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Opera Diva and a Jazz Royalty

Merlyn Quaife and Mike Nock

Year: 2007, 33 mins
Code: EX-Is12

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Blurring the boundaries between the fine and applied arts.

Merlyn Quaife began her singing studies at the University of Melbourne. In 1979, she was awarded a DAAD Scholarship by the German Government. This was followed by further study in London with a Baroque Music specialist. In 1993 she premiered the title role in Gordon Kerry’s Medea with Chamber Made Opera (Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra). It was with this role that she made her American debut at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC in 1994 and 1995. In 1998 she repeated the role in a new production for the Berliner Kammeroper to critical acclaim. Merlyn has performed and recorded extensively in Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium and Spain. Along with her busy performance career, Merlyn is Coordinator of Voice at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, in a state-of-the-art New Media Centre - ACMI. 

New Zealand born pianist/composer Mike Nock is one of the acknowledged masters of jazz with over twenty-five years working in the USA with many of the world’s top jazz musicians such as: Coleman Hawkins, Yusef Lateef, Dionne Warwick, Michael Brecker, etc...

His compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (USA), Australian Chamber Orchestra, Synergy, Melbourne Windpower, Ensemble 24, The New Zealand String Quartet, Dunedin Civic Orchestra (NZ) and Umo Jazz Orchestra (Finland).


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