“ I think some young singers want to do too much too soon and it's fatal. Some of the young people I don't think realise just how tough it is.” (Joan Sutherland, 1926 -2010)
A short note to introduce the latest Tall Poppies, The Podcast, which features the exceptional jazz musician, Shannon Barnett. “New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and the way that that happened was that it really was a melting pot of different cultures…
It was back in 2009 that I met with the Academy Award-winning animation writer, director and producer, Adam Elliot, who hails from the Australian state of Victoria.
As it is the European summer, I’ve had time to visit my archives to select a few interviews with renowned Australians I have had the honour of interviewing over the last decades. In the next few weeks, I will be publishing 10-minute excerpts from a few of these interviews.
A few days ago we hosted another “Tall Poppies Talk” Australian Salon in Berlin. This time the focus was on the work of the Newcastle (NSW) born dancer, choreographer and educator Rhys Martin.
It has been a busy few weeks for the Tall Poppies project. The first “Tall Poppies Talk,” Australian Salon took place recently in Berlin, where around 40 people attended the event.
“That was a phone call that changed my life completely,” said singer, Siobhan Stagg, recollecting the day the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra called to ask her to perform “Brahms’s Requiem”.
While Europe has been sweltering through this extraordinarily hot summer, I have been busy meeting more exceptional Australians, who will be joining me on the podcast very soon. Next up on Tall Poppies we will meet the Brisbane-born musician Cathy Milliken.
Peter studied philosophy and history at the University of Melbourne and at the University of Oxford, where he also served as Radcliffe Lecturer in Philosophy at University College. Since that time, he has held various academic positions.
A graduate of Sydney University, Rhys initially studied literature and fine arts. He began his career in the theatre with Sydney’s pioneering underground company, “One Extra Dance.
Maezmusik, Festival of Times Issues,” is an annual event that invites audiences to experience contemporary music in unwonted formats. The legendary Australian trio, “The Necks”, will make a much-anticipated appearance in “The Long Now,”
Even though I’ve lived away from Australia for close to 30 years, to this day I’m still blown away by the number of expat Australians I’ve come across at the top of their professions.