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by Australian Music Centre
by Claire Edwardes
'We were initially unsure of what sort of program we should be taking with us to the hallowed new music grounds that are the European concert halls, but I think that, in the end, touring an almost exclusively fresh and new Australian program was the right thing to do', writes Claire Edwardes. Offspring's European tour featured works by seven Australian composers, plus international repertoire.
by Piotr Nowotnik
Piotr Nowotnik recently collaborated with the Melbourne-based theatre director Suzie Hardgrave on the production of Elizabeth Taylor Is My Mother. Written, directed and performed by Hardgrave, the piece tells the story of an unrecognised child of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The production team set out to explore personal memories by creating 'imaginary worlds': these were partly achieved through exploration of sound and voice in order to create character and atmosphere - for instance by switching between amplified live voice and pre-recorded 'past' voice, and experimenting with sounds, words and microphone effects. Elizabeth Taylor Is My Mother was performed at the La Mama Theatre in Melbourne 8-10 November 2013.
by Andrián Pertout
Andrián Pertout reports from the 2013 Asian Composers’ League Festival and Conference in Singapore, and the UiTM 'Composium' in Malaysia.
by Justin Macdonnell
On October 10 a signal event occurred in Australian music. It happened neither in this country nor in any of those cities to which we have conventionally, and often fruitlessly, tried to export our arts. It was a concert in the Colombian capital, Bogotá. That was remarkable in itself. What made it extraordinary was that this was not an Australian rock band or pop group, plenty of which have appeared in this city of 8 million souls. This was a symphonic concert and the evening was entirely of contemporary classical works by Australian composers.
by Elliott Gyger
For The Pleiades at Midnight I happened upon a delightful metaphor for the ensemble as a whole. Halcyon (in its Latinised form, Alcyone) is the name of the brightest star in the Pleiades – not a single star, as it happens, but an eclipsing binary orbited by three smaller stars. My piece therefore places Alison and Jenny – as joint soloists and co-directors – at the centre, orbited by a constellation of three instrumentalists.