Category: Artists


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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.

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Australian pianist/keyboardist Jacob Abela is a soloist and chamber musician specialising in new music. Based in Melbourne, Jacob is a core member of contemporary art music outfit Rubiks Collective, who have enjoyed critical acclaim for their contribution to Melbourne’s music scene.
As a pianist, Jacob performs regularly with leading Australian ensembles, including performances with Ensemble Offspring, Speak Percussion, Victorian Opera, Argonaut Ensemble (BIFEM), 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).
Recent projects include a tour to Europe with Rubiks in July/August performing a program of newly-commissioned and existing Australian works, the world premiere of TARZAN with Vienna-based experimental theatre company God’s Entertainment, and a solo recital at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music 2018.

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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.

 

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Georgina Darvidis is one of Melbourne’s most versatile and adventurous young artists. Beginning her musical study exploring theatre and classical vocal technique lead to major roles with The Melbourne Theatre Company and The Victorian Opera Company. After completing a Bachelor in Improvised music at The Victorian College of the Arts, she began to investigate more traditional jazz styles as well as free improvisation and cross disciplinary compositional forms. This lead to mentorships with acclaimed practitioners Shelley Hirsch and Theo Bleckmann in New York and Canada.

Georgina’s recent projects include performing in the premier original vocal theatre work “Permission to Speak” presented by the Chamber Made Opera company, features with the Australian Arts Orchestra, guest artist with the Rubiks Collective and completing a collaborative commission with the Bennetts Lane Big Band and the Penny string quartet.

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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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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Madelyn Byrne is a Professor of Music at Palomar College where she has been on the
faculty since 2000. She is an active composer of both acoustic and computer music.
Some recent pieces include The Decorah Eagle Violin Concerto (composed for Ulli
Reiner and the Palomar Symphony Orchestra), In A Winter Landscape (for bass flute and computer, commissioned and recorded by Peter Sheridan for MOVE Records), Arrival (computer music with video art by Lily Glass, recorded to DVD for Everglade Records), and Northern Flight (for piano and computer, recorded by Peter Gach for Innova Records).

Madelyn’s music has been presented in a variety of venues in Europe, Asia, Australia and
North America. Some recent performances include The New York City Electroacoustic
Music Festival, The Society of Composers, Inc. (National Conference), The International
Computer Music Conference, The Australasian Computer Music Conference, College
Music Society, and Electronic Music Midwest among others.
Madelyn completed her DMA in Composition at The Graduate Center in 1999. Her
composition teachers include Charles Dodge, John Corigliano, and David Olan. The
compositions for her dissertation were done while she was a guest composer at Columbia
University’s Computer Music Center.

Meet the musicians – Kim Tan

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Studying with teachers such as Mardi McSullea, Greg Dikmans, Lawrence Whiffin, and Margaret Crawford, Kim has also performed in masterclasses and lessons with international soloists including Michael Cox (the Royal Academy of Music, London) and Katherine Kemler (Louisiana State University).  In 2009, Kim travelled to Germany to have flute lessons with Camille Hoitenga (Cologne) and international soloists including; Andras Adorjan (Musikhochschule Munich), Felix Renggli (Musikhochschule Freiburg), and Renate Greiss-Armin (Musikhochschule Karlsruhe).

Kim is completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne. She is in constant search for challenges or ways to renew her approach to practice. With violinist Lizzy Welsh, Kim has commissioned and performed acoustic and electro-acoustic compositions for baroque violin and traverso by composers including Peter de Jager and Alexander Garsden. She also performs regularly with Melbourne based ensembles such as Astra Music Society, and ARCKO Symphonic Ensemble and has collaborated and performed with ensembles such as Golden Fur. She has premiered works by Thomas Meadowcroft and Klaus Lang, her repertoire also includes local premiers of works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Liza Lim, Elliot Carter, and Morton Feldman.