15th December 2017

Minchin White Wine in the Sun


Dear friend and advanced human Tim Minchin let me loose on his most glorious song ‘White Wine in the Sun’. Now sitting in South Freo doing exactly as he asks.The link to the performance on the Late Late Show with James Corden can be found here.

4th November 2017

Leunig, Elixir and SSO

Noonan Leunig SSO Ig 2

Between Steven Magnusson’s guitar, Katie Noonan’s voice, Zac’s Sax, Michael Leunig’s live drawing and the exquisite sounds of the Sydney Symphony, it’s been a very weepy and wonderful week here in Sydney. Last show tonight at 8pm.

Noonan Leunig SSO Ig 1

Pictures by @daisyhofstetterphotography

24th October 2017

Adelaide Festival Program has launched

Adelaide Festival Logo

At the invitation of Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield, joint Artistic Directors of the Adelaide Festival, I have curated the chamber music program that will take place up in UKARIA, the magnificent intimate venue in the Adelaide Hills. Featuring some of Australia’s finest musicians, you can see the full program at the Adelaide Festival website.

I’m also involved in the opening weekend’s outdoor event – built by the creators of ‘Stomp’ – it’s the Lost & Found Orchestra – expanded out to include 500 Adelaide performers. You can see it here.

Adelaide Festival 2018 LFO

7th September 2017

Honorary Doctorate from UWA

3 August Grandage HonDoc

I was humbled to be granted an Honorary Doctorate from UWA last week. At the ceremony, I spoke of the primacy of Indigenous thinking in the cultural landscape of Australia – you can see the video on Facebook here.

2nd August 2017

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival 2017

PFSMF 2017 Cover

With great joy I share the program for the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival for 2017 – filled with old friends and new, singing songs of their family’s histories, which together help form our country’s history.
Visit the website here

25th July 2017

Helpmann for Satan Jawa gets to Indonesia

Setan Jawa Helpmann

Whilst there’s only Pak Panggah’s and my name on this Helpmann, it so belongs to the whole magnificent Satan Jawa team. The statuette got delivered by members of the MSO to Solo last night, so that it can sit overlooking the rice paddies around Pak Panggah’s house, a symbol of Australia’s love for great Indonesian artists.
Thanks to all at asiaTOPA and MSO for making it happen.

21st July 2017

Satan Jawa in Singapore (and Amsterdam)


See you tonight at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for Setan Jawa Movie Esplanade Concert Hall, July 21,2017 at 8 pm.

You can see us rehearsing here for the performances last month in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra for the Holland Festival.

And read a review in Realtime from the premiere performance in Melbourne in February here

24th February 2017

Satan Java Premiere

Satan Jawa Cover
Tonight it’s the premiere of one of the most special works I’ve ever had the privilege of working on.
The silent film Satan Jawa by revered Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho is to be shown, accompanied by a live score for 20 piece gamelan ensemble and a 20 piece subset of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a score composed by Rahayuh Suppangah and myself.
It’s been a joy working with these extraordinary artists, and I thank AsiaTOPA – most specifically Kate Ben-Tovim and Stephen Armstrong – for trusting me with this commission.

You can read an article from Limelight Magazine about the composition process here.

2nd November 2016

London Philharmonic with Meow Meow

LPO Meow PandemoniumI was thrilled last night to to be conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall with dear friends Meow Meow and Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini.

The LPO are a marvel. They followed Meow to the end of the world.

And the audience stood and cheered, and we had the most wonderful time on stage.

LPO Meow Pandemonium Ig Piano

P.S. I was accompanied at all times by my daughter’s soft toy Ailie.

Meow LPO Ailie