Over the last couple of weeks I have been working together with Dancer / Choreographer Felecia Hick on the music and sound for a dance work for children called From Darkness the Day (FDTD). The work is an immersive promenade performance for a small, intimate audience.
I took my two young boys along to the show and they absolutely loved it! I hope that this show goes onto a live a long and happy life!
I’m delighted to have been selected to join the ranks of the Australian Music Centre (AMC) as an Associate Artist. The AMC are the leading national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of both the artform of music and the creators and performers of contemporary classical, improvised jazz, experimental music and sound art in Australia.
The AMC’s aims are to increase the profile and sustainability of the sector and to facilitate the performance, awareness and appreciation of Australian music for diverse audiences across Australia and internationally.
You can read an article about the new artists (including me!) here.
A piece of mine ‘Cockatoos’ for piano trio has been selected from a ‘highly competitive global field of submissions’ and will be performed by the wonderful Muses Trio at the conference recital at 7pm Friday 11th August.
I am also presenting – U N i T E – a Creative Workshop, presentation and trial of the smartphone choir app that I have in development at the moment.
Here is a bit about the conference:
The School of Music at The Australian National University is delighted to host this innovative research conference on the creative work of women. This event provides an opportunity for research professionals to gather, present their methodologies, discuss the unique issues surrounding the creative arena, and propose strategies to enhance and enrich their working lives as strong members of an international cultural and artistic voice. The gathering will feature a rich exchange of research ideas, including round-table discussions and panels that develop and enhance practices for women in the creative fields.
This event is supported by the College of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Gender Institute at The Australian National University, and the Australia Council for the Arts.
The Keynote Speakers are Professor Cat Hope (Monash University) and Professor Liza Lim (University of Sydney)
Hello from sunny Rotterdam. I’m excited to be here because I will be attending Classical:NEXT (C:N) where I’ll be talking about my work with Zephyr Quartet and as an independent performer and composer.
For those of you who haven’t heard about it C:N they describe themselves as the ‘world’s most important classical music meeting’ and it all happens in Rotterdam from May 17-20.
Here’s a bit about the conference from their website:
‘Classical:NEXT was born out of the simple idea to bring the diverse scenes of classical music together and offer them a forum to exchange and develop new ideas around classical and contemporary – or in a wider sense – art music. That was in 2011. Since then, around 3,000 art music professionals representing 1,000 companies from more than 45 countries have engaged with Classical:NEXT and made it into the world’s most important classical music meeting.
The idea of innovation expressed in the event’s name is evident throughout the entire project: In addition to being a networking event, Classical:NEXT has established itself as a key opportunity to promote and explore new talent, new creative ideas and future-oriented business practices. In order to achieve that Classical:NEXT features a conference, an expo as well as showcase concerts and screenings. During four days the hundreds of a delegates meet, discuss, and learn more about as well as from each other.’
I am looking forward to listening to people’s thoughts on forging a musical career in the ever-changing global arts landscape. As well as meeting and and discovering new music and artists from all around the world one of the things that I am most looking forward to is spending time with and getting to know my fellow Australian delegates. It seems ironic to me that nothing like this, on any level for music, exists within Australia and that I have to travel to the other side of the world to spend time with colleagues from Australia!!