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Fare-welling Australian great, percussionist, Ian Bloxsom. Journey well Ian!

Fare-welling the gracious and gifted 'Blocko', Ian Boxsom.
Ian contributed to two of my first soundscapes 'llenoil' (MD the late and great Tony Ansell) and later Ian added his wizardry to my collaboration with installation artist Sue Callanan for ABC/Fm's The Listening Room, 'Red Rover Crossover'.
Thank you Ian for never placing a doubt before me of where we could take those pieces. Forever grateful for your friendship and support. Travel well on the wings of deepest condolences to your family and friends near and far, we all love you and will hold you close to our hearts mani padma hum om mani padma hum om mani padma hum

Janice Slater, December, 2019, Blue Mountains, Australia.

If you don't know of Ian's formidable contribution to Australian music, some of the following links will provide you with music to enjoy.
Crossfire live @ The Montreux Jazz Festival, the complete set Jim Kelly, Mark Riley, Greg Lyon, Ian Bloxsom, Ton…


A note on climate-change and music composition.

This morning ash and charred leaves fell as I put shade cloth on my vegie patch (while wearing a mask).

 I am living in a poorly insulated rental property which seems to heat up quickly and cool down slowly, and I have a chronic health condition (ME/CFS) which is exacerbated by the poor air quality. I don’t feel the need to ponder the intricacies of climate change and its causative impact on the current fire situation and impending heatwaves in my local area. This is not my area of expertise. But it appears (in addition to my somewhat disturbing subjective reality) that the science is in and there is no room for dispute. I will instead focus here on the relationship between music composition and climate change, as that is something rarely (if ever) considered.

What is the relationship between climate change and our current way of “doing” the arts in general and music composition in particular? I would have to argue the relationship is i…


Very exciting news to share with you that one of  my collaborations with Kirk Kadish ip(Arterial Flow) is up on NZ's fabulous music licensing company Music Vista's Windswept page. Title: Rain2