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30 September 2020

Inaugural MOMENTUM Commission to Rae Howell

Rae Howell Image: Rae Howell  

The inaugural MOMENTUM commission ($5,000) has been awarded to composer, multi-instrumentalist Rae Howell, and her proposal to write a number of works for solo piano, including works suitable for beginner to intermediate level players.

Rae Howell works across a broad range of genres in collaboration with performing and visual artists, in theatre, film, dance, concert hall, and multimedia productions. Over several years, she has worked on an extensive, international research development project Bee-Sharp Honeybee, and explains her current need to focus on works in a more intimate scale and nature:

'Given my most recent and ambitious large-scale project of many collaborators, across multiple disciplines and continents, I choose and plan to reduce my intense stresses of logistics and organisation, to focus on my original area of compositional practice, solo piano.'

The assessment panel (Annette Tesoriero, Natalie Williams, Aaron Wyatt, and Paul Mason) was overwhelmed with the range of proposals presented to them to assess as a result of the first MOMENTUM call for expressions of interest.

'Given the number of highly worthy and highly creative applications, it was a very difficult task, particularly given the circumstances that all the applicants shared, and the challenges that they faced this year. The panel measured each application against the donor's intentions, as expressed in the call for applications. The donor is delighted with the outcome, and wishes Rae the very best in realising her plans', the panel commented.

AMC's CEO John Davis said, 'We're very grateful to the donor - one of our leading composers who has chosen to remain anonymous - for initiating this commission, particularly as this generous gesture has inspired others to do similarly, enabling us to offer additional MOMENTUM commissions to create a series. We are, of course, always open to others stepping forward with support that assists artists in very direct ways.'

> Rae Howell - AMC profile. See also homepage http://www.raehowellmusic.com/

> MOMENTUM III - Sue W COVID-19 Special Commissions are currently open for applications. On the page also information about the now-closed MOMENTUM I and II commissions.

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