August ended with performances of works by Éliane Radigue and Lionel Marchetti in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as the world premiere of two new works for Decibel new music ensemble, at Extended Play in Sydney. This included pieces for the Talking Board ScorePlayer by Loren Holmes/Rosie Halsmith and Leah Barclay. After a residency with Lionel Marchetti, Decibel delivered two new works in world premieres at the Sewing Room in Perth.
A performance of my two concert organ and string orchestra piece, Black Emperor took place by the Monash Sinfonia at the Robert Blackwood Hall on August 18 which you can listen to here. This featured an organ soloist at the hall, Thong Truong and another at Christ Church in Claremont, Western Australia - Stewart Smith. The Perth organised remoted in, and was able to read the score in realtime with the orchestra using the Decibel ScorePlayer Internet connectivity.
Karina Utomo (one of the singers in my opera Speechless) and I took part in the Melbourne Writers Festival ‘Duets’ program, chatting and performing together. This will be released as a Podcast out soon.
There are a couple of noise shows coming in September: Super Luminum are performing at the JOLT festival at Footscray Arts Centre on 21 September, and I am doing a horror noise set with Leon Marvell as ‘BoneShaker’ at Buxton Contemporary on Thursday 19 September, for the launch of the BRUTALISM issue of Art + Australia.
Super Luminum have been announced as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival this year. This makes part of their European tour which sees performances in Italy, France and the UK.
I attended the APRA AMC Art Music Awards, where i was awarded the Victorian State Award for Excellence by and Individual. The event is a wonderful way for art music practitioners around Australia to come together and celebrate new music.
I am working on a new work for two cellos and the 150 voice Monash University Singers as part of the Talk Show program at the Blackwood Hall next month. SOloists Judith Hamman and Tristen Parr will perform the premiere under the direction of Nicholas Dinopoulos.