Up Close and Personal - Composer seminar series - John Jenkins

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Chris Dench, Andrew Garton, Catherine Schieve, Felix Werder, Rainer Linz, Ros Bandt, Brigid Burke, Ernie Althoff, Tim Kreger, Sonia Leber and Warren Burt

John Jenkins

Up Close and Personal is a series of talks by eleven practicing Australian composers, held on successive Saturday afternoons in Cecil Street, Fitzroy, from August 7 to October 23, 2004.

Generously supported by Arts Victoria, the series presents the interested public and practitioners with an opportunity to meet composers and hear about their music first-hand, and in their own terms.

The seminars, which take place outside of an academic framework, also encourage questions and discussion.

Melbourne has always been known for art and ideas, and for its music, and these are particularly lively in the experimental tradition, of which the Grainger Museum in Melbourne University is an iconic reminder.

The composers taking part (in order of their appearance: Chris Dench, Andrew Garton, Catherine Schieve, Felix Werder, Rainer Linz, Ros Bandt, Brigid Burke, Ernie Althoff, Tim Kreger, Sonia Leber and Warren Burt.

Topics range from music on the internet, to sound installations and other
technological developments; from relationships between sound and image,
to music philosophy; from rhythm and tuning, to instrument building. These subject areas, and the ideas informing them, are vital to present practice as well as to new musical ideas and possibilities continuing into the future.

Brief overviews of each seminar are presented on the web, with postings updated on a weekly basis. A web presence gives the talks another life and much wider power of dissemination.

The website, which will be further developed over time, remains a valuable and up-to-date public resource for anyone interested in Australian music and its recent developments.

See the website is http://www.rainerlinz.net/NMA/upclose/ for details on all participants in this program