Archive for April, 2021

Ever since belting out Led Zeppelin on the drum kit from the age of eight, Alison has always
loved to make music. Alison strives to create music that makes people think, reflect and
create change in the world.

Alison is currently in her final year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM),
where she has found a deep love and appreciation for both the Alexander Technique and
human anatomy and physiology, incorporating this into her everyday life.

Passionate about developing living composers’ work, Alison has and continues to
commission composers’ works, with a focus on the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. In
2020, Alison commissioned “Interstices” by Dr. Travers K Eira for solo percussion. Alison
looks forward to continuing this relationship into 2021 as part of THE ANAM SET.

Recent performances with amazing artists include Timothy Munro (Eighth Blackbird), Håkan
Hardenberger (Sweden), Stefan Dohr (Berliner Philharmoniker) and thanks to the digital
world, Alison has had master-classes with musicians all over the world including Steven
Schick (USA), Ross Karre (USA), Christopher Lamb (New York Philharmonic) and Cynthia
Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

In 2018, she gave the Australian Premiere of John Mackey’s Percussion Concerto Drum
Music at the Melbourne Recital Centre alongside the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Wind Symphony. Alison performs with Orchestra Victoria, is a casual musician with the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has worked as part of Speak Percussion’s Sounds
Unheard Program. In 2020, Alison successfully auditioned for the Mahler Chamber
Orchestra Academy in Germany and looks forward to participating in this program post-

Ellie Lamb is a trombonist, vocalist, composer and arranger based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her music covers a wide range of styles, using elements of jazz and chamber music, with a strong emphasis on melody and the creation of different colours and textures. Ellie performs regularly across Melbourne in a number of different projects as both a bandleader and a session player, at venues including Hamer Hall, The Jazzlab, Uptown Jazz Cafe, and the Paris Cat. She has been in the band for the ABC’s New Year’s Eve broadcasts at the Sydney Opera House and Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and performed with Gang of Youths on MTV Unplugged Melbourne and in RocKwiz’s Really Really Good Friday. She also writes for many varied ensembles including a trad jazz outfit, Jam Jar, and the Jazzlab Orkestra. Ellie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music Performance) at Monash University, and is the Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s Take Note leader for 2021. She is also passionate about music education, LGBTQ+ representation, and is a strong advocate for creating a more diverse music scene in Melbourne. 

Kyla Matsuura-Miller is a violinist and educator based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2017 she toured with the ACO Collective as an Emerging Artist, and has enjoyed an ongoing relationship since then. From 2015-2018 Kyla was a student at the prestigious National Academy of Music. Solo and chamber highlights of her time at ANAM have included playing in collaboration with Brett Dean, Richard Tognetti and Lawrence Power. Amongst numerous prizes and scholarships she was the 2016 recipient of the Audience Choice and Best Sonata prizes at the Kendall National Violin Competition, grand prize winner of the MRC Great Romantics competition and the 2017 Richard Pollett Memorial Award. In 2018 was awarded the Gwen Nisbet scholarship, the most prestigious prize for leaving students at the end of her time at ANAM.

In 2020 and 2021, before COVID-19 rudely interrupted, she had been deeply immersed in chamber music with the newly formed Rathdowne quartet, as well as appearing as guest violinist with Inventi Ensemble and Syzygy Ensemble.

Homophonic! 2021!

We’re back! The main season of Homophonic! returns to the iconic La Mama Courthouse.

Guaranteed to be the only concert in town with a Double Belled Bass Trombone *and* a Harpsichord on the same stage!

April 24th 2 pm *Relaxed performance* (1 hour only)


April 25th 2pm & 7:30 pm. (7:30 show audio descriped and tactile tour with Description Victoria)

Buy your tickets from La Mama Theatre! Or from the Midsumma Festival!

*Baroque Quartet: Louisa Trewartha. Harpsichord, G Violone, Baroque Viola, and Baroque Recorders.

Dancing with Somebody: Joe Twist. String Quartet.

Excerpts from “Moonlite”: Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski Vocal Ensemble, Viola, Percussion.

Six Scenes: Bree van Ryk. String quartet and vibraphone.

+I am who I am: Caerwen Martin. String quintet and vocal ensemble.

^Depth Disintegration: Shoeb Ahmad. Double Belled Bass Trombone and electronics.

Hyr: Ellie Lamb. Mixed Ensemble

*Commissioned thanks to the City of Melbourne Covid-19 Quick response Arts Grants

+Part of the RESPECT commissioning project. Commissioned thanks to the support of Creative Victoria

^Winner of the Homophonic! Pride Prize. Commissioned thanks to Andrew Boyle.

Performed by:

Kyla Matsura-Miller; Zac Johnston; Phoebe Green; Miranda Hill; Joy Lee; Paul Zabrowny; Ryan Williams, Katie Yap, Alison Fane, Benjamin Anderson.

Consort of Melbourne: Led by Steven Hodgson; Katherine Norman, Alex Ritter, Kristy Biber, Jenny George, Chris Roache, Ben Owen.

Directed and presented by Miranda Hill.

Presented as part of the Midsumma Festival. Proudly supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.