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13 January 2009

Composer notes - January 2009

Experimental Music - audio explorations in Australia, ed. by Gail Priest (detail of book cover) Image: Experimental Music - audio explorations in Australia, ed. by Gail Priest (detail of book cover)  

Cat Hope’s and Alistair Riddell’s chapters are included in the new book Experimental Music – audio explorations in Australia, edited by Gail Priest (UNSW Press 2009). Hope writes about noise music and its impact on experimental music in Australia, while Riddell’s chapter is on the computational processes in experimental music. Experimental Music – audio explorations in Australia is available from the AMC Shop.

Thomas Meadowcroft’s sound installation Monaro Eden forms part of the Queensland Art Gallery’s current exhibition Contemporary Australia: Optimism. The exhibition at QAG’s Gallery of Modern Art continues until 22 February. Meadowcroft’s article about online music communities is published in the latest issue of the German-language music journal Positionen ('Über den Wert der Online-Musikgemeinschaften', Positionen 77). A version of the article in English has just been published on resonate.

Nigel Westlake was elected as a writer director to the APRA Board at the APRA AGM at the end of November. Richard Meale retired from the Board after 22 years of service. For more details, see the APRA|AMCOS website.

Daniel Blinkhorn is currently undertaking a residency at La Muse en Circuit, Centre National de Création Musicale (in Alfortville, Paris) to compose a work for clarinet/bass clarinet and electroacoustic material, based on recordings from an earlier residency in the Amazon. The La Muse en Circuit centre was originally established around composer Luc Ferrari – Blinkhorn was a laureate in the 8th Concours Luc Ferrari international radio art competition last year. He was also recently awarded the 2nd prize in the Diffusion 2008 international electroacoustic composition competition in Ireland. As part of this award, Blinkhorn will also be undertaking a short residency in Ireland at CCMCM (Centre for Computational Musicology and Computer Music).

Performances and new releases

Sophie Lacaze’s concerto for flute, children’s choir and percussion ensemble, Les quatre elements, has been nominated for the Grand Prix Lycéen des Compositeurs 2009 award in France. The Grand Prix forms part of an initiative encouraging young students of music to listen to and study contemporary works. Les quatre elements is available on a CD of Lacaze’s flute music released by Solal. Lacaze’s recent premieres include Quatre haïkus  for alto saxophone and piano and a music theatre work based on Antoine de Saint Exupery’s Le petit prince.

David Chisholm has released three new recordings on iTunes and Amazonmp3: the song cycle The Beginning and the End of the Snow, the ballet score Brindabella: A baroque Underworld Ballet; and Luminal for string quartet. In November, Chisholm and BalletLab spent four weeks in New York on a residency at the brand new Experimental Media Performing Arts Center.

Betty Beath’s solo song cycles Towards the Psalms (2004) and In This Garden (1973), along with other chamber music and solo piano pieces, have been recorded for a CD for release in 2009. Her Adagio for strings: lament for Kosovo (1999) was performed last year by the First Austrian Women’s Chamber Orchestra in a concert at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, honouring the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Another performance of the piece took place in an event in honour of Baroness Bertha von Suttner, the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in 1905.

Recent international performances of Kate Moore’s music include The Open Road, a music theatre work performed in the Hague in December by Korzo Theater. PUUR Miniature I, a dance work choreographed by Neel Verdoorn, was performed in November by dancer Andreas Kuck and percussionist Juan Martinez at Festival in De Branding, the Netherlands.


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