Paul Grabowsky improvises on Australia’s past, present and future

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Composer, jazz musician and former artistic director of the Adelaide Festival, Paul Grabowsky OA, last night delivered the annual Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture at the State Library of Victoria in honour of the historian and literary editor who founded Overland magazine. *** DREAMING ON: IMPROVISING AN ARTS NARRATIVE   When government talks about ‘The Arts’, even dedicating a ministry

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Paul Grabowsky on George Brandis’ ‘Social Darwinism’

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Paul Grabowsky, the composer and Executive Director of Performing Arts of the Academy of Performing Arts at Monash University, says Senator George Brandis, the former federal arts minister, practised “social Darwinism at its most naked”, in his raid last year on Australia Council’s funding and his new ‘Catalyst’ program for “arts excellence” — a ministerial slush fund that endures (in part) under

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Augie March (NGV, Melbourne)

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Live, Music, Reviews |

It’s the last in the series of National Gallery of Victoria Friday night late openings to coincide with its Degas exhibition and it’s chock a block. The door staff tell me it’s always crazy at the last of these late openings as those who’ve forgotten or procrastinated come running to get some art in. The queue

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Nanny states? From Sydney’s lock out laws to Melbourne’s Hookah wars

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Live, Music, News & Commentary |

Australia’s new Occupational Health and Safety fanaticism is imposing restrictions on individual liberty. This obsessive preoccupation with banning things on grounds of ‘health’ is turning us into children and fuelling an industry for policy nannies. The social and mental well being of a free citizenry outweighs the concerns of those who wish to restrict and

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Nick Cave: One More Time with Feeling/Skeleton Tree review

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It’s been just over a year since the “incident” — the tragic death of Nick Cave’s son, Arthur. The new Bad Seeds album, Skeleton Tree has now been released with a new Cave film One More Time with Feeling (directed  by Andrew Dominik) that documents the grief of Cave and his wife Susie Bick and is accompanied by the music from

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The original musical bad boy: Niccolò Paganini

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Live, Music, News & Commentary |

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra are making a rare excursion out of the Baroque to celebrate one of the Romantic period’s most charismatic figures, Niccolò Paganini. Japanese-American violin virtuoso Shunsuke Sato tells Maxim Boon about the man who seduced and shocked 19th-century audiences. You’re working with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to create historically authentic performances of

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