There are several events coming up in May after a month of creative work and recovery from Speechless!
First up, on May 3 at 6pm, is Cat performing with her ensemble Decibel on a program of all Melbourne composers at the Melbourne Recital Centre, as part of the Metropolis New Music Festival, and as part of Decibel's 10 year celebrations. Tickets and more information here.
The following day sees the opening of an exhibition of works by Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari, Dark Water. Cat has written music for the featured short film, performed by Decibel. The opening is from 2-4pm Saturday 4th of May, at Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda. You can find more on the project here.
Cat has also completed a new work for a premiere in Hamburg, Germany in the St Pauli Elbe tunnel. The new work, entitled Musk, is for 144 musicians and will be premiered on the 24th of May. More information here.
Cat's duo with Lisa MacKinney, Super Luminum, is doing a live to air on PBS FM at 9 pm on the 9th of May. Tune in to PBS on radio at 106.7 FM or online anywhere in the world here.
A new work for Theremin and ensemble, sponsored by an APRA AMC Art Music commisiosn is being written for Miles Brown and the Monash Art Ensemble. It is being recorded for release this month, with a performance date set for June.
Cat is part of a new ensemble for animated notation, directed by Ryan Ross Smith, M.A.N.E. They are performing a free concert as part of the Progress Festival at Monash University, Clayton on May 24 luncthtime at the Jazz Club. The concert features works by Hope, Graiger, Ross Smith, Atlason and Snaebjornsdottor. Its free and more information is here.
Cat will feature in a panel discussion "Artists + Machines = It's complicated" with Justin Ashworth, Lauren Squire and Matthew Wilson of OK EG, as part of the opening of the new Ian Potter Performing Arts Centre festival, Progress. It's free and information about it is here.
More exciting things coming up in June - a new band with Karina Utomo, an exhibition at Linden New Art and more.
A few things bring 2018 to a close.
A wonderful live recording by Sylvia Hinz of 'Wanderlust', for grand bass recorder and a recording of the musician walking, which you can listen to here.
An article about Hope's music in the wonderful new music magazine Tempo, 'Representations of Decay in the works of Cat Hope', written by long term collaborators Stuart James and Lindsay Vickery.
The first release of music by Super Luminum - a collaboration between Hope and Lisa MacKinney - with excerpts of their live performance at Howler here.
More reviews of the Decibel album out on Room 40, featuring music by Hope and Lionel Marchetti. 'The Last Days of Reality. One on NiteStylz here, another on Toneshift - who gave it five out of five stars and called it "A Masterpeice". It also made it onto Nicola Orlandino's"Best Artworks of 2018" list and radio playlists accorss the world. More on this here.
A recent performance of 'Their Lives Are Stripped of Meaning' took place at the Australasian Computer Music Conference in Perth, by Tonelist members Annika Moses (voice) and Dan O'Connor (trumpet).
January will see more work on Trigger Warning in Perth, with Sally Richardson and Hayley Macelhinney.
Cat will also be one of the tutors in the upcoming Tilde Composers Academy, and feature on the Make It Up Club "Twenty First Birthday Celebrations" bill, performing on the 22nd of January.
I am also proud to announce another performance of the Eliane Radigue composition, OCCAM XXIV, for flutes in Adelaide, Australia in March next year. The program will also include another Radigue composition performed by bassist Kasper Toeplitz. More soon.
And a special thank you to Nat Grant, who has been helping me throughout the year.
In November Cat gave the annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address in Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide, accompanied by performances of a new collaborative work with Dobromila Jaskot for voice and electronics, performed by Karina Utomo The full transcript of the address, titled All Music For Everyone was published by Limelight Magazine and is available here.
Cat's interview about the address with Andrew Ford on ABC Radio National's The Music Show. can be streamed and downloaded here.
You can listen to the recording of the Utomo recording here.
Cat's work for chamber ensemble U Mangibeddu Nostru was premiered in Perth in December at Decibel New Music Ensemble's Revolution: A Concert Dedicated To The Vinyl Record. The program also featured world premieres by Annika Moses (Difficult Commission), Lindsay Vickery and Ryan Ross Smith, and existing works by Milan Knížák, Chris De Groot, and The Velvet Underground. A review appeared in Limelight, calling the work 'particularly masterful'.
In November Cat was interviewed by Cut Common about her philosophy and approach to arts funding - read the full article here.
7:30pm Mon 3 Dec
Subiaco Arts Centre
Tickets on sale soon
Revolution is a concert dedicated to the vinyl record – as a sound source, musical instrument and score. The program features three new world premieres as well as established works. A new ‘Difficult Commission’ by Annika Moses will be featured, alongside works by Milan Knížák, Chris De Groot, Cat Hope, Lindsay Vickery, The Velvet Underground and Ryan Ross Smith.
Cat Hope | artistic director, flutes, bass
Lindsay Vickery | reeds
Stuart James | electronics, keyboards, drum kit
Aaron Wyatt | viola
Tristen Parr | cello
Louise Devenish | percussion
With special guest guitarist Jameson Feakes.
Lionel Marchetti + Cat Hope have released The Last Days of Reality on label Room 40, performed by the Decibel New Music Ensemble. Hope and Marchetti met in Australia in 2010 and began recording in France in 2014. The pieces on this album comprise graphic and animated scores, and exist as live performances, but also as singular concrète works.
Available to stream and download from Room 40 and bandcamp.
Cat's new opera Speechless will premiere at the Perth Festival from February 26 - March 3 in 2019.
Speechless is a personal response to the 2014 Human Rights Commission report ‘The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’. It features one of Australia’s finest interpreters of contemporary vocal repertoire Judith Dodsworth, lead singer of the Australian heavy metal powerhouse High Tension Karina Utomo, Western Australian experimental vocalist Sage Pbbbt and award-winning visual artist and post-punk drummer Tina Havelock Stevens with a combined community choir of 30 voices, the Australian Bass Orchestra and Decibel new music ensemble.
Tickets and more information here.
Black Tide in Bern
In September 2018 Callum G'Froerer presents Die Skulptierte Trompete, a recital of music for double-bell trumpet featuring works by Cat Hope as well as Ann Cleare, Liza Lim, Martin Hiendl, and G'Froerer himself.
He will perform Cat's work Black Tide (2017) for double-bell trumpet, subwoofer, and tape.
The concert will be held at PROGR Aula, Bern - 7pm on September 16 (details here).
New Waves Podcast
Cat Hope's work will feature alongside other composers such as Liza Lim, Lisa Illean, Alistair Noble, James Rushford and Helen Gifford, in the New Waves podcast episode focusing on Pheobe Green's work as a violist in new music. The episode features an extended conversation and studio recital, where Phoebe and Leah Scholes perform Cat's work The Sinister Glamour of Modernity (2013). Listen here.
2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address
Cat Hope will be giving the annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks address at the Melbourne Recital Centre in November. A key moment in Australia’s contemporary art music calendar, the Address ignites conversations around contemporary art music, connecting the country’s new music and broader arts communities.
When: Tuesday 27 November 2018, 6pm
Where: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
The talk is free but booking is essential: bookings can be made here.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with New Music Network
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