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Oh gosh! It’s that time of year again! Homophonic is back for it’s 5th amazing year.
We’re thrilled to be back again at La Mama theatre in Carlton, and have been feverishly researching amazing queer composers for your listening pleasure.
Book tickets here!
Featuring works by:
Samuel Barber, Lou Harrison, Naima Fine, Benjamin Britten, Kryztina Eira, Billy Strayhorn and more…
Benjamin Anderson, Andrew Collyer, Scott Dundson, Nat Grant, Miranda Hill, Steven Hodgson, Gemma Horbury, Matthew Horsley, Mark Leece, Kaylie Melville, Jennifer Mills, Ben Opie, Ben Owen, Ian Travers, Hamish Upton, John Werekta, Belinda Woods,
Feb 1st and 2nd (That’s a monday and tuesday night! You can’t possibly be double booked!)
Jennifer Mills is an ex-violinist who plays cello. She has performed in many creative spheres including as a classical soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and as an improviser, on stages or in studios, galleries, warehouses and tents.
Based in Melbourne, Jennifer undertook initial studies at the Victorian College of the Arts under Josephine Vains, Rohan DeKorte and Timothy Walden. She recently completed her second Masters degree at Monash University with Svetlana Bogosavljevic, focusing on orchestral studies.
In addition to her freelance work in Melbourne, Jennifer has toured nationally and internationally with Co*Opera, and given performances in France, Russia, New Zealand and Malaysia.
Andrew began singing in church choirs at age 7 and delighted many with his boy soprano stylings (and blonde undercut) as a chorister with the the National Boys Choir in the early ’90s. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Music at ACU, majoring in vocal performance and choral conducting.
In 2011 Andrew toured Europe with the Australian Chamber Choir, his boyish looks and enthusiasm for potato salad winning the hearts and minds of Hausfrauen from Cologne to Leipzig.
In his spare time he volunteers coordinating string and vocal ensembles at St Paul’s church, Box Hill, and assists as a tenor soloist in the church’s Bach Cantata project.
Gemma Horbury is a performer, artist and educator with a passion for music that defies genre: her work shifts between technological innovation and tradition, yet is underpinned by deep connections to sustainability and developing individual and community capacity through the arts. Gemma is musical director of world music ensemble Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde and regularly performs with groups including Lo-res and Tek Tek Ensemble.
Her diverse portfolio includes performing as soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, co-ordinating a TV channel for adolescent hospital patients, producing a skateboarding DVD, and studying musical instrument making and historic performance practice in the United Kingdom.
Her irrepressible enthusiasm for all things creative has seen her awarded for her visual art (Northern Exposure), music teaching (Yamaha Jazz Spirit Award) and performance – in 2015 she was crowned Australia’s “Queen of Improvisation” – our very own Improv Idol.
Kaylie Melville is a Melbourne based percussionist whose practice focuses on ensemble performance and new music. Kaylie has worked with many of Australia’s leading ensembles and orchestras and performed at festivals including the Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Salihara Festival (Indonesia), and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventional (US). In 2015 Kaylie was selected as a percussion fellow for the Bang on a Can Summer Institute in Massachusetts, and in 2013 Kaylie travelled to the So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University (US) where she performed for Steve Reich and premiered works by Princeton composition students.
Kaylie’s recent awards include an Australia Council Artstart Grant, the University of Melbourne’s Professional Pathways Scholarship, and the Australian National Academy of Music’s John and Rosemary MacLeod Traveling Fellowship. She champions new works and experiences for Australian audiences with the Rubiks and Bricolage ensembles, and has performed in numerous Australian and Victorian premieres, including major works by Messiaen and Boulez. Kaylie held the position of Young Artist in Residence with Speak Percussion in 2015, and now co-ordinates Speak’s Sounds Unheard education program for gifted and talented secondary music students. www.kayliemelville.com
Hamish is working towards a Master of Music (Research) in partnership with ANAM and Griffith University. He is a founding member of the Bricolage Collective, an ensemble championing new Australian percussion repertoire, directed by Kaylie Melville. Professional engagements for 2016 include freelance work with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Offspring (Sydney).
Hamish holds a BMUS (Honours) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore). During this course he spent a semester on exchange at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and 2 weeks in Bali immersed in Gamelan.
Krysztyna Eira wrote her first composition while walking to piano lessons at age 10. Her recent projects have included Synaesthesia – a live installation suite developed in collaboration with sculptor Velislav Georgiev (Omnibus Gallery, Ballan, 2014) and Nameless the Land Her Names – a performance soundscape exploring our relationship to the histories of the Land, for community voices, variable instrumentation, electronic sound surround, and guest artists including Vicki Couzens and Ron Murray (Ballan Feast 2012).
Krysztyna’s music explores boundary-crossing – between visual and aural, space and time, the transcendent and the mundane, and between performer, composer, and audience. She loves recursive and symbolic structures that develop through algorithms and other patterns. Her favourite speed is Very Slow.
Krysztyna also plays in various gamelan ensembles, at events including Festival of Slow Music (2014, 2015), and was one of the hundred percussionists in Pisaro’s a wave and waves(Melbourne Festival 2015, dir. Eugene Ughetti). She has an honours degree in music (medieval musicology) and a PhD in linguistics. In her spare time she is the community linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
You can find out more about Krysztyna at www.artsatlas.com.au/ceira
Nat Grant is a percussionist, sound artist, composer and teacher. She works predominantly as a freelance artist and has been employed as a composer and performer in the fields of puppetry, theatre, film, animation, and dance.
Nat holds a PhD in music composition from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne). She performs regularly at venues around Melbourne, and is frequently engaged in projects and performances that invite her audience to be part of the process or realisation of an artwork.
Belinda is an improvising musician/composer. Predominantly a flautist, Belinda performs with many ensembles including original groups Lo-Res and Saveja, Bohjass and the BOLT Ensemble. A current PhD candidate at the VCA, Belinda was awarded a Creative Victoria Scholarship for excellence in 2015, was a recipient of an APA from 2011-2013 and a finalist in the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards. Artistic director of the Make It Up Club from 1993 – 2007, and Project Manager for the Click Clack Project and Jolt Arts 2010-16, Belinda has played a major role in supporting and enhancing the development of the Melbourne music scene.
JOHN WERETKA has appeared in festivals and concerts throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a singer and player of the viola da gamba. As a singer, his performance credits include appearances in the Melbourne International Festival, the Autumn Music Festival/Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord, the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, the Four Winds Festival and the Castlemaine State Festival.
He has appeared with groups including e21, Ensemble Gombert, The Palestrina Project, The Choir of Newman College, The Consort of Melbourne and Gloriana. As a soloist, he has appeared in works as diverse as the Vespers of Monteverdi and Handel, several large-scale works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier including the Te Deum, Bach’s Mass, St Matthew Passion and St John Passion and many others.
He is a specialist in early music generally and in music of the medieval period in particular. John studied the viola da gamba under Ruth Wilkinson and Laura Vaughan and has participated in masterclasses led by Susie Napper and Margaret Little, Asako Morikawa, Brent Wissick, Julie Jeffrey and Joëlle Morton. He has been the Director of the Chapel Choir of Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne since 2013.