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The Music Show - Program podcast

Hear the interview of the week from the Music Show, where composer Andrew Ford entertains and informs a wide audience each week, providing two hours of essential listening from the world of music.

Copyright: Copyright 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Remembering Janet Seidel (1955-2017)

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:55:00 +1000

A singular voice in Australian jazz and a fine pianist to boot died this week aged only 62.Jazz pianist and singer Janet Seidel died August 2017 (

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Kate Neal's Valley of Lost Things

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Kate Neal's new work for the Sydney Symphony steers away from any particular musical form and or style, instead focuses on the grey space between John Adams and Pierre Boulez.Kate Neal's latest work explores memory and grey spaces. (

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Altered States 2: Henry Rollins

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Former musician and current radio host on punk, politics and his nostalgia for Bush.Julian Day and Henry Rollins LA, July 2017 (Julian Day)

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Cage + Zappa @ ANAM

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1000

John Cage and Frank Zappa don't have a huge amount in common, other than both being smokers, but they are being celebrated in a concert that features pianos filled with bolts, nuts and plastic.The inside of Timothy Young's prepared piano according to John Cage's instructions. (Photo: Richard Girvan/ABC)

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Paul Kelly: Life is Fine

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Optimism is the hall mark of Paul Kelly's new album.Paul Kelly's new album is called Life is Fine. (Supplied)

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Melbourne's Little Bands movement

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1000

From the late 70s, Melbourne's post punk scene was defined by distinct locations, and ideologies and Little Bands. The idea: get together, perform, self-destruct, but for one night in July, they did it all over again.Little Bands night at The Tote (Kim Jirik)

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Altered States with Julian Day

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Making art in Trump's AmericaJulian Day & David T. Little taking the temperature of the arts in America under Trump August 2017 (Julian Day)

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Jewish music and theatre out of the shadows

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Jewish music and theatre once thought lost or forgotten are celebrated in this international touring festival.The audience at Jac Weinstein's Merchants of Helsinki. (Courtesy: Finnish Jewish Archives/National Archives of Finland)

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Chasing John Coltrane

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Bill Clinton, Wynton Marsalis and Carlos Santana on one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century.New film on John Coltrane's life (

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Umberto Clerici's cello odyssey

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:30:00 +1000

How do J.S Bach's cello suites prepare us for their modern equivalents? It's all in the dances.Umberto Clerici, cellist and Associate Principal with SSO (Laura Stanca)

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Heroes 4: Katie Noonan on Vince Jones

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Katie Noonan explains how her hero, singer Vince Jones, taught her groove, tone and how to sing jazz.Vince Jones performing in the ABC studios. (ABC Jazz)

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Manu Delago's Hang

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:30:00 +1000

An upside down wok with holes becomes the latest concerto instrument. What the dickins?Hang - a relatively new addition to the percussion family (

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Remembering Dr G Yunupingu (1971-2017)

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1000

A reflection on the life, legacy and music of the best-selling, internationally acclaimed indigenous singer Dr G Yunupingu who died this week.Dr G Yunupingu never used a pick when playing guitar, instead kept his fingernails long. (Photo: Adrian Cook / Supplied)

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The Handmaid's Tale

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Author Margaret Atwood on the opera of the book that created a TV sensation.Elisabeth Moss as Offred in the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's tale (

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Heroes 3: Lyndon Terracini on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Opera Australia's Lyndon Terracini on why his hero Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was the greatest singer of the 20th century.Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in 1948. (ullstein bild / Getty Images)

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Valérie Hartmann Claverie & the Ondes Martenot

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:50:00 +1000

What do horror movie soundtracks and Olivier Messiaen have in common? The ondes martenot of course.An ondes martenot (

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Simone Young

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:30:00 +1000

This great Australian conducting "export" on Bruckner, Messiaen, Wagner and going freelance.Simone Young, conducting in Australia July/August 2017 (Klaus Lefebvre)

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Father John Misty

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Father John Misty is on The Music show to perform two songs from his new album and to talk about how Ecclesiastes, Elton John, Twitter and Trump works in and around his music.Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty (Guy Lowndes)

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Heroes 2: Kate Fagan on Joni Mitchell

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Rock, pop, folk, jazz, poetry; it's all there in Joni's output — Singer/songwriter Kate Fagan show us how Joni became "one of the great character songwriters of the late 20th century."Joni Mitchell performing at 'California Celebrates the Whales' at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California on November 20, 1976. (Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:50:00 +1000

Why Kate Bush's song stops the nation.........................Kate Bush (1989-90) (Photo by RB/Redferns Getty Images)

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One Love? Jamaican music since Marley

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Dancehall is the latest incarnation of reggae music but it has a dark side.Rastafarian onlooker at Bob Marley birthday celebrations outside Marley museum Kingston Jamaica (Garreth M. Daley (GD Films))

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Meg Mac

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Australian singer Meg Mac is softly-spoken but has a big voice and she comes in to test out some songs from her long-awaited debut album Low Blows.Meg Mac has released her long-awaited debut album Low Blows. (Supplied)

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Heroes 1: Zane Banks on Jimi Hendrix

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Jimi Hendrix was the da Vinci of electric guitar, and was a hero for Sydney-based guitarist Zane Banks who shows us how and why Hendrix was the greatest.Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

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NAIDOC Week: Emily Wurramara

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Indigenous singer Emily Wurramara on singing in her native language Anindilyakwa.Emily Wurramara (Supplied)

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Billy Bragg on skiffle

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1000

How did a bunch of radicals and rockers create a music that changed the world?Manchester UK, October 2015 Billy Bragg waits to perform before the start of an anti-austerity protest during the Conservative Party Autumn Conference. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

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Carl Vine on a book on Carl Vine

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 11:30:00 +1000

 What does Carl Vine think of a new book about his own music? We put the composer together with the book’s author, Rhoderick McNeill.Composer Carl Vine (Karen Steins)

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NAIDOC Week: What Gondwana did next

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Artistic Director and Founder Lyn Williams and 16-year-old chorister Lara Miller update us on their latest project with the Vienna Boys Choir in Austria.16-year-old chorister Lara Miller performing in Europe. (Lukas Beck)

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Vale jazz pianist Geri Allen (1957-2017)

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:55:00 +1000

Remembering jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen who died this week aged 60.American Jazz musician Geri Allen NYC Winter JazzFest 2015 ((Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images))

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Decoding Brahms's Piano Quartet in G minor

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Peter Roennfeldt continues our series Decoding the Music Masterpieces. This time it's a young Johannes Brahms's first piano quartet, a work that was a hit at the box office, but received mixed reviews from friends and critics alike.Painting of composer Johannes Brahms (Willy von Beckerath (Public Domain))

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Old and New music on old and new keyboards.

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Pianos old and new; it's all in the music.British pianist Melvyn Tan (

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Decoding Bach's Art of Fugue

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:25:00 +1000

Continuing The Conversation conversation breaking apart Bach's incomplete Art of Fugue.Bach's unfinished fugue from the Art of Fugue (Public Domain)

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Suara Indonesia Dance

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Hands clapping, chest and thigh slapping of Acehnese sitting dances – Suara Indonesia Dance Group are in to talk about Acehnese body percussion and how music and dance in Indonesia are one in the same.Alfira, Kartika, Antok and Murtala are all members of Suara Indonesia dance group (Rosa Gollan)

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Remembering Richard Toop (1945-2017)

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:50:00 +1000

Stockhausen's teaching assistant, Ligeti expert and an inspiration to a generation of Australian composers.Musicologist and author Richard Toop (1945-2017) (Limelight Magazine)

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A Syrian Symphony for Peace

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Malek Jandali and Abdulrahim Alsiadi on music as an agent of change.Ancient Syrian music notation dated to c. 3,400 BC (

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Monk on Monk

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Being the musician son of a genius musician father.Thelonious Monk (T.S.) Junior (Michael Weintrob)

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Monica & Sarah Curro

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Monica and Sarah Curro come from a very musical family—they are the daughters of conductor and Queensland Youth Orchestra founder John Curro. They come into the Music Show to talk about working in orchestras, music education and commissioning Australian music.Monica and Sarah Curro at MSO's Education Week (Daniel Aulsebrook)

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Bernadette Robinson at Pennsylvania Avenue

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:40:00 +1000

Songs and stories from 40 years of music at the White House in Joanna Murray-Smith's new play.Bernadette Robinson in Pennsylvania Avenue (MTC)

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Decoding Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1000

In a new series with The Conversation, cellist Zoltan Szabo deconstructs Franz Liszt's famous Piano Sonata in B Minor.Franz Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor, published in 1854, was dedicated to his friend Robert Schumann (Public Domain)

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Brett Dean and Hamlet

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Composer Brett Dean's String Quartet And Once I Played Ophelia won the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize, and his opera Hamlet is about to be premiered at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival.Ophelia by John Everett Millais (1852) is part of the Tate Gallery collection (

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Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:10:00 +1000

"We would have been very happy to be an indie band who perhaps got a bit of late night radio play, and got a few nice reviews in niche publications... in fact it went way beyond that."Joe Newman (guitar and lead vocals) and Gus Unger Hamilton (keys and vocals) (Tiger Webb)

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Satoko Fujii's Fukushima memorial suite

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1000

....and how classical piano study stopped her ability to improvise.(

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Song Company & Martin Luther

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Looking beyond the 95 Theses nailed to a Wittenberg church doorPainting of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-five Theses to a church door. (Ferdinand Pauwels (Public Domain))

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Tigran Hamasyan

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The influence of Armenian folk music on this young jazz pianist.Jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan (

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Bill Frisell & Petra Haden

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Reinvent vintage Hollywood movie soundtracksGuitar legend Bill Frisell in film score mode (Melbourne International Jazz Festival)

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The Barron of Jazz

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Kenny Barron, pianist and composer with serious jazz credentials is touring for Melbourne and Brisbane jazz festivals.

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Donny McCaslin on Bowie

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1000

David Bowie's go to sax player on BlackstarSaxophonist Donny McCaslin is out in Australia for the Melbourne International Jazz Festiaval (Jimmy King)

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Stories from Brian Epstein's PA

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:45:00 +1000

Joanne Petersen, Brian Epstein's personal assistant, remembers the first time she heard the test Sgt Pepper album, she remembers the launch party, John Lennon's psychedelic car, and the time George Harrison refused to cuddle Kenny Everett.John Lennon's Painted Rolls Royce (Bettmann / Getty Images)

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Mark Lewisohn and 50 years of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:20:00 +1000

The Beatles’ chief chronicler on the uniqueness of Sgt PepperSgt Pepper's: arguably one of the most famous album covers in history. (Peter Blake / Public Domain)

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Barb Jungr and Joyce Morgan

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:05:00 +1000

A singer and an author who were there as the 'summer of love' arrived and recall their first hearing of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles outside manager Brian Epstein's house during the album launch for 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 19th May 1967. Left to right: John Lennon (1940 - 1980), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison (1943 - 2001). (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images)

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John Shand and Australian jazz...

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:30:00 +1000

...on the eve of his Jackie Orszaczky Lecture "Meaning Each Note: Truth, Universality and Cultural Amnesia"The Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture & Concert 2017 poster (Frankie Lee)

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