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Performances
in 2017

February 19:
Missa brevis; Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Choir and Chamber Choir of St John's Cathedral conducted by Graeme Morton, St John's Cathedral, Brisbane

March 15:
Headlong, Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Sydney

March 18:
Headlong, Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Sydney

March 31:
. . . in Paradiso, students of Queensland Conservatorium of Music directed by Timothy Munro, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffiths University, Brisbane

April 30: world premiere (first live performance)
There Was a Man Lived in the Moon, Clive Birch, Tobias Cole, Vocal Fry, Turner Trebles, Simón Bolívar String Quartet, Canadian Brass, Ensemble Offspring, Canberra International Music Festival, Fitters Workshop, Canberra

May 5: world premiere
Lin-lan-lone, Thomas Laue, National Carillon, Canberra

May 6:
Lin-lan-lone, Thomas Laue, National Carillon, Canberra

May 6: world premiere
In transit, Andrew Ford (speaker), Ian Munro (piano), Arts in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

May 6:
Waiting for the Barbarians; The Unquiet Grave, The Song Company, Australian Voices, Luminescence Chamber Singers, Florian Peelman (viola), Canberra Festival Orchestra conducted by Roland Peelman, Canberra International Music Festival, Fitters Workshop, Canberra

May 7:
Lin-lan-lone, Thomas Laue, National Carillon, Canberra

May 28:
Lin-lan-lone, Siang Ching Ngu (carillon), University of Sydney Carillon, Sydney

May 29: world premiere
Never, Plexus, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne

July 1:
Once upon a time there were two brothers...
, Sally Walker (flute), Australian Flute Festival, Brisbane

July 2:
Lin-lan-lone, Thomas Laue, World Carillon Federation – World Congress, Barcelona, Spain

July 12:
Lin-lan-lone, Thomas Laue, Tienen, Belgium

July 14:
Lin-lan-lone, Thomas Laue, Grimbergen Abbey, Grimbergen, Belgium

July 24:
Never, Plexus Ensemble, The Yellow House, Sydney

July 26:
Once upon a time there were two brothers..., Janet McKay (flute), Riverbend Books, Brisbane

September 16:
Scherzo perpetuo, Australia Ensemble, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of NSW, Sydney

September 17:
Slow Air, Ensemble Three, Macedon Music, Mount Macedon, Victoria

October 7:
A Walk to the Japanese Garden; Three Songs for Lady Pan, Jane Sheldon (soprano), Lamorna Nightingale (alto flute), Bree van Reyk (percussion), 100 Clicks West, Wentworth Falls, NSW

October 13: world premiere
Comeclose and Sleepnow, Gian Slater (singer), Monash Art Ensemble directed by Paul Grabowsky (piano), School of Music Auditorium, Monash University, Melbourne

October 13
A Walk to the Japanese Garden; Three Songs for Lady Pan, Jane Sheldon (soprano), Lamorna Nightingale (alto flute), Bree van Reyk (percussion), Creative Space 99, Darlinghurst, Sydney

October 15:
A Walk to the Japanese Garden; Three Songs for Lady Pan, Jane Sheldon (soprano), Lamorna Nightingale (alto flute), Bree van Reyk (percussion), Glenmore House, Glenmore, NSW

October 22: world premiere
Sleep, Steel City Strings, Kiama Pavilion, Kiama, NSW

October 28:
The Birthday of My Life, Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Marshall McGuire (harp), St Andrew's Anglican Church, Evandale, Tasmania

October 28:
Sleep, Steel City Strings, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, NSW

Performances
in 2016

January 23:
Once upon a time there were two brothers, Lina Andonovska (flute and voice), Fundacao Oriente, Dili, East Timor

January 24:
. . . les débris d'un rêve, Melanie Walters (piccolo), Tilde New Music Festival, Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne

February 7:
Missa brevis, Choir of St John's Cathedral conducted by Graeme Morton, Andrej Kouznetsov (organ), St John's Cathedral, Brisbane

March 13:
Three Shakespeare Songs, Wendy Dixon (soprano), David Miller (piano), Glebe Justice Centre, Sydney

March 27:
Female Nude, Malla Vivolin (alto flute), Uusinta Ensemble, Rupla, Helsinki, Finland

April 2:
Getting Blue, Sideband, Old Darlington School, Sydney

April 20: world premiere
Contradance, Omega Ensemble, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney

April 21:
Three Shakespeare Songs, Michael Halliwell (baritone), David Miller (piano), Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney

April 23:
The Birthday of My Life, Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Marshall McGuire (harp), Ngeringa Cultural Centre, Mt Barker, South Australia

April 28: world premiere
After the Visitors (world premiere), Cradle Song, Katie Noonan (soprano), Brodsky Quartet, Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane

April 29:
After the Visitors, Cradle Song, Katie Noonan (soprano), Brodsky Quartet, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne

April 30:
After the Visitors, Cradle Song, Katie Noonan (soprano), Brodsky Quartet, Canberra International Music Festival, Fitters' Workshop, Canberra

May 1:
After the Visitors, Cradle Song, Katie Noonan (soprano), Brodsky Quartet, Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide

May 2:
After the Visitors, Cradle Song, Katie Noonan (soprano), Brodsky Quartet, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney

May 4:
After the Visitors, Cradle Song, Katie Noonan (soprano), Brodsky Quartet, Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

May 5:
After the Visitors, Cradle Song, Katie Noonan (soprano), Brodsky Quartet, Perth Concert Hall, Perth

July 2:
Becalmed, Laura Chislett (amplified bass flute), Unbound Flute Festival, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane

July 19:
Tuba mirum, Benjamin Anderson and Charles MacInnes (bass trombones), Melba Hall, Melbourne

July 24:
Missa brevis, Choir of St John's Cathedral conducted by Graeme Morton, Joseph O'Berry (organ), St John's Cathedral, Brisbane

August 13: world premiere
Raga, Zane Banks (electric guitar), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey, Adelaide Guitar Festival, Town Hall, Adelaide

August 28:
Missa brevis, Choir of St George's Cathedral conducted by Joseph Nolan, Michael Lukin (organ), St George's Cathedral, Perth

September 30:
Nine Fantasies about Brahms, AYO Chamber Players (Yena Choi, violin; Simon Svoboda, cello; Siang Ching Ngu, piano) Bahai'i Centre of Learning, Hobart

October 1:
Contradance, New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, The Juilliard School, New York, USA

October 7:
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, The Song Company conducted by Antony Pitts, Pier 4, The Wharf, Sydney

October 8:
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, The Song Company conducted by Antony Pitts, Blackheath Uniting Church, Blackheath, NSW

October 9:
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, The Song Company conducted by Antony Pitts, Independent Theatre, North Sydney

October 12:
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, The Song Company conducted by Antony Pitts, Berry Uniting Church, Berry, NSW

October 13:
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, The Song Company conducted by Antony Pitts, Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra

October 23:
Missa brevis, Choir of St Patrick's Cathedral conducted by Daryl Barclay, Dion Henman (organ), St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

October 25:
Becalmed, Laura Chislett (amplified bass flute), Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney

November 7:
Sounds and sweet airs, Melanie Walters (flute), Anna Coleman (clarinet), COMA, The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adleaide

December 12: world premiere
First Star Chorus from Peter Pan, Sydney Children's Choir conducted by Lyn Williams, City Recital Hall, Sydney

December 13:
First Star Chorus from Peter Pan, Sydney Children's Choir conducted by Lyn Williams, City Recital Hall, Sydney

December 17:
Wassails and Lullabies, the Llewellyn Choir conducted by Rowan Harvey-Martin, Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra

 

> Performance archive

Comeclose and Sleepnow
- love songs from Liverpool

October 2017 On Friday 13 October in Melbourne is the first outing of Comeclose and Sleepnow, a new song cycle for the wonderfully talented Gian Slater with Paul Grabowsky's Monash Art Ensemble. As a teenager Andrew Ford was much taken with the poems of Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten in The Mersey Sound (Penguin Modern Poets No 10 - cover designed by Alan Spain pictured right). When he was asked to write something for the Monash Art Ensemble, he returned to their work for a sequence of six love lyric, mostly from their later work, though Roger McGough's poem from the original volume gives the piece its title.

> Comeclose and Sleepnow at 8pm, Friday 13 October at the Monash Music Auditorium as part of the free Sound Series.

> Read more about the work (Inside Story magazine).

 

The Memory of Music -
'a sort of memoir'


July 2017: The Memory of Music, Andrew Ford's 'sort of' memoir is published by Black Inc on 3 July. Although it has the form of a memoir, it is really a book about music and how it can help shape our lives. Andrew Ford writes about the music that has most influenced him and takes us inside the head of a composer. There are book events as follows: July 2 book launch in Robertson (details and bookings); July 5 author talk at Stanton Library, North Sydney (free event, details); July 13 'In Conversation with Richard Tognetti' at the Yellow House, Sydney (details and bookings); July 15 Southern Highland Writers' Festival (festival info); July 26 Riverbend Books, Brisbane (details and bookings); 5-6 August Byron Bay Writers' Festival (festival info).

You can read extracts from the book in the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Music Centre's Resonate magazine.

> The book will be available for purchase from 3 July, in shops and online - for example the AMC's online shop and of course the Black Inc. website (also preorder).

 

 

Bells and whistles


April 2017. Three new pieces will be heard for the first time in May. Lin-lan-lone, commissioned by the National Carillon, has three performances by Thomas Laue in Canberra and another by Siang Ching Ngu in Sydney, ahead of Laue's performances in Spain and Belgium July. The premiere is on Friday 5 May in the Canberra International Music Festival.

The festival program also includes the first live performance (30 April) of There was a man lived in the moon nursery rhymes (the music is now available from the AMC) as well as viola concerto Unquiet Grave and the choral work Waiting for the Barbarians (6 May)

In transit is premiered the same day (6 May) by pianist Ian Munro in Arts in the Valley at Kangaroo Valley, NSW, with the composer speaking train-related words from his diaries and notebooks.

Finally, Never, a suite for clarinet/bass clarinet, violin and piano from the forthcoming opera Peter Pan, is played for the first time by its commissioners, Plexus, at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday 29 May.

> Read program notes for Lin-lan-lone, In transit and Never.

 


Raga - a concerto for Zane Banks and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

June 2016. Andrew Ford came up with the first ideas for his electric guitar concerto in 1998, and finally it is written. Thanks to a commission from Kim Williams in partnership with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Guitar Festival, Raga will be unveiled on 13 August 2016 at Adelaide Town Hall.

The new concerto is composed for the virtuoso guitarist, Zane Banks, who will be the soloist, with the ASO conducted by Benjamin Northey.

> More details and tickets from the ASO website.

 

There Was a Man Lived in the Moon - now also in the UK

May 2016. Andrew Ford's popular new album for children and their parents, There Was a Man Lived in the Moon is now available in the UK, with other countries to follow. Although only released in late November, the album, on ABC Classics, was one of the highest-selling classical records in Australia in 2015. It comprises 29 songs, mostly traditional nursery rhymes, for a variety of instruments. Jane Sheldon and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, two of Australia's finest classical singers, share the songs between them, while the players are more usually to be found among the ranks of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. There are also several original songs, including Little Star (a setting of Jane Taylor's 18th-century poem, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star', and three songs to poems by Edward Lear, collectively known as Nonsense, specially written for the project and for Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Order the album There Was a Man Lived in the Moon (ABC Shop).

 

Three Front Doors and a Paddock
- a radio series with artist Ben Quilty

April 2016. Three front doors and a paddock is the distance from Andrew Ford's house to that of his friend, the artist Ben Quilty. In this specially commissioned four-part series, Ben and Andy talk about making music and making art: How does it begin? What is its subject matter? Who pays for it? And what about all that great art from the past?

> Listen now or download.

 

New works for Omega Ensemble (Sydney),
and Katie Noonan & the Brodsky Quartet


April 2016. Two new pieces by Andrew Ford have their first performances this month. Contradance, for 11 instruments, was commissioned for the Omega Ensemble by Steven Alward as a sixtieth birthday present for his partner Mark Wakely. Scored for wind quintet, piano and string quintet, the piece explores multiple dance patterns and some very low sounds (bass clarinet, contrabassoon, double bass). The first performance is on 20 April at the City Recital Hall in Sydney (details & tickets).

After the Visitors, for Katie Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet, is part of With Love and Fury, a collaborative song cycle to words by Judith Wright, involving Paul Dean, Paul Grabowsky, Iain Grandage, David Hirschfelder, Elena Kats-Chernin, John Rodgers, Richard Tognetti and Carl Vine. Already out on CD, the cycle has its first live performance by Noonan and the Brodskys in Brisbane on 28 April, followed by concerts in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney, Albany and Perth. The CD is available via Katie Noonan's website - digitally on iTunes and Spotify. National tour details and ticket links also on Katie's website.

 

 

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
- a Mass for 4 cathedrals

November 2015. Dedicated 'to all who seek asylum', Andrew Ford's Missa Brevis is based on the Spiritual 'Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child', first sung in the 19th century by African slaves 'a long way from home' (here's Odetta's famous version on Youtube). In the 21st century the sentiment seems apt for refugees on the run from persecution, terrorism and war. The Missa Brevis was commissioned by St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane, St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, St George's Cathedral, Perth and Fr Arthur Bridge for Ars Musica Australis.

The Missa Brevis will be sung for the first time at the 9.30 Eucharist on 13 December (the third Sunday in Advent) at St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, with the others cathedrals to follow early in 2016.

 

New album for children
(and their parents & grandparents)


November 2015. Andrew Ford's new album, There Was a Man Lived in the Moon is released on 13 November by ABC Classics. It comprises 29 songs, mostly traditional nursery rhymes, arranged for a variety of instruments. Jane Sheldon and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, two of Australia's finest classical singers, share the songs between them, while the players are more usually to be found among the ranks of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

In addition to the nursery rhymes, there are several original songs, including Little Star (a setting of Jane Taylor's 18th-century poem, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star', and three songs to poems by Edward Lear, collectively known as Nonsense, specially written for the project and for Teddy Tahu Rhodes. The disc is now available for preorder online - you'll find it in shops from 13 November.

> Preorder the album There Was a Man Lived in the Moon (ABC Shop)

 

Premieres at Canberra International Music Festival

May 2015.  Two new pieces by Andrew Ford will have their first performances during the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival. At the National Library of Australia on Friday 8 May, David Greco will sing A Pitch Dark Night, for baritone, piccolo, trumpet and piano, a setting of words from Arthur Taylor's Gallipoli diary. The following evening, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Tinalley String Quartet come together to play Common Ground, a piece that shares musical material with A Pitch Dark Night. Common Ground was commissioned for the Canberra International Music Festival by Barbara Blackman.

Music for a silent film


A still from the film 'Le Sculpteur express' (1907). Watch film on Youtube.

The Flinders Quartet will play the first performances of Scherzo perpetuo, commissioned by the group to accompany Segundo de Chomón's short silent film Le Sculpteur express (1907). It is one of two 'film score' commissions by the Flinders Quartet, the other from Swedish composer Mattias Lysell, and in their May concerts the quartet will play the works back to back, accompanying showings of the film. They will take both pieces to the Sundsvall Chamber Music Festival in Sweden in July. Watch Le Sculpteur express on Youtube.

 

 

Earth Dances (Black Inc.) - a new book now available


May 2015. Andrew Ford's new book, Earth Dances: Music in search of the primitive (Black Inc.), shows how composers through history have made their music less sophisticated in order to revive it. From Dunstaple to Bo Diddley, Stravinsky to Scott Walker, Peter Sculthorpe to Pussy Riot, musicians have invoked the demotic and even the barbaric, admitting drones and drums to their work, simplifying (in some cases, infantilising) their techniques. The result has often been renewal.

Threaded through Ford's chapters are new interviews with six composers: Richard Barrett, Martin Bresnick, Brian Eno, Liza Lim, Pauline Oliveros and Karin Rehnqvist. Earth Dances is available from good bookshops and electronically from Amazon, iTunes etc.

> For details and e-purchase links, see: Black Inc.
> Read reviews

> The radio series Earth Dances was broadcast in April on ABC Radio National. The four episodes are now available to download.

 

Last Words wins 'Work of the Year' at 2014 Art Music Awards

September 2014. Andrew Ford's Last Words has won an Art Music Award in the category Work of the Year: Vocal or Choral. Ford, who collected the award at the 2014 Art Music Awards in Melbourne's Plaza Ballroom was also a finalist in the instrumental category for his String Quartet No 5. (The instrumental award went to Mary Finsterer, with Paul Grabowsky and James Ledger respectively taking out the jazz and orchestral awards - more details.)

Commissioned by the soprano Jane Sheldon and first performed by her with the Seraphim Trio, Last Words is a song cycle based on the final poems, diary entries and letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, Captain Robert Scott, Dorothy Porter, Emily Brontë and Virginia Woolf, among others. The climax of the half-hour work is a setting of the passage from Tim Winton's Cloudstreet, describing the death of Fish Lamb. Further performances of Last Words will follow in 2015.

> Read a program note and song texts for Last Words

Image: © APRA AMCOS

 

Premieres in Sydney,
Melbourne and Brisbane

July 2014. Slow Air was commissioned by Ensemble Three – Joel Brennan (trumpet), Don Immel (trombone) and Ken Murray (guitar) – and they will give the first performance at Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 10 July.

The title is partly a pun on the brass players' main playing technique in this piece – there are quite a lot of long, quiet notes – and partly a reference to the traditional slow song or air, which is where the piece ends up. The trio will also take the piece on their tour to China in September.

The other imminent premieres are of Piae cantiones, which Melbourne Cappella under Nicholas Cowall will sing at Melbourne's Rippon Lea (17 August), and On Reflection, for two pianos, scheduled for performance by the Viney-Grinberg Duo (Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg) in ABC Classic FM's Sunday Live from Brisbane on 21 September.

 

The Past in London

May 2014. Andrew Ford's The Past for counter-tenor, flute and strings will form the centrepiece of a concert by the London-based Australian orchestra Ruthless Jabiru in the British capital's first Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts. The piece sets two texts, Oodgeroo Noonuccal's poem 'The Past', written in 1970 on the 200th anniversary of Captain Cook's landing in Australia, and Cook's ship's log in which he recorded his first impressions of the continent and its indigenous people. The soloist is counter-tenor Russell Harcourt, who premiered the piece in 2009. The concert, conducted by Kelly Lovelady, is in the beautiful Gothic-revival chapel of King's College London.

> Read the texts of The Past

 

Ford in the USA: Boston, Juilliard, Yale

March 2014. This April Andrew Ford will be in the United States, presenting lectures at Boston Conservatory (Wednesday 9 April), The Juilliard School (Thursday 10 April) and Yale University (Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 April). At Yale, as Poynter Fellow in Journalism, Ford will give a lecture entitled 'The Composer as Critic' and his music will be featured in a concert at Morse Recital Hall on 17 April at which New Music New Haven will perform the US premieres of the violin and percussion duo War and Peace (2004) and On Winter's Traces (2009) for piccolo, bass clarinet, piano and string quartet.

 

Untuning the Sky podcast

February 2014. You can now download a free podcast of Untuning the Sky, last year's collaboration between composer Andrew Ford, Genevieve Lacey (recorders), Phil Slater (trumpet), a dozen musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music, 71 members of Gondwana Voices, sound engineer/producer Jim Atkins and the painter John Olsen, who reads Dryden's great ode 'A Song for St Cecilia's Day'. Additionally, you can hear Andrew Ford talking about the piece to ABC Classic FM's Stephen Adams.

 

Last Words in Adelaide, Ballarat, Melbourne and Sydney

March 2014. Andrew Ford's new song cycle Last Words will receive more performances as part of a short Australian east-coast tour by soprano Jane Sheldon and the Seraphim Trio at the end of March. First performed by the same performers in an all-Ford concert at the 2013 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival,

Last Words sets to music the final utterances of Goethe, Sappho, Emily Dickinson and Maurice Chevalier alongside final poems (Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Brontë, Dorothy Porter), letters (Major Sullivan Balou writing to his wife before the battle of Bull Run in the American Civil War, Virginia Woolf's final letter to her husband) and diary entries (Captain Scott). It reaches its climax in a breathless setting of a passage from the end of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.

> Read the text and a program note of Last Words
> Performances of Andrew Ford's music in 2014

 

 

 

There was a man lived in the moon - a Victorian drawing with characters from children's rhymes

Learning to Howl - CD cover with a girl in a field of poppies

Latest albums

New album for children (and their parents & grandparents)

November 2015. Andrew Ford's new album, There Was a Man Lived in the Moon is released on 13 November by ABC Classics. It comprises 29 songs, mostly traditional nursery rhymes, arranged for a variety of instruments. Jane Sheldon and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, two of Australia's finest classical singers, share the songs between them, while the players are more usually to be found among the ranks of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

In addition to the nursery rhymes, there are several original songs, including Little Star (a setting of Jane Taylor's 18th-century poem, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star', and three songs to poems by Edward Lear, collectively known as Nonsense, specially written for the project and for Teddy Tahu Rhodes. The disc is now available for preorder online - you'll find it in shops from 13 November.

> Preorder There Was a Man Lived in the Moon (ABC Shop)

 

Learning to Howl (ABC Classics)

April 2013. ABC Classics has released a recording of Andrew Ford's double award-winning song cycle, Learning to Howl, sung by the soprano Jane Sheldon. The piece sets words by Lorrie Moore, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte, Queen Elizabeth I, Ann Timony Jenkin and Elizabeth Smart (among others) and represents a woman's life from childhood to old age.

The CD also includes the 'single' version of a song from the cycle, the Rossetti setting 'The Birthday of My Life', together with Snatches of Old Lauds, for bass clarinet and drone, and Sounds and sweet airs, for flute and clarinet. The other major work on the disc is the Prix Italia runner-up Elegy in a Country Graveyard, recently featured in Tony Williams and Anna Hewgill's film, A Place Called Robertson.

> Buy the CD from ABC Shop

For more CDs, see also: the CD subpage

 

Latest books

The Memory of Music

Black Inc., July 2017

The Memory of Music, Andrew Ford's 'sort of' memoir' is published by Black Inc on 3 July. Although it has the form of a memoir, it is really a book about music and how it can help shape our lives. Andrew Ford writes about the music that has most influenced him and takes us inside the head of a composer.

You can read extracts from the book in the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Music Centre's Resonate magazine.

> The Memory of Music will be released on 3 July 2017. See the Black Inc. website for details and to preorder.

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Earth Dances: Music in search of the primitive

Black Inc., February 2015

Andrew Ford's new book, Earth Dances: Music in search of the primitive, shows how composers through history have made their music less sophisticated in order to revive it. From Dunstaple to Bo Diddley, Stravinsky to Scott Walker, Peter Sculthorpe to Pussy Riot, musicians have invoked the demotic and even the barbaric, admitting drones and drums to their work, simplifying (in some cases, infantilising) their techniques. The result has often been renewal. Threaded through Ford's chapters are new interviews with six composers: Richard Barrett, Martin Bresnick, Brian Eno, Liza Lim, Pauline Oliveros and Karin Rehnqvist. Earth Dances is available from good bookshops and electronically from Amazon, iTunes etc.

> For details and e-purchase links, see Black Inc.

 

Try Whistling This - writings about music

Black Inc., August 2012

Andrew Ford's new collection of writings about music is published on 1st August by Black Inc. In Try Whistling This, Ford traces the concept of dirty dancing back to the 16th century, marvels at the weirdness of Percy Grainger and consider the decision of Wilhelm Furtwängler to keep conducting under the Nazis. He explores the intersection of words and music, the bugbear of Australian musical identity, and the fundamental importance, in music and in life, of listening.

There are essays based on Ford's acclaimed radio series Music and Fashion, as well as illuminating examinations of music-makers from Mozart to Messiaen, Elgar to Brett Dean, Cole Porter to Sondheim, Bob Dylan to Randy Newman.

> Buy the book online from Readings, Melbourne.

 

The Sound of Pictures

Black Inc., November 2010

The Sound of Pictures: Listening to the Movies, from Hitchcock to High Fidelity looks at the ways directors have used music and other sounds in more than 400 films. How did Alfred Hitchcock use music to plant clues in his films? Why do some 'mix-tape' soundtracks work brilliantly and others fall flat? How do classics from A Clockwork Orange to The Godfather, Cinema Paradiso to High Noon, use music and sound effects to enhance what we see on screen? In addition to Ford's own essays, there are his interviews with five composers Ennio Morricone, Richard Rodney Bennett, Dick Hyman, Lalo Schifrin and Howard Shore) and five directors (Bruce Beresford, Sally Potter, Wim Wenders, Peter Greenaway and Peter Weir).

> Buy The Sound of Pictures online (Readings)

> More information about Andrew Ford's books.

 

 

 
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