I probably should have announced it a while back, but I've been selected for a fellowship with Bang on a Can!
I'm very excited to have flown to the USA last Friday for a three week residency with the amazing new-music ensemble Bang on a Can as part of their Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA!!!!!
To work with and have my music performed by them is a dream come true (their music, projects, and general ethos has long been a huge inspiration of mine) and I'm very excited to have my new quasi-concerto for saxophone and ensemble "Summer Summer" featured as part of the Festival. I'm also super keen to explore and have my music performed in the beautiful MASS MoCA, now one of the largest contemporary art museums in the world and home to so many stunning artworks by the likes of James Turrell, Sol Lewitt, and the crazy thing pictured by Nick Cave.
Stay tuned for travel photos and updates from the Festival...
"You just have to get yourself out there, and that’s the most difficult thing. Whether that’s meeting people in the foyer after concerts and shaking hands, becoming friends, then sending them your music, or entering competitions. Or cold-emailing people! You might not get an email back, but until people know your name nothing is going to happen" – Connor D'Netto
"On the day before the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Concert, Megan Steller sat down with this year’s featured composers Ade, Cassie, Connor, and Stephen at Blondie in Melbourne’s Southbank for a coffee and a chat. Over an hour, they talked commissioning, getting started as a composer, making your own opportunities and working with the MSO. Find out how to hear the rest of the conversation at the bottom of the page. "
In conversation with Megan Steller, Rehearsal Magazine
This week, four new Australian works will be premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Brett Kelly will take to the stage for the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Concert. The event will feature pieces from early-mid career artists Ade Vincent (VIC), Cassie To (NSW), Connor D’Netto (QLD), and Stephen de Filippo (WA).
The four composers come together to tell CutCommon readers what their works are all about, and the personal exploration they’ve taken through their music.
"With Ben conducting, and controlling the synthesisers, and Connor on keyboards, this was a typically innovative offering from this talented young duo of composer musicians, whose unique multi-sensory concerts transcend the traditional concept of orchestral music"
by Karen and John Hutt, Scenestr.
Bringing to life a surround sound space opera
by Megan Steller, Rehearsal Magazine
"Ever wondered what another universe would sound like? Brisbane classical/electronic duo Argo will show you this month when they set best-selling sci-fi novel Illuminae to music for the Brisbane Writers Festival.
The duo is made up of young composers Connor D’Netto and Ben Heim, and together they’ve created a cinematic, “surround sound” experience that’s set to place audiences in the centre of this explosive book from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Think artificial intelligence and star cruiser battles against a backdrop of live strings and electronics.
Sounds pretty cool, huh?"
by Stephanie Eslake, CutCommon
So, I went to Charleville, I looked around, I took some photos... What happened next??
Well, do an interview on ABC Radio National about the piece I've written, BEFORE YOU'VE EVEN HAD A CHANCE TO FINISH WRITING IT!! That totally makes sense, right?
I'm really stoked to be working on a new piece commissioned by the Camerata of St. John's to premiere on their tour of regional Queensland next month!
But first, their concertmaster/artistic director, Brendan Joyce, and I headed out to Charleville, to meet some of the locals, explore the area, do a few interviews for the local papers and radio, and gather some ideas to use in the new work.
Take a look at what we saw...
I'm very excited to announce that I have been awarded the Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize from the University of Queensland for 2016! My winning work, Texture No. 1 for Orchestra, will be premiered by the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra on 16 October 2016 in the concert hall at QPAC – Tickets available now!
I'm getting the first (official) international premiere of my music, and not only that, it's at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival!!
Four of the fellows from the festival will be performing a casual lunchtime concert in amidst the exhibition at MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The program includes my String Quartet No. 2 in E minor.
So, if you happen to be in North Adams Massachusetts next week, you should definitely go...
Last year (2015) I wrote a thesis! It was for my honours in my Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland. HARMONIC PROGRESSION AND PITCH-CENTRICITY IN JOHN ADAMS PHRYGIAN GATES . . . I know, such a fun title. Anyway, somehow, it won an award! The Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship, for the most outstanding research contribution to the field of musicology in 2015 at the university.
Excited to announce that I've been selected as one of four composers to take part in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Cybec Foundation Composer Program! As part of this, I have received a commission for a new work, to be premiered in concert by MSO in January 2017.
"The overall effect of ‘Flow’ was profoundly relaxing and soothing, as the stresses of the week melted away in this otherworldly, multi-sensory experience."
by Karen and John Hutt, Scenestr.
"We had a chat with Ben and Connor, the masterminds behind Argo, about their upcoming performance - Argo presents: FLOW."
by Megan Steller, Rehearsal Magazine
"Argo do performances rather than concerts proper. Which is to say that you really have to be there to get it . . . it’s certain to make you stop and think and listen. I definitely recommend it."
by Carolina Caliaba, 4ZZZ reviews
Connor's work is being featured on CutCommon's new online music store. Scores, such as his award winning String Quartet No. 2 and Chamber Symphony No. 1, and recordings, including his String Quartet No. 1, are available to purchase and download.
Connor D’Netto has been named by Chamber Music Australia the winner of the inaugural Australian New Works Award for his String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, along with Michael Bakrnčev for his Piano Trio No. 2 Janino. The award was established as part of the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition with the support of Monash University and CMA Chairman, Julian Burnside AO QC.
In the lead up to Paint in Red | 9, a collaboration between the musical and visual arts communities of Brisbane, I had the pleasure for chatting to one of the featured artists, Lucy Tyler, to talk about creating art, music, and what its live to create live reaction artworks.
Image credit: Lucy Tyler – creativemachine.com.au