AustralASEAN: halfsound South-East Asian Tour Launch Concert
- Date: Thursday, 19 May 2016, 7:30pm
- Venue: Grant St Theatre - Victorian College of the Arts — Grant St, Southbank, VIC Tickets: This is a free event
Join halfsound for an evening of new music for saxophone duo before we embark on a two-month tour of South-East Asia. Our program will feature eight new works for two saxophones and an additional two new adaptions for two saxophones of existing works by young Australian composers. We would love to see you there so please come along and bring your friends. Concert details and more information about us and our tour below.
New works by: Michael A. Bakrnčev, Leah Blankendaal, Jakob Bragg, Vincent Giles, Luke Hutton, Josten Myburgh, Camille Robinson, David Seedsman, Eli Simić-Prošić and Peter Wilson.
Ali Fyffe and Matt Hinchliffe (saxophones)
Date: Thursday May 19th
Venue: Grant Street Theatre, VCA (Map here: http://maps.unimelb.edu.au/southbank/building/872)
FREE Entry. Donations towards our tour expenses will be gratefully accepted.
About the tour:
In 2016, halfsound will be undertaking an extended tour of South-East Asia. In the space of two months, we will visit 11 cities in 8 countries to present a variety of performances and, in some cases, workshops. Our tour program will feature a range of new Australian compositions by some of Australia's finest young composers. The primary objectives of this tour are to solidify our existing ties to the region and to promote high quality Australian music.
halfsound is a saxophone duo formed by Ali Fyffe and Matt Hinchliffe. We perform notated art music with a strong focus on new and innovative works, particularly by young Australian composers. We believe the performance of new music is important in order to ensure the continued evolution and development of musical expression. We also appreciate the value of connection and collaboration with local, national and international artists in expanding and challenging our artistic practice and regularly work with a range of artists.
As collaborative partners, we have worked together for seven years. Our first collaboration was as members of the KHASM Saxophone Quartet from 2009 until 2013. In this ensemble, we toured to five cities in Australia and presented concerts in collaboration with local artists. We also premiered a number of new works for saxophone.
In 2013, we undertook further studies in Paris, France and formed the Quanta Saxophone Quartet in collaboration with two American saxophonists. In this ensemble, we commissioned four new works by Australian and American composers and performed them in a mini Australian tour of Melbourne and Perth as well as many performances across Europe.
After completing our studies in France in 2014, we undertook a self-imposed and directed residency in Hanoi, Vietnam for eight months followed by a further three months in Thailand before returning to Melbourne. We both share an interest in the South-East Asian contemporary arts scene having visited and observed local artists a number of times and decided to learn more about the artistic practice in the region. During our time in Hanoi, we met with local artists, performed in a number of countries throughout the region, developed contacts and learnt a lot about artistic practice in South-East Asia.
We are now based in Melbourne where we are currently preparing for our upcoming tour of South-East Asia.
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