Lisa Illean : Associate Artist
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Artist website: http://www.lisaillean.com.au
Lisa Illean is a composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, based in the U.K. Her music has been described as "exquisitely quiet shadows shaded with microtunings" (The Sydney Morning Herald) and "a compelling exercise in stillness and quietude" (The Australian). Illean's work spans pieces written for orchestra to those commissioned for new, prepared or adapted instruments, and sound works conceived for unique spaces. This has led to her working with BBC, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, The Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra, and presenting music around the globe, including at Festival Présences (Paris), Taiwan International Festival of Arts, BBC Proms, Unerhörte Musik (Berlin), Angelica Festival (Bologna), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Extended Play (Sydney) and Metropolis New Music Festival (Melbourne), in venues ranging from Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg) to the industrial bays of Sydney's Carriageworks and London's Café Oto.
Many of Illean's compositions arise out of working with non-tempered tuning systems, playing close attention to sonority, subtly unfolding harmonic forms, auditory phenomena and perspective. In recent years she has oriented her practice as a composer to include making long-form pieces with both performed and pre-recorded material, in close development with one or two others. This process incorporates unadorned, 'everyday' instruments-often simply-made zithers; exploring visual analogies and tactile ways of sketching. She has also made a number of pieces for voice, including A though-grown earth (2018) for Juliet Fraser and Sleeplessness … Sails (2018) Sarah Connolly. Cantor for soprano and ensemble was named Instrumental Work of the Year at the 2018 Australian Art Music Awards.
This autumn new pieces will be presented at Donaueschinger Musiktage (Trio Accanto/Experimentalstudio des SWR), Transit Festival and November Music (Juliet Fraser/Explore Ensemble). Autumn performances are also scheduled with Ensemble 10/10, London Sinfonietta, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Juliet Fraser, and musicians at the Royal Academy of Music, where Lisa is composer-in-residence for the academic year 2021-22 alongside teaching at the University of Cambridge.
Lisa is published exckusively by Faber Music.
" [Illean] shows an extraordinary sensitivity to colour and timbre and creates an absorbing sound-world which lingers after listening." - Australian Art Music Awards
"a subtle, mesmerising work" - Classic Melbourne
" … Février, œuvre toute en finesse, en douceur…" - vieillecarne
" the work's sensitive connection to visual art is expressed in music of evocative beauty." - Operachaser
"Illean's is a distinctive and original new voice in the landscape and her work was realised here by the SSO with tender care." - The Sydney Morning Herald
Lisa Illean — current to October 2021
Awards & Prizes
|2018||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental||Winner||Cantor|
|Rose (clarinet with chamber orchestra)||Commissioned by London Philharmonic Orchestra.|
|Tiding : guitar solo (2021)||Commissioned by London Sinfonietta for its Sinfonietta Shorts series|
|Tiding II (saxophone with chamber ensemble) (2021)||Commissioned by the SWR for Donaueschinger Musiktage|
|février (trios: clarinet, piano, cello) (2019)||Commissioned by Radio France|
|Sleeplessness ... Sails : mezzo-soprano voice with piano (2018)||Commissioned by the BBC for the 2018 Proms Chamber series at Cadogan Hall|
|Weather a Rare Blue (sextets: flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello with pre-recorded sound) (2018)||Commissioned by Explore Ensemble.|