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…
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 . . .
new city, new friends, new life, lots of photos
My last travel vlog of my time at Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA is up!! Check it out to see some behind the scenes from the Marathon Concert, as well as the highlights from the final week of the Festival.
My week 2 recap from Bang On A Can Summer Fest at MASS MoCA (plus a whole mess of bloopers), check it out!
My first update from the USA!! I threw together a little travel diary for the team at Rehearsal Magazine. Have a look at the beautiful town of North Adams where I've been chilling out for the past week, its very pretty . . .
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...
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.
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