We had a lovely housewarming, with members of the Peggy Glanville Hicks Trust present, Australia Council Music people friends and peers. We made good use of the Stuart and Sons with fantastic performances by Jim Denley and Cor Fuller, Monica Brooks and Austin Buckett - the latter performing a duo with our son Luke on Halo (yes the video game). Wonderful food cooked by my friend and collaborator of 22 years, Rakini and lovely company all round. House well and truly warm.
It has been quite eventful since then! My partner fell down the stairs - us Perth people aren't used to them, obviously - and broke a toe, so we got a vivid first had experience of St Vincent's on a Friday Night.
I've been enjoying investigating Sydney a bit more - my mother and older daughter came to visit, the latter making the most of our location being so close to the Mardi Gras parade. She had her 22nd birthday here with us so that makes it now 22 years i havn't missed one!! Completed my draft for Zubin's piece, which is being programmed into the player now. Been refining a piece for Tracey Moffat. She lent me some great books, which included the Anne Sexton biography and some of her poems which i loved. I also had her car for a couple of weeks whcih opened up a few possibilities to look around! But I am back into reading big time again, too many books to mention here this time. Rain helps (it hasn't rained in Perth since November - it rains hard here, often). Found some good record stores and bookshops, key survival points. I have a bit of travel coming up soon, so there is some planning to do again.
I attended the Adelaide Festival chairing a panel during Artists week with Benedict Drew (UK), Marco Fusinato (Aus) and Ilan Vlokov, the curator of Tectonics (ISR). I enjoyed Marco Pasi from Italy talking about Giacinto Scelsi and the 'other world' elements in his music. i decided not to stay for Tectonics because i really want to enjoy my time in the house, making things - but the time in Adelaide led to the opportunity to network a bit, and as a result i will be performing in Tectonics in Rekjavik, Iceland, with the Slatur group, who i will be writing a piece for. My long time hero Alvin Lucier will also be there, and he has agreed to write a piece for Decibel, whcih we will nut out when we meet there. Exciting times!
I found the Worlds in Collision exhibition at the festival a real highlight, with a great work of exciting and inspiring works. Perhaps the highlight was discovering Susan Hiller's work, and the work she had there, Channels (2013). The great thing about Artists Week was meeting these wonderful artists, and others - finding common threads and ideas. I also got to see the new Mathew Barney/Jonathan Bepler 5 hour movie River of Fundament, wonderful if not gruelling at times. It was great to see what i loved about Barney's films - the integration of music really IN the film, developed even further. Great also to see so many new music luminaries that i admire in it as actors/performers - like Joan La Barbara, Axel Dorner and even Phil Minton, whose Feral Choir i saw in the UK last year. I sat through it with PICA curator Leigh Robb - the classic scenario where you only get to spend time with people from your home town when you are out of it. This got me exciting about my upcoming installation and performances there in July, and i wrote pages about these new works and ideas on the return journey home from Adelaide, that i followed up on when i arrived.
The Paddington neighbourhood is a weird one. Loving the quick 20 minute walks to Surrey Hills, Woolahara or Kings Cross to find friends, and the short bus ride to the city. A beer on the balcony of The Royal is nice, if the shine of the suits doesn't glare. Highlight of this week was getting a letter from residents behind us, accusing 'new residents in the area' of dumping rubbish in the shared alleyway, and they actually moved it to the outside of our house.
Politically vibrant times; with the Sydney Biennale boycott, International Womens Day discussions of quotas again, and getting ready to go to the March in March even in Sydney. Went to the New Music Network AGM,the Sol Le Witt opening at the Art Gallery of NSW where i found myself with a strong affinity to the work, in relation to my own scoring. But i have also been to some smaller galleries. I enjoyed Gail Preist's work at Home@759 gallery during Art Month, and the Art Night activities held in the Paddington area. I have even returned to wanting my bike here again, i think i'm finding ways that will suit my Slow Riding style that keep me off crazy roads. Watch this space.
The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Residency
In her will, Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks left her home in Paddington, Sydney, NSW as a annual residency for composers. In 2014, Cat Hope was awarded the residency, and this blog is a sporadic report of her time there.