The Courier-Mail



HE is the mu­sic nerd from Bris­bane with two Gram­mys to his name but you may not know Tim Munro.

As one sixth of Chicagob­ased clas­si­cal group Eighth Black­bird he picked up two Grammy Awards in 2012 and 2013 when the group won for best cham­ber mu­sic/small ensem­ble per­for­mance for a piece of mu­sic en­ti­tled Mean­while.

Munro (pic­tured sec­ond from left with the group) who plays the flute, is back in Bris­bane this week di­rect­ing a piece at the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium, Grif­fith Univer­sity.

Sila, The Breath of the World, by Pulitzer Prize-win­ning Amer­i­can com­poser John Luther Adams, will be given its Aus­tralian pre­miere on Satur­day night as part of the Bris­bane Fes­ti­val.

Munro, 36, will be di­rect­ing some of The Con’s finest young mu­si­cians and prom­ises Sila will be a “sonic ad­ven­ture” in the foyer and hall­ways of the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium.

“It’s more than a piece of mu­sic,” he says. “This unique event will trans­form the Con­ser­va­to­rium into a gi­ant, breath­ing mu­si­cal sculp­ture, one that evokes the wide open land­scape of Alaska.

“John Luther Adams de- scribes the spirit of Sila as in­tel­li­gence, con­scious­ness, our aware­ness of the world and its aware­ness of us.”

He is more ner­vous com­ing back to work at The Con than he was get­ting his Gram­mys.

“It’s ter­ri­fy­ing to come back and do this be­cause it feels like I’m 20 again,” Munro says.

The visit has a mod­icum of serendip­ity about it be­cause he’s here for his fa­ther Craig’s book launch and Bris­bane Writ­ers Fes­ti­val events.

Craig Munro’s en­ter­tain­ing memoir of life work­ing at UQP, Un­der Cover: Ad­ven­tures in the Art of Edit­ing (Scribe) was launched in Bris­bane last night.

Tim re­turns each year and still loves his home town. He started play­ing flute at 10 and went on to do a de­gree in mu­sic at UQ and later a master’s de­gree at the Con­ser­va­to­rium.

As for the ex­pe­ri­ence of get­ting a Grammy... “It was bloody awe­some,” he says.

As a mem­ber of Eighth Black­bird Munro has trav­elled the world although he has just left the group. But right now he is con­cen­trat­ing on di­rect­ing a rather un­usual con­cert for his alma mater. Make that one of his alma maters. SILA, BREATH OF THE WORLD, 6PM SATUR­DAY SEPTEM­BER 5, FOYER, QUEENS­LAND CON­SER­VA­TO­RIUM GRIF­FITH UNIVER­SITY, 140 GREY STREET, SOUTH BANK. FREE.

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