| Latest piece: Tres meditacions for retuned guitar
||Posted: Feb 19, 2019
|Tres meditacions (Three Meditations) is a piece for retuned guitar commissioned by John Couch.
This new composition in three movements is inspired by the city of Barcelona, Spain and pays a tribute to Antoni Gaudi's great talent:
1. Casa Batllo
2. La Sagrada Familia
3. Parc Guell
John Couch will premiere this piece later this year and will also take it to the Taranaki Guitar Festival in New Zealand in January 2020.
|NEW EXCITING PROJECT IN BARCELONA
||Posted: Oct 20, 2018
Last week, the amazing guitarist Jacob Cordover and Marian met with the multi-award winning million-copy bestselling and internationally renowned Catalonian novelist Jaume CabrÃ© at the prestigious Carmen Balcells literary agency in Barcelona on Jaume CabrÃ©'s invitation to discussMarian's latest project - putting his profound and life-changing literary masterpiece 'Confessions' to music.
(https://www.amazon.com.au/Confessions-Jaume-Caâ¦/â¦/1910050571) to music.
Mr CabrÃ© granted Marian the rights to work around his book and even agreed for Marian to use the chapters of his novel for movements of my new piece.
In further discussions with his agent Gloria, at this very cordial meeting, the project is now fully supported by the renowned 'Carmen Balcells' literary agency and we look forward to the answer from a leading Catalonian cultural institute for further support.
The project, very closely based on the novel, is in essence a concerto for guitar and orchestra with Jacob Cordover in the main role, as the lead character Adria from the book.
And lastly, the title of the work planned to be premiered in Barcelona next year, and then taken on a tour in Europe, is:
|Perth International Guitar Festival
||Posted: Sep 2, 2018
|The Perth Guitar Quartet is performing The Passing of a Black Star on Wednesday, September 12 in the Callaway Auditorium at 5.30 pm as a part of the Perth International Guitar Festival.
|Most recent commissions and feature film music
||Posted: Jun 6, 2018
|After the successful performance of The Passing of a Black Star in Canberra on 31 May 2018, the New Zealand Guitar Quartet asked Marian to write another piece for them. Shortly after this, John Couch commissioned a new solo guitar piece. This is amidst of writing of another solo retuned guitar piece for Jan Labant, to be performed in Slovakia in October this year at the Cithara Aediculae Guitar Festival.
On the silver screen front, the Australian film company Goldfish Productions just asked permission to use music from the album Heart on a Sleeve in a feature film The Boe Sisters and a short film Who Killed John Wayne. Goldfish Productions have also proposed a collaboration on their next film requesting Marian to write an original soundtrack.
||Posted: Apr 22, 2018
|Fatum is a new piece based on the evocative poetry of Igor Grossman written for Con moto choir. Igor and Marian have a long history of artistic collaboration back into their university times. After a long pause of over 20 years, this piece heralds a 'new era' of artistic output with the planned release of a new book/audio book of Igor's poetry with Marian's music.
|The Passing of a Black Star in concert in Australia, Mexico and USA
||Posted: Apr 22, 2018
|The Passing of a Black Star -
- a tribute to the amazing David Bowie's music, is being played live in concert by the New Zealand Guitar Quartet in Australia, Mexico and USA in May and June 2018. For concert details, please visit the quartet's website:
28th May 2018
7.30pm, St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner St.
Admission includes a light supper: Adults $25, Concession $20, Child $10
Bookings: Tickets available at the door
31st May 2018
7.00pm, Wesley Music Centre, 20-25 National Circuit, Forrest.
Admission: Adults $40, Concession $35, Full-time Students $25, Children under 12 $10
2nd June 2018
7.30pm, Brisbane International Guitar Festival, Magda Community Artz, 80 Boundary Road, Bardon
Admission: Adults $43, Concession $38, Full-time Students $30, Children under 12 Free, Family Concession (Good for 4) $125
13th June 2018
Guitarromania, Teatro Hidalgo
15th June 2018
Teatro Fernando Calderon
22nd June 2018
Guitar Foundation of America (GFA)
|'A New York Minute' finished
||Posted: Jan 6, 2018
|'A New York Minute' for cello and guitar, written for Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd, is now finished and in the hands of these two marvellous musicians.
|Interview on Classical Guitar Alive!
||Posted: Nov 15, 2017
|This week's edition of Classical Guitar Alive! show features Marian's music and an interview. Check the preview here:
|ABC CLASSIC FM ALBUM OF THE WEEK - The Passing of a Black Star
||Posted: Oct 18, 2017
| Starting on Monday 16 October 2017, 'The Passing of a Black Star', the brand new album by the New Zealand Guitar Quartet is the album of the week on ABC Classic FM - the Australian national broadcaster.
For further details about Marian and his most recent piece 'The Passing of a Black Star', please follow the ABC Classic FM web site link below (you can listen to the piece on this web site):
|The Passing of a Black Star on a tour of New Zealand
||Posted: Jul 28, 2017
|The New Zealand Guitar Quartet has just finished their tour of New Zealand. They performed The Passing of a Black Star (homage to David Bowie) over 20 times at each of their concert.
Thank you so much, guys!
|ABC Classic FM broadcast Thursday 2 March 2017 after 9 pm
||Posted: Feb 28, 2017
|The Australian national broadcaster, ABC Classic FM is playing The Magic Lute (A Minstrel's Tale) for classical guitar recorded by John Couch this Thursday 2 March 207 sometimes after 9 pm.
John and I have been really pleased with ABC's programming - Thank you ABC! - as they have played this and another piece of mine (Linn Linnaeus) from John's latest disc Ask Me Tomorrow at least a dozen time since December 2015.
Thank you John for choosing two of my pieces for your disc. The whole CD is fantastic, filled with music by leading Australian/NZ composers. John sells the CD on his web site:
|The Passing of the Black Star
||Posted: Feb 28, 2017
|My latest work for four guitars The Passing of a Black Star, a tribute to David Bowie, has been recorded in New Zealand by the NZ Guitar Quartet to be released in June/July, after a successful premiere in NZ and a consequent tour of China by the quartet. They have done a great job - thank you! They will play it on their tour of NZ in June this year.
This is one of my favourite pieces of music I have written in the last few years. I have used motifs, harmonies and ideas from David Bowie's last disc Blackstar, especially the song Blackstar, Lazarus and I can't give everything away.
|New composition - 'One Last Time'
||Posted: Aug 2, 2016
|I have just finished writing a new composition 'One Last Time' to be premiered by guitarist Jan Labant in October at the Cithara Aediculae festival, Nitra, Slovakia.
Jan has played many of my composition and I consider him to be one of the greatest guitar players in the world. His technical prowess and lyrical interpretations of music are excuisite and unique. He is a great teacher too. He taught me most of what I know about guitar playing today.
He is also the classical guitar player featured in many of the recordings on this web site.
Thank you, Jan!
|Continuous nation-wide broadcast on ABC Classic FM
||Posted: Aug 2, 2016
|Linn Linnaeus for violin and guitar played by Judith Hickel and John Couch has been now played repeatedly on ABC Classic FM since November 2015. Thank you ABC for this wonderful promotion!
|Broadcast on Classical Guitar Alive, 10 February 2026
||Posted: Apr 11, 2016
|Tony Morris, host of Classical Guitar Alive! in Austin, Texas, broadcasted interview with Marian and his concerto for two guitars and string orchestra Heart On A Sleeve in February. You can here the whole broadcast here:
It also features a fantastic composition by Dana Wilson for flute, cello and guitar and amazing virtuosic playing by Belgian guitarist Jerome Mouffe. It's a real treat!
|New Guitar Quartet
||Posted: Apr 3, 2016
|At the beginning of this year, Marian formed a new guitar quartet with outstanding musicians Leslie Spencer, Mark Norton and Allan Spencer. They are currently rehearsing a new repertoire to be brought to audiences later this year. Much of the repertoire are original compositions.
The quartet's first appearance will be in Sydney at the Annual Sydney Guitar Society Concert on May 28th 2016. For further details, please check http://www.classicalguitarsydney.org
|National Broadcast in February and March 2016
||Posted: Feb 20, 2016
| The Australian National Broadcaster ABC Classic FM played 'Trip to Lapland' (violin-Judith Hickel, guitar-John Couch) in February and again a few days ago on their "Afternoon Drive" programme.
|World premiere of LIGHT at the Australian Institute of Sport Arena
||Posted: Aug 20, 2015
|On Friday 28 August 2015, the AIS Arena in Canberra is hosting the Step Into the Limelight annual arts show. These year's theme is Light. ADHS is presenting a work created by Jeannette de Smet, Emily Appleton and Marian Budos with original dance choreography, costumes and music. 'Dawn till Dusk' is an audio-visual spectacle that follows the daily 'journey' of 'light', through emotionally charged dance, music and visual imagery. Ticket through Ticketek.
|New commission from NZGQ
||Posted: Jul 7, 2015
|I have just received an exciting new commission from the amazing New Zealand Guitar Quartet to write a piece based on Maori legends and myths, to be included in their 2016 concert tour schedule.
|Canberra Classical Guitar Society concert
||Posted: Dec 9, 2014
|The Canberra Classical Guitar Society is holding its annual concert on Sunday 14 December 2014 at Wesley Centre, Forrest, Canberra at 3 pm.
The guitar ensemble will play music by Australian composers, including Sam Smith's "Near Dark", Leonard Weiss' "Six String Suite" and Marian Budos' "Canon For Eight". On programme is lots more classical guitar music by local talent.
|Australian National Busking Championship
||Posted: Nov 6, 2014
|Last Saturday was a day of fantastic busking in Cooma, NSW. It was a great privilege to be one of the five judges.
Here is more info on the winners and the whole day with photos:
Thank you, Allan Spencer, for organising the championship!
|Australian National Busking Championship
||Posted: Oct 17, 2014
|On Sat 31 October 2014, Marian will be judging for the third time in a row the Australian National Busking Championship in Cooma, NSW
Many performers from around the country will be showing their talent and compete for the title. This whole day event is going to be recorded by ABC TV/Radio for a documentary.
|Cooma Music Competition
||Posted: Aug 19, 2014
|On Sunday, I had the privilege of adjudicating the 2014 Cooma Music Competition. This year, I was once again amazed by the talent of the young people of this beautiful Snowy Mountain region of Australia. I am not surprised that so many great musicians have come from this region. This is greatly thanks to the tireless and dedicated work of two wonderful people - Allan and Leslie Spencer, who have run the Cooma School of Music and the music shop in Cooma for decades now. I am very proud to call them my friends.
For more details, please follow the link below:
||Posted: Aug 11, 2014
|Saturday 27 September 2014 - Latino cultural evening supported by the Cuban Embassy - Marian playing with the Canberra Classical Guitar Society Orchestra, Curtin Church, ACT
Thursday 25th September 2014 - The launch of the 2014 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize Exhibition, National Archives of Australia, Parkes, Canberra, ACT 6.00 - 7.30pm - Marian is providing live guitar music
Monday 15th September 2014 Canberra Boys Grammar - HSC performance in a guitar quartet with James Mountain, John Couch and David Cribb, playing Six Fish by Nigel Westlake
Sat 16th August 2014 at Maitland Town Hall, NSW
Sunday 7th Sept 2014 at the Central Coast Conservatorium Concert, Australia:
Home from Two Worlds
arranged for flute and guitar performed for the first time in this combination by Sally Walker (flute) and Giuseppe Zangari (guitar)
Sunday 17th August 2014 - Cooma Music Competition, Cooma, NSW, Australia - Marian adjudicating
Also, check the Australian Music Centre web site for further details of past and future events:
|Recent and upcoming performances of Marian's music
||Posted: Apr 28, 2014
Please follow the link below for the most recent performances of Marian's music:
|Latest recording - My Canberra (Symphony No.2) now on Broadjam
||Posted: Jan 28, 2014
|A recording of the world premiere concert is now available for streaming in the SONGS section of this web site.
Recorded by Kimmo Vennonen ( www.kvp.net.au) on 30th November 2014, Llewelyn Hall, ANU.
Enjoy and please feel to write any comments.
|Successful premiere of My Canberra (Symphony No 2)
||Posted: Jan 14, 2014
|On Saturday 30 November 2013, Marian's latest symphonic work My Canberra (Symphony No 2) was premiered at the Llewellyn Hall, School of Music, Australian National University. Several Australian news papers wrote articles/reviews. They are published on the following web pages of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, The Canberra Chronicle, as well Canberra Critics Circle blog:
The recording should be available on this web page under Songs in late January 2014. kv productions and Marian are in final stages of editing/mixing.
Marian's thankyou goes to everyone involved in this very special project to celebrate the 100 years of the Australian capital.
||Posted: October 4 2013
|â- 30 Novembet 2013, 7.30 pm, Australian National University, Llewellyn Hall, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
'My Canberra' ( Symphony No. 2) by Marian Budos - world premiere
performed by the Canberra Youth Orchestra, conducted by Rowan Harvey-Martin
For further information and tickets, visit: