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24 December 2008

Nine participants for MODART09

Seven composers from Australia, one from NZ and one from Hong Kong

Nine participants for MODART09

[Update 26 June: Melbourne and Sydney concert details]

From a wide field of applicants, seven Australians alongside a composer from New Zealand and one from Hong Kong have been selected to participate in the 2009 MODART project. Initiated by The Song Company and the Australian Music Centre, MODART provides opportunities for emerging composers to develop new work for voices. In the process, nine young composers have the opportunity to spend two intensive working periods in 2009 with the singers and director of The Song Company.

During late January and mid-July, The Song Company’s home in Sydney will be buzzing with new ideas and cutting edge projects involving voice and electronics. The project culminates in two public performances at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at the newly opened Melbourne Recital Centre, recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

The composers selected are Amy Bastow (Sydney), Anthony Dunstan (Sydney), Melody Eötvös (Brisbane), Alexandra Hay (Wellington, New Zealand), Rae Howell (Melbourne), King-Pan Ng (Hong Kong), Mark Oliveiro (Sydney), James Rushford (Melbourne), Lachlan Skipworth (Perth/Sydney).

MODART09 is the 4th edition of the MODART project. According to The Song Company’s Artistic Director Roland Peelman, 'the standard and abundance of submissions for this year’s event was unprecedented. Also the stylistic diversity of the composers selected augurs well for a project full of surprises. Over the two working periods we can really develop a creative relationship where we are all free to challenge and to respond. As happened in the past, this relationship then prompts new creative initiatives'.

MODART is an initiative of The Song Company and the Australian Music Centre. It is supported by ABC Classic FM, the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Melbourne Recital Centre. The project is also the subject of advanced research by Prof. Margaret Barrett of the University of Queensland.

Performance details:


DATE: 4pm Saturday 18 July 2009
WHERE: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank
PRICE: $20 Adult, $12 Concession
TICKETS: www.melbournerecital.com.au or at the door


DATE: 4pm Sunday 19 July 2009
WHERE: Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Suite 51, Level 2 - 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt
PRICE: $25 Adult, $15 Concession
TICKETS: Available at the door

INFORMATION: (02) 8272 9500

Further links

As a national service organisation, the Australian Music Centre is dedicated to increasing the profile and sustainability of Australian composers and other creative artists. The AMC facilitates the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these artists through: composer and other creative artist representation and assistance; resonate – its online magazine; library and retail services; sheet music publishing; and the management, administration and publication of project-based initiatives. Its library collection holds over 30,000 items by more than 500 artists.


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