Vivid Art After Hours: An Astronaut’s Playlist’ with The Jonathan Zwartz Lunar Module

Vivid After Hours Talk

Join us for a celebration of diversity. ABC TV’s hit show You Can’t Ask That asks groups of misunderstood, judged or marginalised Australians the awkward, inappropriate or uncomfortable questions you’ve always wanted to know the answers to, but have been too afraid to ask. Hear from some of the show’s participants about creating connections and communities. They will be joined by the producers Kirk Docker and Aaron Smith, who will reveal their motivations for making the show and what happens behind the scenes.  

After the talk, step back and imagine the future. When Buzz Aldrin played a cassette during the lunar landing on 20 July 1969, Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon hung in the oxygen-free air.  If that was the first song played on the moon, what else was on that Apollo 11 cassette? 

Hear these spookily pre-imagined songs 50 years on. In An Astronaut’s Playlist, the awarded Jonathan Zwartz  Lunar Module conjures the pathos of being in space and looking back at our tiny blue planet. You might hear anyone from Debussy to Bowie, from Kraftwerk and AIR to The Killers. Jonathan Zwartz is known as one of the major players on the Australian jazz landscape and is a composer and songwriter. His albums The Sea and The Remembering and Forgetting of Air have been best-selling jazz records for many years.


Topical talks and live music are just part of the entertainment each evening. Stay on for artist-led talks in the galleries. Vivid Art After Hours events are free and everyone is welcome. While you’re at the Gallery, catch the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize 2019 exhibition too (admission prices apply).


Apart from being known as one of the major players on the Australian jazz landscape, Jonathon Zwartz has played with Pharoah Sanders, Branford Marsalis, Lionel Loueke, Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy, Larry Goldings, Johnny Griffin, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Mike Nock, Renee Geyer, Tim Rogers and Katie Noonan, double bassist Jonathan Zwartz is also­­ a composer, arranger and songwriter.

His debut Album of original compositions ‘The Sea’ was released in 2009 and won two Bell awards.

His follow up CD entitled ‘The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air’, won best jazz album in the Australian Recording Industry (AIR) awards.

His third Album ‘Animarum’ was released to critical acclaim in Feb 2018 and won the ARIA award for best jazz album.

Jonathan has a Masters Degree in Music from the Australian National University, an Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies from the NSW Conservatorium and also completed a diploma in screen composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2012. He undertook an Australia Council research Grant in 2014 to study composition and orchestration with Nigel Westlake, Christopher Gordon and John Peterson.

He co-produced a ten part series on Australian jazz for ABC TV entitled ‘The Pulse’, which has been rescreened many times since the series’ release in 2002.

Jonathan has composed Music for the documentary ‘To Spring From The Hand’ (2014) ‘Ka-Ching, a Pokies Nation’ (ABC, 2016), Madhattan, (2016), The Scribe (2017) Backtrack Boys (2018) and a number of short films as well as promotional ads including ‘Man Up’ (ABC TV) that went viral worldwide with 70 million hits.

He is currently working on an orchestration project for Martha Marlow, due for release later in 2019.

Jonathan has been an APRA ambassador since 2010