I'm back after an exciting world premiere of my children's work, A Mad Hatter's Tea-Party at the 2018 Canberra International Music Festival. Given the content of my last post (and the piece's title!), it might seem like I'm a little obsessed with all things tea-party! Theatrics and costume are getting a good workout too. 

The piece is written for narrator, flute/piccolo (Alice), clarinet/bass clarinet (Mad Hatter), violin (March Hare), cello (Dormouse), and percussion (Time), performed by Paul English, Ned McGowan, Oliver Shermacher, Anna Da Silva Chen, Miles Mullin-Chivers, and Claire Edwardes. Special mention to Ned for rocking the Alice wig, and bringing a glam rock vibe to the gig!

Official photographer, Peter Hislop, captured the concert below:


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I enjoyed a fantastic time at the 2018 Four Winds Festival, held in Bermagui, on the far south coast of NSW. Check out the beach view below! It was inspiring to spend the week in such a beautiful area, hear wonderful new music (including two world premieres from Damian Barbeler and Tim Gellar!), and experience the generosity of the locals and festival volunteers. I even saw a pod of dolphins from my bedroom window!

Lloyd Van't Hoff performed my piece A Mad Tea-Party, for solo clarinet and electronics, in the 'Sideshow Alley' concert, produced by Sam Thomas. I originally wrote the piece in 2009 for Jason Noble, during my honours year. It's been insightful revisiting the work and redesigning the electronic component (Ableton Live). It's been great to collaborate with Lloyd. The show was an extravaganza of theatrics, humour, costume and lighting, as the Windsong Pavilion was transformed into an old-school sideshow alley. It was a whole heap of fun and lots of mad sounds were made!


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Ensemble Offspring play Vibe Rant (flute/clarinet/vibraphone) at The Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday, November 28. You can check out more details here.

The concert features the premiere of a new work by the 2017 Merlyn Myer Music Commission winner, Andrea Keller. The program includes works written especuially for Ensemble Offspring by female Australian composers:

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Vibe Rant

Bree van Reyk
Light for the First Time

Mary Finsterer
Silva

Andrea Keller
New Work


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My latest work Flash Point received its premiere over the weekend by shakuhachi master Riley Lee and Enigma Quartet. The piece was commissioned as part of the ‘5 Elements’ project, which is based on the belief in many ancient cultures that the universe was made of five fundamental elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Ether.

Riley and Enigma performed eight new works for shakuhachi and string quartet by Ross Edwards, Anne Boyd, Gerard Brophy, Stuart Greenbaum, Katy Abbott, David Hirschfelder, Andrew Howes, and myself, alongside existing works by Lachlan Skipworth and Elena Kats-Chernin. Each composer drew inspiration from one of the five elements - mine is based on fire, hence the title!

Stay tuned for a studio recording  next year!

(I also thoroughly enjoyed a slice of delicious lemon meringue pie as part of North Sydney’s Independent Theatre Prelude in Tea series. Highly recommend!)

Riley Lee & Enigma Quartet with fire lighting!

Riley Lee & Enigma Quartet with fire lighting!

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Vibe Rant has another outing; this time at Ensemble Offspring's 'Sizzle', Petersham Bowling Club, April 23:

In Ensemble Offspring's words:

'Sizzle is contemporary classical music at the local bowlo. Now in it’s seventh year, Sizzle has become a fixture in the Inner West arts calendar.

With the usual mix of art-meets-popular culture-meets-family fun, this year promises an all female composer line-up; special guest artists and jazz super-collective, Sirens Big Band; an interactive music installation for contrabass clarinet and ping pong balls by Melbourne-based Aviva Endean; and an eco-friendly instrument-building workshop with a twist for all ages by Liz Jigalin. Add a dash of chaos for good measure! It’s free and family-friendly as usual.'

Plus...

PART 3 – ENSEMBLE OFFSPRING & VERONIQUE SERRET (6 String Electric Violin) 

Holly HarrisonVibe Rant 6′ (flute/piccolo, bass clarinet, vibraphone)
Pauline OliverosWind Horse 5’ (percussion, clarinet, flute)
Bree van ReykLight for the first time WP 9′ (keyboard, flute, clarinet, vibraphone, violin)
Ivana RadovanovicOctober Morning 7’ (electric violin solo)
Sarah Kirkland-SniderPale as Centuries 6’ (keyboard, flute, vibraphone, double bass, clarinet)


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While in Melbourne, I met up with Megan Steller of Rehearsal Magazine for a quick chat about Lobster Tales and composer-y things.


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