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Benjamin Millar

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Articles by and about Benjamin Millar

Alex Masso Ensemble by Benjamin Millar

If this edge-pushing outing by the newly minted Alex Masso Ensemble was anything to go by, the future of improvisational music sits in safe hands. Aged between 17 and 25 and hailing from Bowral, Wollongong, Nowra and the Blue Mountains, the performers brought to the centre a sound that reflects a grounding in a jazz tradition, but manages also to convey a shared sense of the potential opened up through improvisation and exploration of extended techniques.

Halcyon: Celebrating 10 Years by Benjamin Millar

There was a wonderful sense, throughout this concert, of being part of an event that was more than just the sum of its songs. The night featured works drawn from the ten years Halcyon have been making music, a showcase sampling of program highlights leading to the two focal pieces of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children and Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. . .

A Brave Yet Thrilling Pairing by Benjamin Millar

Preceding the sombre, near-funereal march of Dimitri Shostakovich’s 8th with the existential, wide-eyed hope of Georges Lentz’s Mohn may have seemed to some an unusual programming choice, yet those witness to these performances were privy to something quite special – a brave yet thrilling pairing.

The Sound Lounge by Benjamin Millar

It's still too soon for the dim downstairs den of The Sound Lounge, in the bowels of the Seymour Centre, to have collected the history and the tales of the Side On Cafe, the old Parramatta Road haunt of SIMA (Sydney Improvised Music Association). On the upside, it’s very nice to be able to see what’s happening upon the stage from more than just the first few tables. Mind you, the AustraLYSIS Electroband is more a feast for the ears than the eyes. . .

Natsuko Yoshimoto and James Cuddeford - Violin Duo by Benjamin Millar

Stepping away from their roles with Grainger Quartet and Sydney Soloists, Natsuko Yoshimoto and James Cuddeford made the most of tonight's extra breathing space.

Taikoz: The Gathering - featuring Riley Lee and Timothy Constable by Benjamin Millar

Coaxed back to Sydney for one final show, 'The Gathering' brought to Verbruggen Hall the kind of well-oiled performance that's the special preserve of a tight-knit ensemble traversing the country for three months.

Ensemble Offspring: To the Max by Benjamin Millar

The cavernous Carriageworks foyer greets audiences with splashes of bold modernity slotted alongside time-capsule echoes of near-forgotten industry. If the 21st century is settling into an aesthetic, it appears to be this – not obliteration of the past through fetishisation of the new, nor a desperate attempt to preserve a past slipping from our grasp as we attempt to clutch it. This compromise between the old and the new, original form and necessary function, mirrors a struggle music presents every time a composer sits to write – the weight of history pushing back, the imperative that drives them to break or break through.

Sono Perception by Benjamin Millar

Is the success of a performance best measured by how well it mirrors the intentions of the creators, or must it be ultimately judged against the effect it has upon its audience? How different members of the audience responded to Sono Perception , presented by JOLT and CarriageWorks, may have been influenced by expectations as to what might constitute the workings of, as the subtitle put it, 'A Sonic Art Concert'.