Archive for January, 2020

Behind the scenes…

Rehearsals for Laura Kaminsky’s gorgeous “Twilight Settings” end in a cheesy photo shoot, and Laila Engle puts a microphone on the loudest instrument available. #newmusicnerds

Photo by Jo Smith

Christina Green is a Melbourne-based composer, songwriter, performer, music therapist and teacher. Green works as a composer-performer and as a composer for other ensembles/soloists, as well as maintaining activities as a performing songwriter in the acoustic/folk scene in Melbourne and beyond. She has recorded both as a pianist and singer-songwriter, and is active with the Melbourne Composers’ League, performing regularly at the Elbow Room and other concerts curated by the group.

Green met Palestinian-Lebanese, Australian lesbian performance poet Candy Royalle while they were both on residency at the Bundanon Arts Trust in 2012, and is delighted to have been able to create a new work setting Royalle’s Edge Sky Self, from A Trillion Tiny Awakenings (2018), for Homophonic 2020.

Maria Zajkowski is an award-winning poet, lyricist and librettist based in Melbourne. A regular collaborator with composer Wally Gunn, her first collection The Ascendant features on the Grammy nominated album Render by Roomful of Teeth. In 2019, her first libretto, Moonlite, a true crime queer love story based on Captain Moonlite and his lover James Nesbitt, premiered in the US. Her next collection, What we have except when we are lost, was written with MTC Cronin and is published through Spuyten Duyvil in New York. 

Photo bt Carmen Ward

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Author of A Leaving (Vagabond Press), her live album, One Night Wonders, is produced by Going Down Swinging. 

Thanks to ArtsHub for listing Homophonic! as one of the unmissable events on the Australian musical calendar!

Check out all the amazing works on this list. What august company!

Homophonic! 2020!

Homophonic! is back for it’s 9th fabulous year!

Homophonic 2019. Photo by Agatha Yim at Polyphonic Pictures.

Join us at the La Mama Carlton Courthouse for an evening of fabulous new music by amazing queer composers.

Jan 30th, 31st, 730pm.
Feb 1st, 1pm “relaxed” matinee, 60 minute duration, (all tickets $20) Jan 31st, 730 pm. Audio Description provided by Description Victoria.

Tickets available here and here! Tickets almost sold out on the Midsumma website, but check the La Mama website for availability!

Twilight Settings, Laura Kaminsky.
Quintet, Sean Shepherd.
*^Star Picc, Stephen de Filippo. (Winner of the Homophonic! Pride Prize)
*The Ascendent No. 1 The beginning and, Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski.
*^Edge Sky Self, Christina Green. Words by Candy Royalle.
(With thanks to the Estate of Candy Royalle and University of Western Australia Publishing)
*^Stonemaker, Naima Fine Fine

*Australian composer
^World Premiere

Performed by:
Musicians: Natasha Conrau, Zachary Johnston, Phoebe Green, Katherine Philp, Laila Engle, Robin Henry, Karen Heath, Ben Opie, Miranda Hill, Dan Richardson, Thea Rossen, Judith Dodsworth, and the Consort of Melbourne, led by Steven Hodgson.
Poet: Eleanor Jackson.

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.