This book is the first of its kind in Australia, a book that introduces readers to more than 26 Australian musical families from across the musical genres to provide a glimpse into the extraordinary creativity of Australian musicians and their families - the interactions, the influences, the sharing of ideas, the love and support, the special bonds.
The musicians covered in this book come from many different backgrounds. Some are selftaught, others have been trained in some of the finest music schools in the world. Some play simple tunes, others write symphonies; some are geniuses at improvisation, others prefer the discipline of written charts. The common denominator is that whatever style of music they play, people are listening, people are responding. Some are household names, others might not be as widely known but are locally and internationally acclaimed in their particular milieus, so while you may not be familiar with some
of the families written about in Kindred Chords, rest assured that plenty of other people are. And remember that the world of music is generous - there really is something for everyone.
Just some of the musicians included in this book:
Angus and Julia Stone
Loretta Barnard has written two non-fiction books, ghost-written a number of memoirs and co-authored two jazz biographies. She's been a contributing writer to a wide range of reference books and is a regular columnist for a number of websites for whom she writes on music and arts-related subjects. In her wide-ranging career, she's also worked as a researcher, manuscript assessor, commissioning editor and proofreader. She was the managing editor of Musica (2009), an encyclopedia of classical composers published by Millennium House. She comes from a distinguished jazz family.