Such a thrill to have my viola concertino Hotwire premiered by Stefanie Farrands and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Elena Schwarz. It was an absolute joy to collaborate with Stef throughout the process and see her rock out on stage (photographic evidence below). Much thanks to Matthew Hindson and Paul Stanhope for their support and mentoring across the week.

Program note:

Hotwire is inspired by the act of hotwiring: starting an engine without the key, usually associated with vehicle theft. In this analogy, the orchestra is a luxury car and the viola, the thief. The viola hijacks the orchestra, taking it for an off-road spin across rugged terrain and cruise-control motorways. A wild police chase ensues! Stylistically, the work embraces bluegrass and metal guitar techniques, reimagined on viola, including a high amount of slides, scrapes, bends, power chords, and whammy-bar wails.

All photos by Brad Harris Photography. Hand actions by me.

In the second half of the week, I worked on orchestral arrangements for electronic producer Jerome Blazé and singer Ivy-Jane Browne, as well as singer-songwriter Naomi Jones. Who knew I had a ballad in me! Special thanks to Jessica Wells for her insight.

A quick shout out to my composer friends also involved in the program, Harry Sdraulig, Mark Holdsworth, and Ella Macens. Go check out their music!


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Over the last week, I’ve been involved in two very different interviews. One with Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore of the Guardian, about women composers, and another with my school friend, Chantal Nguyen, from Cut Common about some topics closer to home.

Read the Guardian piece here

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And the Cut Common here

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I’m delighted to have had my work Frumious featured on Australian Youth Orchestra’s tour across Europe and China, culminating in a homecoming concert at the Sydney Opera House, conducted by Krzysztof Urbański.

If you missed the live ABC Classic broadcast, here it is below as a podcast. Presented by Russell Torrance, I’m interviewed briefly before it begins!

Image: Oliver Brighton

Image: Oliver Brighton


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The video clip of Vibe Rant (flute, clarinet, vibraphone) is now available - check it out below!

Su-An Ng has made a seriously cool film. She describes it as, “a playful, abstract interpretation of a day in the life of an old squabbling couple. The quirks and nuances of this relationship is explored through a cacophonous world of shapes, colours and textures”.

Vibe Rant is performed by new music champions Ensemble Offspring. The piece forms part of their Offspring Bites 2 release, which features the music of Aussie composers Cassie To, Bree Van Reyk, Andrea Keller, and and Melody Eötvös. There’s also a bespoke film for each piece, too!


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Thrilled to be presenting at ASME NSW’s 2019 Composition Day. Come along on June 22!

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Saturday June 22, 11:00 – 3:00

Barker College Music Centre, Sydney

Join special guest composers Paul Stanhope and Holly Harrison as they present sessions exploring composition strategies for the classroom and workshop draft student compositions. This day has been approved by NESA for 4 hours of professional development.

Schedule:
10:30 – Registration and morning tea
11:00 – Holly Harrison
12:00 – Paul Stanhope
1:00 – Lunch (provided)
1:30 – Workshopping student compositions and Q&A
2:30 – Evaluation & Discussion
3:00 – Conclusion


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I’m excited to share that the Australian Youth Orchestra are taking my work Frumious (2013) on tour to Germany and China in July. Conducted by Krzysztof Urbański, and featuring pianist Jan Lisiecki, the tour caps off with a homecoming concert at the Sydney Opera House.

You can book tickets via this link.

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Monday 5 August 2019, 8pm
Sydney Opera House

HARRISON
Frumious

RACHMANINOV
Piano Concerto No.2 


- Interval -

SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No 10

Jan Lisiecki piano
Krzysztof Urbański
 conductor


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I’m back after a crazy fun time in Miami! Many thanks to the inspiring folks at Nu Deco Ensemble, and conductor Jacomo Bairos, for an amazing run of shows! It’s been grand. A special mention to the incredible soprano Jessica Jones, who absolutely rocked my And Whether Pigs Have Wings.

It was a real privilege to be programmed alongside Tanner Porter, Jessica Meyer, Sam Hyken, and Tei Shi, who are all fabulous people, composers, and performers. Check out their stuff - now! All photos below taken by Alex Markow.

FEBRUARY 14, 15 and 16 AT  8:00PM

Jessica Meyer - Go Big or Go Home

Holly Harrison - And Whether Pigs Have Wings (Nu Works 2018 Winner)

Tanner Porter - Landlord (Nu Works 2018 Winner)

Special Collaboration featuring Tei Shi

Hyken/Lebos/Lopez/Matthews - Nina Simone Symphonic Suite



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I’m super pumped to head back to the US in February - this time to Miami! The amazing Jessica Jones and Nu Deco Ensemble give life to my new arrangement of And Whether Pigs Have Wings, for soprano and large ensemble. It’s across three nights, too - that’s a hat trick!

NU DECO AT the Light Box
Featuring Tei Shi

404 NW 26 St
Miami, FL 33127

FEBRUARY 14, 15 and 16 AT  8:00PM

Tanner Porter - Landlord (Nu Works 2018 Winner)

Holly Harrison - And Whether Pigs Have Wings (Nu Works 2018 Winner)

Jessica Meyer - Go Big or Go Home

Special Collaboration featuring Tei Shi

Hyken/Lebos/Lopez/Matthews - Nina Simone Symphonic Suite


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World premiere performance of Bend/Boogie/Break by Ensemble Offspring, 29th September 2018 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Ensemble Offspring: Véronique Serret (violin) Rowena Macneish (cello) Claire Edwardes (percussion) Zubin Kanga (piano) Jason Noble (clarinet) Lamorna Nightingale (flute).


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Berlin-based Ensemble Garage have just released a live video of my 2015 work, Frogstomp. This is version 2.0 with baritone sax! Listen out for the frog. . .


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Enyato Duo give Frogstomp a spin on November 30!

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Fresh from their adventures at the Bang on a Can Festival, Enyato Duo make their Athenaeum debut on November 30th at 6pm!
Joined by sensational guest flutist Tamara Kohler (Rubiks), Enyato is pleased to present an exciting Australian-focused program including world premieres of works by 2017 Pythia Prize-winner Samantha Wolf and Sydney interdisciplinary juggernaut Tim Hansen. Wolf's work, Out of the Depths, explores the uses of water and time as ways to prepare the bass clarinet, and Hansen's soliloquy North Head serves as a timely reminder of the deep scars that line our country in these turbulent times. Enyato are also excited to present works by Holly Harrison, Thea Rossen, Ross Edwards and the Australian premiere of a gem for piccolo and music box by US composer Nicole Randall Chamberlain.

Enyato Duo @ Melbourne Athenaeum Library
Percussion: Thea Rossen
Woodwind: Luke Carbon
Guest Flute: Tamara Kohler (Rubiks)


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Some fun photos from The Hourglass Ensemble’s show in the Utzon Room last week, featuring surprise costume elements for my Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup! Photos by Mark Xiao.


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Rubiks Collective’s Melbourne performance of Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup is now out on ABC New Waves. The other featured composers are Melbourne-based Samantha Wolf, Samuel Smith, and Jacob Abela. The program is produced and presented by Duncan Yardley.

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The Hourglass Ensemble play Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup as part of their upcoming Utzon Room show. It’s my Sydney Opera House debut, so I’m pumped! Other Australian works by Matthew Hindson and Andrew Ball too. More info here.

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Flutes - Ewa Kowalski
Clarinets/director - Andrew Kennedy
Violin – Alastair Duff-Forbes
Cello – Steve Meyer
Percussion - Timothy Brigden
Piano - Anna Rutkowska-Schock

Repertoire

RACHMANINOFF  Trio “Élégiaque” for violin viola and piano
HARRISON*  “Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup” for flute clarinet violin cello percussion piano
BALL*  “Three Dreams in Pulse”, sonata for clarinet and piano
HINDSON*  “Repetepetition” for flute and vibraphone
KAPUSTIN  Trio for flute cello and piano

* denotes Australian work


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