The Courier-Mail

EXTRA THE GRAMMY GUY

- PHIL BROWN

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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