Category: Moving Scores


 

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3 Shades Black recently spent an amazing morning showing school students from all over Victoria how awesome graphic scores are.  With great thanks to Musica Viva and their tech team for making the magic happen, ACMI for hosting us and all the students for being so open and willing to think outside the box and off the page.

Miranda Hill talking about Moving Scores.

 

For more information, please visit the Musica Viva in Schools facebook page! They do great work.

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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).

 

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Charlotte Jacke, Cello.

Charlotte Jacke hails from Bonn, Germany. In 2006, she graduated with High Distinction in Cello Performance from the Universität der Künste Berlin, where she then also worked as Assistant and Seminar Lecturer.

In 2004, Charlotte participated orchestral workshops with conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

As a member of the Berlin based jazz orchestra Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra Charlotte has toured extensively throughout Germany, Switzerland and Korea as well as featuring on their 2009 release “Take Off”. She also was a core member of the Wüthrich- Quartett in Berlin, which worked closely together with young/ contemporary composers and the director Daniel Ott (Professor for composition, Berlin).

Since moving to Melbourne in May 2009, Charlotte has worked as a cellist and instrumental teacher. She performs regularly as a freelance cellist in solo, chamber ensemble and orchestral capacities such as Orchestra Victoria, Arcko Symphonic Project, and Southern Cross.

Luci Everett is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer creating for a variety of clients and studios. She loves working with paper, paint, flora, sunshine and coffee.

 
Luci Everett

Luci Everett

Moving Scores

Photo by Alison Bennett

Photo by Alison Bennett

Hear the image, and see the music!

Moving Scores is an exciting collaboration between new music ensemble 3 Shades Black, and moving image artists. New films made by composers and visual artists will be screened and performed live as graphic scores.

Moving Scores is taking experimental music notation and putting it in motion. We’ve taken the map and made it a GPS. Come hear the image and see the music!

3 Shades Black is thrilled to bring their flagship show, Moving Scores, back to the Melbourne Fringe! Since 2011 we’ve been to Beijing and Auckland, and collected new amazing scores along the way. While joining film and music is familiar, this blending of scores and film is taking a new and exciting direction in the melding of sometimes disparate creative worlds.

Graphic scores take traditional music notation and remove the rules. These scores, which are art in themselves, are traditionally static images. This show is exploring how the scores and interpretations will change when the scores are in motion. John Cage said that “music is all around us” and this project takes that a whole step further. A road at night, fish in a tank, the night sky. These are images we know in one context, and are given a whole new outlook by being read as a score.

Visual artists, composers and performers have different concepts of ‘structure’, and the juxtaposition of the art forms will lead to some unexpected interpretations. While the musical approach to each piece is discussed and rehearsed by the ensemble, there is always room for interpretation, and no two performances are the same.

3 Shades Black is dedicated to making experimental music and performance accessible and transparent to any audience. Taking high-falutin artsy concepts and framing them so everyone can appreciate how awesome they are.

3 Shades Black: Miranda Hill, Dan Richardson, Oscar Garrido de la Rosa, Bettina Crimmins, Phoebe Green, Zachary Johnston, Charlotte Jacke.

Composers: Amy Bastow, Daniel Armstrong, Naima Fine, Celeste Oram, Kathryn Goldie,  Adam Simmons and more!

“Hard to explain” – NZ Herald 2013

“Compelling soundscapes paired with often breathtaking imagery” – BuzzCuts 2011

“I felt like I was hallucinating…would go again to a similar event in a heartbeat” – Audience member: Mao’s live house, Beijing 2012

http://www.3shadesblack.com

Moving Scores VENUE Bluestone Arts Venue Cnr Hyde & Napier St Footscray, VIC 3010

DATES: 3rd and 4th of October

TIME: 8.00pm (2hr) TICKETS Full: $20 Concession: $15 Group: $12

TO BOOK visit melbournefringe.com.au or call (03) 9660 9666

Artist Julian Maher is widely exhibited both in NZ and in the USA. She gained the Masters in Fine Art with Honours from Auckland University of Technology 2007. In 2003 she as runner up in the Mazda Emerging Artist of New Zealand and for the 5 last years has worked moving between New Zealand and the United States. During this time she participated in a number of Artist in Residence programs and collaborations. Her work is exhibited in galleries both in New Zealand and in the US .

To see her work and last collaboration view online at: http://fe29.com/artwork/

Paul uses a mixture of traditional and digital techniques to create both sound and visual compositions. His music has been reviewed and featured in music magazines throughout Europe, Australia and Japan including ‘The Wire’ magazine. He has performed as a solo artist throughout the UK (as Reverbaphon) and in collaboration (with Box, Novus) . Now living in Auckland, he is a regular participant in the improvising collective Vitamin S, the percussion ensemble ‘fritterhead’ and is a founding member of ‘Plastic Sheep’.

Celeste Oram is an Auckland-based composer, flautist, singer, actor, and director. Her compositions have been performed, recorded and nationally broadcast by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Intrepid Music Project. This year she will be creating a new work for the Song Company, a Sydney-based vocal ensemble. Celeste has a particular interest in composing for theatre: in May 2011, her chamber opera The Electrical Eclipse was premiered at the University of Auckland, and she has scored songs and incidental music for productions ranging from Euripidean tragicomedy to German-language theatre to various Shakespeare plays. In 2012 she completed a BMus(Hons)BA with first-class honours at the University of Auckland, where her recognitions included Douglas Lilburn prizes in composition and performance, and the Douglas Mews composition prize.

3 Shades Black presents Moving Scores as part of the Auckland Fringe.

Friday 22nd of February,

8pm, Mt Eden Village Community Hall.

Cnr Mt Eden Rd and Ngauruhoe St

Entry by Koha.

We will be performing new scores by New Zealand artists, Julian Maher, Celeste Oram, and Paul Smith, alongside works from Australian composers and film makers.

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Moving Scores Beijing. Mao Live House.

Performers:

Miranda Hill, Double Bass,

Alisa Willis, Flute,

Yvette Audain, Saxophone,

Paul Smith, Percussion,

Michael Weiss, Cello,

Charmian Keay, Violin,

Sophia Acheson, Viola,

Helen Acheson, Voice,

Donald Nicholls, Clarinet,

Casey Gsell, Bassoon,

3 Shades Black presents Moving Scores; a night of experimental film and music making. New films made by visual artists and composers will be screened and performed as graphic scores by Melbourne’s exciting ensemble of contemporary music specialists.

Moving Scores is taking experimental music notation and putting it in motion. We’ve taken the map and made it a GPS.

Come to the Mt Eden Community Village hall on 22/2 to hear the image and see the music!

While joining film and music is familiar, this blending of scores and film is taking a new and exciting direction in the melding of sometimes disparate creative worlds.

Graphic scores take traditional music notation and remove the rules. The stave lines and clefs have as much meaning as the note heads themselves. These scores, which are art in themselves, are traditionally static images. This show is exploring how the scores and performances will change when the scores are in motion.

John Cage said that ‘music is all around us’ and this project takes that a whole step further. Birds in flight, train tracks, the detail on the back pocket of your jeans, an ultrasound, a sunrise. These are all images we know in one context, and would be given a whole new outlook by being read as a score.
Film makers and Composers have created short moving scores, which will be projected so the audience will be able to see the scores and the ensemble, and see the music as it happens.

Visual artists, Composers and performers have different concepts of “structure”, and the juxtaposition of the art forms will lead to some unexpected interpretations. While the musical approach to each piece is discussed and rehearsed by the ensemble, there is always room for interpretation, and no two performances are the same.

Beijing!

3 Shades Black was excited to present Moving Scores in Beijing! We had an amazing group of musicians, and a full house packed into Mao Live House, the hottest live music venue and punk club in town.
Many thanks to Alan Lee for organising the epic event, and to all the fabulous musicians who really went the extra mile and gave an amazing performance. It was fascinating to hear the difference with a new ensemble of such different players and instruments.
Performers: Fabio Antonelli, Adrian LeungChristopher Young, Tim Khang, Martin Sawtell, Sophie Smith, Miranda Hill, Alan Lee.

Our beautiful rehearsal venue, The Children’s Palace.

The reality of multimedia rehearsals: technical difficulties and snacks.

The Venue: Mao Live House

Inside the bar.

First time there has been a seated audience in Mao Live House! The staff were somewhat bemused but really supportive and enthusiastic.

Group effort to get the piano on stage! Including two people who just wandered in off the street to see what was going on. Oops.

End of the night. Fabulous show!

In performance: Cubular Oceans, by Kathryn Goldie