Zachary Johnston is an Australian contemporary violinist, string educator and random mandolinist. A member of several new music ensembles, including Arcko Symphonic Project, 3 Shades Black, 6º ensemble and Bolt Ensemble, he was a founding member of the string quartet Atticus and has recently performed as a guest artist with Rubiks.
As part of long-term research, Zac is investigating how New Music is integrated into pedagogy, particularly in violin studies. Always keen to develop a sense curiosity in students, Zac has taken this philosophy into his education work with various ensembles, including conducting at the State Music Camp, working with MSO’s Pizzicato Effect and being involved with a variety of improvisation and New Music workshops for school ensembles. Zac was recently offered a scholarship to work with Walter Thompson, his aim being to incorporate the live compositional technique of ‘Soundpainting’ into education and performances in Australia.
Zac has performed with Argonaut for the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music since 2013, completed a Master’s of Music Performance Teaching in 2013, participated in the 2014 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt and the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).
3 Shades Black, before our final performance of “Immersion” at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012.
Thanks to everyone who put in such amazing work performing, and behind the scenes. An extra thanks to our amazing audiences, who came and drunk the mulled wine, cozied up on the beanbags, and rode the crazy wave that is “in C” for over an hour.
Photo by Nick Moulton.
Lessons we learnt the hard way: The bluestone church arts venue is not exactly on the corner of Napier and Hyde… It’s about 200 meters south of the intersection, on Hyde St.
If you’re standing on the corner, wondering where the church is, just look for the big council building, and walk past it. I promise you there’s a church, with beanbags and ambient lighting and mulled wine and minimalist music, waiting, just for you.
See you Friday!
Rosie’s interest in music began at age six when she started learning the piano. Through primary school she dreamt of playing the French horn and becoming a professional horn player, however, it wasn’t until high school that she was able to start lessons on the horn which quickly became her main instrument.
Rosie has always had an interest in chamber music and more recently has been exploring the world of Jazz. She is a member of Shrewd Brass (Musica Viva in Schools group) which allows her to combine this passion for chamber music and jazz with her passion for music education. She has taught horn in various schools including her current schools Eltham High School (since 2006) and Huntingtower College (since 2010).
Rosie has studied the horn under Geoff Lierse, Geoff Collinson, Russell Davis, Debra Hart and her first teacher Kate Burgess. As well as her initial Bachelor/honours degree in Music Performance (VCA) Rosie has completed Masters in Music Performance (Melbourne Uni) and also spent two years studying at the Australian National Academy of Music. It was during this time that she composed and performed her first piece written for voice, horn and piano.
Rosie regularly performs in the Melbourne freelance scene which includes casual work with Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as well as other various Melbourne ensembles, opera companies and in musicals such as Mary Poppins and Love Never Dies.
Outside of music Rosie has a love for food (cooking and eating it!) and writing poetry
Phoebe Green, a violist and curator, is a regular figure in the new music scene in Melbourne. A passionate advocate of Australian composers with a unique voice, she focuses on twentieth-century and current and exploratory repertoire. Phoebe has commissioned numerous works for viola and other instruments from various composers, including James Rushford, Helen Gifford, Alistair Noble, Lisa Illean, Wally Gunn and David Chisholm.
As part of New Music Network’s 2014 Mini Series, Phoebe performed with percussionist Leah Scholes in a program celebrating works commissioned by Phoebe since 2005. She attended the 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and was awarded a Stipendienpreis for Interpretation. Phoebe returned to Darmstadt in 2016 and was also part of the Australian delegation to Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam. In 2015 Phoebe performed solos with Arcko Symphonic Project and ASTRA, presented a solo recital at BIFEM to great acclaim, was guest artist in residence with the Amplified Elephants and had a baby. Phoebe recently released a recording with Leah Scholes of her 2009 commission, The Arrival, composed by David Chisholm.
Leah Scholes adores playing percussion, and aside from working with orchestras and chamber groups she gets very excited about her involvement in a variety of projects with puppeteers, circus artists and other creative folk.
She delights in travel, baking, discovering musical applications for everyday objects, good wine and the outdoors. It is only a matter of time before she designs a project that combines all of these things together…
Yvette Audain was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, where prior to her Australian arrival in January 2012, she had invested in a career as a busy, renowned musician and composer.
Yvette, whose instruments are clarinet, saxophones, recorders and Irish whistles, has worked professionally in a variety of genres: classical (Auckland Philharmonia; New Zealand Opera), military band (the full-time Royal New Zealand Navy Band), Celtic-style originals (trio ‘Doris’), gypsy (the Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band), and many more situations in between.
However, Yvette’s principal performance interest is early jazz. She has had the honour of leading the reed section of Brett’s New Internationals, New Zealand’s only authentic 1920s dance orchestra, developing her stylistic knowledge through transcribing and learning by ear solos by such masters as Johnny Hodges and Coleman Hawkins. Yvette subsequently went on to lead a smaller ensemble affiliated to ‘APOPS’, the Auckland Philharmonia (APO) education programme, performing to school audiences around the Auckland region. So far in Melbourne, Yvette has become a member of the all-female Dixieland jazz band Frilly Knickers, and is in the process of forming her own smaller jazz ensembles and duos.
Yvette enjoys a productive, ever-rewarding career as a composer – a recent achievement in this area includes having her work ‘Eulogy’ read and recorded by the APO in their 2010 Graduate Composer Workshop. The work was programmed in the APO concert ‘Works With Words’ in association with the 2011 Readers and Writers’ Festival. Since 2008 she has been a member of the APO’s talented team of arrangers, and has had another commission ‘Felix the Cat: The Magic Bag’ (score for short cartoon film) performed by the APO Wind Quintet.
March 2011 brought the impressively well-attended ‘Grooves Unspoken: Music by Yvette Audain’, a self-curated programme consisting entirely of Yvette’s own music, at St Lukes Church, Remuera, Auckland. This was in proud association with the 2011 Auckland Fringe Festival.
Yvette holds a Bachelor of Music in composition and clarinet from the University of Auckland, and a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in composition and ethnomusicology from Victoria University of Wellington, where she subsequently completed her Master of Music (with Merit) in composition.
Nat is currently undertaking research towards her PhD, comprising a year-long composition project incorporating a blog and online sound diary, with a new recording posted daily. The project is called ‘Momentum’ and is a chance for Nat to use the internet and recording technology to delve deeper into her compositional processes in a very public way. She also incorporates found sound and existing recordings into the work. Nat invites feedback to the project: recorded, written or otherwise:
|3 Shades Black and the Melbourne Fringe Festival present Immersion. A night of music to bask in, just lie back and let the musicians surround you.Don’t miss this unique experience, with music from minimalism to renaissance chant. Finally! A chance to experience this music as a concert hall won’t allow. Mingle with the music and surround yourself with sound.
Bring a pillow, relax in a beanbag, lie at the feet of a tenor, enjoy a drink and be ensconced in our sound world.
3 Shades Black is made up of some of Melbourne’s finest classical musicians. We specialise in making contemporary and experimental classical music accessible and enjoyable to everyone. Come see why we love this music so much!Program: In C, Terry Riley,
De Profundis: Arvo Part,
Viderunt omnes: Pérotin
Cocoon: Nat Grant. (Premiere)
Tickets at the Fringe website or at the door:http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/immersion/
(the website says different programs each night. It lies! The same amazing program will be available for your ears on Wed 10th and Friday the 12th)
Melbourne Chamber Voices:
Steven Hodgson (dir.)
Born in Sydney 1981, flautist Laila Engle holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as LMusA diplomas in flute and voice. In 2009, Laila completed a Master of Music degree at Melbourne University receiving high distinctions in performance. She was a finalist in Melbourne University’s alumni chamber music competition 2008 and has been awarded 1st prize in the ensemble section at the Australian Flute Festival twice. Other awards she has received include the Patricia Bell Award, the National Women’s Council scholarship for music and theMargaret Henderson Award. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year Award on two occasions.
In addition to her university study Laila has also performed in Masterclasses for internationally renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, William Bennett, Felix Renggli, Micheal Cox, Paul Edmund Davies, Leone Buyse, Wissam Boustany, Michael Hasel, Peter Lloyd and Katherine Kemler. Since 2004, Laila has been a member of the Royal Australian Air force Band. Performance engagements have included tours to Russia, Malaysia, and Turkey.
Past engagements include performances at the Australian consulate in Turkey, the Townsville International chamber music festival, tthe Gaudeamus Interpreters Award and and recently recorded a CD with the Air Force Wind Quintet. She has also been engaged to perform as a guest artist at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music with guitarist Giuseppe Zangari, the Melbourne International guitar festival with Ken Murray and as a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
Since relocating from Sydney to Melbourne in 2008, Laila has become a founding member of the Syzygy Ensemble, maintains a private teaching studio and also a busy performance schedule as a chamber musician and soloist outside of her RAAF commitments.