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Ethnomusicology scholars pick up my book!

Ethnomusicology scholars have picked up my book SabahSongs: Contemporary Music In Sabah. 😀 The 5th symposium of the International Council of Traditional Music study group on Performing Arts Of South East Asia (PASEA) held their event in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 16-22 July 2018. Thank you Yap KV for showing me these lovely photos. Yap Continue reading Ethnomusicology scholars pick up my book!

KCB – internet heroes

Above: Hands-on internet entrepreneurs Michael Hoggett and James Lock (holding fibre-optic cable) KOORALBYN RESIDENT Michael Hoggett wanted fast and affordable internet for “the valley”, as he calls it. His company is Kooralbyn Community Broadband or KCB and its tagline is Better Internet For Everyone. KCB has been up and running for a year, even connecting Continue reading KCB – internet heroes

Joanna Beckton, owner of Savoy Truffle

Joanna Beckton has an eye for detail and a taste for the aesthetic. She is the owner of Savoy Truffle, a furniture company making handmade furniture to custom, here in Queensland. I know Joanna because she and her two daughters are my piano students. She is a hardworking entrepreneur, and a hands-on mother. I really Continue reading Joanna Beckton, owner of Savoy Truffle

Mary Funk, Artist & Illustrator

I first met my cousin Mary Funk-Butterworth (Instagram @maryfunkart) ten years ago in London. Then, she was an accountant. The following year, she completed a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, and took up pottery. She’s never looked back. We were two fortysomething women, getting to know each other over Continue reading Mary Funk, Artist & Illustrator

Meet Bullinda Bullguard, the robotic, cotton wool bull!

I went to the Beaudesert Public library to return a foodie book that Mike had borrowed. Who was standing in the foyer in all her glory, sporting a Queenslander maroon scarf around her magnificent neck? Meet Bullinda Bullguard, the robotic, cotton wool bull! Bullinda was the winner of the Technology Award, in the 2017 Archibull Continue reading Meet Bullinda Bullguard, the robotic, cotton wool bull!

Monet in Oz

I went for a walk with Mike, and took this picture. On Facebook, my neighbour Michael said: “Monet in Oz, that photo is.” Another neighbour, Jenny, said: “Needs a bridge.” Michael said: “Exactly. Monet in Oz. No infrastructure.” Too good not to post. I have awesome neighbours.

Fire On Water Finale, April 14 2018 Ramada resort Kooralbyn Valley

The Beaudesert People’s Orchestra is ready! The Ramada resort Kooralbyn Valley said this is the biggest event they have ever hosted, in conjunction with the Scenic Rim Regional Council. It’s a free, all-day family event. Entertainment and events start from 10am, wrapping up with Fire On Water and fireworks, in beautiful Kooralbyn! Come! Jeanne and Continue reading Fire On Water Finale, April 14 2018 Ramada resort Kooralbyn Valley

Student’s drawings and eggs from his chooks, and homemade pickle

Patrick, my 8-year-old piano student, drew a picture for me. I mean, the care that has gone into it, I am so moved. Plus they’re great drawings! Thank you Patrick! <3 His mother, Laura, sent me home with a dozen eggs from her own chooks. “The little ones are from the Bantams, they make a Continue reading Student’s drawings and eggs from his chooks, and homemade pickle

Valtozash Brisbane Review @ Crowbar

My take on this fabulous metal-jazz big band, originally published in Scenestr. http://scenestr.com.au/music/valtozash-brisbane-review-crowbar-20171221 Valtozash, Brisbane’s 17-piece jazz-metal big band, headlined X-Mess II at Crowbar in Fortitude Valley (20 December). They crammed onto the stage and brutalised us with an onslaught of their very, very loud, maniacal humour. Bandleader Andre Bonetti said: “We are the largest Continue reading Valtozash Brisbane Review @ Crowbar

Ellyse (aged 6) plays her first duet with me

[Posting clips of my students performing lets them know I’m proud of them. Learning music – like learning most things – is a series of little steps, every step significant, and hopefully taken with a sense of pleasure and adventure.] Ellyse is playing her first duet with me! I’m very happy with her soft hands Continue reading Ellyse (aged 6) plays her first duet with me