Carl Vine - Classic composer
Carl Vine first rose to prominence as a composer of music for classical dance, with more than twenty scores to his credit. He has since emerged as a major orchestral composer with seven symphonies and nine concertos heading the catalogue, and his piano music is performed frequently around the world.
He has an extensive catalogue of chamber music, complemented by various work for film, television and theatre. Although primarily a composer of modern 'art' music, he has undertaken such diverse tasks as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games (Atlanta, 1996). In his role as Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, Carl is also Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival, Australia's most prestigious chamber music festival. In 2014 Carl commenced a part-time posting as Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Lucky Oceans - Contemporary Slide Guitar
Lucky Oceans was born in Philadelphia in 1951 to a music-loving family who exposed him to jazz, classical, folk and experimental music. In 1970, he co-founded the Western Swing band he named ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ and began playing the pedal steel guitar.
With Asleep at the Wheel, he recorded 7 albums for major record labels and toured the U.S.A. and Europe for an average of 250 dates a year, winning the Grammy Award for ‘best country instrumental’ in 1978. In 1993, he won a second Grammy Award for a recording he made with Asleep at the Wheel, Chet Atkins and others. In 1995, he began presenting the iconic Radio National world music program ‘The Planet’and presented the accompanying TV series of the same name.