issue and continued to write a regular jazz piano lesson and conducted many interviews with his international music legend friends for us.

We wish Allan well in his battle with this disease and our thoughts go out to him and his wife Chris and son Zak during this trying time.

For tickets and more information on The Environmental Symphony event, visit www.environmentalsymphony.com

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