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Homophonic! 2019! Our 8th annual extravaganza of new, queer, classical, awesome music. Presented by La Mama Theatre and the Midsumma Festival.

Three fabulous shows!

When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 31/1-2/2.  7:30pm
Where: La Mama Courthouse Theatre,  349 Drummond St, Carlton
Tickets: $30 Full, $20 Concession.

Buy tickets from: La Mama   or here at: Midsumma Festival!

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Homophonic! 2018. Photo by Katrina Leighton

Program:

Thomas Ades, Life Story

Tansy Davies, Neon

Peter Wilson, they who fly on wings of glass

Nico Muhly, I cannot attain unto it

Naima Fine, *new work*

Louisa Trewartha, *new work*

and a fabulous encore arranged by Gemma Horbury.

Performers:

3 Shades Black: Jacob Abela, Merewyn Bramble, Emily Clarke, Natasha Conrau, Judith Dodsworth, Laila Engle, Phoebe Green, Karen Heath, Robin Henry, Miranda Hill, Matthew Horsely, Zachary Johnston, Jennifer Mills, Katherine Philp, Thea Rossen.

Consort of Melbourne: Leonie Thomson, Kristy Biber, Jenny George, Christopher Roache, Ben Owen, Director: Steven Hodgson.

Directed and presented by: Miranda Hill

Assistant producer: Allison Wright

Lights: Joy Lee

Sound: Jennifer Mills.

 

Homophonic! is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, it’s arts funding and advisory body.

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Sneak peek into rehearsals!

Sneak peek into the rehearsal room!

Double trouble is the theme of the day! Double Bass Clarinets, Double Violas, and of course, Double Bass. 😉

Karen Heath, Judith Dodsworth, Robin Henry, and Miranda Hill, getting into the bad habits of “Life Story” by Ades.

Karen Heath, Judith Dodsworth, Robin Henry, and Miranda Hill, getting into the bad habits of ”Life Story” by Ades.

Phoebe Green, Merewyn Bramble, and Matthew Horsley, rehearsing a gorgeous new work by Naima Fine Fine.

Phoebe Green, Merewyn Bramble, and Matthew Horsley, rehearsing a gorgeous new work by Naima Fine Fine.

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Emily is a woodwind musician and music educator based in Melbourne. As a graduate of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Melbourne Graduate School of Education she teaches and performs on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, passionate about sharing excellent music experiences with diverse audiences.
As a saxophone specialist Emily performs with the Melbourne Saxophone Ensemble and The Green Reeds, and in various styles from big bands to orchestra settings as a freelance musician. Most recently Emily has been collaborating with composers for chamber music premiers, with Melbourne Saxophone and in various saxophone quartets. Emily is a passionate woodwind doubler, performing in music theatre productions locally in Melbourne, has travelled Victoria with Sondheim company Watch This and extensively through China touring the production of Phantom Unmasked.

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An exciting and dynamic performer, Thea Rossen is a percussionist, creator and educator based in Melbourne. She is director of the Ad Lib Collective, an ensemble focused on concert curation, commissioning new Australian works and community engagement. Her work with the group has taken her to a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada where she developed a program of works exploring issues surrounding climate change through performance called Music for Our Changing Climate which was presented at the Metropolis Festival in 2018.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Thea was a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and finalist for the Freedman Classical Music Fellowship in 2018. She has performed with a range of international artists including Vicky Chow, David Cossin and Lisa Moore and been a casual member of the percussion sections in the Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Orchestra Victoria. She has also presented works at the Perth and Melbourne International Arts Festivals.

As an educator Thea has designed and facilitated music workshops in regional, remote and metropolitan Australia for Musica Viva in Schools, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Recital Centre and Art Play. During her time at the Australian National Academy of Music,Thea was awarded prizes for all of her solo recitals including Most Outstanding Performance and Best Program. Thea received her Bachelor of Music Degree with honours at the University of Western Australia studying with Dr Louise Devenish and Tim White.  

Thanks to our featured Australian Composers and Cut Common magazine for this great insight into composing, music, and the australian arts scene.

Read it here!

As an instrumental artist, Karen has worked with Libra Ensemble, Aphids, Orchestra Victoria, Sunwrae Ensemble, The Grand Silent System, Ennis Tola, The Phonos Project, Arcko Symphonic Project, Astra, The New Palm Court Orchestra, 4-time Grammy Award winner cellist Eugene Friesen, Lior, David RossMacDonald (The Waifs) and many others. She has performed at events such as the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Falls and Meredith Festivals, as well as internationally in Malaysia, Singapore and Germany.

Karen received her Masters degree in Music performance on clarinet in 2005, the research for which led her to Europe where she took lessons from renowned clarinettists Wolfgang Meyer and Suzanne Stephens. In 2005 and 2007, Karen performed in Kürten, Germany, working with composer Stockhausen in rehearsal and performance, playing the pieces In Freundschaft and Der KleineHarlekin, respectively. For these she was awarded 2nd and 3rd prize in 2005 and in 2007. As a composer, Karen has had her works performed in Montreal and Edinburgh (commission from by Piazza Contemporary Collective 2007), Tokyo (2009 and 2012) and Reykjavik (commission from Duo Harpwerk 2009).

Iain Faragher began his musical career by learning the piano and playing the cornet in brass bands. When he picked up the trombone in high school, he was first taught by his dad, then continued his lessons with Melbourne trombonist Ian Bell. After graduating, Iain went on to study at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where he learnt from Michael Bertoncello and Jessica Buzbee.

From 2012 to 2014 he continued his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music, then in 2015 Iain was appointed as the inaugural trombone fellow of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program. In 2016 he took up a one-year contract with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as second trombonist.

Iain was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra from 2008-2011 under the baton of Fabian Russell, and since then has performed regularly, including performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, and with Orchestra Victoria. When not playing trombone, Iain loves to relax by playing basketball

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Trombonist Benjamin Anderson has forged a remarkably diverse path through to his spot at the cutting edge of contemporary classical practice. An agent of fine musicianship, his fresh and sophisticated approach to the performance of orchestral repertoire has rendered him in demand with Australasian companies including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and most recently Orchestra Victoria where Benjamin has held the position of Principal Bass Trombone since 2015.

It is the innovative and unconventionally beautiful that grips the core of Benjamin’s curiosity as an artist. As a soloist, he has collaborated with Paul Dean, Charles MacInnes, Andrew Aronowicz, Jacob Abela, Elliott Hughes, and Peter De Jager to create new works for his instrument. Benjamin retains a strong interest in experimental music, European modernism, and the avant-garde with stylistic influences ranging from composer Liza Lim to ballet choreographer Nacho Duato and Taiwanese-American large-scale visual artist James Jean.

A champion of innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration, Benjamin welcomes the influence of non-musical art forms on his methods of artistic interpretation. His is a fresh, thoughtful, visceral and bold contribution to the patchwork of twenty-first century performance aesthetics.

Benjamin is driven by a deep joy of learning and solid commitment to developing his artistic toolkit. His undergraduate studies extend through two Bachelors of Music from the University of Melbourne and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore and a year of postgraduate study at the Australian National Academy of Music. Benjamin was recently awarded a Master of Music (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne where he was the recipient of numerous prizes including the Donald William Thornton Bequest, a Global Atelier Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship, and the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship. Benjamin’s principal mentors have included David Taylor, Don Immel, Michael Bertoncello, Shannon Pittaway, and George Curran.

As an educator and instrumental pedagog, Benjamin approaches the empowerment of students through active development of technique, self-confidence, and a fundamental love of collaborative music-making. He has worked with students of University of Melbourne, as a tutor with Orchestra Victoria’s mOVe workshops, and has co-developed workshops for SmArts, the University of Melbourne’s partnership program with The Smith Family and regional Victorian schools. In 2017, Benjamin joined the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Young Symphonists program as a sectional tutor, and in 2018 tutored for AYO’s National Music Camp.

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The Consort of Melbourne

The Consort of Melbourne is an elite vocal ensemble that champions both historic and contemporary repertoire, comprising a core membership of eight of Melbourne’s finest chamber singers under the artistic direction of Steven Hodgson.

The Consort of Melbourne was founded in 2008 by Warren Trevelyan-Jones and Peter Tregear. Like the city of Melbourne itself, it was inspired by the best European traditions, to which it brings a uniquely Australian freshness and vitality. The Consort gave its debut performance in September 2008 as part of Musica Viva Australia’s Menage series. In 2009 it was invited to present a series of five concerts at the new Melbourne Recital Centre.

In 2011 the Consort made its debut at the Melbourne Festival with the Kronos Quartet giving the Australian premiere of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings to critical acclaim. In 2012 the Consort opened the musical programme of the Festival with a series of performances of Dietrich Buxtehude’s cantata cycle Membra Jesu Nostri, accompanied by specially commissioned photographic projections in St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2013 Consort performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in The Crowd, a collaboration between the ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti and cinematographer Jon Frank. 2014 saw the Consort backing the Rolling Stones at Rod Laver arena for their On Fire tour. In 2017, Consort appeared alongside British ‘space-rock’ band Spiritualized for Arts Centre Melbourne’s Supersense festival, and with drag legend Taylor Mac for A 24-decade history of popular music, the headline act for the Melbourne Festival.

For this performance, The Consort of Melbourne features the voices of Katherine Norman, Kristy Biber, Hannah Pietsch, Dan Walker, Ben Owen and John Weretka under the direction of Steven Hodgson.

Phoebe Green and Gamelan DanAnda join forces to rehearse Lou Harrisons “Threnody for Carlos Chavez”. Performing 29th and 30th of Jan at La Mama!