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Preview: Music Show, The

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 2016, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Hans Abrahamsen

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +1100

Hans Abrahamsen talks about his collaboration with with music critic Paul Griffiths and his upcoming opera on author Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.Elena Ringo's Illustration of the Snow Queen by H.C. Andersen (Elena Ringo / wikicommons / CC-BY-3.0)

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Cate Le Bon

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:10:00 +1100

Cate Le Bon is known for her beautiful and haunting voice and she brings it to the Music Show studios to perform two songs.Cate Le Bon (Ivana Kličković)

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The Stiff Gins and the Spirit of Things

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs from the Stiff Gins on wax recordings and bringing Indigenous objects to life through music and performance.Kaleena Briggs performing in the Spirit of Things. (Alex Davies)

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Maggie Haertsch Arts Health Institute

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +1100

Reboot your Life- personalised playlists on iPods.A man listens to music through headphones in the sunshine. (Steinach/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

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Music Therapist Grace Thompson

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:15:00 +1100

Reboot Your Life- Music Therapy is Australia is 40 years old. How does it work and where is it at in 2016?Music therapist Alison Davies doing melodic intonation therapy with traumatic brain injury patient (ABC Northern Tasmania: Rick Eaves)

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Julian Day music news

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Bell-ringers fall silent, Phil Collins tours again, Chuck Berry is making a new recording, and Cat Hope has a new job.York Minster Bells Inside Bell Chamber (YouTube)

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Ros Bandt and the Australian tarhu

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +1100

From a Venetian mansion in Crete to the central Victorian Goldfields, Ros Bandt and her tarhu have been recorded in heritage sites all around the world.Peter Biffin's tarhu (Supplied)

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Lawrence English: The Sound of Fear

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Can music and sound be used as a weapon? Composer and artist Lawrence English examines the history.Noise Pollution (Vikash Kumar/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND)

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Black Eyed Suzie Bonus podcast

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Podcast: 10 String Symphony play 'Black Eyed Suzie'Fiddle players Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer from 10 String Symphony (Paul Penton)

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10 String Symphony

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Be it on fiddle or banjo, the 10 strings of this Nashville duo make inventive roots music on a new album, and in The Music Show studio.10 String Symphony- Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmeyer- in The Music Show studio (Paul Penton)

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Bob Dylan Nobel Laureate

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:15:00 +1100

Legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.Bob Dylan in Barcelona, 1984 (Wikipedia)

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Julian Day Music News

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Julian Day calls in from the US to give us the latest music news—Questionable awards for Dylan and Flight Facilities, a new album for Leonard Cohen, and vale Neville Marriner.Nerville Marriner circa 1993. (Moenkebild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

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Emily Kilpatrick on Ravel operas

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

"I like to tell adventures in music ...", Maurice Ravel, 1925.Chloe Briot (C), who plays the child, performs during a rehearsal of the play 'L'enfant et les Sortileges' (The Child and the Spells) by Maurice Ravel, directed by Arnaud Meunier on June 30, 2012 at theatre du Jeu de Paume in Aix-en-Provence, France. (FRANCK PENNANT/AFP/GettyImages)

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Deborah Conway sings David Bowie

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:55:00 +1100

David Bowie- Nothing has Changed- at the 2016 Melbourne FestivalDeborah Conway and Ashley Naylor sing David Bowie's Starman on The Music Show (Jackie May)

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Jonathan Mills and Cultural Collisions

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Jonathan Mills' Cultural Collisions is 10 event tour de force of the 2016 Melbourne Festival. It combines his dual passions of music and architecture, and is built around the figures of Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin, and Percy Grainger.Cultural Collisions, curated by Jonathan Mills (

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Amadou Suso plays kora

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:35:00 +1100

Gambian kora player Amadou SusoAmadou Suso, kora, performs on The Music Show at the Deakin Edge (Jackie May)

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Michael Riesman on Philip Glass' La Belle et La Bête

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:20:00 +1100

" me La Belle is Cocteau's most complete statement about the entire creative process." — Philip GlassMichael Riesman talks to Andrew Ford on The Music Show, Melbourne Festival 2016 (Jackie May)

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Paul Kelly and Ancient Rain

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Paul Kelly's collaboration with Camille O'Sullivan and Feargal Murray is called Ancient Rain, a work inspired by 100 years of Irish poetry.Paul Kelly sings Quarantine on The Music Show (Jackie May)

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Gregory Porter

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +1100

"I do know that jazz has some children and some cousins, and I'm kind of at the family reunion ..." Gregory Porter.Gregory Porter (Fiona Pepper/ABC)

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Paco Peña

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:10:00 +1100

"The guitar found me ...and it really made me, in that sense, a social person..." Paco Peña.Paco Pena and guitar at RN Perth for The Music Show (Emma Wynne/ ABC)

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Richard Gill: mentoring the masses

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1000

The results are in from Richard Gills' national mentoring program (hint: it's looking good) and his two ensembles are performing two choral Masses in one night.Richard Gill and the Sydney Chamber Choir

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Ngaiire's stripped-back soul

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:15:00 +1000

Ngaiire delivers a raw and powerful rendition of 'I Wear Black' from her recent album Blastoma, and talks about some of the music and moments from her childhood that have stayed with her.(Fiona Pepper/ABC)

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Julian Day music news

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1000

Futuristic pianos, keyboards that roll up like yoga mats and sounds from the past come back to haunt the present.The space classica piano, designed by Tomasz Miłosz and winner of the Incentive Award at the Roland Digital Piano Design Awards. (Roland)

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Australia's vanished musicians

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1000

Author Albrecht Duemling fills in the historical gaps about the "enemy aliens" musicians who fetched up in Australia during World War II.The Weintraub Syncopators "enemy aliens" in Australia during WWII

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Elena Kats-Chernin, eight double basses and an offering

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:10:00 +1000

A world first: Concerto for 8 Double Basses and live feedback between composer and musicians from The Flinders Quartet.Elena Kats-Chernin, a busy composer at her trusty old piano. (Erin White)

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Alasdair Fraser and Stringmania!

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:45:00 +1000

The augural Stringmania! is a week long exploration of the traditional arts: music, dance, language and song.Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (

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Beethoven's Letters: John Bell and the Tinalley Quartet

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:20:00 +1000

"Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us ..."John Bell waits in RN to talk Beethoven with Andrew Ford

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Julian Day's music news

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:10:00 +1000

Prizes, auctions and Trump’s latest musical appropriation.The sketch-leaf for Ludwig van Beethoven's renowned Piano Concerto No 5 was uncovered in the private library of an 'English bibliophile' and will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London

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Liza Lim, Daryl Buckley 30 Years of Elision

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1000

Composer Liza Lim and Elision are celebrating 30 years of new music.Liza Lim's piece 'An ocean beyond earth' is scored for cello tethered to violin. (Photo: Melbourne Recital Centre)

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Skin & Bones and 15000 shields

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:05:00 +1000

barrangal dyara (skin and bones) is artist Jonathan Jones' project set on the land of Sydney's 19th Century Garden Palace. It traces indigenous and colonial history and music made in and around the site.barrangal dyara (skin and bones) a project inspired by the history of the 19th century Garden Palace building. In the Royal Botanic Gardens from September 17th 2016 (Kaldor Public Art Projects)

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Lyle Chan, Paul Kildea on Britten's Young Apollo

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:40:00 +1000

My Dear Benjamin is a new song cycle by Lyle Chan celebrating the relationship between Benjamin Britten and his one-time muse Wulff Scherchen.Britten at the Old Mill (his home, a converted windmill) taken by Enid Slater. 1944. (Enid Thelma Slater (née Mace) bromide print, 1944, with thanks to her estate, managed by Bridget Kitley Given by the Britten estate, 1981 NPG x15200)

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Harry Manx's mohan veena

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:15:00 +1000

A meeting point between ragas and the blues courtesy of Harry Manx's hybrid guitar, the 20 stringed mohan veena.Harry Manx and the mohan veena (

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Julian Day music news

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:05:00 +1000

Prizes, book and a musical wedding on this week's news.Julian Day preparing the news for The Music Show (Photo: Andrew Ford)

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The Thought of Music by Lawrence Kramer

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1000

How can music be knowledge? Can talking about Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto help us find meaning in this famous work?Lawrence Kramer's book The Thought of Music; detail from Jean Gris The Open Window (University of California Press)

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The Muses Trio

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:10:00 +1000

Music played by women celebrating the abundance of music composed by women.Music composed by women played by women; The Muses Trio (supplied)

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The interior Beethoven

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1000

British pianist Paul Lewis and his unconventional view of Beethoven's piano concertos.British pianist Paul Lewis playing Beethoven with MSO in September (Josep Molina)

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Music of the Kimberley: From Warmun to Wangkatjungka

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:10:00 +1000

A convoy of musicians covers 4000km to bring music to the remote Kimberley.Stephen Magnusson with a student from Beagle Bay Primary School during the Tura Reflection 2015 Tour (Tura New Music)

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Julian Day Music News

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:05:00 +1000

Audience rebellion from hecklers and flag bearers, Freddie shoots across the sky, opera drama in South Africa and a ska legend's death.European Union flag waved during Brexit protests. (David Callan / Getty Images)

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Stevie Wishart's hurdy gurdy

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:35:00 +1000

An utterly unique instrument which dates back before 11th Century and originates from the fiddle family.Hurdy Gurdy dating from 1870 (

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A Foggy Day in London Town

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1000

Mary Carewe gives a fresh take on some GershwinA foggy day in London town............ (lyrics by Gershwin.....)

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Filmmaker Julien Temple on his follow up to The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:10:00 +1000

Filmmaker Julien Temple on his follow-up mockumentary on punk, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), Sid Vicious, Steve Jones & Paul Cook, final tour USA 1978 (Richard E. Aaron/Redferns, Getty Images)

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The Glorious Sousaphonics

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:05:00 +1000

Bombardon a new album of brass, banjo and whistling.The Glorious Sousaphones band (Jazzgroove)

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From Punk's frontline

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 11:40:00 +1000

Gillian McCain is co - author of the "punk bible", Please Kill Me The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk (Penguin books)

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John Encarnacao- Punk in the the US, UK and Oz

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 11:15:00 +1000

Author John Encarnacao compares the volatile origins of punk in the USA, UK and in Australia- and where they ended up.40 Years of Punk- on RN (

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Julian Day Music News

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 11:05:00 +1000

Profound sounds in the news: from a Wiradjuri welcome to the Millenial Whoop.Katy Perry Performs Live At HMV Hammersmith Apollo (Neil Lupin/ Getty Images)

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Malcolm McLaren

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:40:00 +1000

'Charles Dickens has been responsible more than any other author for the rock n roll signature of the English band,' Malcolm McLaren. An interview with the late Sex Pistols manager and punk svengali Malcolm McLaren.Malcolm McLaren London 1991 (Getty Images/ Martyn Goodacre)

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Arturo O'Farrill and Afro-Cuban jazz

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:05:00 +1000

"Musicians have been on the frontlines ... we played a role in making that relationship mend." Arturo O'Farrill on the Cuba USA thaw in 2014.Arturo O'Farrill (

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Lioness of the Keyboard: Elisabeth Leonskaja

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:40:00 +1000

Following in the footsteps of Russian music greats like Emil Giles and Mstislav Rostropovich. Elisabeth talks about Schubert & Grieg and her mentor Sviatoslav Richter.Pianist Elizabeth Leonskaja touring Australia in August (Photo credit Julia Wesely)

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Flamenco legend

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:15:00 +1000

"A titantic figure in the world of flamenco guitar ....." Eric Clapton. Flamenco virtuoso Paco de Lucía stands alongside guitar greats of the 20th Century like John Williams, John McLaughlin and his compatriot Paco Pena.The great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía (Bandes Annonces Cinéma)

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Julian Day: music news

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:05:00 +1000

Vale Rudy van Gelder and Toots Thielemans, hello Patti Smith and King RogerVale Toots Thielemans (29 April 1922 – 22 August 2016) (

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