Press, Play: sweet is the torment
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Press, Play: sweet is the torment

Taking the sensuous splendor of Monteverdi’s madrigals as a point of departure, Sweet is the Torment draws on a range of historical influences to create a musical journey in time from the sumptuous beauty of High Renaissance, via the liturgical purity of Baroque, to the unpredictable whimsy of Modernity. Press, Play invite you on an impassioned musical and visual adventure as words, sounds, and images collide and coalesce in a tapestry of seamless beauty and timelessness.

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APRA Screen Music Awards
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

APRA Screen Music Awards

The annual Screen Music Awards represent the successful marriage of two defining elements of contemporary Australian culture: music and film. Presented by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), the ceremony acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition.

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Victorian Opera: The Snow Queen
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Victorian Opera: The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of dark magic, the power of friendship and the triumph of good over evil is revisited in a new Australian work by composer Gordon Kerry and writer John Kinsella commissioned by Victorian Opera. Their take on Andersen’s classic will be staged exclusively in Wodonga and will capture the heart of the local community.

3 – 4 November, 7:30pm

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Speak Percussion: A wave and waves
Oct
29
2:00 PM14:00

Speak Percussion: A wave and waves

One hundred individuals will unite to realise the WA premiere performance of A wave and waves. The Midland Railway Workshops will be transformed into a sonic and visual ocean of instruments and performers, creating an intimate experience of monumental proportions.

Performances at 2pm and 4pm.
PISARO A wave and waves (WA premiere)
Speak Percussion & TURA, as part of the 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival

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Speak Percussion: Fluorophone
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

Speak Percussion’s Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound.

Presented by Tura for the 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival.

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Rubiks: 75 Years - A Portrait of Meredith Monk
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Rubiks: 75 Years - A Portrait of Meredith Monk

Monk’s music is intoxicatingly playful, achingly personal and instantly recognisable, exploring the human voice at its most ethereal, acrobatic and startling. Rubiks Collective and Invenio Singers celebrate Monk’s seventy-fifth birthday with a retrospective of her musical output, pairing some of her most recent offerings with beloved works from her early career.

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The Black Rider
Sep
15
to Oct 8

The Black Rider

A naïve hunter travels to a crossroads in the dead of night to conjure the devil. He’s willing to bargain almost anything in exchange for magic silver bullets that will never miss their mark. But the devil makes cunning deals—just when you think you can have it all, you may have unwittingly given it all away.

Who else could write a macabre musical about a pact with the devil, but Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs? Cry-in-beer ballads meet 1920s jazz and gritty beat poetry, in a carnival of addictions. Black Rider is a spectacle that pulls the audience into the dark and decadent depths of the underworld.

Malthouse Theatre and Victorian Opera team up to create a theatrical fantasia with some of Australia’s greatest seducers, including Meow Meow, Paul Capsis and Kanen Breen in a production that is part vaudeville, part opera, and all dance with the devil.

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Speak Percussion: Assembly Operation
Sep
5
to Sep 9

Speak Percussion: Assembly Operation

Three percussionists dutifully form an assembly line to extract music from everyday objects. Drawing on the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the one Yuan note, using paper, packaging, electronic toys and traditional objects, Speak Percussion delivers a loaded sonic odyssey.

In this major new collaboration between Eugene Ughetti, performance maker Clare Britton and visual artists Cyrus Tang and Jia Jia Chen, dark video sequences and minimalistic set design conjure surreal reflections on mass-production. Assembly Operation manufactures high quality sound by crunching and grinding low worth goods.

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Turangalîla
Jul
29
8:00 PM20:00

Turangalîla

Australian conductor Simone Young leads Messiaen’s mammoth Turangalîla-Symphonie - a monumental symphony and a virtuosic piano concerto, an epic symphonic 'love song' demanding the full commitment of over one hundred orchestral musicians.

Jacob Abela, ondes-martenot | Timothy Young, piano | Simone Young, conductor
Australian World Orchestra & Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra

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Speak Percussion: Fluorophone
Jul
23
2:00 PM14:00

Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

Speak Percussion’s Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound.

Presented by City Recital Hall (Sydney) for the Unashamedly Original Festival. 

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Speak Percussion: Transducer
Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Speak Percussion: Transducer

Speak Percussion’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti and new media artist Robin Fox explore the relationship between percussion and the microphone, space and kinetics, and acoustic and processed sound.

Transducer places the microphone at the centre of the creative investigation and redefines its function and potential as an expressive musical object, repurposing microphone technology to tease out the inextricable fundamentals of creating, reproducing and manipulating electronic and acoustic sound. Through specially developed kinetic sculptures and complex modes of electrical transduction a completely unique musical work is formed.

Presented by City Recital Hall (Sydney) for the Unashamedly Original Festival. 

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Blackbird Creative Lab
Jun
11
to Jun 24

Blackbird Creative Lab

A two-week intensive in Ojai, California with Eighth Blackbird, composers Jennifer Higdon and Ted Hearne, director/filmmaker Mark DeChiazza, and thirty fellows from around the world.  The Creative Lab focuses on cutting edge musicianship, dynamic performance aesthetic and savvy inventive development. 

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Only
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Only

An evening of sound and silence at Aeso Studio. Improvisations and world premieres of low volume works by Josten Myburgh (WA) and Jacob Abela (VIC).

ABELA - Z for flute, percussion and electronics (WP)
Josten Myburgh, Sage Pbbbt, Michael McNab - improv set
MYBURGH - Only for glockenspiel and electronics (WP)

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Speak Percussion: Bell Curve
Mar
3
to Mar 4

Speak Percussion: Bell Curve

An immersive and intimate performance work for 12 independent musicians playing the Federation Hand Bells. Through an exploration of complex mathematical and spatial relationships, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space, a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance.

8pm, 3 March 2017
2pm & 8pm, 4 March 2017

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Speak Percussion: Fluorophone
Nov
23
to Nov 25

Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

A kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. 

October 23-25, 8pm

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ANAM: Ballet Mecanique
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

ANAM: Ballet Mecanique

  • Australian National Academy of Music (map)
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“Revolutionary as nothing has been revolutionary… It is the rhythm of machinery, presented as beautifully as an artist knows how.” George Antheil

GINASTERA Cantata para América Mágica op. 27
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring (arr. Young for two pianos and percussion)
ANTHEIL Ballet Mécanique (1923-25 version)

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Rubiks: songbirdsongs
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Rubiks: songbirdsongs

In the beautiful surrounds of Brightspace, Rubiks Collective presents three works celebrating and exploring the tensions between our natural world and modern technology.

LUTHER ADAMS songbirdsongs (Australian premiere)
ABELA gonzo (I want more from you) (World premiere)
WILLIAMS new work (World premiere)

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Freedman Classical Fellowship Finalists' Concert
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

Freedman Classical Fellowship Finalists' Concert

  • ABC Sydney - Eugene Goossens Hall (map)
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Hear performances from the three finalists of the prestigious 2016 Freedman Classical Fellowship in concert and be there as this year's winner is announced. The annual Fellowship awards a classical instrumentalist less than 30 years of age with a $20,000 scholarship to undertake a career-enhancing creative project. Free concert, but booking ahead advised!

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BIFEM: Seeing Double
Sep
2
7:30 PM19:30

BIFEM: Seeing Double

2016 BIFEM opens with the world premiere of two new Australian double concerti.

SYMONDS Double Purity 
Soloists James Wannan, viola d'amore, and Kaylie Melville, percussion
CHISHOLM Harp Guitar Double Concerto
Soloists Jessica Fotinos, harp, and Mauricio Carrasco, guitar

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Darmstadt 48th International Summer Course for New Music
Jul
29
to Aug 14

Darmstadt 48th International Summer Course for New Music

A meeting point for composers, interpreters, performers, sound artists, and scholars. For discovery, learning, networking, exchange and debate, collaboration, and – last but not least – invention.

2016 percussion studio led by Christian Dierstein and Hakon Stene, with lectures and workshops by with Christof Caskel and James Wood.

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