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Its been an exciting few months with lots happening.
Just tonight I performed with JG Thirlwell, playing inside the piano in his Cholera Nocebo performance as part of the Supersense festival here in Melbourne.
Decibel completed another two performances of the After Julia program, this time in Melbourne (Monash University) and Brisbane (Metro Arts), featuring my peice 'Tough It Out'. It was wonderful to have the group in Melbourne and tour with them again. It also involved me making a podcast about the project, the first in the Monash music series.
That was followed by one of the most amazing experiences of my life, the workshopping of my opera, Speechless, with the Australian Bass Orchestra, two community choirs and four soloists. Produced by Tura New Music, and taking place at Vitalstatistix in Adelaide, it was an immersive 2 weeks resulting in two showing of the work, unstaged. There is a blog here about the process.
I have now been in the role of Head of School at the music school at Monash University since the start of the year. This has been as exciting as it is challenging, but I am enjoying being part of the Monash Community.
As part of my academic work, i was thrilled to give a keynote at the Women In the Creative Arts conference at ANU in Canberra earlier this month. The other keynote was Liza Lim, and you can read about her experience, and the transcription of her keynote here. During the conference, my piece Shadow was performed.
In addition, my paper on Percy Grainger's Free Music was just published in the proceedings of the WA Chapter of the Australasian Musicology Society. You can read it here, alongside the other papers.
I have also been doing lots of bass performances here in Melbourne, solo at the Make It Up Club, but also in duos with Tina Havelock Stevens, Pedro Alvarez, as part of the Taipan Tiger Girls, and in Super Luminum with Lisa MacKinney.
I finalised my piece for Gabriella Smart, Kaps Freed, which we recorded at the Elder Hall in Adelaide, with Stuart James doing the electronics. I look forward to hearing its first live performance next year. Gabriella's group also performed a piece I wrote for her ensemble in 2012, Stella Degradation, at a concert in Adelaide on the 9th of August. You can read a review here and here.
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