Amanda Handel

Amanda Handel

Navigating the nexus of Classical Contemporary and World Music, Amanda is a composer with a unique and distinctive musical style.

Her music has been described as “...hauntingly beautiful, creative, cohesive and compositionally advanced...” , “...engaging and evocative” and “seductive with a Spanish tinge, and a lot of grit”.

Amanda has a Masters Degree in Composition and has undertaken private study and tuition in Flamenco and Tango music abroad. Her compositions explore a range of themes such as mandalas, mythologies, landscapes and dance forms. Her catalogue of scores includes many commissioned works for various ensembles and soloists. Amanda’s music has been performed in National and International Festivals, broadcast on radio, and recorded on CDs by other artists. She is a fully represented composer with the AMC, and many of her scores are published by Wirripang Pty Ltd.

Amanda’s previous CD release, Ghosts and Angels, was a collaborative work with electronic artist GL Seiler. This album received excellent reviews and a lot of radio airplay reaching the list of finalists for the Australian Music Prize in 2007.

Amanda has substantial training in Classical Piano and many years experience in giving solo piano recitals. She also performs at the piano in duo and ensemble settings across a range of styles which incorporate improvisation and extended piano techniques.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Mike Jackson has been playing Didgeridoo and Didjeribone for 18 years. Mike has recorded 4 CDs and sold over 15000 copies world wide. He has toured internationally on numerous occasions,running Didjeridu/Didjeribone master classes, performing solo concerts and collaborating in musical ensembles. The inventor of the Didjeribone, Charlie McMahon has described Mike as the world's foremost exponent of the instrument. Mike's unique and virtuosic playing styles see him in high demand for lessons, workshops and concerts.

Mike draws creative inspiration from the natural world, in particular from the Blue Mountains region. His music evokes the natural rhythms of the Mountains landscape, the peculiarity of the local flora and fauna, the music of mountain streams and the unique and rich textures of the sandstone plateau.

Mike is also an archaeologist who has been working in collaboration with a number of Aboriginal families to document over 800 archaeological sites in the southern Blue Mountains. These projects are providing a cultural map of the area that celebrates the depth, richness and complexity of human connection to the region. Mike's own deep sense of connection to the Mountains provides the unifying themes for both his archaeological and musical endeavours.