Miri Jassy is writing her Ph.D thesis on the Australian idioms in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She produced the 2011 Sydney Bloomsday event at Sydney’s Gaelic Club. Miri has performed in and produced popular Bloomsday events since 2001 and works as a freelance High School English teacher, writer and opera reviewer. Her love of fine music derived from years with the school orchestra, university madrigal choir and tending bar at the Sydney Opera House as an undergraduate.
Released in 2011, Despite and Still is named for a song cycle in Samuel Barber’s plentiful range of vocal chamber music, much of it inspired by the work of early 20th century authors.
Australian folk band The String Contingent is on the rise and on the verge of releasing a second album.
Undeniably nourished by jazz — but far from anything esoteric and improvised, Martin’s sound is a playful embrace of the savvier side of pop with a massage from the cool hands of dashing crooners.
Australian audiences now experience the debut production of Carlisle Floyd’s operatic adaptation of Steinbeck’s novella.
Rumble, Shake and Tumble, the new album from Wagons, builds on the band’s storytelling folk bent, powerful, driving rhythms and the wilfully geeky charisma of Henry Wagons.