Category: Homophonic!


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Versatile soprano Judith Dodsworth moves between opera, chamber music, oratorio and
concert, in repertoire ranging from baroque to experimental. Following studies in
Canberra, London, Vienna and Melbourne, she has established a reputation as one of
Australia’s leading exponents of contemporary classical vocal music. Her operatic roles
have included Carmen (OzOpera), Greta in Metamorphosis (Victorian Opera), Sophie in
From a Black Sky, and lead roles in Rameau’s Pygmalion (Stopera), Opiume (Singapore
and Hong Kong Festivals), Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot (with Syzygy Ensemble) and A
Drone Opera (Experimenta), recently released as a short film and gallery installation.

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. She will be a featured soloist in the premiere of Cat Hope’s powerful new opera
Speechless for the 2019 Perth Festival. She has participated in numerous workshops,
recordings and premiere performances of vocal works by established and emerging Australian and international composers, and is passionate about collaboration and cross-
disciplinary art.

Her diverse portfolio includes singing as principal cantor and soloist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, teaching classical voice at Monash University, composing,
accompanying and moonlighting as a cartoonist/ illustrator. Audiences may remember
her from Homophonic 2018 as the hirsute protagonist in 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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Photo: Bryony Jackson

 

Melbourne-based 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, member of new music ensemble Kupka’s Piano, and appears at festivals across the country as both soloist and ensemble member.

 

Katherine’s musical practice crosses musical, cultural and artistic boundaries. For over a decade she has worked closely with Tibetan Singer and Instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal on a series of concerts and recordings that have resulted in performances at the Woodford Folk Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and features on ABC Radio National. In 2009 Katherine undertook an Asialink residency (supported by Arts Queensland and Australia Council) at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India, where she studied Tibetan classical and folk music.

More recently, Katherine has become increasingly acknowledged for her performance of contemporary classical music, and has undertaken study with Rohan de Saram and Lucas Fels (of Arditti String Quartet). She has performed and studied in India, the UK, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, 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.

3 Shades Black is thrilled to announce that we have not one, but TWO amazing shows of queer music in this years Midsumma Festival!Midsumma_Logo_Black.jpg

Homophonic! is back for its 7th amazing year at La Mama Courthouse.
This year we’ve kept things small, and the regular Homophonic! team are joined by a gamelan ensemble, vocal ensemble, and a talking table to keep things going.

Featuring works by Moya Henderson, Naima Fine, Andrew Aronowicz, Tansy Davies, Lou Harrison, Claude Vivier, and more!

More info on program and performers can be found here!
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Venue: La Mama Courthouse. 349 Drummond St, Carlton.
Date: Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th January, 7:30 pm
(Description Victoria tactile tour for the vision impaired: 6:30 on 30/1)
Tickets: $30/20
Bookings and more information: La Mama Theatre, Midsumma Festival.

Life is a Cabaret.

In exciting news, we have a new show this year! Life is a Cabaret, showcasing the glorious music of cabaret, art song, and musicals of the 1920-70s.

Performed in the beautiful Melbourne Recital Centre Salon by singers Georgie Darvidis and Kelsey James, joined by Jacob Abela on piano and Miranda Hill on bass. It’s guaranteed to be dazzling.

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Image by Sarah Walker

Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Blvd and Sturt St. Southbank.
Date: Monday 22nd January, 6pm.

Tickets: $30/25 (transaction and delivery fees may apply)
Bookings and more information: Midsumma Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre.

 

_MG_1164.jpgAs an active composer, the work of Amadeus Julian Regucera (b.1984) engages with the embodied and acoustical energy of sound and its production, the erotics of performance, the musical vocabulary of popular music, and noise.

He has had the opportunity to present works at ManiFeste, the Festival Musica, Voix Nouvelles (France), the Resonant Bodies Festival and the SONiC Festival (New York), the Havana Festival of Contemporary Music as part of the American Composers Forum artist delegation, the Hong Kong Modern Academy, the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, the Impuls Academy (Austria), June in Buffalo, the Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts.

His music has been performed by ensembles such as Ensemble Linea, JACK string quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Duo Cortona.

In addition to concert music, his practice intersects with visual and performance art, most notably in the piece Communication (2013), which was featured at the Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten in Graz, Austria as part of the group show Seelenwäsche and a collaboration for performer, Schlachtfeld (a) with choreographer Elysa Wendi.

Upcoming projects include a new piece for Ensemble Linea for the 2017 edition of the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, France and a new piece for bassoonist Adrian Morejon. Amadeus holds degrees in Music from the University of California, San Diego (B.A. 2006) and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD, 2016).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28244-Web.jpgLaura Tanata completed her Masters of Music Performance at the Australian National University School of Music in 2007, under the tuition of harpist Alice Giles. Laura has been a member of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE) since the early 2000s when it was previously known as the Kioloa Harp Ensemble.

Laura has also been involved with the Griffyn Ensemble since 2006; an active Canberra based chamber ensemble with a passion of presenting rarely performed works and new music, often with a unique theatrical flair.

In 2011, Laura founded her own business, Vermilion Music, with the ambition to cater music for all occasions. For further information visit her Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/VermilionMusic

The harp has given Laura plenty of opportunities to travel Australia and the world, visiting cities such as San Francisco, Beijing and Aberdeen. She has released an album with SHE and is currently planning to record with the Griffyn Ensemble in 2017.

Ed Ferris Headshot 2016.JPGClarinet maverick, Ed Ferris is rapidly creating a name for himself as an exciting performer, teacher and conductor of young ensembles in Australia.

Ed graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a double degree in Music and Creative Arts, studying clarinet with David Thomas. In 2013 he returned for postgraduate studies with Paul Dean.

As a performer, Ed is versatility personified. He has given sold out performance with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, junk-yard-gypsy folk band, Eyal & the Skeleton Crew, and the avant-garde Forest Collective.

Ed is also a sought after teacher and clinician. He holds teaching and conducting positions at Genazzano FCJ College and Siena College. He has conducted ensembles at Border Music Camp (NSW) and Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Summer School. In 2016 Ed toured regional Victoria with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s education team, delivering workshops and performances to primary and high school students.

Ed is thrilled to return to 3 Shades Black after playing in their very first performance in 2012.

allisonheadshot2016-1.jpgAllison Wright is a Melbourne based freelance trumpet player, composer, sound artist, producer, collaborator and educator. Since finishing her performance studies with David Elton (SSO) & Tristram Williams (soloist) at the Australian National Academy of Music, Allison has enjoyed a versatile career as a sought after orchestral and studio trumpet player, regularly performing with prominent arts organisations and initiative including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria & Opera Australia.

 

In addition to her performing career, Allison’s arrangements and original compositions have been performed nationally and internationally, including the Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2016, Cortona Sessions 2017 (Italy) and by prominent ensembles including All of The Above (USA), Solstice Trio (AU), Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfionetta, Yarra Brass Quintet (AU), Ensemble Kammervolk (AU). As a producer, Allison has been releasing original electronic dance music under the pseudonyms ‘Cosmic Latte’ and ‘Mixed Emotions’ since 2012, in addition to freelance work as a foley artist (SFX), composer and sound designer for independent film & television/web shorts.

 

Allison is the creative director of Kammervolk Collective; a Melbourne based group of visual artists of various disciplines, composers and performers who are dedicated to presenting multi-disciplinary concert experiences.

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Justine Anderson completed her Masters degree in voice at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 and completed a fellowship at A.N.A.M. in 2015.
She has had wide performance experience as both a soloist and ensemble singer and has a particular passion for contemporary music, having performed works by masters such as Boulez, Berio, Grisey, Feldman, Furrer, Gifford, Salonen and Ligeti. Her work with new music groups include concerts with Bang on a Can, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Icon Trio, Hutes, Astra, Melbourne University’s New Music Studio, Forrest Collective and as a guest artist at A.N.A.M.
Justine is principal soprano with the Melbourne based opera company Emotionworks opera and her roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute, Michaela in Carmen, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Tosca in Tosca and Violetta in La Traviata. In 2013 she played Brunhilda as part of a collaboration between Emotionworks and Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Festival.

Other highlights include a performance as a nightclub singer in the short film ‘The Black Pine Road’, a role in the play Orphanage of Animals (Awarded the Medal of Ulm, Germany 2012) and Matthew Hindson’s opera Love Death Music Plants. Justine has also worked with Inventi Chamber Ensemble and as a soloist in various Oratorio performances. Festival performances include B.I.F.E.M, Canberra Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Spring Festival, Darebin Music Feast and Melbourne Fringe Festival.

In 2008 Justine recorded for the ABC the Australian premiere of the Alberto Ginastera work Cantata for Magic America as part of the Simplot International Masterclass Series. In 2016 Justine recorded Jonathan Mills Ethereal Eye and performed this work as part of the Melbourne Festival. In 2017 Justine’s group Icon Trio, will accept an invitation to tour Scotland with their Scot’s Haiku project.

nirmali-fennNirmali Fenn is a Sri Lankan-born Australian composer. She received her initial music education in Australia from the universities of New South Wales and Melbourne, graduating with high distinction. With the support of a prestigious Clarendon Fund Scholarship, she later read music at Oxford University, U.K. She has worked on the faculties of the University of Hong Kong, New York University, University of New South Wales and currently works at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

Nirmali’s music often involves a lot of theatre and she has collaborated with some of Asia’s most respected choreographers, such as Pun Siu Fai and Daniel Leung. Her collaboration with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company opened the 9th Guangdong Dance Festival in Guangzhou, China.

Nirmali has served as composer-in-residence at a number of major European festivals, most notably the Lakes District Summer Music Festival in the U.K. and the Saxophone Habanera Festival in Poitiers, France. Of the first performance of her song cycle Over Exposed at Abbaye Royaumont in Paris, Le Monde praised it as “standing out in the genre of ‘songs’ of today” and La Croix described it as “deeply moving”. Her compositions have been performed by the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Cairn, Ensemble Linea, the Kuss Quartet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tin Alley String Quartet, Sounds Underground, the Endymion Ensemble, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Concorde, the S.E.M Ensemble, Prague Modern and the Eastman Broadband Ensemble.

Through her music, Nirmali often challenges performers to ‘see’ with their ears and construct spatial ‘views’ of their surroundings. She believes that sound is one tool to give audiences the chance to experience the volume of the space in which they exist.

“Your music is like a work by a great artist. From every perspective, the proportions are perfect”
Wolfgang Rihm