Category: Artists

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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.

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Krysztyna Eira wrote their first composition while walking to piano lessons at age 10. Her recent projects have included Synaesthesia – a live installation suite developed in collaboration with sculptor Velislav Georgiev (Omnibus Gallery, Ballan, 2014) and Nameless the Land Her Names – a performance soundscape exploring our relationship to the histories of the Land, for community voices, variable instrumentation, electronic sound surround, and guest artists including Vicki Couzens and Ron Murray (Ballan Feast 2012).

Kris’s music explores boundary-crossing – between visual and aural, space and time, the transcendent and the mundane, and between performer, composer, and audience. They love recursive and symbolic structures that develop through algorithms and other patterns. Their favourite speed is Very Slow.

Kris also plays in various gamelan ensembles, at events including Festival of Slow Music (2014, 2015), and was one of the hundred percussionists in Pisaro’s a wave and waves(Melbourne Festival 2015, dir. Eugene Ughetti). They have an honours degree in music (medieval musicology) and a PhD in linguistics. In their spare time they are the community linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.

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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.


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.


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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Oh gosh! It’s that time of year again! Homophonic is back for it’s 5th amazing year.

We’re thrilled to be back again at La Mama theatre in Carlton, and have been feverishly researching amazing queer composers for your listening pleasure.

Book tickets here!

Featuring works by:

Samuel Barber, Lou Harrison, Naima Fine, Benjamin Britten, Kryztina Eira, Billy Strayhorn and more…

Performed by:

Benjamin Anderson, Andrew Collyer, Scott Dundson, Nat GrantMiranda Hill, Steven Hodgson, Gemma HorburyMatthew Horsley, Mark Leece, Kaylie Melville, Jennifer Mills, Ben Opie, Ben Owen, Ian Travers,  Hamish Upton, John Werekta, Belinda Woods,

Feb 1st and 2nd (That’s a monday and tuesday night! You can’t possibly be double booked!)

Louisa Trewartha is a Melbourne based musician. She completed a BMus in 2010 from the University of Melbourne, and in 2013 studied at the Australian National Academy of Music, mentored by trumpet pedagogues David Elton and Tristram Williams. Having completed an MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media in 2016 at Pulse College, Dublin, Louisa now splits her time as a trumpet player, teacher, and composer.

As a trumpet player Louisa has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and in 2017 played in the Melbourne season of My Fair Lady. As an educator Louisa has tutored for Orchestra Victoria’s mOVe program, AYO Young Symphonists program, MYO Summer School, and is the current brass teacher at Sacré Cœur.

In 2017, Louisa participated in the Australian Composers School with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra tutored by Jessica Wells, Maria Grenfell, and Paul Stanhope. Louisa’s 2018 works include; Flight, commissioned for the brass band of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; The Nature of Sound, a massed item commissioned by the Regional Centre for Culture for thirty pipes & drums, and eighty brass & percussion; Drone Swarm written for Elliott Hughes for trumpet & electronics; and The Bendigo Boom, a miniature musical celebrating 30 years of the Bendigo Instrumental Music Program. In October 2018, Louisa recorded her Flugelhorn Concerto and Trumpet Concerto, with both orchestral and piano accompaniment. This digital album is due for release in February 2019.

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Luke Paulding

Luke Paulding

Born in the Middle East and raised in Melbourne, Luke Paulding is swiftly emerging as a prominent voice in Australia’s younger generation of composers.

Luke’s music has been performed and recorded throughout the UK, Ireland, France, the Middle East, Singapore and across much of Australia, by leading musicians and ensembles such as the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, ELISION Ensemble, Speak Percussion, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble (France/Switzerland), ensemble interface(Germany), Aria Co., Quiver and Kupka’s Piano. He has received commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ELISION Ensemble, Speak, Chamber Made Opera, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts, the Musical Society of Victoria, and his music has featured at the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Metropolis Festival, Totally Huge New Music Festival and Castlemaine Festival. Also a trained pianist and tubist, Luke is a founding member and co-director of new music ensemble, Quiver, dedicated to innovative performances of contemporary art music.

In addition to composing concert music, Luke is passionate about collaborations with other artists and organisations on theatre, film, mixed-media and experimental art projects, such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Aphids, Theatreworks, and La Mama Theatre. His original music/sound-designs for theatre in particular are highly acclaimed and have attracted several Green Room Award nominations.

Luke has received support from the Australian Council for the Arts, the Cybec Foundation, Besen Family Foundation, IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts) and the Royaumont Foundation (France). His teachers have included Brian Ferneyhough, Liza Lim, Brett Dean, Chris Dench and David Young. Luke is currently a Masters (Research) candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Luke is represented by the Australian Music Centre (


Sally Whitwell

Sally Whitwell

Award winning pianist Sally Whitwell maintains a busy freelance career as performer, conductor, composer and educator from her base in Sydney.

Sally’s most recent solo release All Imperfect Things; solo piano music of Michael Nyman won the 2013 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album as well as Best Engineer for ABC Classics very own tonmeister Virginia Read, the first time that a woman has ever won this award. Additionally, her debut album Mad Rush: solo piano music of Philip Glass won her the 2011 ARIA for Best Classical Album. Her sophomore album The Good, the Bad and the Awkward is a truly unique compilation of film music where she played not only piano but toy piano, harpsichord, recorder and melodica. Sally plans to record a fourth album in 2014 featuring her own compositions in the art song, choral and chamber music genres.

Recent solo concert appearances for Sally have included the world premiere of the Philip Glass Complete Piano Etudes for Perth International Arts Festival and Ten Tiny Dancers, an all-singing-all-playing-all-dancing cabaret piano recital for the Famous Spiegeltent season at Arts Centre Melbourne. In 2014, Sally will travel to Los Angeles and New York City to perform again with Philip Glass. She will also be touring extensively within Australia, including shows for Adelaide Fringe Festival, concerts at Riversdale for the Bundanon Trust and various trips to regional centres on the NSW South Coast and Byron Bay. As a vocal advocate for classical music by women composers, Sally is currently curating a chamber music concert series in her home town Canberra. In Her Shoes features music by women creatives across the centuries, which she’ll be performing with Acacia Quartet, cellist Sally Maer and soprano Nadia Piave.

Sally other great love is choral music. Currently she is a staff conductor and pianist for Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Children’s Choir with whom she has performed throughout Australia and in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She has devised semi-theatrical choral shows for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Bel A Cappella and Door in the Wall, composed new works for (and with) Sydney Children’s Choir, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Woden Valley Youth Choir (ACT), St Ursula’s College Toowoomba (QLD) and had her choral works performed by Gondwana Choirs, Canberra Choral Society, Brisbane Birralee Voices, Moorambilla Voices, various ensembles from the Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education and Kompactus – Canberra’s Compact Chorus. She’s looking forward to presenting workshops on collaborative composition at the 2014 Queensland Choral Conference presented by Australian National Choral Association.

You can find Sally’s more personal bio here, follow her on facebook here, tweet her on twitter here, and tumble over her on tumblr here.

David Chisholm

David Chisholm

A multi-award winning composer whose works have been acclaimed and performed both nationally and internationally, David is a passionate, eloquent advocate for new work.

David is the founder and director of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, and an Artistic Associate (Composer) at Malthouse Theatre, and lectures and tutors in composition at Monash University.
He is currently a PhD Candidate at Melbourne University.

David has an international practice defined through diverse and hybrid collaboration for which he has won three Green Room Awards, a French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award, a Highly Commended Paul Lowin Prize, a Mention at 36th Bourges International competition of electroacoustic music and electronic art, a Special mention in the X Media Forum, 31st International Film Festival, Moscow, the Medibank Private State and National Arts Awards and The Channel Ten National Young Achiever of the Year.

 David’s work has been appeared at Venice Biennale, Villa Medici Roma, Edinburgh and Melbourne Festivals, Moscow Museum of Art, ISCM World New Music Days, MONA FOMA, Danscenen Copenhagen, Monaco Dance Forum, Australian Centre for Photography and he has been performed and recorded by International Contemporary Ensemble, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Argonaut Ensemble, Arcko Symphonic Project, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Golden Fur, Aria Co, Latitude 37 with Ashley Smith, Silo String Quartet, Atticus String Quartet, The Australian Ballet/Sonic Art Ensemble. He has collaborated with musicians Tristram Williams, Richard Haynes, Jennifer Chou, Mauricio Carrasco and Eric Lamb, soprano Jessica Aszodi,  poets Yves Bonnefoy, Anzhelina Polonskaya and Elizabeth Campbell, cross‐media artists Emmanuel Bernardoux, Boris Eldagsen, Natascha Stellmach, and Sharon Huebner, director Matthew Lutton, conductors Maxime Pascal, Eric Dudley and Timothy Phillips, choreographer Phillip Adams, choreovideographer Cazerine Barry, designers Studio Periscope, sound artists Myles Mumford and Jethro Woodward and producer Sarah Greentree.

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