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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.

Heroes: Jane Edwards on Dame Joan Sutherland

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:10:00 +1000

Our Joan; a stupendous hero.Australian opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland in costume for her role as the Queen of the Night during a production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' 1962. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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Freedman Classical Fellowship winner

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Matthew Kneale is the first bassoonist to win this award. He's off on a bassoon world domination tour.Freedman Classical Music Fellow Matthew Kneale (Music Trust)

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Wilfrid Mellers

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Musicologist (a term he hated) author and teacher who adored Beethoven, Dylan and The Beatles in equal measure. He died in 2008 and this is a repeat of an interview from September 2000.The Music Of The Beatles by Wilfrid Mellers

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A Survivor from Warsaw

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Schoenberg's powerful piece A Survivor from Warsaw of 1947 is the subject of a new book by Joy H. Calico.Stroop Report - Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 06b.jpg (Wikipedia)

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Heroes: David Robertson on Pierre Boulez

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Boulez: the conductor with perfect ears.Pierre Boulez in France in 1976 (Photo by Herve GLOAGUEN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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Books and Music: Alex Ross

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century and Listen to This, books that celebrate the complexities of music in all its forms.Alex Ross' book on 20th century music; Listen to This

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Sheila Weller's Girl Like Us

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

When rock chicks ruled; a celebration of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly SimonCarole King, one of the three Girls Like Us in Sheila Weller's book of the same name (Brian Rasic Getty)

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The Three Songwomen

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:40:00 +1000

Jessie Lloyd and Emma Donovan explore the crossroads of their cultural heritage through song.Emma Donovan, Jessie Lloyd and Deline Briscoe. (Supplied)

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Heroes: Phil Slater on Scott Tinkler

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Phil Slater talks his hero Scott Tinkler and his asymmetrical lope.Phil Slater's hero is Melbourne-based improvising trumpet player Scott Tinkler.

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Defying Gravity

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:40:00 +1000

30 years on and putting percussion first.Vibraphone and mallets (Flickr Creative Commons)

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Ashley Bathgate's cello world

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:20:00 +1000

From Bach to Bresnick; what Ashley's cello did next.Cellist Ashley Bathgate, member of Bang on a Can All-Stars

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Dan Sultan's killer album

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

The nervy beast that is success for Dan Sultan as he tours his fourth album Killer.Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan has delivered an assured fourth album, the aptly-titled Killer.

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Heroes: L-FRESH the LION on Tupac Shakur

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1000

"I wouldn't be making music if it wasn't for Tupac...the sense of self-empowerment I learnt listening to his music was life changing for me." — L-FRESH the LION on why 2Pac was one of the most influential figures in hip hop.Tupac Shakur in a scene from the film Gridlock'd, 1997. (Photo by Gramercy Pictures/Getty Images)

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The Preatures

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1000

The Preatures perform two songs from their long-awaited follow up album, which is all about childhoods and growing up in modern Sydney.Izzi Manfredi + Jack Moffitt from the Preatures (ABC/Rosa Gollan)

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Altered States 4: Christian Wolff

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1000

The experimental composer who worked alongside John Cage and Morton Feldman and politicised Cornelius Cardew. He's 83 and still political.Broadcaster Julian Day with composer Christian Wolff August 2017 (Julian day)

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Stanislaw Suchora

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:40:00 +1000

Music of Poland post the USSR and a Sound Gallery for BIFEM.Sound Gallery exhibit from Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music (

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The Ahern Brothers

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:20:00 +1000

Sweet harmonies with antecedents dating back to a whole bunch of brothers; The Louvin , Stanley and Everly.

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The 2017 Art Music Awards

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1000

This year's Art Music Awards recognised the best in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music, and celebrated the contribution of jazz legend John Pochée.John Pochee (Jane March)

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Paco Peña

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1000

"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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Altered States 3: Shana L Redmond

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Anthems and politics through history.Julian Day with author Shana L. Redmond, who specialises in music and race (Julian Day)

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Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:30:00 +1000

Benjamin Britten's chamber opera about female violation and Christian morality gets a modern make-over.Sydney Chamber Opera will perform Britten's Rape of Lucretia for the first time this century. (

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Yoiking with Ánde Somby

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1000

Yoiking, which comes from the Sami people of northern Europe, is one of the oldest musical traditions in the world. Having a yoik is as important as having a name.Ánde Somby is a Sami yoiker who hails from Norway. (Supplied)

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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 1: David T Little

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: 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: 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: 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: 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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