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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.

    The music of Australian ballroom: disco, house, and the sounds of Western Sydney

    The music of Australian ballroom: disco, house, and the sounds of Western Sydney

    This program contains strong language throughout. 

    Before Madonna brought voguing into the limelight, the queer community had been quietly putting on balls and celebrating this form of expression since the 1970s. Far from the ballroom of waltzes and tangos, queer ballroom is an artform, a community, a form of protest and its very own genre of music. You might have seen the seminal documentary Paris is Burning, or seen ballroom referred to on RuPaul’s Drag Race, or seen the drama Pose – but even if ballroom is brand new to you, Australia’s unique queer community has created its very own style of ball – and the music you’ll hear there.

    You’ll hear from US “king of vogue” Dashaun Wesley, as well as local icons Xander Khoury (overall father of the House of Silky), DJ Mirasia (overall mother of the House of Silky), and multi-hyphenate artist Jamaica Moana.

    Thanks to ABC Arts for their interview with Jamaica Moana, featured in this episode.

    Technical production by Simon Branthwaite

    The Music Show is made on Gadigal and Gundungurra Country

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    Andrew Gurruwiwi’s new Yolŋu funk and Louis Armstrong’s last great performance

    Andrew Gurruwiwi’s new Yolŋu funk and Louis Armstrong’s last great performance

    Andrew Gurruwiwi leads the Andrew Gurruwiwi Band in what they call 'Yolŋu funk', a mix between reggae, heavy metal, and funk in language from across the region. Andrew tells us about his music-making, his career as a radio presenter, and explains the stories behind some of the tracks on the band's dynamic debut album, Sing Your Own Song.

    "He basically invents the rules of jazz. He shows you 'this is how to play a solo, this is how to sing, this is how to phrase, this is how to tell a story, this is how to swing. Ok, this is jazz. And now I'm going to break all those rules.'" - Ricky Riccardi on Louis Armstrong

    Towards the end of the 1960s Louis Armstrong's performances were hit-and-miss. Plagued by health issues and pushing 70, the veteran entertainer was determined to keep playing, singing and touring, despite calls from his doctors to slow down. But in 1968, with a burst of vitality, he performed for BBC TV with hits spanning his remarkable five decades in music. This included What A Wonderful World, a song that had made him a household name just weeks prior. The concert recording of Armstrong's "last great performance" has been rediscovered, and now released as live album Louis In London. Ricky Riccardi is Director of Research Collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum and joins Andy to talk about the great trumpeter and why we're still talking about him over 50 years after his death.

    You can hear the Louis In London album in full on ABC Jazz program Jazztrack Live this Saturday 20 July at 4pm.

    Music heard in the program:

    Title: A Kiss To Build A Dream On
    Composer: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Oscar Hammerstein II
    Artist: Louis Armstrong
    Album: Louis In London 
    Label: Verve 602465686128

    Title: Bare Necessities 
    Composer: Bruce Reitherman and Phil Harris
    Artist: Louis Armstrong
    Album: Louis In London 
    Label: Verve 602465686128

    Title: When It's Sleepy Time Down South
    Composer: Clarence Muse, Leon René and Otis René
    Artist: Louis Armstrong
    Album: Louis In London 
    Label: Verve 602465686128

    Title: Gatjumak (Dance Battle), Go To Sleep (The Legend of Ŋamini Baŋ Baŋ), Wata Mäwi
    Composer: Andrew Gurruwiwi
    Artist: Andrew Gurruwiwi Band
    Album: Sing Your Own Song
    Label: Gaga Music

    Technical production by Simon Branthwaite

    The Music Show is made on Gadigal and Gundungurra Country

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    Remembering Ruby Hunter, with Emily Wurramara and Dan Sultan

    Remembering Ruby Hunter, with Emily Wurramara and Dan Sultan

    First Nations listeners are advised that this program contains the names and voices of people who have died.

    At the start of NAIDOC Week, The Music Show explores the legacy of the late Ruby Hunter – short in stature, a giant in music, and a mentor and parental figure to so many First Nations musicians in subsequent generations. We’ll hear Ruby from the archives, and catch up with Emily Wurramara and Dan Sultan, both of whom have sung a tribute to Ruby Hunter alongside their fantastic new albums.

    Dan Sultan reunites with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra  to perform 12 & 13 July, before playing Yabaardu in Ceduna SA on 19 July.

    Emily Wurramara is performing at Live in the Gardens on 13 November.

    Music in this program

    Title: Kurongk Boy, Kurongk Girl
    Artist: Ruby Hunter
    Album: Thoughts Within
    Label: Mushroom – MUSH32309.2

    Title: Proud, Proud Women
    Artist: Ruby Hunter
    Album: Thoughts Within
    Label: Mushroom – MUSH32309.2

    Title: Midnight Blues
    Artist: Emily Wurramara
    Composer: Bed Edgar, Caiti Baker, Emily Blinter (Wurramara), James Mangohig
    Album: NARA
    Label: ABC Music

    Title: Lordy Lordy
    Artist:  Emily Wurramara, Tasman Keith
    Composer: Emily Blinter (Wurramara)
    Album: NARA
    Label: ABC Music

    Title: It’s Okay
    Artist:  Ruby Hunter
    Album: Feeling Good
    Label: Mushroom – MUSH332672 

    Title: True Lovers
    Artist:  Ruby Hunter
    Album: Feeling Good
    Label: Mushroom – MUSH332672 

    Title: Nobody Knows 
    Artist:  Dan Sultan
    Album: Blackbird
    Label: Liberation Music – LMCD0238

    Title: Ringing in My Ears 
    Artist:  Dan Sultan
    Composer: Chris Collins, Dan Sultan, Joel Quartermain
    Album: Dan Sultan
    Label: Liberation Music – LRCD0040

    Title: Chance to Lose Control 
    Artist:  Dan Sultan
    Composer: Dan Sultan, Joel Quartermain
    Album: Dan Sultan
    Label: Liberation Music – LRCD0040

    Title: Sister Yappa
    Artist: Ruby Hunter
    Recorded live at WOMADelaide 1995

    Technical production by Russell Stapleton

    Produced on Gadigal, Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung and Gundungurra Country

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    The power of three: tabla, veena and violin unite and Opera Australia stages Puccini's triptych

    The power of three: tabla, veena and violin unite and Opera Australia stages Puccini's triptych

    Russian-American conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya comes to Opera Australia to conduct Puccini’s Il trittico, a rare triptych of operas which span tragedy, farce, and religious fervour. Lidiya is at home with the operatic canon but she’s also conducted a swathe of new opera world premieres. She joins Andy to talk about finding the same passion for the music through new and old works.

    Three of India's most revered instrumentalists have formed trio Triveni. Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain (who's played with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Béla Fleck) joins Kala Ramnath's singing violin and Jayanthi Kumaresh's Saraswathi veena. The musicians drop by the studio in the midst of a whirlwind Australian tour to talk about their shared language of improvisation and how they seamlessly blend North (Hindustani) and South (Carnatic) Indian musical traditions.

    Il trittico is on at the Sydney Opera House until 19 July. 

    Triveni perform in Melbourne on Friday 5 July and Sydney on Sunday 7 July.

    Music in this program:

    Live concert recording: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore, India 2022
    Artist: Zakir Hussain - tabla, Jayanthi Kumaresh - veena, Kala Ramnath - violin

    Title: O Mio Babbino Caro (from Gianni Schicchi)
    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Artist: Victoria De Los Angeles, Orchestra Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma, conducted by Gabriele Santini
    Album: The Very Best Of Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: EMI Classics 5 75888 2

    Title: Now, at the Beginning
    Composer: Ricky Ian Gordon, libretto Frank Bidart
    Artist: Jennifer Zetlan, Nathan Gunn, Aeolus Quartet, Evan Premo, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya 
    Album: Ellen West
    Label: Shiny Bright Things

    Title: Forty Days and Forty Nights
    Composer: Kamala Sankaram, libretto Jerry Dye
    Artist: Chicago Opera Theater, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya
    Album: Taking Up Serpents
    Label: Chicago Opera Theater digital release

    Live concert recording: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore, India 2022
    Artist: Zakir Hussain - tabla, Jayanthi Kumaresh - veena, Kala Ramnath - violin

    Technical production by Russell Stapleton and Richard Girvan

    Produced on Gadigal, Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung and Gundungurra Country

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    Finding radical newness in tradition with Neal Peres Da Costa's harpsichord and Jenny M Thomas's Welsh choir

    Finding radical newness in tradition with Neal Peres Da Costa's harpsichord and Jenny M Thomas's Welsh choir

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that this program contains the names and voices of people who have died.

    Neal Peres Da Costa’s most recent recordings include a Mozart piano concerto and a Robert Schumann song cycle, each using a model of piano its composer would have recognised. But as he explains on today’s show, there’s much more to this music than getting the instrument right – there’s also the matter of historical style. Mozart would have expected his soloists to embellish their music and Schumann’s singers would have been more melodramatic than their modern counterparts. Can modern ears adjust to this? 

    And... Croeso i Rhaglen Cerddoriaeth! Jenny M Thomas might be best known to Music Show audiences for her band Bush Gothic, but this time she’s back with The Côr of the Matter, a Welsh language choir based in Naarm/Melbourne. Jenny joins Andy to delve into the complex and contradictory darkness and warmth of Cymru/Wales and its culture.

    The late Ruby Hunter first performed in public at Bondi Pavilion in 1988, and an array of great artists are now coming together to that same venue to play tribute to her in a concert called Proud, Proud Woman. Emily Wurramara and Dan Sultan are part of it and talk about her legacy. 

    Neal Peres Da Costa plays with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for a Night in Versailles, 5 – 14 July in Sydney and Melbourne.

    The Côr of the Matter performs at Melbourne Welsh Church on 6 July

    Bush Gothic performs at Selby Folk Club on 5 July and at Port Lounge 23 August

    Music heard in the show:

    Title: Myfanwy
    Composer: Joseph Parry
    Artist: Rhos Male Voice Choir
    Album: Music from the Welsh Mines, Songs of Peace & Goodwill
    Label: Moochin’ About 

    Title: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488; II. Adagio
    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist: Neal Peres Da Costa, Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra/Rachael Beesley
    Album: Heavenly Mozart
    Label: ABC Classics 197190404852

    Title: Dichterliebe, Op. 48; No. 1, Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
    Composer: Robert Schumann
    Artist: Koen van Stade, Neal Peres Da Costa
    Album: Schumann: Dichterliebe
    Label: Deux-Elles DXL1193

    Title: Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065 - II. Largo
    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
    Artists: Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord), Nicholas Kraemer (harpsichord), The English Concert/Trevor Pinnock (director/harpsichord)
    Album: JS Bach: The Concertos for 3 and 4 Harpsichords
    Label: DG Archiv 4000412

    Title: Myfanwy
    Composer: Joseph Parry
    Artist: Jenny M Thomas, The Côr of the Matter
    Courtesy of Jenny M Thomas

    Title: Si hwi hwi
    Composer: Trad.
    Artist: Jenny M Thomas, The Côr of the Matter
    Rehearsal recording courtesy of Jenny M Thomas

    Title: Proud, Proud Woman
    Artist: Ruby Hunter
    Album: Thoughts Within
    Label: White – MUSH32309.2

    Title: It’s Okay
    Artist: Ruby Hunter
    Album: Feeling Good
    Label: Mushroom Records - MUSH332672

    Technical production by John Jacobs and Michelle Barry

    The Music Show is made on Gadigal and Gundungurra Country

     

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    Grace Petrie's protest songs and Mat Schulz's Unsound festival

    Grace Petrie's protest songs and Mat Schulz's Unsound festival

    British singer songwriter Grace Petrie has an EP called “There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Singer” – but if there was such a thing she would definitely be one of the preeminent ones. Her musical career started in the early years of the UK Conservative Party’s now 15 years in government, and she’s railed against injustice throughout those years. She’s on The Music Show to talk about hope, activism, and cynicism and to play live in studio.

    Unsound is a Polish festival with an adventurous spirit. Co-director Mat Schulz has made Adelaide Unsound's Australian home for the past ten years, and he joins us on The Music Show to talk about the genesis of the festival, the similarities between jazz and grimy electronica, and why he was accused of Satanism.

    Unsound Adelaide runs from 19 - 20 July at Dom Polski Centre, Adelaide SA.

    Grace Petrie tours Australia from 25 September to 4 October playing Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. More details here. 

    Music heard in the show:

    Title: Pandemonium Institute
    Composer: Lee Gamble
    Artist: Lee Gamble
    Album: Diversions 1994-1996 
    Label: Independent

    Title: King & Country 
    Composer: Grace Petrie
    Artist: Grace Petrie
    Performed Live in The Music Show studio

    Title: Fixer Upper
    Composer: Grace Petrie
    Artist: Grace Petrie
    Album: Build Something Better
    Label: The Robots Needs Home Collective TRNHC013

    Title: Black Tie 
    Composer: Grace Petrie
    Artist: Grace Petrie
    Performed Live in The Music Show studio

    Title: Our Good Deeds Will Lead to a Better Life for the Next Generation
    Composer: Traditional
    Artist: Yeshi, Bhutan Balladeers
    Album: Your Face Is Like the Moon, Your Eyes Are Stars
    Label: Independent

    Title: Cruising
    Composer: Bendik Giske
    Artist: Bendik Giske
    Album: Cracks
    Label: Smalltown Supersound STS381

    Title: Yuangan (Dugong)
    Composer: Fred Leone, Sam Pankhurst
    Artist: Yirinda
    Album: Yirinda
    Label: Chapter Music CH187LP

    Title: Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065 - II. Largo
    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
    Artists: Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord), Nicholas Kraemer (harpsichord), The English Concert/Trevor Pinnock (director/harpsichord)
    Album: JS Bach: The Concertos for 3 and 4 Harpsichords
    Label: DG Archiv 4000412

    Technical production by John Jacobs and Michelle Barry

    The Music Show is made on Gadigal and Gundungurra Land

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

gavmed ,

National treasure

No weekend would be complete without an episode of RN’s The Music Show. Andrew Ford and the team converse with musicians, composers and creatives the world over - informative, entertaining and always special!

WilhelmWilson ,

Very conservative in genres.

Bring back Lucky Oceans. If your not a fan of classical or very very tame genres this show is not for you. I can’t believe they cut lucky oceans and this is their sole offering. Very poor ABC.

Wendy5Dock ,

New ideas and discoveries every week

Even after formally studying music, I’m amazed every week with the diversity of musical ideas and worlds that I never knew existed. The guests are eclectic and always interesting. Andrew Ford does a great job in keeping it accessible and informal with humour.

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