About

I live in rural Queensland. This blog is mostly about music: playing piano, teaching, and occasionally writing reviews for Brisbane Jazz Club and entertainment magazine Scenestr. I also write about work with a talent agent, and share photos from my garden and of the local kangaroos.

This is my beautiful melodica which I bought in London. It’s a reed instrument and sounds like a little accordion. I played it in a community orchestra at a two-day event called “Under This Sky” as part of the Queensland Music Festival in August 2015. Melodicas are everyday instruments, but this one is really pretty; it looks pretty and sounds even prettier!

Joanna Funk melodica player

Before coming to Australia

I worked in financial markets and later financial news. In 2008 my employer Thomson Financial merged with Reuters and became ThomsonReuters, and I took voluntary redundancy.

I moved from London to my parents’ birthplace, which is Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo.

By chance, I started a blog about local musicians called SabahSongs, which became popular locally and among the Sabahan diaspora. In a serendipitous turn of events, it became a beautiful coffee table book before I moved to Australia.

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The SabahSongs book is displayed in the Sabah State Library and the Tourism Board, and is presented as a ministerial gift to dignitaries visiting Sabah. The book launch was two days before our flight, and was the send-off of dreams. SabahSongs is available from the Natural History Publications (Borneo) website.

I have settled in beautiful Queensland with my husband and son. Having lived in London, France, New York City, Singapore and Sabah, I am very happy and grateful to be able to call Australia home.

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Joanna

8 Comments

    1. Joanna

      Yes, Queensland really is the beautiful country. Can’t help but feel lucky being here. Thanks for your good wishes Kim, continue blogging your beautiful photography.

  1. Ruby Yeh

    Dear Joanna, Thank you for sharing your life journey and it’s inspiring to see that it’s never too late to accomplish anything. I’m in my mid 20s. I played piano since I was 7 and got my AMEB grade 8 when I was 15. I love music, but I didn’t pursue it as my career. I have been studying and working in scientific research but recently going through a change and studying postgrad diploma to become a secondary science teacher. Earlier this year an ex-colleague offered for me to teach her 7 years old and 12 years old piano and just like you said, it has been very rewarding watching them improve just over the course of a few months! I am still not confident enough about music pedagogies and whether I am good enough to be accepting more students. It would be good if I could learn from your experiences! Thanks for reading my long introduction!

    1. Joanna

      Hi Ruby, being in your mid-20s you have plenty of opportunities to find your calling 🙂 You may end up doing several things well, or change directions a few times in the course of a lifetime. Sound like you are interested in working with students whether in a science or music capacity. It’s great that you have options.

      It looks like you are based in Brisbane. Perhaps we could meet over coffee one day 🙂

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