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AZ Music

Ernie Gallagher

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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A Sydney-based experimental music organization founded on about 5 February 1970 by David Ahern. For each concert that it held a letter of the alphabet was assigned; its début was concert ‘A’, a 24-hour concert on 21 February 1970 which included Satie’s Vexations. Other composers whose works were performed included Ahern, Cardew, Cage, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. Its concerts attracted considerable publicity and in one case provoked a riot (in Sydney Town Hall on 16 February 1971). From the larger AZ contingent Ahern formed Teletopa, an electronic music improvisation group, which was disbanded after an overseas tour in 1972. A-Z (as the group was called from 1973) held its last concert in August 1975.

E. Gallagher: ‘The State of the Art’, Music Maker (Oct 1971), 27–8 G. Barnard: Conversation without Feldman (Sydney, 1980) G. Barnard: ‘AZ it Was’, New Music Articles, 7 (1989), 17–20 E. Gallagher: ‘AZ Music’, ...

Reference Entry.  158 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Contemporary Music

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