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Closing the Gap between Learning and Performing

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David Theak and Simon Barker didn’t just want to put on a jazz festival, they wanted to curate something unique. Their solution – to prioritise master-classes and collaborations – dovetails neatly with the festival in question taking place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The inaugural Sydney Con International Jazz Festival compresses performances by 100 […]


Bill Frisell – Dreaming of His Past

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Bill Frisell speaks with such child-like wonder of his delight in making music that it’s more like we’re chatting about building sand-castles. So it’s no wonder he delves back into his childhood for inspiration; back to his early memories of surf music and jazz, or, as with his current project, the film and television music […]


Donny McCaslin: Blackstar, Silver Lining

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Two days after the release of Blackstar in January 2016 David Bowie was dead. But what was Bowie’s artistic last will and testament proved a new dawn for Donny McCaslin, the New York jazz saxophonist whose group backed Bowie on the album. Suddenly he and his band were catapulted to a previously improbable notoriety. It […]