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A collection of unique interviews with some of the most interesting Australian contemporary musicians: Lucky Oceans, Jon Rose, Mike Nock, David Chesworth, Stuart Favilla

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Masters of Contemporary Music Volume 2

Masters of Contemporary Music: Volume 1+2  Set

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.

Jon Rose 
Born in 1951 in Rochester, UK, Jon Rose started playing the violin at seven years old, after winning a music scholarship to King's School Rochester. He studied violin with Anthony Saltmarsh (exponent of the Knud Vestergaard 'Bach' bow). He gave up formal music education at the age of 15 and from then on was primarily self-taught. In 1977-78 he studied jazz arranging and counterpoint with Bill Motzing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. He became the central figure in the development of Free Improvisation in Australia, performing in almost every art gallery, jazz and rock club in the country - either solo, with fellow improvisers like Louis Burdett, Serge Ermoll, Edy Bronson, Jim Denley or with an international pool of improvising musicians called The Relative Band. The collaborative LP Tango (Hot Records) in 1983 with Martin Wesley-Smith was a world first in violin and (Fairlight) sampling improvisation.

Mike Nock
New Zealand born pianist/composer Mike Nock is one of the acknowledged masters of jazz in Australasia. His reputation rests partly on his imposing international experience which includes ... twenty-five years working in the USA with many of the world's top jazz musicians such as: Coleman Hawkins, Yusef Lateef, Dionne Warwick, Michael Brecker, etc... a large catalogue of critically acclaimed, internationally released recordings his role as leader of the 1970's seminal jazz-rock group The Fourth Way a substantial body of original compositions in print and on recordings Recipient of three US National Endowment. Fellowships for composition ( 1972, 1975 & 1978 ) in 1999 he was awarded a two year Australian Arts Council Fellowship.


David Chesworth
is an Australian based composer, keyboard player and sound designer. Known for his experimental, and at times minimalist music, he has worked in rock groups, classical ensembles, theatre, opera and sound installations. Chesworth's parents moved the family from Britain to Melbourne, Australia in the late 1960s. Chesworth studied at Latrobe University, including time with tutor and composer Jeff Pressing. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he coordinated the venue "Clifton Hill Community Music Centre"

Stuart Favilla 
One of Australia's most innovative and creative musicians, Stuart Favilla specializes in synthesizer/computer music performance. He has been recognized internationally both for his talent and for the innovations he has contributed to this field. Stuart has toured with Joanne Cannon to Denmark and Hong Kong and has had recordings selected for release by the International Computer Music Association. Stuart plays his renowned Light Harp which uses lasers and spotlights to trace virtual strings through space for performers to play.




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