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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 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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.J.S. Bach bronze statue standing outside St Thomas Church, Leipzig (Richard Sharrocks)

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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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Lisa Hannigan

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:10:00 +1000

It wasn't moving to Paris, but an email from a stranger helped get Lisa Hannigan out of her writer's block.Irish folk singer Lisa Hannigan (

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Angelo Badalamenti and the music of Twin Peaks

Sun, 21 May 2017 11:30:00 +1000

"Angelo brought me into the world of music. I didn’t realize how much I wanted to go there till that happened." Surrealist film director David Lynch on Twin Peaks soundtrack composer Angelo BadalamentiThe iconic Twin Peaks sign from David Lynch's original TV Series ( Amy T. Zielinski  Getty Images Entertainment)

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Sam Amidon

Sun, 21 May 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Sam Amidon had his beginnings in the folk tradition but strayed far and wide before finding his way home.Sam Amidon performs at Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on June 18, 2015. (Getty Images: Al Pereira)

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Ryan Adams

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:30:00 +1000

From alt-country band Whiskeytown to a prolific solo career starting with Heartbreaker and 17 years on his 16th studio album Prisoner.Ryan Adams (Michelle Montgomery)

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Shelby J

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:05:00 +1000

After 10 years performing with Prince, singer Shelby J has finally released her long-awaited debut album and comes in to The Music Show to share stories, memories and lessons from her mentor and friend.Shelby J has a new album out, and she dedicates it to her friend and mentor of ten years, Prince. (Supplied)

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Victor Valdes on Mariachi

Sun, 14 May 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Victor Valdes and his troupe of musicians talk about the origins and sounds of Mexican Mariachi and Norteño music.(Per Engström / EyeEm / Getty Images)

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Gabriel Prokofiev — dj, producer, composer

Sun, 14 May 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Grandson of Sergei Prokofiev on his Concerto for Turntables and putting classical music in hip venues.Composer, record producer, dj Gabriel Prokofiev ( ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Simón Bolívar String Quartet & El Sistema

Sat, 13 May 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Starting out in 'nucleos' in small Venezuelan towns, the SBSQ players are the result of a system of free music education that's taken off round the globe. And it all started in a carpark in Caracas over 40- years ago.Venezuela's El Sistema "nucleo" students (

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The Avalanches

Sat, 13 May 2017 11:10:00 +1000

A year on from their long-awaited second album, electronic music duo The Avalanches reflect on Wildflower, playing with memory and the art of sampling.Tony Di Blassi (L) and Robbie Chater (R) reflect on Wildflower a year on and discuss the art of sampling on The Music Show (Jeremy Story Carter)

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Chen Yi

Sun, 07 May 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Composer with music formed by the Cultural Revolution.Composer Chen Yi (Humboldt State University Department of Music)

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It's Eurovision time

Sun, 07 May 2017 11:05:00 +1000

The biggest, longest-running music show in the world is set to hit our screens once more and with over a million Australian viewers expected to tune in this year, we got a little curious.Isaiah Firebrace performs in Melbourne after he was announced as Australia's Eurovision entrant. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy)

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Dots or Not

Sat, 06 May 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Is learning musical notation an 'elitist' teaching tool?Shakuhachi notation

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Mahan Esfahani & his harpsichord

Sat, 06 May 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Playing new music on an 'old' instrument has got this outspoken young virtuoso into hot water.Mahan Esfahani harpichordist (Bernhard Musil and Deutsche Grammophon)

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Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) Centenary

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

First and last a jazz singer. Ella who died 21 years ago was the first great be-bop vocalist.American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (1917 - 1996) singing at the Hammersmith Odeon (Photo by R Dumont/Getty Images)

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Madeleine Easton and her Akademie are Bach

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

There's a new Baroque ensemble in town headed up by Australian violinist Madeleine Easton. After decades in Europe and the UK she's just returned down under, leaving behind a concerned music industry as they await the impact of Brexit.J.S Bach's music is the core of Bach Akademie Australia repertoire (Public Domain)

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Toby Martin's street songs

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

Songs from a street in one of the most diverse suburbs in Sydney, but the stories on Toby Martin's new album could be from anywhere in the world.(L-R) Toby Martin, Mohammed Lelo, Bree Van Ryek, Dang Lan on Northam Avenue, Bankstown, Sydney. (Photo: Lyndal Irons)

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Omar Musa's Millefiori

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

"Our love felt historic, like maybe there was another time where I was yours and you were mine" - Omar MusaOmar Musa (ABC)

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The Rheingans Sisters

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Two sisters, a viola, a fiddle and a BanSitar draw from a knowledge of traditions from all over Europe to create their own brand of folk music.The Rheingans Sisters—Anna (left) with her fiddle and Rowan (right) with the BanSitar (Pat Carey)

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We Are Migrants

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

"Here, beyond language, beyond maps, at last, we belong to each other"Front cover of Millefiori (

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Felix Riebl

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:40:00 +1000

Cat Empire front man on going solo and his Marliya indigenous choir projectFelix Riebl. Cat Empire front man going solo (Supplied)

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Joseph Tawadros and his oud

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

The musician with the "exceptional artist visa".Joseph Tawadros at his oud (Pat Carey)

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Bonnie Raitt

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

We revisit a chat we had with one of the greatest guitarists of her generation, ahead of her Bluesfest appearance.American singer-songwriter and slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt

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Gregory Porter

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

"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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Lyndon Terracini on Opera Australia

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

The artistic director of Opera Australia talks to us about the politics of running one of Australia's biggest artistic institutions.Josè Maria Lo Monaco as Carmen in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour—Carmen 2017. (Prudence Upton)

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Billy Bragg

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1000

The legend tells about riding the rails right across the U.S. and why protest songs can't change the world but certainly help.Billy Bragg and Joe Henry (Ray Foley and Mark Lindsay 2016)

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Patti Smith Returns

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

A throwback to the last time the poetess queen of punk chatted with The Music Show.Patti Smith 2016 - performing Horses in Australia in April (FERIAL)

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R.I.P. Ikutaro Kakehashi - The Father of Roland Synths

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

The founder of the Roland Corporation and inventor of the TR-808 Drum Machine has had a huge influence on contemporary music, but few know his name.Australian composer Guy Gross (circa 1984) with his burgeoning synth collection. (Henry Talbot - 1984)

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Ten Part Invention - jazz royalty

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The 'Rolls Royce' of Australian jazz; into its 4th decade.Ten Part Invention Then c. late 1990's (Rufus Records)

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Rhiannon Giddens performance

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Celebrating the African American experience across generations from slavery to Black Lives Matter.Americana exponent Rhiannon Giddens touring now with a new band and CD (

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Vincent Plush and Music in the Work of Patrick White

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

The work of one of Australia's greatest writers through the lens of the music he lovedStudy of Patrick White by Brett Whiteley. Pencil on white cardboard. It was created for the portrait Patrick White at Centennial Park 1979-1980. It is on show at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from May 9, 2012 - July 22, 2012. (Supplied)

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