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Composer, performer, and naturalist Ron Nagorcka (born 1948) spent his childhood exploring music and the natural world on a sheep farm in Western Victoria. He studied music at Melbourne University and at the University of California San Diego.
During the 1970s he was active as a composer in Melbourne and taught at the Melbourne State College.
In 1988 he moved to a remote forest in northern Tasmania, where he built his own house and solar-powered studio. As president of the Central North Field Naturalists he takes a keen interest in both the science and the aesthetics of the Australian bush. His recordings of nature - especially birdsongs - provide the basis for many of his compositions. He also makes and plays his own didjeridus, and often incorporates them into his music.
He also has a strong interest in the ancient tuning known as 'just intonation' - and its use in both music and nature. Nagorcka says of his music: 'I compose abstractly - not attempting to express anything in particular, but trying to feel the sounds at work. I strive to be unique and distinctive - so I like to find new harmonies in alternative intonations and rhythms that dance in new ways.'
From 1990 - 1996 Nagorcka's music was performed mostly by the ensemble NYET - a group of artists particularly interested in their relationship to the Tasmanian environment.
In 1996 he collaborated with artist Sieglinde Karl and others to produce the installation Secret Places at the Queen Victoria museum in Launceston - since presented in Hobart, Melbourne and Orange. He also produced a CD of this music.
In October 1997, he was joined by Rob Williams and Larry Polansky in a concert of his music as part of the Sounding Sphere festival in Harima, Japan.
In October 1998, his Tasmanian Toccata for didjeridu, sampler and pipe organ was the main feature of three concerts to open the new organ in the chapel of Trinity College in Melbourne.
In 1999, he was awarded a commendation by Melbourne University in the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award. In August - September 1999, he undertook a 'Wilderness Residency' at Eddystone Pt. where he wrote This Beauteous Wicked Place - premiered in Ballarat in January 2000, and presented in the Great Hall of the Old Bailey by Nagorcka and Elizabeth Anderson as part of the 2001 City of London Festival.
In 2002 a CD of his music (Devils of the Night) was produced by Move Records in Melbourne.
In 2003 he toured the USA, Norway and Sweden. His major work Artamidae was premiered by the Downtown Ensemble in New York, and he presented concerts with organists David Scott Hamnes in Norway and Gary Verkade in Sweden.
In 2004 he was joined by Larry Polansky and local performers in concerts in Launceston and Hobart culminating in the recording of Artamidae by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
In 2007, a tour of USA, Norway, Sweden and Italy included a live performance on KPFK-FM radio in Los Angeles, a residency at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in association with naturalist Sarah Lloyd, and major concerts in Trondheim, Norway, with Bert Chan (clarinet), Ole Jorgen Melhus (trombone), Tonje Bekken (cello) and David Scott Hamnes (pipe organ).
In 2012 performances took place in Santa Cruz and, in Los Angeles, a concert with Gnarrwallaby enemble, as well as a tour of Ecuador and the Galapagos with Sarah Lloyd. In 2013 included concerts in Trondheim and Steinkjer, Norway, with two different programs and several premiere performances, followed by recordings made in the Steinkjer Church, Norway, compositions played at the 2013 concerts.
2014 saw the release, by Pogus Recordings (NY), of double album Atom Bomb becomes Folk Art, including compositions from 1974 to 2006.
RN/AMC — current to 2014
|Tarkine passing (radiophonic music)||Commissioned by ABC Classic FM.|
|Leaves : pianoforte solo (2013)||Commissioned by Shirley West for her brother Robert Luxmore|
|Chaconne (trios: horn, trombone, tuba) (2012)||Commissioned by Trio Kobayashi (Los Angeles)|
|Anything : piano solo (2012)||Commissioned by Shirley West.|
||Septimus confronts equality : for 2 pipe organs (six hands) and MIDI keyboard with audio software (2012)||Commissioned for the conference "Cage 101" held at the Faculty of Performing Arts, Universiti Pendidikan Sultran Idris, Malaysia in August 2013.|
|Shirley surely swings : pianoforte duet (2011)||Commissioned by Shirley West.|