I had the pleasure of chatting with Radio Adelaide's Grahame Dudley about Musica Viva's Eighth Blackbird tour, my new work Lobster Tales, and all things Lewis Carroll a few days ago. You can listen again [here] under 'Classical Connection'.
The inimitable Eighth Blackbird gave the world premiere of my Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup on Monday night. Their Australian tour with Musica Viva kicked off in Perth, as part of the Perth International Arts Festival - the first of a string of dates across the country. The program includes Muhly's Doublespeak, Dessner's Murder Ballades, Hearne's By-By Huey and Andres' Checkered Shade. Lobster Tales was commissioned for Musica Viva with the support of Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project.
Some words (and hand actions) from me about the story behind Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup:
Joey and I head into the studio earlier in January to record our debut release as Tabua-Harrison with engineer Adrian Barr. All the tracks were improvised in the space of a day. We're hoping to release the end product as soon as we can!
An e-book written by Tristan Coelho, in preparation for MLC School's Australian Music Day 2016, is also available. It includes analysis of my Tweedledrum, Melody Eotvos's The King in Yellow, and Andrew Ford's Lullaby and Fire Dance, along with composition activities for senior high school students.
You can hear more about Kontiki Racket on The Music Show with Andrew Ford, November 12, featuring Ensemble Offspring's artistic director and percussionist, Claire Edwardes, and I. Follow the link to download the audio here.
The inaugural Creativity Unlimited Festival will be held at Western Sydney University on September 1-2. Timothy Phillips and Michael Kieran Harvey will give the premiere of my new percussion and piano duo, Brake Dance, on September 2 at 3pm, alongside works by Bruce Crossman, Clare Maclean, Eve Duncan, Tomoyuki Hisatome and Akira Kobayahsi.
Earlier in the day (12pm), I'll be improvising (drum kit/percussion) with Joey Tabua (electric guitar/guzheng) as our rock duo, Tabua-Harrison, as well as with Jess Graham (violin/vocals) and Lizzie Graham (piano) as Tabua-Harrison-Wren.
Orkest de Ereprijs will perform my Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, 11 September, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax was commissioned by Orkest de Ereprijs for 2015 after receiving first place at the 2014 Young Composers Meeting with Cabbages and Kings.
My paper 'A Musical Portmanteau: Rock Viscerality, Juxtaposition and Modernist Textures in Frumious' was published in Sally Macarthur, Judy Lochhead and Jennifer Shaw (eds), Music’s Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, Routledge/Ashgate, 2016.
Be sure to check out Jim Rolon's Australian Composer Polaroid Project in celebration of the Australian Music Centre's 40th anniversary. The series features 41 composers and sound artists, from Stephen Adams to Sally Whitwell, and I feel very lucky to be one of them!