Azerbaijan: Censorship, Fear and Eurovision
Exiled singer-songwriter Azer Cirttan speaks out about the censoring of musicians in Azerbaijan. Photos: Daniel Larsson
Bukhu and the ancient sounds of the Mongolian steppes
by Carolina Triana. Published in Music Forum magazine, Vol 19 Issue 1 (November 2012)
Bukhchuluun Ganburged (Bukhu) is an exceptional throat singer and horse-head fiddle player who came to Australia from Mongolia three years ago. I met Bukhu when he performed with Café Carnivale for the first time in 2010. His outstanding talents impressed the members of the audience, who, like me, had their first chance to listen to the rare sounds of the horse-head fiddle, together with his unique and enchanting singing. Bukhu is delighted to talk about his native country’s music and share his experiences as a musician in Australia with us.
Adelaide Guitar Festival
Slava Grigoryan was on a mission, it seemed. As Artistic Director of the Fourth Adelaide International Guitar Festival, he might have set out to change views commonly held about what he calls the ‘world’s most popular instrument’. He could also have claimed the title of ‘world’s most versatile instrument’.
Building Sustainable Futures: towards an ecology of global musical diversity
by Huib Schippers. Published in Music Forum magazine, Vol 19 Issue 1 (November 2012)
MCA Board member Huib Schippers reports on his work in India in the context of the international project ‘Sustainable futures for music cultures: Toward an ecology of musical diversity’, in which MCA is one of nine partners. Huib links his reflections to cultural diversity in Australia and the 5th World Forum on Music of the International Music Council. The World Forum is being organised in close collaboration with the MCA and hosted by Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University in November 2013.
Music without Borders
South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela once said ‘Good music knows no boundaries.’ In a world where ease of access to the music of cultural groups from all corners of the globe is increasing, this statement couldn’t be more accurate.