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Main site (many pages): www.mixmargaret.com

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Parkerville Amphitheatre: a brief history 1966-2001, info about a documentary which had its first three public screenings in July 2015, and some myth busting: www.parkerville-amphitheatre.com

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Mix Margaret Dylan Jones, MusB (UWA), DipEd, LTCL, ATCL, AMusTCL, AMusA.

Pianist, accompanist, composer. Teacher of piano, singing, theory, in the Perth area, Western Australia. Associate Composer, AMC. WWC Check.

Androgyne. Very early adopter of the honorific title Mx (or Mix) in 2002.


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Zig Zag Art Gallery Exhibition music

I had a wonderful time playing some of my favourite piano music at the Zig Zag Cultural Centre’s Art Gallery in Kalamunda a few weeks ago. It was the launch of the three-artist M.A.M.A. exhibition, which runs until 5th July 2015.

Over about two hours I played my Androgyne Prophecy (1977) and lots of pieces by Bach, Chopin, Schumann & MacDowell. This was all for ‘background’ or setting a mood, and many people told me how much they liked my playing and liked the effect.

The three artists in the exhibition are Anne-Marie Wharrie, Christiana Gagiano, and Sultana Shamshi. The guest speaker on opening night was Dominic Savio, monk and artist. Danielle and Sophie, daughters of textile artist Anne-Marie, took some great photos (below). There was a large and enthusiastic crowd most of the time.

It was nice to catch up with Andrew Partington (with the cap), a fellow UWA music student from way back.

This lovely exhibition is called M.A.M.A. (Mother.Artists.Mother.Artists.), with all the dots,  because these roles (being a mother and being an artist) keep getting interrupted. See http://www.wharrie.com/index_Page1344.htm and http://www.zzcc.com.au/

Anne-Marie is now making me a really nice fabric covering for my digital piano to replace the temporary one used on the night. Then I’ll be all set to play for more launches!

See my second blog post about Anne-Marie’s art. She used an original piano composition of mine as the sound track for a video:

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Peter Clark tuning my piano

Peter Clark is here as I write, tuning my 1903 Thürmer upright piano. And no doubt doing a great job. He’s tuned it several times over the last two years.

He found it had gone very sharp through the middle which often happens in winter. And he will fix the broken damper pedal.

I’m NOT going to go into the details of the very sorry tale about how my lovely old piano ended up with damaged hammers before I found Peter apart from saying this: contact Peter for all your piano tuning and repairs. He’s brilliant. If he says he can fix it, he can!

See his very interesting site at www.perthpianotuner.com.au or call him on 0417 927 594.

Piano tuner Peter Clark

Photo of Peter holding the pedal.

Amphitheatre doco in Revelation Film Festival

Years in the making: this independent 87 minute documentary called “Parkerville Amphitheatre: Sets, Bugs & Rock n Roll” will be screened at three cinemas around Perth on 4, 11 & 12 July 2015 (Luna Palace, Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX).

Jenny & Susie of Tempest Productions have done a great job with this massive project to collect material and interview lots of people who were associated with my late father, John Joseph Jones (1930-2000), and his amphitheatre (1966-2001). Kickstarter crowd funding helped them buy rare ABC television footage from the 1970s. They’ve fashioned a compelling story out of all the twists and turns, the big and little dramas, the private family story, and the very public story.

See a brief history of the amphitheatre and links to the doco and how to buy tickets, plus some myth busting at: www.parkerville-amphitheatre.com

The official name of the amphitheatre was The Seddon Vincent Memorial Theatre for Australian Playwrights.


Remodelled Soul Tree Organic Café

Today I played piano in the new-look café. It’s quite a different shape and now has a long wooden wall down one side. Everyone said it made the digital piano sound really nice & warm with a rich, full tone much more like an acoustic piano.

A Facebook friend from uni days, flautist & teacher Linda Rossen, turned up with her mother, Iris, and her composer/guitarist son, Max. During my break it was so good to catch up in person. Iris requested Chopin so I played five of my favourite mazurkas. It was very nice to have three pairs of very finely-tuned classical music ears to play for! (Sorry, didn’t get a photo.)

Later my brother Lawrence, and his ladyfriend Lori (direct from Oklahoma City), came in for an organic beef burger. Great to finally meet the lovely Lori in person.

I played a couple of Jones originals: Kuljack and the White Swan (a pas de deux), piano music for ballet which my father composed in 1962 when I was one, and my own Androgyne Prophecy, composed when I was 15/16. Now Lori wants my music for her school teaching so I will have to prioritise my recording project.20150614.04 Soul Tree, Lori & MDJ72 20150614.15 Soul Tree, LJJ & Lori72

See my main site for Classical Sundays at Soul Tree Organic Cafe