Archive for January, 2018


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

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Photo credit: Marianna Barker

Australian trumpeter Josh Rogan made his debut solo performance with the Tasmanian Symphony at age 21. He is now “making his international mark” (Cut Common Magazine) by performing in venues around the world such as the Sydney Opera House, Australia; Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom; Walt Disney Concert Hall, United States of America; Royal Concertgebouw, Netherlands; Shanghai Concert Hall, China; and the Berlin Konzerthaus, Germany.

Mr. Rogan has performed with a number of internationally recognized ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic, Australian Brass Quintet, and the New World Symphony. As an orchestral player he has performed with renowned conductors including Plácido Domingo and Christoph Eschenbach, and collaborated worked with influential composers such as John Williams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Matthias Pintscher. Mr. Rogan has also worked with internationally recognized artists from Joshua Bell to Kristin Chenoweth, and recorded albums with popular singers Anthony Callea and Josh Pyke.

Josh Rogan is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, the Australian National Academy of Music, and the Colburn School.

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Hannah has been harmonising in various bands and choirs most of her life, thanks to her upbringing in a musically vibrant family and church.
Hannah’s singing career spans classical, jazz and pop. Highlights include a number of world premieres, including the narrator in Sue Westhorp’s award-winning St John Passion and the alto soloist in Kym Dillon’s Reformation cantata A Righteousness from God. She was also involved in musical theatre for many years, receiving Lyrebird Awards and Music Theatre Guild nominations for lead roles in Les Miserables, Tick Tick Boom!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde, Hello Dolly and others.
Hannah is trained in piano and flute as well as singing (under Gary May). She has performed with a number of Melbourne ensembles, including Vox Angelica and Gloriana, and has been a regular member of the Consort of Melbourne since 2015.

DSC_1151Our intrepid musical director, Miranda Hill has a chat to Richard Watts at Arts Hub about programming new classical music, and attracting new audiences to our awesome art-form. Check it out!

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Natasha Conrau is a Melbourne-based violinist who completed her Masters of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, studying with Miwako Abe and Helen Ayres. Natasha currently works as a freelance violinist, performing on modern and baroque violin with ensembles such as Victorian Opera, ASTRA, the Argonauts, Inventi Ensemble, Arcko Symphonic Project, Gloriana Chamber Choir, Australian Chamber Choir, The Consort of Melbourne, Kammervolk Collective, the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.

 

Natasha is often found in a recording studio or performing on stage with local artists such as Georgia Fields, The Twoks, Nina Ferro, Grand Salvo, Canary, Matthew Kenneally and Sister Socrates. Natasha is also a founding member of the Melbourne-based contemporary trio Solstice who commission works by Australian composers, and in 2017 premiered works by Andrea Keller, Xani Kolac, Nat Grant, Nat Bartsch and Stephanie Arnold.

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Judith Dodsworth is regarded as one of Australia’s leading exponents of contemporary classical vocal music, although her repertoire spans baroque through to experimental, in opera, oratorio, chamber and concert music. Operatic roles include Carmen (Oz Opera), Greta in Metamorphosis (Victorian Opera), Sophie in From A Black Sky and the soprano leads in Opiume (Singapore and Hong Kong festivals) and A Drone Opera (Experimenta).

 

She sang the role of Clara in Gordon Kerry’s Midnight Son for Victorian Opera with less than twenty-four hours’ notice, and did the same as the Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul. With Syzygy Ensemble she performed Peter Maxwell Davies’ one-woman opera Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot. She has participated in numerous premieres, performances, recordings and workshops of works by established and emerging composers, including Cat Hope’s new experimental opera Speechless and Victorian Opera’s recent Three Tales workshop.

 

She is delighted to be part of Homophonic and especially delighted to have an
opportunity to perform Moya Henderson’s Stubble.

Kris Travers Eira is a local composer and performer. They play in several different gamelan ensembles, at evKrisEira.jpgents including Festival of Slow Music (2014, 2015) and Melbourne Fringe (2017), and they were one of the hundred percussionists in Pisaro’s a wave and waves (Melbourne Festival 2015, dir. Eugene Ughetti). Kris’ music has been performed at the Unbound Flute Festival (Brisbane, 2016) and at Listening to Wom*n (Lismore, 2017). Their semi-determined piece Change(less) was performed at Homophonic 2016.­ Kris is a Melbourne Conservatorium graduate in piano and medieval musicology. They also hold a PhD in Linguistics, and work part-time with Aboriginal communities who are reviving their languages.

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Award winning Cellist Katherine Philp performs across a vast range of musical
styles and settings, and works for some of Australia’s leading arts companies and
festivals. She is currently the principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s
Chamber Orchestra, a member of Kurilpa String Quartet, member of
contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano, performs with the Queensland
Symphony Orchestra, and tours extensively for Musica Viva’s educational
program. She appears regularly as both a soloist and ensemble member at
festivals such as Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Baroque Festival, Woodford Folk
Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber
Music, Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music, Queensland Music Festival and the
annual Festival of Tibet at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
More recently, Katherine has become increasingly acknowledged for her
performance of new music, and has undertaken study with
Rohan de Saram and Lucas Fels – both the former and current cellists of the
Arditti String Quartet. She has performed and studied in India, Austria,
Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France, taken part in Impuls Academy (Austria) and the
International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt (Germany), and recently
received an award for Best Performer, playing Berio’s Sequenza XIV at the San
Marino New Music Project.

 

 

2017_02_13--11_01_37--9704.jpgAustralian keyboardist and composer Jacob Abela is a soloist and chamber musician specialising in the new music field. Jacob is Australia’s leading voice for the Ondes Martenot, a French keyboard instrument which predates the synthesiser. Jacob is a founding member and co-director of new music outfit Rubiks, who have enjoyed critical acclaim for their contribution to Melbourne’s contemporary music scene.

Jacob also performs regularly with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared with renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Offspring, Argonaut Ensemble (BIFEM), Speak Percussion, and Synergy Percussion.

Festival credits include the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (USA), Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Metropolis New Music Festival, ISCM World New Music Days, Sydney Festival, and Mathemusical Conversations (Singapore).

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Kelsey James is more than just your typical jazz singer from Melbourne. She is also the first Australian to have composed music for Sesame Street!

Vocally, she has explored traditional and popular jazz, gypsy swing, punk rock, indie pop and ensemble singing. Her live performances are spontaneous, sensitive, and passionate. Her compositional abilities support her live improvisation, and her original music has featured in award winning advertising campaigns and films.

She has performed in venues across Melbourne and around Australia and the UK, including IGGF (UK, with the Remi Harris Trio), White Night, The Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, MONA, and OzManouche Jazz Festival.