Katie Noonan and the Australian String Quartet’s new album The Glad Tomorrow is OUT NOW featuring the searingly beautiful poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Check it out on the music service of your choosing, and of course, make sure you have a good listen to my track “Dawn Wail For The Dead”
Okay, so I didn’t manage to do my daily updates from Australian Festival of Chamber Music on Facebook as I had promised, but that’s mainly because I was having such an awesome time. Seriously. AMAZING.
Didn't manage to get to Townsville for the Festival? Never fear, ABC Classic recorded some of the concerts and they’re up online at the moment to listen to!
This is just some extra little fun stuff for those of you dedicated enough to actually read my blog posts…
A couple of years ago I was commissioned by Paint it Red to write a trio for three guitars for three of my best friends, Ben Ellerby, Libby Meyers and Joe Fallon, who together make up the Rosa Guitar Trio. The resulting work, Two-Tap, is probably one of my favourite pieces I’ve written, but IT’S A KILLER. It’s just so tight knit, with interwoven patterns hocketing about all over the place, shifts and metric-modulations abundant, and glittered with harmonics generously. The trio loved it, but needless to say the first draft needed a good bit of work before it was playable.
In the process of editing, Ben created THIS marvellous thing…
“lyrical viola lines soaring amidst almost pointillistic electronics, underscored by vast organ-like chords”
Reviewed by Angus McPherson for Limelight Magazine
“Performed by Kathryn Stott and Timo-Veikko Valve, it consisted of groovy, upbeat rhythms, unconventional chords and, occasionally, completely lunatic key changes. D’Netto is a young genius working ‘at the peak of his talents’ as Christopher Lawrence put it. The two-movement work heavily relied on its placement of accents, and explored combinations of possible textures available in both instruments from plucking with running piano arpeggios to syncopated chords and motor rhythms with harmonics. This work of power and imagination was made even more exciting by Valve and Stott’s incredibly clean and focussed execution.”
Reviewed by Shirley Zhu for Limelight Magazine
From Mozart to ACDC, Chamber Music laid the foundations of contemporary rock and pop. Three of world’s brightest stars of classical music Connor D’Netto, David Griffiths and Rachael Clegg discuss the impact of chamber music on contemporary sounds with ABC RN host Myf Warhurst. The just some of the many outstanding musicians performing at this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.
Premiering in Townsville, Connor D’Netto’s new string quartet is another step closer to completing a life-long musical bucket list. The Goldner String Quartet performs the world premiere of Connor D’Netto’s String Quartet No 3 at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music on July 29. Read all about the new work in Limelight Magazine July edition.
Flora Wong celebrates the tenth birthday of her Helge Grawert instrument by commissioning four new works for violin by Australian composers Connor D'Netto, MJ O'Neill, Chris Perren and Kezia Yap.
To find out more and make a tax-deductible donation via the Australian Cultural Fund to support the project, visit bit.ly/Geburtstag2019
Katie Noonan And Australian String Quartet Announce Album ‘The Glad Tomorrow’ released August
‘The Glad Tomorrow’ National Tour, October - November 2019
World premiere performance on Gadigal Country October 28 at The Sydney Opera House
A couple of weeks back, I had the pleasure of sitting around and looking all moody for a photoshoot with Ray Roberts in the bizarre world that is the Barbican Estate, have a look . . .
“I really love the opportunity to collaborate with other composers. It’s not for everyone, it definitely takes a certain personality to be able to have two composers, creatures that are often left to build their own worlds working in solitude, to have them working in tandem. You need to be able to compromise, to be willing to challenge yourself constantly, to always be open to ideas other than your own even when you think you are right.”
Composer Connor D’Netto interviewed by Barry Mitchell
I put together a pretty little teaser film for my upcoming collaborative project non-place . . .
SUPER. BIG. NEWS.
I’ve been struggling not to talk about this for so long, and now I can finally share it with everyone – I am the 2019 Composer-In-Residence of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music ! ! ! !
“this duo (we are breathing) displayed exactly what was promised; richness, tenderness, and virtuosity. Most exciting was the connection and communication between both performers – they seemed to react to each other in a way that was organic and spontaneous, unifying a disparate set of sounds”
Reviewed by Lily Bryant for Cut Common
So what does it look like when we separate music from sets of arbitrary rules, and focus on creating music that is completely true to our own imagination? Cue Connor D’Netto and Ben Baker, the two musicians behind cello and electronics duo we are breathing. They are both classically trained, and have their own impressive lists of individual achievements. But together, their expertise allows them to create music that is uniquely their own – music that doesn’t fit into any box. We spoke to the duo about their debut Australian tour, and how they create a sound that is so innovative and individual.
I'm super excited to share with you that this August, my duo we are breathing is making our debut tour in Australia!! We'll be playing four very different gigs, teaming up with a host of amazing locals artists, venues and series, and we can't wait to share our music with you.
Please consider supporting our tour by contributing to our Kickstarter Campaign!
Very excited to share with you that I have been awarded funding in the 2018 APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund! The funding is towards supporting the commissioning of my third full-length string quartet, the result of a three-way co-commission of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music for the Goldner String Quartet (Sydney), the Mivos Quartet (New York), and the Modulus Quartet (London).
I've started a new project!!! Ben Baker and I have started up a new duo thing and
it's going to be ~ d r e a m y ~
Think lush cello, dirty synths, wild improv, lots of electronics and effects in surround sound, and some big fat soundscape-y goodness for you to sink into...
new city, new friends, new life, lots of photos
I'm very pleased to announce that recently I have been awarded a number of awards and scholarships supporting my studies in London, where I am undertaking my Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music. These are:
- Tait Trust Scholar
- Australian Music Foundation Award
- Churchie Foundation Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarship
I would like to thank the Royal College of Music, the Tait Memorial Trust, the Australian Music Foundation and the Churchie Foundation for all their generous support, without which I wouldn't have been able to undertake this amazing opportunity to move overseas and study at one of the world's best conservatories.