Sunday, September 15, 2013

Heart of the matter

Entertainment Lou Bennett.

Lou Bennett. Photo: Angela Wylie

The all-star Black Arm Band reunites with the MSO for the first time in seven years for ngangwurra means heart, an exploration of Aboriginal identity in five languages and seven new musical ''episodes'' spanning pre-colonial Australia to visions of the future. Artistic director Lou Bennett describes the major new collaborative work as a ''partner'' to the band's previous outing, Dirtsong, with commissioned animations and photography complementing words and music to ''extend the definition of what being Aboriginal means'' for a broadly diverse population. ngangwurra premieres November 30 at the Princess Theatre.

Up there jazzaly

Melbourne pianist Steve Sedergreen was enjoying a solo birthday outing at the MCG in April 2012 when his twin passions for jazz composition and football clicked in his mind. As recently heard on Channel Seven's Friday night AFL coverage, September On My Mind is the result: a harmonically sophisticated footy anthem sung by co-writer Cameron Giles-Webb. They'll perform it live at Fed Square as part of the Grand Final Parade on September 27. Sedergreen says he was inspired by his friend Harry Angus' theme for Great Western Sydney and stresses his tune is ''no gimmick. It comes from the heart.''

Steve Sedergreen.

Steve Sedergreen.

Classics revisited


Composer Mark Isaacs will cap an extraordinary year when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra unveils his Symphony No.1 in Brisbane next month. The Sydney pianist is equally renowned in jazz circles, his Resurgence project twice nominated for ARIA awards and his Encounters album with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes recently reissued to meet demand in Japan. It's one of four albums he's released since his last visit to Melbourne, including a chamber music narration of Wind in the Willows and a solo piano suite for children. On his 21st annual visit to Bennetts Lane this Sunday, he'll tinker with classics from Jobim to Gershwin and ''the golden era of songwriting''.


Mark Isaacs.

Mark Isaacs.
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