Category: Artists

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.



Award winning 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, a member of Kurilpa String Quartet, member of
contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano, performs with the Queensland
Symphony Orchestra, and tours extensively for Musica Viva’s educational
program. She appears regularly as both a soloist and ensemble member at
festivals such as Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Baroque Festival, Woodford Folk
Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber
Music, Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music, Queensland Music Festival and the
annual Festival of Tibet at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
More recently, Katherine has become increasingly acknowledged for her
performance of new music, and has undertaken study with
Rohan de Saram and Lucas Fels – both the former and current cellists of the
Arditti String Quartet. She has performed and studied in India, Austria,
Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France, 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.



2017_02_13--11_01_37--9704.jpgAustralian keyboardist and composer Jacob Abela is a soloist and chamber musician specialising in the new music field. Jacob is Australia’s leading voice for the Ondes Martenot, a French keyboard instrument which predates the synthesiser. Jacob is a founding member and co-director of new music outfit Rubiks, who have enjoyed critical acclaim for their contribution to Melbourne’s contemporary music scene.

Jacob also performs regularly with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared with renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Offspring, Argonaut Ensemble (BIFEM), Speak Percussion, 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).

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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.



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!

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).












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

KimTan.jpgKim Tan is a diverse musician who has developed a practice of performance that embraces the constantly evolving world of contemporary music.

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.

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

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.