Margaret Brandman's 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle performed by Baritone Martin Cooke and the composer, will be aired in two half-hour programs presented by Patrick Thomas
on the 21st and 28th of April 2017 on Sydney radio station FINE MUSIC 102.5 FM. The DVD of these songs is also available now. View the Performance and Recordings page for details.
September 2017: Margaret will travel to Prague for a concert performance
of her 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle by the Prague Choir on the 14th of September.
The choir will be recording the cycle for PARMA recordings.
'Warm Winds in Havana' suite for Saxophone Quartet and Percussion, recorded in Cuba last year, has been on air on many Jazz Radio programs around the world and was featured on radio HRT Croatia on April 10th this year. ABRAZO compilation CD.
Margaret Brandman is available for professional performances either as solo pianist, in a duo or with her trio, playing written or improvised music. She specialises in sight-reading modern chord charts, classical music and vocal accompaniments in both classical and modern styles.
The Margaret Brandman Trio with featured guests
Available for functions in the greater Sydney area.
The Music of Margaret Brandman -
Celebratory CD Launch and Recital
Venue:Recital Hall East, Conservatorium of Music, Sydney. Saturday September 3rd. 7.30 pm
This celebratory concert featured audio/visual selections from SENSATIONS & ABRAZO in addition to live performances of Autumn Rhapsody (piano solo) and newly composed art songs, Lady of Grace and The Baragoola Sails to Manly, performed by Margaret Brandman in association with guest artist Baritone Martin Cooke of the Bavarian State Opera Company.
The second half was entirely devoted to the Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac Song Cycle, (lyrics by Benita Rainer) performed by Martin Cooke in association with Margaret Brandman.
View Margaret Brandman's Cosmic Wheel Song Cycle Sampler video below. The full concert DVD 'The Music of Margaret Brandman' can be ordered from the Order page here:
AIRPLAY log of radio air plays of Margaret's works from her Sensations CD:
1) WPRB 103.3 FM - New Jersey
Classical Discoveries. 9.40 am 11/5/16 Marvin Rosen presenter Firestorm Symphony - Three Movements
2) WRUVplaystream.com (Burlington - USA) 17/5/16 9.32am Firestorm 3rd Movement
3) wcny.org. New York ' Fresh from the Wrapper' 19/5/16.
Binna Burra Dreaming
4) Hildegarde to Hildegarde- 19/5/16 www.soundartradio.org.uk Firestorm Symphony - Three Movements
Recording with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc in the Czech Republic in 2015.
In September 2015 Margaret supervised the performance and recording of many of her works in the Czech republic for a CD on the Navona Label. This clip is from Margaret's composition Love Brings Change (Adagio for String Orchestra) performed and recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Petr Vronski.
Margaret with Duo Deconet and the Ambassadors from Mexico and Venezuala
On the 9th of October 2014, Margaret attended Duo Deconet's 'Soul of Latin America' concert
as guest composer.
The duo performed Margaret's 'Jucaro Rhumba D'Amor' for violin and piano as part of this concert which was presented at the ANU (Canberra) in conjunction with the Australian National Centre for Latin American studies. The ambassadors for Mexico, Venezuela and Ecuador were in the audience and they were the first to rise leading the standing ovation for Margaret's work.
Ambassador of Ecuador
Wrote to Margaret following the performance of her work 'Jucaro Rhumba D'Amor' by Duo Deconet.
It was a unique experience to listen to the beautiful piece you have composed for violin and piano, (Jucaro Rhumba D'Amor) last Thursday 9 October at ANU School of Music.
The standing ovation of the audience to you said it all. Your composition is delicate and luminous, with melodies that caress the spirit.
It was a privilege to be at a performance of your composition and to meet you personally.
Ambassador of Ecuador
Dutch Mezzo Soprano - Elisabeth Van Der Gulik with
pianist, Maarten Hillenius at a recent recital.
Maarten Hillenius and Elisabeth both live in Amsterdam. Martin regularly accompanies
singers at Dutch conservatories.
In the Netherlands in September 2014 Mezzo soprano Elisabeth Van der Gulik sang four of Margaret's songs from the song cycle 'Songs of Love and Desire'. She wrote;
I was very happy with the appreciation of my recital.
The audience were very pleased with the variety of the program.
Your songs were received as beautiful songs, for which I must have studied a lot, they said.
Many thanks for your beautiful songs,
The four songs performed were
2) Secrets of a Trembling Passion
3) Catch me if you can
4) Do you remember?
RHAPSODIES TO RHUMBAS
23rd of August 2014
Following the 2013 successful concert in Penrith NSW, the concert was staged again in 2014 at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood. Audiences experienced this joyous concert of Margaret's vocal and instrumental works ranging from Rhapsodies to Rhumbas to Jazz performed by an amazing complement of talented artists.
In addition to composer/pianist Margaret Brandman who performed her solo 'Autumn Rhapsody' and accompanied many of the ensemble works, the concert featured Duo Deconet performing Margaret's contemporary violin and piano works, mezzo soprano Joanne Burton, who presented five songs from Margaret's song cycle, Songs of Love and Desire, Yyani Rose on jazz vocals and the excellent new generation of players in the Brandmanburg saxophone quartet and jazz ensemble.
Concert Reviews: "This year I had the pleasure of compering one of Margaret Brandman's concerts at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood. This was the first time that I had heard Margaret's music and I was amazed at her versatility ..."Read full review by
Michael Morton-Evans, OAM,
Presenter, Fine Music FM.
Margaret's spectacular 'Rhapsodies to Rhumbas' concert took place on
November the 9th, 2013, 7pm-9pm.
An exciting celebration of the music of Margaret Brandman, performed by world-class musicians from Europe and beyond.
Audience members were treated to a night of stellar performances of the compositions of Australian composer, Margaret Brandman.
Featuring the composer, plus the finest musicians from Australia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Europe, the concert programme consisted entirely of Brandman compositions for various instrumental ensembles and singers, each introduced by Master of Ceremonies - Ross Hutchison.
"Hearing the saxophonist and the jazz players has ignited a new appreciation of the instrument and style of music…In fact every piece, every singer & every instrumentalist had their own unique brilliance. Thank you again Margaret for a magical evening!" Jennifer and Stan Comino.
This spectacular concert left audience members dancing, smiling and on a high note for days after.
"Your music made me happy and the feeling lasted a full 24 hours!" Benita Rainer."
MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS
Duo Deconet premiered new music from Latin American and Australian composers.
This special event brought together living composers from both continents
through the influence of Latin American Rhythms.
Music from:Mexico - Miguel Bernal Jimenez, Alejandro Corona, Carlos Salomon, Venezuela-Paul Dessene, Costa Rica-Eddie Mora,
Australia - Daniel Rojas, Margaret Brandman and Elena Kats-Chernin.
Venue: Mosman Art Gallery, Corner Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Rd, Mosman, NSW. Date: August 10th, 6:30pm Sydney, Australia Contact: www.duodeconet.com.au
Margaret performing with Jazz stylist Joy Mulligan at the Grace Hotel in Sydney on Christmas Day 2010.
"Dear Margaret, Thank you for providing us with a special and beautiful moment for our trip.
Like Peter Sculthorpe, your own compositions lead your mind to create images, particularly of the landscape.
Although you could not see it when you were playing, the Autumn trees gliding past were a perfect background to your Autumn composition. Loved it!
Dr Adrienne Wiley, Professor of Piano and Pedagogy, Central Michigan University USA
2013 Dr Adrienne Wiley writes: Dr. Mary Jo Cox, and I played your 'Spirit Visions' duet on my recital in Februrary 2103. It was an organ and piano/duet recital and went over really well--not only the recital, but your piece was a favorite as mentioned by colleagues, students, and friends.
On May 9th, 2013 I played "Winter Piece" at a recital for the Omaha Music Teachers, Omaha, Nebraska, May 9. They loved it!
I also played it for a church-related event 2012 On September 17th
I played "Winter Piece" at the University of Illinois, School of Music, Smith Recital Hall USA
In September 2011 – I performed Winter Piecein the Staples Family Recital Hall (500 seat venue)School of MusicCentral Michigan University, USA
Australian Performance of Songs of Love and Desire
Mother's Day Concert2009 (May 10th) at the Bundeena Picture Gallery 58 Brighton Street, Bundeena Internationally acclaimed Mezzo Soprano - Desiree Regina and Margaret performed their song cycle - Songs of Love and Desire. Music by Margaret, lyrics by Desiree.
Australian Performance 'Sonorities' at the Joan Sutherland Centre
SONORITIES" for piano was performed at the Joan Sutherland Centre in Penrith by Aaron McMillan. This work was part of a concert of Australian compositions all of which are included in Aaron's CD "Arc of Light"