It’s been a little while since I have had the chance to update the events and adventures of the last few months. Firstly, my sincere thanks to all of the wonderful supporters of the Making Waves crowdfunding campaign for the Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Project. I’m so grateful to report that we exceeded our target and the project is currently underway! Peggy & myself, alongside our A-Team of interviewers are currently recording conversations with Australian composers throughout the country. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to our podcast release day in April, 2017.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING?
Over the past few months I have been thrilled to attend and hear about many performances of my music. My sincere thanks goes out to:
- Faye Dumont, the Melbourne Chamber Choir and conductor Alan Cook for premiering ‘God Bless This Tiny Little Boat’ at the Choral@Montsalvat Festival in May.
- The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for touring my children’s arrangement of ‘Tinga Layo’ throughout the month of May. I’ve heard the kids are having lots of fun dancing and singing along in concerts and in the classroom!
- Kevin Cameron and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony for premiering my new arrangement of ‘Turbulence’ at the Melbourne Recital Centre in May.
- Kupka’s Piano for giving the Australian premiere of ‘Quiver’ for Bass Clarinet, Flute and Marimba in July.
- Dawn Bennet and Diana Blom for championing my work ‘Fragile’ for viola and piano again August.
- Syzygy Ensemble for the outstanding premiere of my most recent work ‘Hold Me Not Back’ for Flute/Alto Flute, Cello and Piano on September 18th. This work was commissioned by Macedon Music for the Glen Johnston Composition Award.
YALE NORFOLK NEW MUSIC WORKSHOP
Back in June-July I had the privilege of attending the Yale Norfolk New Music Workshop as a Composition Fellow. The festival took place on the beautiful Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate in Norfolk, Connecticut, USA. It was an absolute thrill to work with Martin Bresnick and Lisa Moore, in addition to an outstanding ensemble of musicians and composer colleagues consisting of Sam Bobinski (D.Bass), Matthew Recio (Composer), Anne Wybenda (Cello), Lili Sarayrah (Violin), Joe Rebman (Harp), Alfonso Noriega (Viola), Chris Salvito (Perc.), Zara Ali (Composer), Corey Dundee (Composer) and Julian Pellicano (Conductor).
My thanks to Martin & Lisa for the wonderful and enriching time, the community of Norfolk for welcoming us in to your homes and to the University of Melbourne, MCM for supporting my trip.
I’m really pleased to be able to share the live recording of my work premiered at the festival titled ‘Everything is Illuminated’. An unusual ensemble that inspired a very clear sound-world for me!
Everything is Illuminated is work deeply rooted in the composer’s preoccupation with colour and timbre. In this work bright, metallic, plucked or struck sounds often dominate the foreground in a consistent quintuplet figure. Throughout the piece the musician’s voices are also utilized as a largely percussive technique – stage whispering works and syllables of the title. Many of the metre choices and revolving sense of pulse can also be traced back to the syllables within the work title.
Note: ‘Everything is Illuminated’ is not related to the work of author, Jonathan Safran Foer, this is just a happy coincidence!