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Jon Rose on The Music of Place: Reclaiming a Practice


How do you maintain live music in a culture that does not value it? Jon Rose, acclaimed improvising violinist and instrument-maker, examines Australia’s history of improvised music and musicians and argues that the practice of music has lost its key functions and roles in society.

Expanding on his recent Platform Papers essay, he rejects blaming popular music and digital downloads, and delves deeper – proposing ways to re-engage with the culture and practice of music.


Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.



Jon Rose

Jon Rose was recently commissioned by the Kronos String Quartet to write and build Music from 4 Fences for the Sydney Opera House. He realised his bicycle-powered Pursuit project at Carriage Works (Sydney) and The Mona Foma Festival (Hobart) and performed a completely new and improvised solo part fo... Read more


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