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Partial Durations is a Matthew Lorenzon/RealTime joint project.

Concert guide: 4–10 December

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Wednesday 4 December. Margaret Cameron‘s Opera for a Small Mammal plays at La Mama, Carlton, Vic, at 6:30pm. I shall just reproduce the fine summary below:

Scraps of The Faerie Queen, Henry Purcell’s 1692 operatic adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, resound. Regina Josefine del Mouse lives in the theatre, in the castles and forests of dramatic literature. She is the Mouse Queen. Her tail glints with thieveries from philosophy, Franz Kafka, Lewis Carroll, Beat Poet Michael McClure, Gertrude Stein and other scholarly bits and pieces. Her dominion is the lowercase letters of art (not the uppercase citadel of Art) and Her audience is the community of Mouse People who live in the dark behind the scenes. With an Elizabethan extravagance and classical economy, depending upon the musical and rhetorical powers of poetry, huffing and puffing theatre-dust from the questions of self and Art, She issues a decree on the artistic nature of Matter.

The Song Company perform Christmas songs by Ross Edwards and Christopher Willcock at the Melbourne Recital Centre, 6pm.

Sound artist Kynan Tan‘s installation Perspectives [macro] continues at Free Range Gallery, Perth. Tan uses self-constructed computer programs to develop audio-visual material derived from data sets, archived footage, computer-generated imagery and synthesised sound. In this installation Tan explores the concept of a massive network of singular points as viewed from a singular perspective. The idea that constantly and unendingly, each individual within any given network or system is at once exerting and receiving a gravitational force in space-time on each other point within the system. Continues until 14 December.

Thursday 5 December. Forest Collective perform Evan Lawson’s second opera Calypso at the Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, Vic, from 7:30pm. Performances also on Friday 6 December at 7:30pm and Saturday 7 December at 5pm and 8:30pm.

Warren Burt, Stelarc and Paul Doornbusch participate in a panel discussion on “Tone Scientists: Sound art and cutting-edge science” at West Space Gallery, Vic, at 7:30pm as part of the More Talk, Less Action series curated by Greg Wadley.

Friday 6 November. Marcus Whale curates a night of pop-performance art and experimental sound works at Firstdraft Depot, NSW, from 7pm. Entry fee of $5 comes with a free sausage.

Saturday 7 December. Miriam Gordon-Stewart performs a programme of early twentieth-century repertoire at Scots Church, Melbourne, at 7pm. With recitations from the journal of her grandmother Eileen Robbins by Susan Bullock.

The Grevillea Ensemble perform a new song cycle based on poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley by Katia Beaugeais at The Flute Tree, Leichhardt, NSW, from 3pm. Composer’s talk at 2:30pm.

The musics of Peter Sculthorpe, Brenton Broadstock, Ross Edwards, Paul Grabowsky, Iain Grandage, Stuart Greenbaum, Maria Grenfell, Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin, Graeme Koehne, Paul Stanhope and Nigel Westlake have found their rightful place in a recording designed to lull children to sleep. Hear the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra launch the remarkable recording for the Hush Music Foundation at the Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, 7:30pm.


Partial Durations is a Matthew Lorenzon/RealTime joint project.

Concert guide: 13–19 November

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Thursday 14 November. The ACO perform Rautavaara’s A Finnish Myth and a new work by G. Fröst at Newcastle City Hall, NSW, 7:30pm. Repeat 17 and 18 November, The Arts Centre, Melbourne.

Friday 15 November. Ensemble Offspring and percussion soloist Claire Edwardes perform an immense programme of works by John Luther Adams, Larry Polansky, John Zorn, Chris Adler, Bryn Harrison, Richard Pressley, Nicholas Peters, João Oliviera, Elena Kats-Chernin, Erik Griswold, Kate Moore, Jane Stanley and Matthew Shlomowitz at the Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW, 8pm.

Saturday 16 November. Luke Howard presents “Sun, Cloud” at Conduit Arts, Fitzroy, Vic, 9:45pm.

Sunday 17 November. Chris Rainier performs works by Harry Partch, the Wonderland Spiegeltent, Docklands, Vic. 7pm.

Monday 18 November. Syzygy Ensemble perform Mantovani, Gordon, Cashian and Norman at 6pm. Melbourne recital Centre, 6pm.

Callum G’Froerer presents his final ANAM fellowship concert including Morton Feldman’s “The Viola in My Life” and works by Cat Hope, Eres Holz and Luciano Berio at the Northcote Uniting Church, Vic, 7pm.

Partial Durations is a Matthew Lorenzon/RealTime project.

Concert guide: 6–12 November

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Friday 8 November. Aurora New Music presents Global City at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW, 8pm.

Saturday 9 November. The Melbourne Composers’ League present a concert of works by Andrián Pertout, Maria Grenfell, Brendan Colbert, Paul Moulatlet, Eve Duncan and Haydn Reeder. Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton, 3pm.

Topology and Speak Percussion “get together over the Cuban Missile Crisis and throw a bunch of genres into the blender” at the Brisbane Powerhouse, 7:30pm.

Brett Dean‘s Ariel’s Music for solo clarinet and orchestra will be performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra alongside Bruch’s Concerto for viola and clarinet featuring Paul and Brett Dean as soloists.

Sunday 10 November. Percussionist Claire Edwardes presents a series of new works for solo percussion commissioned from Peter McNamara, Erik Griswold and Matthew Shlomowitz. Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW, 2pm.

Jenny Barnes, Ren Walters and Niharika Senapati show off their incredible semi-improvised vocal, guitar and dance skills at Longplay bar, Fitzroy, VIC, at 7:30pm.

The Astra Chamber Music Society (cheers all round) present works by Lawrence Whiffin, Dan Dediu, Martin Friedel, Graham Hair, Keith Humble and Helen Gifford with Craig Hill at the North Melbourne Town Hall, 5pm.

Concert guide: 30 October–5 November

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Wednesday 30 October. The Melbourne Art Song Collective perform Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel alongside the new cycle Sojourn by Dermot Tully. Melbourne Recital Centre, 6pm.

Thursday 31 October. The Australia Quartet celebrates Halloween 2013 with Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night in a new arrangement by Sydney-based composer, Barton Staggs, and a world premiere and performance by Elena Kats-Chernin of her Scherzino arranged for four hands.

James Rushford and Joe Talia perform at Long Play, Fitzroy, VIC, at 8pm with Yuko Kono.

Friday 1 November. David Lockeridge performs the new marimba concerto “Scenes from the Caucasus” Gerard Brophy at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, NSW, 2:30pm.

Synergy Percussion present their new program Bespoke for Air: New Thoughts in Sound for Radio at the Bon Marche Studio at the University of Sydney, 7:30pm. James Humberstone, Kate Moore, Julian Day and Evan Mannell have responded to the brief by Synergy, APRA and ABC Classic FM for pieces “that go to record fluently but look striking live.”

Saturday 2 November. Portland Upwelling Festival Artist in Residence, Vincent Giles, presents a multi-speaker sound installation on the Portland foreshore during the festival in response to the marine phenomenon called the Bonney Upwelling. The sound installation runs most of the day.

The Aether Instrumental Quintet première a new work by Gerard Brophy at Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane, QLD, at 7:30pm.

Chronology Arts commissioned five composers (Leah Barclay, Hayden Woolf, Chris Williams, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Tristan Coelh)  to respond to the eighteenth-century Sanskrit poem Bodhasara by Narahari in a translation by Grahame and Jennifer Cover. Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, NSW, 8pm. Repeat Saturday 2 November.

Or, you could hear saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans collaborate with tabla player Bobby Singh in The Sound Lounge of the Seymour Centre, NSW, at 8:30pm.

The Arcko Symphonic Ensemble perform Caerwen Martin’s new piece X-Ray Baby alongside works by Kate Neal, Annie Hsieh and Felipe d’Aguiar. Northcote Town Hall, 7:30pm.

Sunday 3 November. Students from ANAM perform works by J.S. Bach and Australian composers Hughes, Smith, Sitsky and Goldmann at Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream, VIC (approximately one hour from Melbourne), 11am.

Heartswin, Donna Hewitt, Tony Osborne and Gail Priest perform at the last Pretty Gritty of the year—a celebration of contemporary vocal music at 107 Projects, Redfern, NSW.

Ros Bandt presents her new sound work based on twelve months working with a box-ironbark with the permission of Uncle Brien Nelson, Jaara Jaara Elder. Her radiophonic work will be spread through the bush and include sound recordings from underwater, in the air and the sounds of multi-cultural musicians. Meet at Fryerstown School, Fryerstown, VIC, at 3:30pm to walk to the installation site.

Monday 4 November. Adelaide’s The Firm presents Leigh Harrold performing minimalism-inflected solo piano works by Phillip Glass, Quentin Grant and Raymond Chapman-Smith. Elder Hall, SA, 9:30pm.

Partial Durations is a Matthew Lorenzon/RealTime project.

Concert guide: 23–29 October

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Wednesday 23 October. Halcyon perform songs by Andrew Schultz, Gordon Kerry, Paul Stanhope, Stephen Adams, Elliott Gyger, Ross Edwards, Gillian Whitehead and Andrew Ford to raise money for “Kingfisher,” a commission of 23 new art songs by Australian composers. Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks, NSW, 7pm.

Thursday 24 October. Ken Murray and The University Guitar Ensemble première Richard Charlton’s Other Dimensions at Melba Hall, Parkville, VIC, at 7:30pm.

Friday 25 October. German baritone Guillermo Anzorena, Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey and cellist Judith Hamann perform James Hullick’s post-apocalyptic chamber opera Bruchlandung at the Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank, VIC, 7:30pm.

Tura New Music’s Crossing Roper Bar Tour comes to Hearson’s Cove, Karratha, WA, at 7pm. Features Wagilak Songmen from Ngukurr, Arnhem Land; Stephen Pigram and members of the Australian Art Orchestra.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra perform the first symphony by Mark Isaacs amongst works by Pärt and Britten. South Bank, Brisbane, QLD, 7pm.

Saturday 26 October. Ensemble Gombert perform Melbourne composer Vaughan McAlley’s 40-part motet Omnes angeli amongst others by Tallis and Carver at The Dome, 333 Collins st, Melbourne, VIC, 8pm.

Sunday 27 October. The Melbourne Composers League and the Grainger Wind Symphony present a concert of music for wind ensemble by composers from Melbourne, plus a guest work from Japan. Richmond Town Hall, VIC, 3pm.

The Zephyr Quartet perform concert works by film composers Rota, Korngold and Herrmann, as well as a new work by Adelaide-born composer Alies Sluiter. The Promethean, Adelaide, SA, 7pm.

Tura New Music’s Crossing Roper Bar Tour comes to Novotel Ningaloo Resort, Exmouth, WA at 7pm. Features Wagilak Songmen from Ngukurr, Arnhem Land; Stephen Pigram and members of the Australian Art Orchestra.

Tuesday 29 October: Tura New Music’s Crossing Roper Bar Tour arrives in Perth to the State Theatre Centre. Features Wagilak Songmen from Ngukurr, Arnhem Land; Stephen Pigram and members of the Australian Art Orchestra.

Partial Durations is a Matthew Lorenzon/RealTime joint project.

Concert guide: 16–22 October

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Wednesday 16 October: Speak Percussion perform Grisey’s intergalactic percussion work Le Noir de l’étoile at Deakin Edge, VIC, at 8pm.

Thursday 17 October: The Australian String Quartet‘s National Composers’ Forum culminates in a public performance of six new works for string quartet by Jesse Budel (SA), Julian Day (NSW), William Jeffery (NSW), Natalie Nicolas (NSW), Sebastian Phlox (SA) and Timothy Shawcross (VIC). Elder Hall, SA, 8pm.

Friday 18 October: Jon Rose presents “Spin: The Canberra Pursuit,” a performance-installation of junk percussion powered by hacked bicycles. Yes, please. TAMS depot, Fyshwick, ACT, 6pm.

Pianist Ian Holtham presents four world premiere works by Barry Conyngham, Elliott Gyger, Mark Clement Pollard and Stuart Greenbaum that were written in response to Schubert’s iconic last piano Sonata. Melba Hall, VIC, 6:30pm.

WASO present WA composer James Ledger’s new violin concerto alongside works by Strauss, Ravel and Stravinsky. Perth Concert Hall, WA, 7:30pm. Repeat Saturday 19 October.

Saturday 19 October: Tura New Music’s Crossing Roper Bar tour comes to the Moonlight Bay Suites, Broome, WA, to present the collaboration between the Australian Art Orchestra and the Young Wägilak Group from Ngukurr in Arnhem Land. 7pm.

ARCKO Symphonic Ensemble revisit two works from previous years (Brendan Colbert’s ….floating in the void… and Roger Smalley’s Strung Out) along with Barry Conyngham’s Sky and the premiere of a new work for string orchestra by Melbourne composer Lisa Illean. Fitzroy Town Hall, VIC, 7:30pm. Repeat Sunday 20 October, 3pm.

Sunday 20 October: How could you pass up the Melbourne Bassoon Quartet with a blurb like this?: “My life-long companion, the Heckel bassoon, is worth a fortune nowadays. I can’t just let it rot in its box, so I have started playing again, practice every day, reformed the Melbourne Bassoon Quartet (again), in which I play the fourth bassoon part – yes, I’m 84 and I can manage it.

There is no money in it for any of the bassoonists, it’s all just for the love of playing chamber music. The program is all my own music: The Adventures of Sebastian the Fox always brings the house down, and there are homages to Victor Bruns and William Waterhouse, two old bassoonist friends of mine, both much more famous than me, dead now, but fondly remembered by me. And we play Rush for an encore. I hope we get that far.” (George Dreyfus)

Monday 21 October: Andrew Ford’s “Once upon a time there were two brothers … ” for solo flute/narrator and Ford’s string quartet Cradle Song performed by the Shanghai string quartet. Also, Penderecki and Haydn.

Partial Durations is a Matthew Lorenzon/RealTime joint project.

Concert guide: 9–15 October

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Thursday 10 October. An excellent opportunity for enthusiasts, performers and composers alike. The Australia Ensemble convene a workshop with UNSW composer John Peterson and choreographer/dancer Sue Healey on their latest creation, ‘Double Entendre’ for piano quintet and dancers. 1:10pm, Leighton Hall, UNSW.

Friday 11 October. The ACO, ANAM and The Consort of Melbourne perform The Crowd: A programme of works by Tognetti, Crumb, Ives, Dean, Debussy, Feldman, Leifs, Schubert, Shostakovich and Sibelius with projections by cinematographer Jon Frank. Palais Theatre, St. Kilda, VIC, 8pm. Repeat with Cantillation at the Sydney Opera House, NSW, Sunday 13 October, 2pm.

An unmissable opportunity to hear Larry Sitsky and Adam Cook perform the world première of Sitsky’s augmentation of Ferruccio Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntisticca. 7pm, Larry Sitsky room, ANU School of Music, ACT.

Tura New Music and the Australian Art Orchestra present their Crossing Roper Bar tour in the foyer of the Darwin Supreme Court, NT. Also performing are Wagilak Songmen from Ngukurr, Arnhem Land; Stephen Pigram and Paul Grabowsky. 8pm. Also Sunday 13 October, Ivanhoe Farms, Kununurra, WA, 7pm.

Saturday 12 October. Cellist Rachel Scott and classical guitarists Raffaele and Janet Agostino perform Bach in the Dark, a program of works by J. S. Bach, Richard Charlton and Ennio Morricone in the crypt of St. James Church, Sydney, NSW, 7pm.

John Peterson’s new work Double entendre shares an Australia Ensemble programme with Britten, Bartok and Mendelssohn. Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, 8pm.

Andrew Ford‘s new song cycle Last Words, featuring the last words of Goethe, Henry Ward Beecher, Alban Berg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Porter, Noel Coward, Virginia Woolf and Tim Winton’s beloved Fish from Cloudstreet, will be performed at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival at 11:30am. Catch a discussion with the composer at 10am before the performance.

For the opening weekend of the Melbourne Festival fifteen black teepees will fill Federation Square, each big enough for just two people. The Sonic Flock of one-on-one performances will feature Carolyn Connors, Tanea Hall, Judith Hamann, Micheal Hewes, Masayuki Kawai, Pardon Kimura, Cal Lyall, Peter Neville, Tim Phillips, Belinda Woods, the Amplified Elephants (Teagan Connor, Jay Euesden, Liz Hofb auer, Robyn McGrath, Thomas Lutze and Daniel Munnery) and the Noise Scavengers.

Sunday 13 October. As part of the Melbourne Festival, composer and percussionist Ben Walsh (Tom Tom Crew) fronts a 12-strong coalition of Australian and Indian musicians as they perform an energetic, percussive score set to an action-packed montage of scenes from Diamond Queen, Perth-born Bollywood actress Fearless Nadia’s most famous film. Melbourne Recital Centre, 7pm.

The Song Company perform works by Elena Kats-Chernin and Stephen Cronin amongst works by Gabrieli, Dufay, Lassus and Sculthorpe. Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, VIC, 11:30am.

Tuesday 15 October. Andrew Ford‘s Last Words, performed by the Seraphim Trio and New York-based soprano Jane Sheldon comes to Adelaide’s Elder Hall, 5:30pm. Event includes a discussion of the work between Andrew Ford and Anna Goldsworthy.




Concert guide: 2–8 October

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Thursday 3 October. To celebrate the introduction of percussion studies at ANAM in 2013, Peter Neville curates New Beats, a showcase of compositions by a number of the country’s rising stars including Wilson, Hsieh, Pertout, Horsley, Bakrnčev and Healey. Melbourne Recital Centre, 6pm.

Chamber Made Opera’s Turbulence by Juliana Hodkinson takes off in a living room in Northcote at 7:30pm. Performances until 12 October.

West Space Art Gallery, Vic, hosts More Talk, Less Action, a series of panel discussions moderated by Clinton Green. This week: “Junk Music: redundant technology and detourned devices as instruments” featuring Ernie Althoff, Rod Cooper, Joanne Cannon and Bent Leather Band. 7:30pm.

Chronology Arts presents Vision of Sound, a concert of three new multi-media works for live electronic or acoustic instruments and projected visuals by Aaron Hull and Greg Hughes (aka Hü), Lani Weekley with Julian Day, and Scott Morrison with Monika Brooks. Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, NSW, 7:30pm.

New York-based new music trio Dead Language presents a concert based on vinyl scratching including world premieres of works by David Bird, Gust Burns and Bernhard Lang with a support set by Michael Louttit. Apparently it’s BYO, which should be the case more often. THE BOX Art Space, QLD, 8pm.

Online. Lutoslawski at 100 on New Music up Late.

Friday 4 October. Imogen Manins and Tony Gould perform new Australian works and improvisations with David Griffiths at the Melbourne Recital Centre from 7pm.

Saturday 5 October. The Festival of Toy Music kicks off at the Brisbane Powerhouse, featuring New York’s “Queen of Toy Piano” Margaret Leng Tan, Adam Simmons’ Toy Band (Melbourne), Clocked Out and Matthew Horsley (Brisbane) and Toy Death (Sydney).

Tuesday 8 October. The Australia Ensemble perform works by Nigel Butterley amongst Britten and Bartok at Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, University of New South Wales, at 1:10pm.

6:30pm at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a concert of new Australian music for solo violin performed by Ole Böhn. Featuring new works by Jonathan Mui, Daniel Riley, Alex Chilvers, Sophie Spargo, Harry Sdraulig, Sharon Calcraft and Daniel Manera.

String quartet The NOISE presents Composed NOISE, a concert of seven new works for string quartet by Australian composers Andrew Ford, Rosalind Page, Paul Cutlan, Lyle Chan, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Alex Pozniak and Amanda Cole at the Cell Block Theatre, NSW, 7pm.

Concert guide: 25 September–1 October

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Thursday 26 September. Flautist Lina Andonovska performs works by Andrew Ford, Tristan Murail and Samuel Smith at the Melbourne City Library from 6pm.

Friday 27 September. Hear new works by emerging composers Michael Bakrnčev (QLD), Adam Cook (ACT), Owen Salome (New South Wales), Dylan Sheridan (Tasmania), Marcus Whale (New South Wales), Yeo Chow (Malaysia), Daniel Lo (Hong Kong) and Celeste Oram (New Zealand) as part of MODART13, the Song Company’s annual young composer development program. Sydney Grammar School, 7pm.

The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra perform new works by Michael Bakrnčev, Chris Williams, William Jeffery, Anastasia Pahos and Brian Chapto Koo. Pacific Hills Christian School, NSW, 8pm.

In a collaboration with Ensemble Interface, Kupka’s Piano perform works by contemporary Italian composers Franco Donatoni, Mauro Lanza, Bruno Maderna and Clara Iannotta, as well as a new work by Australian composer Luke Paulding. Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts QLD, 7:30pm. Repeat 28 September.

Sunday 29 September. The 29th annual ASME conference presents “New Australian Artsong for Low Voices” featuring works by Sitsky, Blom, Dixon, Dunleavy, Howlett, Kerry, Maclean and Paviour, performed by Jenny Duck-Chong, Lotte Latukefu, Susan Reppion-Brooke and Clive Birch. Wesley Music Centre, ACT.

The Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music

Just a note from my research hiatus that the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music has begun, featuring performances by the Argonaut ensemble, Elizabeth Welsh, Samuel Dunscombe, Matteo Cesari, Six Degrees ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Flux Quartet, 1+1=1, Natascha Stellmach and Jessica Aszodi.

It ought to be like nothing Victoria has ever seen, so get the V\Line out there!

In the mean time I’ll be in Liverpool posting about the Music Since 1900 conference!