Posts tagged Western Australia
Award winning soprano Emma Matthews on the future of opera in Australia: It is an eternal art form, as long as it's treated with respect... it will always be there

Emma Matthews is an opera singer who has been performing for nearly thirty years. Emma is a soprano with incredible acting skills who made her debut in 1991 and has never looked back. As a young artist the legendary Dame Joan Sutherland declared Emma Matthews one of Australia's best opera singers, and today that is nothing short of the truth. Emma has received more Helpmann Awards than any one else. To date, Emma has performed in over thirty operas all over Australia. The critically acclaimed and highly decorated soprano's latest endeavour is the starring role in Bizet's classic opera The Pearlfishers with Opera Queensland. Shows commenced this week and run until 3 June, and by all initial accounts, Emma is stronger and more striking than ever. A vibrant, passionate, and extraordinarily gifted and trained musician, Emma took some time out of her busy rehearsal schedule to speak with Music Love about all the preparation that goes into an opera, a life on the road, some advice for aspiring opera singers, and her thoughts on the future of opera in Australia. 

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Electronic music is saturating the airwaves more than ever, but did you know the first synthesiser was built in 1929? And the extraordinary Meg Travers recreated it - learn all about the trautonium.

Meg Travers, a musician, archivist, digital preservation specialist, and PdD student at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, embarked on a journey during her study of electronic music to recreate this ancient synth, and presented it to the world last year with a Ted Talk. Meg is a unique woman in music. She is extremely passionate about early electronic instruments and is on a quest to preserve the world's understanding of ancient, analogue musical artefacts before we forget them altogether because of how fast technology is moving. Meg has degrees in music technology and is also a qualified radio technician. Aside from the trautonium, Meg has built other electronic musical instruments and creates soundscapes using ambient radio noise. She is also the musical director of a group called MotET, an industrial/electronic ensemble.Meg gave Music Love this interview of her musical pathway so far, what it was like to recreate this unique synthesiser, the process of trying to learn how to play it using only old audio and film recordings of the late Oskar Sala performing on it, and how she wishes more women would take a dive into the world of computer engineering.

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Helen Shanahan - the stunning singer/songwriter from Perth whose honesty, melodies, and generosity, will make your spirit rise

Upon hearing Perth songstress Helen Shanahan's new song I Only Hide, it is easy to be reminded how compelling organic instrumentation, a good recording room, an alluring voice, and a great story or message can be. Such is the case for Helen who has been laying down music since 2009 with her debut EP Girl in Love. Since then, she has gone on to record a second EP Finding Gold in 2015 to much acclaim, and to be a recipient of the Telstra Road to Discovery Award. Clare Bowditch, with whom Helen once performed a duet, said, “I did not know Helen before I heard her sing. Once I heard her sing, I couldn't un-hear it: she has such talent, such a beautiful voice." Helen has recently taken herself over to Nashville, and into the talented hands and ears of producer Brad Jones. He and Helen spent ten days working on her debut full length release. They have created a wonderful recording in the first single I Only Hide, released a couple of weeks back, which leads to much excited anticipation for the rest of the album due out in the coming months. Helen chats to Music Love about her new confessional song I Only Hide, its accompanying video which deals with how her anxiety makes her feel like two people sometimes, her musical pathway so far, and hot chicken in Nashville.

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