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Hello! Sadly, 3 shades black is not doing a fringe show this year, but 3 shades black director Miranda Hill, and regular collaborator Leah Scholes have teamed up to start something silly with “Cakebombing!”

Check them out  here and book tickets  here!




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3 Shades Black recently spent an amazing morning showing school students from all over Victoria how awesome graphic scores are.  With great thanks to Musica Viva and their tech team for making the magic happen, ACMI for hosting us and all the students for being so open and willing to think outside the box and off the page.

Miranda Hill talking about Moving Scores.


For more information, please visit the Musica Viva in Schools facebook page! They do great work.

Photos! Homophonic!

Photos taken by the amazing Ali Hogg.

What a great show! Thanks to all our amazing performers, audience, composers, La Mama, the Early Music Studio, and all the queer pioneers, past and present, who have allowed us to be free to put on ridiculously fabulous shows like this, today.

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Click here to read all about the show, with interviews with Miranda Hill and David Chisholm.


Sneak Peek at rehearsals


The composer and musicians after rehearsing “A Sort of Orbit, (Passacaglia) By Wally Gunn.

If you think we look good… we sound even better.

Luke Paulding

Luke Paulding

Born in the Middle East and raised in Melbourne, Luke Paulding is swiftly emerging as a prominent voice in Australia’s younger generation of composers.

Luke’s music has been performed and recorded throughout the UK, Ireland, France, the Middle East, Singapore and across much of Australia, by leading musicians and ensembles such as the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, ELISION Ensemble, Speak Percussion, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble (France/Switzerland), ensemble interface(Germany), Aria Co., Quiver and Kupka’s Piano. He has received commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ELISION Ensemble, Speak, Chamber Made Opera, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts, the Musical Society of Victoria, and his music has featured at the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Metropolis Festival, Totally Huge New Music Festival and Castlemaine Festival. Also a trained pianist and tubist, Luke is a founding member and co-director of new music ensemble, Quiver, dedicated to innovative performances of contemporary art music.

In addition to composing concert music, Luke is passionate about collaborations with other artists and organisations on theatre, film, mixed-media and experimental art projects, such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Aphids, Theatreworks, and La Mama Theatre. His original music/sound-designs for theatre in particular are highly acclaimed and have attracted several Green Room Award nominations.

Luke has received support from the Australian Council for the Arts, the Cybec Foundation, Besen Family Foundation, IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts) and the Royaumont Foundation (France). His teachers have included Brian Ferneyhough, Liza Lim, Brett Dean, Chris Dench and David Young. Luke is currently a Masters (Research) candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Luke is represented by the Australian Music Centre (


Sally Whitwell

Sally Whitwell

Award winning pianist Sally Whitwell maintains a busy freelance career as performer, conductor, composer and educator from her base in Sydney.

Sally’s most recent solo release All Imperfect Things; solo piano music of Michael Nyman won the 2013 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album as well as Best Engineer for ABC Classics very own tonmeister Virginia Read, the first time that a woman has ever won this award. Additionally, her debut album Mad Rush: solo piano music of Philip Glass won her the 2011 ARIA for Best Classical Album. Her sophomore album The Good, the Bad and the Awkward is a truly unique compilation of film music where she played not only piano but toy piano, harpsichord, recorder and melodica. Sally plans to record a fourth album in 2014 featuring her own compositions in the art song, choral and chamber music genres.

Recent solo concert appearances for Sally have included the world premiere of the Philip Glass Complete Piano Etudes for Perth International Arts Festival and Ten Tiny Dancers, an all-singing-all-playing-all-dancing cabaret piano recital for the Famous Spiegeltent season at Arts Centre Melbourne. In 2014, Sally will travel to Los Angeles and New York City to perform again with Philip Glass. She will also be touring extensively within Australia, including shows for Adelaide Fringe Festival, concerts at Riversdale for the Bundanon Trust and various trips to regional centres on the NSW South Coast and Byron Bay. As a vocal advocate for classical music by women composers, Sally is currently curating a chamber music concert series in her home town Canberra. In Her Shoes features music by women creatives across the centuries, which she’ll be performing with Acacia Quartet, cellist Sally Maer and soprano Nadia Piave.

Sally other great love is choral music. Currently she is a staff conductor and pianist for Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Children’s Choir with whom she has performed throughout Australia and in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She has devised semi-theatrical choral shows for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Bel A Cappella and Door in the Wall, composed new works for (and with) Sydney Children’s Choir, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Woden Valley Youth Choir (ACT), St Ursula’s College Toowoomba (QLD) and had her choral works performed by Gondwana Choirs, Canberra Choral Society, Brisbane Birralee Voices, Moorambilla Voices, various ensembles from the Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education and Kompactus – Canberra’s Compact Chorus. She’s looking forward to presenting workshops on collaborative composition at the 2014 Queensland Choral Conference presented by Australian National Choral Association.

You can find Sally’s more personal bio here, follow her on facebook here, tweet her on twitter here, and tumble over her on tumblr here.

David Chisholm

David Chisholm

A multi-award winning composer whose works have been acclaimed and performed both nationally and internationally, David is a passionate, eloquent advocate for new work.

David is the founder and director of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, and an Artistic Associate (Composer) at Malthouse Theatre, and lectures and tutors in composition at Monash University.
He is currently a PhD Candidate at Melbourne University.

David has an international practice defined through diverse and hybrid collaboration for which he has won three Green Room Awards, a French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award, a Highly Commended Paul Lowin Prize, a Mention at 36th Bourges International competition of electroacoustic music and electronic art, a Special mention in the X Media Forum, 31st International Film Festival, Moscow, the Medibank Private State and National Arts Awards and The Channel Ten National Young Achiever of the Year.

 David’s work has been appeared at Venice Biennale, Villa Medici Roma, Edinburgh and Melbourne Festivals, Moscow Museum of Art, ISCM World New Music Days, MONA FOMA, Danscenen Copenhagen, Monaco Dance Forum, Australian Centre for Photography and he has been performed and recorded by International Contemporary Ensemble, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Argonaut Ensemble, Arcko Symphonic Project, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Golden Fur, Aria Co, Latitude 37 with Ashley Smith, Silo String Quartet, Atticus String Quartet, The Australian Ballet/Sonic Art Ensemble. He has collaborated with musicians Tristram Williams, Richard Haynes, Jennifer Chou, Mauricio Carrasco and Eric Lamb, soprano Jessica Aszodi,  poets Yves Bonnefoy, Anzhelina Polonskaya and Elizabeth Campbell, cross‐media artists Emmanuel Bernardoux, Boris Eldagsen, Natascha Stellmach, and Sharon Huebner, director Matthew Lutton, conductors Maxime Pascal, Eric Dudley and Timothy Phillips, choreographer Phillip Adams, choreovideographer Cazerine Barry, designers Studio Periscope, sound artists Myles Mumford and Jethro Woodward and producer Sarah Greentree.

Learn more here!

Thanks to ArtsHub for telling everyone else what we all already knew! Homophonic! One of the not to be missed shows of this years Midsumma Festival! The door’s now open for you to snaffle up your ticket to one of the five hottest shows in town!

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Anna-Louise Cole was born in Melbourne. She holds a BA Hons and a BMus Hons from the University of Melbourne majoring in Music Performance (Voice) and German, and also studied in Austria and Germany, through scholarships from the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst and Melbourne Abroad.

Anna-Louise made her debut with Melbourne Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni in 2006, and has subsequently performed roles including Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Frasquita (Carmen), Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica), Annina (La Traviata), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), der Friedensbote (Rienzi) and Cherubino (La Nozze di Figaro).

Anna-Louise has appeared as a chorus member and soloist with companies including Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Melbourne Opera, Melbourne Lyric Opera, More Than Opera, the AIMS Festival Orchestra and others in both Austria and Australia, as well as the Kronos Quartet as the soprano soloist in the Australian premiere of Sun Rings for the Melbourne Festival in 2011.

Anna-Louise has won prizes and been a finalist in a number of national and international singing competitions, including the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, the Audi German Opera Scholarship, the Acclaim Awards and the Herald Sun Aria, and won the American Institute of Musical Studies Award and the Sundell Study Award from Opera Foundation Australia in 2008.

Anna-Louise has worked privately and in masterclasses with major Australian and international artists including Richard Bonynge, AC CBE, Yvonne Kenny AM, Barbara Bonney, David Aronson, Philip Mayers, Bodo Igesz, Richard Divall OBE AO, Sylvia Greenberg, Gabriele Lechner, Sharolyn Kimmorley, Anna Connolly, Raymond Connell and Rosamund Illing. She is currently in the studio of Raymond Lawrence. In 2014 she will be appearing in both Rienzi and La Traviata for Melbourne Opera, and in the choruses of both Carmen and Eugene Onegin for Opera Australia.


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