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The Creative Impulse: An Evening with Joe Chindamo and Steve Vizard

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Gold Logie-winning interviewer, writer and academic, Steve Vizard, interviews celebrated musical treasure and composer, Joe Chindamo.

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Join us for an unforgettable Creative Revolutionaries event featuring Joe Chindamo and Steve Vizard, brought to you by the Elder Conservatorium of Music, the Sia Furler Institute and the University of Adelaide.

Duke Ellington once famously declared that there are only two types of music, “good and bad”.

Throughout the 20th-century several prominent musical figures, from Ellington, George Gershwin through to Leonard Bernstein and Andre Previn worked tirelessly to promote this holistic view of music, in which genre plays little or no part in determining the quality of artistic endeavour.

In this unique personal and musical encounter, Gold Logie winning interviewer, writer and academic, Steve Vizard, interviews celebrated musical treasure, performer and composer, Joe Chindamo, about the art of creativity.

The evening will explore not only Chindamo’s life, but his musical journey, his compositional work in theatre, film, live performance, across all genres from classical to orchestral, jazz to popular music, and in particular the idea of ‘genre equality’ and of a common creative gene inherent in seemingly disparate modes of music.

This special and rare occasion will feature illustrative performances by Joe and students from the Elder Conservatorium, and as expected, this celebration of ‘open musical borders’, will encompass jazz improvisation, one of Joe’s classical compositions for string quartet, a duet with violinist Liz Layton, Head of Strings & Classical Performance, and a song from Joe’s and Steve’s award winning one - woman theatrical show, Vigil (commissioned and premiered in 2016 by the Adelaide Cabaret Festival).

Joe Chindamo is a musical polyglot in the tradition of Bernstein and Previn. While forging an international career as one of the world’s leading jazz pianists - producing 23 CDs, topping the jazz charts in Japan and touring the world with the genre’s leading figures .

Chindamo has emerged as a coveted new voice in contemporary classical composition, receiving numerous commissions from Australia’s leading soloists, Chamber groups and Symphony orchestras, including the Australia Chamber Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, the Queensland Music Festival, the Queensland & Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

In 2017Joe was commissioned to write orchestral arrangements for James Morrison and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for their collaborative album The Great American Song Book, recorded at Abbey Road Studios. His unique reworking of ‘Round Midnight’ for full orchestra was subsequently featured at the BBC Proms in 2017.

Steve Vizard is a Gold Logie and multi award winning broadcaster, lawyer, academic and writer whose creative practice extends across film, television, radio, theatre, music and multimedia.

Steve has written numerous books including “Two Weeks In Lilliput: bear-baiting and backbiting at the Constitutional Convention”, an account of the 1998 Australian Constitutional Convention which became a best seller and a nominated text on the schools HSC English syllabus. His doctoral research was completed at Monash University in the area of national identity, and particularly explored the relationship between national identity and national myth.

For six years, Steve was President of the National Gallery of Victoria; and Chairman of Victorian Major Events where he was instrumental in the creation of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, one of Australia’s largest annual cultural events. As President of the Screen Producers Association of Australia, Steve has been a long-term advocate for promoting original Australian writing, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Commercial Television Production

Steve is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Adelaide, a member of the J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practices.

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