Alex The Astronaut, Justin Marshall, Lachlan Skipworth, Zindzi Okenyo and Sandy Evans are the five recipients of the PPCA and Australia Council recording grants for 2018.
Australia Council Chief Executive, Tony Grybowski, said in a statement: “The Council is proud of this innovative partnership which has a great track record of supporting diverse and exciting artists to create new sound recordings. This year we saw a particularly strong field of applicants, spanning a wide range of music practices, and look forward to seeing what they produce with the support of these grants.”
PPCA Chief Executive, Dan Rosen, added: “On behalf of PPCA, I would like to congratulate all of the artists who were successful in securing funding. We are extremely pleased to have been able to partner with the Australia Council for a fifth successive year to give local artists an opportunity to create and record their music.
“We look forward to hearing the recordings that emerge as a result of this funding and wish all of the recipients the very best over the course of their recording careers. I would like to thank the Australia Council for their ongoing assistance and look forward to our continuing partnership.”
The five recipients are:
– Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Alexandra Lynn aka Alex the Astronaut will work with Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music, My Own Pet Radio), Daniel Hanson (Ball Park Music), Scott Horscroft and William Bowden to record her debut album.
– Justin Marshall, Melbourne percussionist for The Putbacks, will use the funds to help the band and collaborator Emma Donovan produce and record a follow up to their 2014 release Dawn.
– Western Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth’s debut album brings together a vibrant collection of his recent chamber music. Skipworth will partner with Navona Records in the USA to master the recordings and promote the album through their extensive international networks.
– Zindzi Okenyo aka Sydney artist OKENYO will collaborate with producer Lionel Towers (Gypsy and The Cat) on new EP Super Power//Super Nature. OKENYO is signed to Elefant Traks (Urthboy, B-Wise, Hermitude).
– Australian jazz composer, saxophonist Sandy Evans will work with an exceptional group of musicians from Australia and India to create an innovative, new 70-minute work Bridge of Dreams. Rufus Records (Australia) and Underscore (India) will co-release the recording, and Bridge of Dreams will premiere in Australia in early 2019. The CD release funded through this initiative will promote the live performances, give longevity to this ground-breaking intercultural project and be a significant artistic work by culturally and gender diverse artists.