Chaconne for Voices and Saxophone

August 16, 2013

Photo: Lisa Tomasetti On 24 & 25 August 2013, the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Michael Duke, saxophonist and Brett Weymark, conductor will give the world premiere of this work. I’m so grateful to the Philharmonia and to the Australia Council for commissioning this work, and to all the choristers, Michael and Brett for the months of […]

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Dextran Man, Part 2 (1992/2013) from String Quartet

June 26, 2013

______ Acacia Quartet plays the world-premiere of this brief work at Armidale Town Hall on June 27, 2013. I’m grateful to them for devoting the entire second half of the concert to sections from my AIDS memoir quartet. My thanks also go to the University of New England for hosting this concert. Below is a […]

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Night Vigil (1993/2013) from String Quartet

May 30, 2013

At two concerts next month (14 June and 15 June), my dear friends the Acacia Quartet will premiere this work, Night Vigil. During those concerts, they will also perform another excerpt from my memoir quartet, Don’t Leave Me This Way. As ever, I’m moved and grateful for Acacia’s embrace of this music. Update: the live […]

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Dextran Man, Part 1 (1991/2012) from String Quartet

October 4, 2012

At Brisbane’s ‘Music By The Sea’ concert Saturday 6th Oct 2012, Acacia Quartet will perform two excerpts from my String Quartet. In addition to playing Mark and Adrian are her sons, they will give the premiere of Dextran Man, Part 1, another section from my memoir of my AIDS activist days. Update July 2015: The […]

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Blood Count (from Harp and Wind Quintet)

September 11, 2012

On September 16, my inspiring friends Jane Rutter and Simon Tedeschi will play my new work Blood Count at Government House, Sydney. It’s an excerpt from my Harp and Wind Quintet for flute and harp, played in a version for flute and piano. If you’re interested, ticket information is here. As usual, I’ll post an […]

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Mark and Adrian are her sons (1991/2012) from String Quartet

August 8, 2012

On 31 August 2012 at New Hall, Sydney Grammar School, my dear friends the Acacia Quartet will perform Mark and Adrian are her sons, an excerpt from my composition String Quartet which is an ongoing memoir I’ve been writing since 1988. I tell the story behind the work below. A recording of this performance will […]

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New album on iTunes: Rendezvous with Destiny (with Bob Carr)

July 12, 2012

This is very exciting: this week, the new recording of Rendezvous with Destiny went on sale on iTunes. And in coming weeks, it will also be available on Amazon, Spotify, eMusic, Google Play, Last.fm, Myspace Music, Rhapsody, Spotify and other digital outlets. You can hear a preview of the work here. You can read the […]

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The Moon Never Beams (Part 2)

May 21, 2012

In his book Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond coined something he called ‘The Anna Karenina Principle’. It’s based on the famous first sentence of Tolstoy’s novel – “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Diamond is an evolutionary biologist. He developed the Anna Karenina Principle to explain […]

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The Moon Never Beams (Part 1)

May 13, 2012

You are the cause of every meaning in the world that you perceive. In 1986, Patrick Duffy’s parents Marie and Terrence Duffy were shot dead by two teenagers trying to rob the tavern they owned in Montana. Though I’m not Buddhist, I come across a lot of Buddhists – quite regularly, in fact. I’m sure […]

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Untitled, for Steve (from Solo Piano)

March 18, 2012

Untitled, for Steve (2008/2012) I wrote this piece as a gift for Steve Pavlina in December 2008, and revised it some three years later. In mid-2008 I was beginning to realise how much I’d been living in a fog. It took catching glimpses of clarity to understand the fog was even there. There’s an old […]

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