Category: Musicians


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.
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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.

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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.

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Photo: Laki Sideris

 

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.

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Photo: Cameron Jamieson

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

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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.

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Belinda is an improvising musician/composer living in Melbourne, Australia. A PhD graduate of the VCA (Melbourne University), Belinda was awarded a 2015 Creative Victoria Scholarship for excellence in her field, 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 2010-2016, Belinda has played a major role in supporting and enhancing the development of the Melbourne music scene.

Predominantly a flautist, Belinda performs in many ensembles including Bohjass and the BOLT Ensemble as well as her own groups Lo-Res and Saveja. As a soloist Belinda has developed an array of extended techniques which she utilises in performances as an improviser and an interpreter of music. She has been invited to perform in Festivals across Australia, Japan and Europe as well as independently curated events across Australia.

http://www.belindawoods.com.au

 

JohnWerekta.jpgJOHN 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.

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Louisa Trewartha is a Melbourne based musician. She completed a Bachelor of Music at The University of Melbourne in 2010, and in 2013 studied at the Australian National Academy of Music, mentored by trumpet pedagogues David Elton and Tristram Williams. Having recently completed a Masters in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College in Dublin, she now splits her time as a trumpet player, teacher, and composer.

As a trumpet player Louisa has performed with MSO, OV, MCO, and in mid 2017 played in the Melbourne season of My Fair Lady. Louisa particularly enjoys playing flugelhorn, baroque, and piccolo trumpet. As an educator Louisa has tutored for Orchestra Victoria’s mOVe program, the AYO Young Symphonists program, MYO Summer School and has taught at schools including Camberwell Grammar School, Scotch College, and Melbourne Girls Grammar School.

As a composer Louisa has primarily written for chamber groups, brass, and symphony orchestra. In 2017 she was selected to participate in the Australian Composers School, working with TSO. Her most recent commissions include a concert band piece Silver Lake for the Mid America Freedom Band, and a mass brass band and pipes work for the Regional Centre for Culture, to be premiered in September, 2018.

More information: www.louisatrewartha.com.au