Mixed feelings: returning home

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My little blog post on why KP is really awesome and George Brandis’ changes to arts funding are really not.

Kupka's Piano

Hannah, far left, working with Belgian group Ensemble Fractales and English composer Olly Sellwood ahead of a concert in Brussels. Hannah, far left, working with Belgian group Ensemble Fractales and English composer Olly Sellwood ahead of a concert in Brussels.

Flutist and co-founder of Kupka’s Piano, Hannah Reardon-Smith, has been living in Brussels for the past year while undertaking an Advanced Masters in Contemporary Music Performance Practice. She returns to Australia just for the month of July this year, and will join KP in their Wynnum concert at the Imperial Room.

I’ve got mixed feelings about coming back to Australia.

That said, I’ve had mixed feelings about living and studying in Belgium too. I’ve had (and in the next year will have) some incredible opportunities, learning with and playing alongside some of my heroes, making contact with many of the composers whose work I’m most interested in, and realising how small (if widely spread) the global community of musicians playing la musique contemporaine really is. I’ve been mentored by members of Ictus and

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