This compilation album includes Margaret Brandman’s ‘WARM WINDS IN HAVANA’ suite for saxophone and percussion recorded by members of the National Orchestra of Cuba. “The music is melodious and intricate, beautifully played.... pieces straddle that indefinable line between jazz and contemporary classical / new music.” Jane Mann, London Jazz News
Désirée Regina’s mesmerizing voice and magical lyrics, together with Margaret Brandman’s sensitive performance and finely crafted compositions, have created a spell-binding “Soul Mate” album. "The lyrics are beautiful and the music is fantastic and unique. They work together to create the song cycle that I have found to be a joy to perform." Amy Iveson
Performed by the Prague Mixed Chamber Choir and soloists, and composed to the lyrics of Astropoet Benita Rainer, Margaret’s music captures the essence of each star sign in the Astrological year. Solo, duet and choral versions of the songs are all included on the album "With the solo songs firmly implanted in the listener's ear, the disc shifts into full choral arrangements. The music has a deeper harmonic fullness as one might suspect. Most telling are the closer harmonic clusters that lend the music an almost ethereal quality from time to time and add an extra level of dissonance to the music." Stephen A Kennedy, Cinemusical
Enjoy Margaret’s celebrated works for orchestra and chamber ensembles and piano performed Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and the composer herself. “The music ... is a continuous celebration of life, of nature, and hope for a better future. Brandman is not afraid to express herself in a tonal language ... The ingredients of this musical palette are persuasive and clear melodic lines, clear and sunny harmonies, a steady rhythmic energy that sometimes draws on syncopated accents of jazz and South American music, an orchestration clear and bright.” Kathodik Webzine
Margaret's award-winning Symphonic Tone Poem SPIRIT VISIONS recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra is available on this multi-composer album. 2021 Artemis Film Festival award for BEST FOREIGN COMPOSITION “With a distinctive Hollywood flavour incorporating a Latin American flair, this work won Best Foreign Composition in the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Los Angeles (2021). Ms Brandman has made a real impact in this style of composition and through recordings and performances has secured an international following.” Barry Walmsley MTA NSW Studio Magazine
This album presents five finely-crafted works for violoncello and piano, inspired by composer Margaret Brandman’s artistic collaboration with ‘cellist Ariel Volovelsky. Ariel Volovelsky’s sensitive and expressive interpretations work in perfect synergy with composer Margaret Brandman’s subtle performances of her interwoven piano lines, create a sublime listening experience. Marilyn Schock Presenter Fine Music FM Sydney, Australia
MARGARET SPEAKS ABOUT FIRESTORM SYMPHONY recorded by the MORAVIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
MARGARET Performs SPIRIT VISIONS
INTRODUCTION TO MARGARET’S TEACHING CONCEPTS
MARGARET’S EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
DAN KEPL INTERVIEWS MARGARET BRANDMAN About her Albums SENSATIONS and COSMIC WHEEL OF THE ZODIAC
MARGARET PERFORMS HER TWELVE TIMELY PIECES AND PROVIDES COMPOSER INSIGHTS INTO EACH PIECE.
Margaret Brandman is amulti-award winning composer, accomplished pianist, recording artist and highly regarded music educator, whose career spans more than 50 years. She has twice beenhonoured with the BEST FOREIGN COMPOSER award by the Artemis Film Festival in Los Angeles, for her orchestral works ‘Spirit Visions’ (2021) and ‘Firestorm Symphony’ (2019) performed by the
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra for POLARITIES 2 (nv6353) and SENSATIONS(nv6041) albums on the Navona Label. Her original compositions include concert works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir and solo voice in a range of styles from Contemporary Classical to Jazz and Latin-American. These works are receiving both live and recorded performances internationally while many of her imaginative works appear in music examination syllabuses as set works.
As an accomplished pianist, accredited piano teacher, arranger and music educator she has performed, lectured and recorded, both in Australia and abroad. In 2012 she received the ‘Diploma of Excellence’ from the World Piano Teacher’s Association in Serbia for her presentation ‘The Geometry of the Piano and the Symmetry of the Hands’. Her educational publications include a complete range of music education materials for Piano, Music Theory and Ear-training together with innovative Australian high school text ‘Accent on Music’.