ARTS MONDAY

by paddonm
posted 27/04/2018

Girls at the Piano on Arts Monday

Published just a few weeks ago, Girls at the Piano, is , in part, a memoir of a young girl’s infatuation with the piano which over the years into her adolescence becomes a burden rather than a source of pleasure. It is also the story of her grandmother, a singer and pianist who emigrated to Australia just after the first World War to escape personal humiliation from a marriage which wasn’t. These very personal stories are interwoven with a social and cultural history of the relationship between women and the piano since the 18th Century told through fictional and real characters. The author, Virginia Lloyd, spoke with Eastside’s Mick Paddon, about her personal journey, the importance that playing the piano still has for her, having rediscovered the vibrancy of playing through jazz, and how she uncovered her grandmother’s hidden history. The fascinating interview will be on air as part of Jane Raffan’s Arts-Monday programme on Monday April 30th. Virginia also shares three pieces of music from Australian jazz pianists which are the perfect accompaniment for International Jazz Day which is being celebrated on Eastside Radio. The interview is introduced by Barney McCall’s piece “Poverty” taken from his album Moroolbark. Part way through Virginia and Mick take a break to listen to Paul Grabowsky’s interpretation of the Lennon song “Julia” from the CD Tee Vee. As the interview closes they enjoy a track from Mike Nock’s live recording, Big Small Band, titled “Current Reality”
After Jane Raffan’s Arts-Monday has been broadcast the interview and the three tracks will be posted on Eastside’s website as a podcast

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