Browsing articles in "Features"

Cubans at Large – Omar Sosa and Alfredo Rodriguez

omar res

Others talk about making sacrifices for their art. Alfredo Rodriguez laid his happiness on the line for it. With the carrot of having his career guided by the distinguished American producer Quincy Jones, the Cuban pianist crossed the border from Mexico to the US, and asked for political asylum. He did not know when or […]


Phillip Johnston – Subtracting the Film from the Score

pj res

It’s thanks to TV that Phillip Johnston became a film composer. Like millions of other children Johnston grew up with the television playing nanny, and daytime TV in the 1960s meant movies. Old ones, thick with music. He loved film, he loved music and he especially loved film music. These days Johnston, a New Yorker […]


Bruce Cale’s music is Blue Mountains-made

cale res

Bruce Cale does not just live in Katoomba, he plays the Mountains in his music. The connection, after all, could not be deeper. He was born in Leura and grew up in Katoomba where, as a child, he took violin lessons above a shop on the main street – a building he now he lives […]