Michael Hannan Retrospective

Exhibition Opening, Wednesday 6 November, 12 noon, Manning Clark Room 

Please register your interest in attending this event.

Michael Hannan is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. In 1986, Michael was appointed as Senior Lecturer and Head of Music at Lismore’s Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education (NRCAE), a predecessor institution of Southern Cross University.  His brief was to develop a degree in contemporary popular music, which was to be the first of its kind in Australia. Michael’s background was in both contemporary classical music and contemporary popular music. He had completed a PhD on the music of Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014), Australia’s best-known modern classical composer, but he had also worked as a performer, composer and arranger in a variety of commercial music contexts including rock bands, musical theatre, film music and advertising music.

This retrospective exhibition covers six themes of Michael’s creative and academic work since the late 1960s. These are:

  • Research on the music of Peter Sculthorpe and his subsequent creative collaborations with Sculthorpe;
  • Work as a composer of concert music focusing on piano works that are based on transcriptions of Australian birdsong;
  • Work as an improvising musician including “comprovisation”, a creative practice combining improvisation and composition;
  • The research and creative outcomes of his and Paul Thom’s ARC Linkage Project Grant, “Regional performing arts: theory, practice and policy” (2003), including his composition of the score for NORPA’s production of “The Flood” (2004);
  • His screen music and sound research with Rebecca Coyle and Philip Hayward, culminating in their ARC Discovery Project Grant, “Music production and technology in Australian Film: enabling Australian film to embrace innovation.” (2007-2010); and
  • “visual scores” and related visual art works. Original artworks which contributed to the cover designs of Michael’s CDs and music score publications are also included.

As part of the exhibition program, Michael (with long-time collaborator, Fred Cole, a PhD graduate of Southern Cross University whose project was supervised by Michael), will also perform a concert of his and other piano works in Studio 129 (D Block, November 14, 12 noon to 1 pm).  Please register your attendance.


CD Image from Michael Hannan's CD-New Music for Multiple Keyboards

Date and time

From: 09:00 AM Monday, November 4, 2019 Monday, November 4, 2019 10:48 AM - NSW time To: 05:00 PM Friday, November 29, 2019 Friday, November 29, 2019 10:49 AM - NSW time


Learning Centre, Gallery Walk, Level 1, Lismore Library Campus