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Seven young composers were selected to participate in 5th edition of the biennial professional development program, MODART 2011. Initiated by The Song Company and the Australian Music Centre, MODART11 program brought together five Australian participants and two composers from further afield: Christchurch (NZ) and Mexico.

The participating composers in 2011 were Leah Barclay (Brisbane), Tristan Coelho (Sydney), Annie Hsieh (Melbourne), Ekrem Mülayim (Turkey/Sydney), Timothy Tate (Brisbane), Demian Galindo (Mexico) and Alex van den Broek (NZ).

The year’s MODART events were held at Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour at the beginning of October. The two concerts on 1 and 2 October were a culmination of the program which began with initial workshops in May.

> MODART 2011 event details (AMC Calendar)
> 'Seven composers participate in MODART11 workshops' - Resonate magazine 28 February 2011


Leah Barclay

Leah Barclay

Work: Transvergence - ste-specific performance installation for six voices and live electronics

Leah Barclay is a composer, sound artist and curator, born in Adelaide, South Australia. She holds a first class honours degree in composition, and is currently completing her PhD under Gerardo Dirié and Kim Cunio at Griffith University. She creates immersive performances and multi-sensory installations at the intersection of art, science, technology and the environment that have been commissioned internationally. Barclay’s work has received numerous awards, including the Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Scholarship, the Asialink Performing Artist Residency for South Korea and the HELM Award for Environmental Art. She has composed, directed and curated intercultural projects across Australia, India, China and Korea to wide acclaim. Her 2011 projects include: Floating Land (guest curator); Indian dance production Uruvam (composer); Dhakan (featured at ACMC11 in NZ); Encantro Das Aguas (commissioned by the Australian Voices); Mamori Sound Project (Amazon Jungle, Brazil), Remnant/Emergency Artlab (lead artist), and DAM(N) - an interdisciplinary project exploring the stories of the displaced people of the Narmada River in North India (composer/sound artist).

> Read Leah's MODART diary

Tristan Coelho

Tristan Coelho

Work: The Writer's Hand for three female voices after a poem by David Gascoyne

Tristan Coelho is a Sydney-based composer. He received his Bachelor's degree in composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class honours and university meda,l and his Master's degree with distinction from the Royal College of Music, London. He has worked in a variety of mediums, including concert music, musical comedy, contemporary dance and film. His scores trace a range of styles from art music to electronic and popular music. Tristan has written music for numerous ensembles and performing arts organisations including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Kammer Ensemble, The Song Company, Chronology Arts, the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Composers Ensemble.

> Read Tristan's MODART diary

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Work: /iu/ for vocal quintet

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh (b. 1984) was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and has spent a major part of her life in Auckland, New Zealand, before moving to Australia to pursue her musical studies at the University of Melbourne where she studied composition with Stuart Greenbaum and Brenton Broadstock. In 2006 she graduated with first class honours and, in 2009, gained her Master's degree in composition from the University of Melbourne under the guidance of Stuart Greenbaum. Annie has had works performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (Sydney), the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Cross Soloists, Ensemble Fabrique, Chronology Arts; has been featured in festivals such as the Sydney Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Her interest in theatre have led to the many collaborations with companies such as A is for Atlas (Quartet: the Razor), and BOOBook theatre (Student Body). She is currently developing new works for The Song Company (MODART11 professional development project) and cellist John Addison, and has just recently returned from the NYU/ASCAP film scoring summer workshop in New York.

> Read Annie's MODART diary


Ekrem Mülayim

Ekrem Mülayim

Work: Mäòë for vocal sextet

Ekrem Mülayim is a Sydney-based composer, born in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently doing a Master's degree in composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ekrem has been actively involved in the Australian music scene since his arrival in 2005. Along with his involvement in new music, he specialises in composing for theatre, film and dance. His theatre credits include Belvoir Street Theatre productions of Yellow Moon, Cut and The Kiss, Tell it like it isn’t for Australian Theatre for Young People and Vigil for Spirit House Theatre Company. His other collaborations include Critical Path, Campbelltown Arts Centre for Composers-Choreographers Lab Residency, The Australian Voices and The Song Company. Ekrem made his international debut with Lost Souls, composed in 2009 for a speech choir. Lost Souls has recently been released on the album Playing with Words by GruenRekorder in Germany.

> Read Ekrem's MODART diary


Timothy Tate

Timothy Tate

Work: 4 traces for vocal sextet based on words by Matsuo Basho and Otomo Oemaru

Timothy Tate (b. 1989 Guildford, United Kingdom) emigrated to Australia in 1997 and is currently living in Brisbane. In 2010 Timothy graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in composition. Recent commissions include works for Sarah Curro, Alpha Crusis Ensemble, ensemble fabrique, Chronology Arts and ensemble chronophonie. In 2009 and 2010 Timothy was selected to attend the composition program at the AYO National Music Camp, held in Adelaide (2009) and Canberra (2010). Timothy has also won several awards for his compositions including: The Barbara Blackman Song Composing Competition (2007), MTAQ Gold Coast Composing Competition (2009) and The Harris Peck Composition Prize (2010). Timothy is also an active violist and co-founder of both ensemble fabrique and SOUNDING OUT Composers’ Collective.

> Read Timothy's MODART diary 1


Demian Galindo

Demian Galindo

Work: Huichol for vocal quintet

Demian Galindo (b. 1980, Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico), studied composition in the University of Guadalajara where he got his Bachelor's degree on 2008 with the Maestro Manuel Cerda, and is pursuing further studies with the Italian Luca Belcastro. He has composed several pieces by commission, and some of these have been premiered in Wichita, Kansas (USA), Santiago (Chile), at the National Conservatory of Mexico City, the Autonomous University of Baja California, University of Guadalajara, the Arts School of Tecate, among others. He has composed music for theatre, short films and worked on audiovisual projects and as an arranger/orchestrator. Demian Galindo leads the Jalisco´s composers collective Gruppetto Charro, and his chamber music ensemble of contemporary music 'Proyecto Caos' (Chaos Project). He recently won a grant from the Jalisco State Council for the Culture and Arts to record some of his pieces on a CD. In his free time he practices mixed martial arts, collects forks and is an insect and other invertebrate fan.

> Read Demian's MODART diary

Alex van den Broek

Alex van den Broek

New Zealand
Work: Crossings for vocal sextet based on a poem by Riemke Ensing

Alex van den Broek has studied under the tutelage of John Cousins, Chris Cree-Brown and Elaine Dobson. He received his first professional premiere by 175East (2003) and has been awarded five compositional awards, including the Douglas Lilburn Prize (2003/2004/2009) the Michael Toovey Memorial Prize (2003) and the Madrigal Singers Prize (2004). He is also the recipient of two compositional grants from Creative New Zealand in 2005 and 2008. Alex also plays trumpet and keyboard in a variety of ensembles and bands, as well as working as a freelance composer, arranger, educator and conductor.

“Van den Broek’s work showed fluency in a range of styles and, that he has a keenly developed ear for the possibilities of sound. I felt honoured to be collaborating with him.” Graham Lindsay, poet

> Read Alex's MODART diary


The Song Company

Established in 1984, The Song Company’s repertoire covers music from the 10th century to the present day and is unique in its diversity. Directed by Roland Peelman, the group combines the most ancient of singing traditions with the most daring contemporary vocals. Committed to excellence and fresh ways of presenting music, The Song Company enjoys a reputation as one of the most outstanding vocal ensembles in the world. The Song Company is well-known for their recordings, broad educational programs, innovative theatrical work, cabaret and extensive national and international touring.

> Read more about The Song Company


For more information about the MODART composer development project, contact The Song Company at mail@songcompany.com.au

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