Resonate Feature Articles
In-depth articles discussing issues relating to Australia's new music scene - you can also browse our archive of all feature articles.
by Andrew Aronowicz
The 40-year-old Synergy Percussion starts its anniversary celebrations with a mighty 2-day event, perfoming two major works: Pleiades by Iannis Xenakis, followed by a world premiere by Anthony Pateras. Andrew Aronowicz talked to Pateras about his composing and tried to resist too obvious comparisons between Pateras and the master of the European post-war avant-garde.
by Stuart Greenbaum
Stuart Greenbaum writes about the mystery that is the harp - his early crimes against it, and how, over a series of compositions for harp, he made friends with the instrument. Greenbaum's works involving harp will be heard next in ANAM's Australian Voices concert series in Melbourne on 8 May.
by Katy Abbott
I'm as good as paralysed by the information out there on climate change. I'm a passionate believer, but, rather than help to make it easier to change my ways, I find all the statistics, the science, the petitions, the should and should-nots (go meat-free, nude-food, think about food miles, grow your own…) make my brain swirl and my eyes glaze over. I stand looking at my kids' lunchboxes knowing that if I don't wrap the sandwiches in plastic wrap they won't eat, and if I do, I am being a terrible role model, not standing for what I believe in. What's a girl to do?
We have solar power, run tank water through the house, hate gardening yet are growing our own herbs...
by David Holyoake
It’s an enduring debate: whether music can and should exist as a vehicle for ideas and ideologies, and whether or not artists have a responsibility to utilise their influence in the battle for hearts and minds. It’s an issue I have come to have an opinion on only very recently, with my latest commission Extinct Birds from London based Ensemble Matisse, which responds to impending ecological collapse by juxtaposing human song with live recordings of the songs of other species whose destruction we have caused.
by Louis Garrick
Established in Melbourne in 1986 but nowadays nomadic, new music ensemble ELISION has built a presence as one of the world's important voices in new music, and is featured regularly in major festivals and new music programs across the globe. The ensemble's aesthetic lies at the complex and virtuosic end of the contemporary classical spectrum, resolutely international in focus.
As part of a tour of three Australian cities, ELISION is currently in Adelaide, performs in Melbourne on 17 March before travelling to Sydney for two shows at Carriageworks.on 18-19 March. Carriageworks new music curator Louis Garrick interviewed ELISION's artistic director Daryl Buckley.
by Anni Heino
Composer Haydn Reeder talks about his recent compositions for string quartet, as well as his work process and some of his earlier pieces. Melbourne-based Reeder turns 70 on 27 February 2014.