Monday
Nov302015

Between A Thought And An Action for vocal ensemble, to be performed by the Vocal Constructivists

My original graphic score 'Between a thought and an action', for vocal ensemble, has been selected as the winner of the Vocal Constructivists/SNCMF graphic score competition. The piece will be performed by the Vocal Constructivists at the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival on 5-December 2015.

Program Note: I’ve always appreciated graphic notation for it’s ability to provide a medium for expression that is at once concrete and real, yet interpretive. Musical graphic notation is the most flexible tool with which to realise a subtly and interpretation of material that the visual arts takes for granted, operating in the same space that we find the linguistic techniques of metaphors, smilies and idioms. However, these realisations much necessarily take place in the world of sound, and as such the graphic is realised between the way we interpret a visual relationship and the way we embody that relationship in action.

'Between a thought and an action' will be programmed alongside works by Cornelius Cardew, Bogusław Schäffer, Stephen Montague, and Wojciech Kosma, in a program of music focusing on contemporary Polish pieces alongside past composers, juxtaposing music from the 18th and 20th centuries.

 

More information on the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival 2015 can be found here
More information on the even can be found here
More information on the Vocal Constructivists can be found here

Thursday
Oct152015

Snowden (Eyes In The Sky) U.S.A. Premiere

The ensemble variation of my work Snowden (Eyes In The Sky) was given two performances recently on the east coast of America, courtesy of Lindsay Vickery.

The first performance was on the 7th October, 2015 as part of the ‘Nature Forms' program at The Hartt School, Connecticut, and featured Lindsay Vickery (Bass Clarinet), Junko Fujiwara (cello), and Zach Rowden (double bass). The second performance was on the 9th October, 2015 at ‘Silent Revolution’ at The Firehouse Space, New York and featured Lindsay Vickery (bass clarinet), Jen Baker (trombone), and Junko Fujiwara (cello). 

You can listen to a live recording of the performance at 'Silent Revolution' here:

Friday
Sep182015

Masters Degree Completed / All Hail South East London

On the 3rd September, 2015 I submitted my creative project portfolio, which was the final piece of work I needed to submit for the completion of my Masters of Music (Composition) at Goldsmiths, University of London. It's been a pretty big year and i'm honoured and thankful to have the opportunity to have this experience which has allowed me to grow and develop as a composer in ways I never expected.

I'd like to thank my colleagues, fellow students and housemates for their support throughout this year, it would've been a whole lot tougher without you all.

The world post-masters is looking good, and i've already got a couple of big projects and interesting diversions lined up to be unveiled in 2016, which I will no double post about here in due course.

In the meantime, here is a work that formed part of my creative portfolio. All Hail South East London is a 12-channel audio/visual composition that explores different processes of sound manipulation I developed over the course of this Masters degree. All Hail South East London was premiered on the 17th July, 2015 at the Sonic Immersive Media Lab (SIML) in St James Church.

Friday
Sep182015

USA Premiere - Snowden (Social Network)

My 32-channel electronic work Snowden (Social Network) will recieve it's American premiere this September as part of the 2015 International Computer Music Conference at the University of North Texas, Denton. This performance will be accompanied on the program by presentations and performances by fellow West Australian composers Dr Cat Hope, Dr Lindsay Vickery, Dr Stuart James, and Aaron Wyatt.

The performance will take place 29th September, 2015 at the Lyric Theatre, Murchison Performing Arts Centre, University of North Texas.

Snowden (Social Network) was originally commissioned by Steve Paraskos and premiered at the Pakenham Street Arts Space on the 31st October, 2014.

Saturday
Jul252015

Composit 2015

Bit of a retro-post now that the dust has settled. From 28-June til the 5-July I was fortunate enough to be selected for the 2015 Composit Festival. The festival was an intesive 8-day composition festival in the town of Rieti, Italy.

During this time I attended masterclasses, and had private lessons, with the tutors for the festival: Pierluigi Billone, Joshua Fineberg and Davide Ianni.

The festival culminated with a performance of my new work A - for alto saxophone, percussion, electric guitar and accordian. The performance was courtesy of Ensemble Composit: Vincent Daoud, Luca Piovesan, Tom de Cock, and Maarten Stragier.