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Ever since belting out Led Zeppelin on the drum kit from the age of eight, Alison has always
loved to make music. Alison strives to create music that makes people think, reflect and
create change in the world.

Alison is currently in her final year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM),
where she has found a deep love and appreciation for both the Alexander Technique and
human anatomy and physiology, incorporating this into her everyday life.

Passionate about developing living composers’ work, Alison has and continues to
commission composers’ works, with a focus on the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. In
2020, Alison commissioned “Interstices” by Dr. Travers K Eira for solo percussion. Alison
looks forward to continuing this relationship into 2021 as part of THE ANAM SET.

Recent performances with amazing artists include Timothy Munro (Eighth Blackbird), Håkan
Hardenberger (Sweden), Stefan Dohr (Berliner Philharmoniker) and thanks to the digital
world, Alison has had master-classes with musicians all over the world including Steven
Schick (USA), Ross Karre (USA), Christopher Lamb (New York Philharmonic) and Cynthia
Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

In 2018, she gave the Australian Premiere of John Mackey’s Percussion Concerto Drum
Music at the Melbourne Recital Centre alongside the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Wind Symphony. Alison performs with Orchestra Victoria, is a casual musician with the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has worked as part of Speak Percussion’s Sounds
Unheard Program. In 2020, Alison successfully auditioned for the Mahler Chamber
Orchestra Academy in Germany and looks forward to participating in this program post-


Ellie Lamb is a trombonist, vocalist, composer and arranger based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her music covers a wide range of styles, using elements of jazz and chamber music, with a strong emphasis on melody and the creation of different colours and textures. Ellie performs regularly across Melbourne in a number of different projects as both a bandleader and a session player, at venues including Hamer Hall, The Jazzlab, Uptown Jazz Cafe, and the Paris Cat. She has been in the band for the ABC’s New Year’s Eve broadcasts at the Sydney Opera House and Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and performed with Gang of Youths on MTV Unplugged Melbourne and in RocKwiz’s Really Really Good Friday. She also writes for many varied ensembles including a trad jazz outfit, Jam Jar, and the Jazzlab Orkestra. Ellie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music Performance) at Monash University, and is the Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s Take Note leader for 2021. She is also passionate about music education, LGBTQ+ representation, and is a strong advocate for creating a more diverse music scene in Melbourne. 

Kyla Matsuura-Miller is a violinist and educator based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2017 she toured with the ACO Collective as an Emerging Artist, and has enjoyed an ongoing relationship since then. From 2015-2018 Kyla was a student at the prestigious National Academy of Music. Solo and chamber highlights of her time at ANAM have included playing in collaboration with Brett Dean, Richard Tognetti and Lawrence Power. Amongst numerous prizes and scholarships she was the 2016 recipient of the Audience Choice and Best Sonata prizes at the Kendall National Violin Competition, grand prize winner of the MRC Great Romantics competition and the 2017 Richard Pollett Memorial Award. In 2018 was awarded the Gwen Nisbet scholarship, the most prestigious prize for leaving students at the end of her time at ANAM.

In 2020 and 2021, before COVID-19 rudely interrupted, she had been deeply immersed in chamber music with the newly formed Rathdowne quartet, as well as appearing as guest violinist with Inventi Ensemble and Syzygy Ensemble.

Homophonic! 2021!

We’re back! The main season of Homophonic! returns to the iconic La Mama Courthouse.

Guaranteed to be the only concert in town with a Double Belled Bass Trombone *and* a Harpsichord on the same stage!

April 24th 2 pm *Relaxed performance* (1 hour only)


April 25th 2pm & 7:30 pm. (7:30 show audio descriped and tactile tour with Description Victoria)

Buy your tickets from La Mama Theatre! Or from the Midsumma Festival!

*Baroque Quartet: Louisa Trewartha. Harpsichord, G Violone, Baroque Viola, and Baroque Recorders.

Dancing with Somebody: Joe Twist. String Quartet.

Excerpts from “Moonlite”: Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski Vocal Ensemble, Viola, Percussion.

Six Scenes: Bree van Ryk. String quartet and vibraphone.

+I am who I am: Caerwen Martin. String quintet and vocal ensemble.

^Depth Disintegration: Shoeb Ahmad. Double Belled Bass Trombone and electronics.

Hyr: Ellie Lamb. Mixed Ensemble

*Commissioned thanks to the City of Melbourne Covid-19 Quick response Arts Grants

+Part of the RESPECT commissioning project. Commissioned thanks to the support of Creative Victoria

^Winner of the Homophonic! Pride Prize. Commissioned thanks to Andrew Boyle.

Performed by:

Kyla Matsura-Miller; Zac Johnston; Phoebe Green; Miranda Hill; Joy Lee; Paul Zabrowny; Ryan Williams, Katie Yap, Alison Fane, Benjamin Anderson.

Consort of Melbourne: Led by Steven Hodgson; Katherine Norman, Alex Ritter, Kristy Biber, Jenny George, Chris Roache, Ben Owen.

Directed and presented by Miranda Hill.

Presented as part of the Midsumma Festival. Proudly supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Homophonic! is thrilled to announce our regional tour of 5 Victorian Pride Festivals!

With the generous support of Creative Victoria, we are bringing the magic of Homophonic! to Daylesford ChillOut; Bendigo Pride, Ballarat Frolic, Geelong Rainbow Festival, and Shepparton OUT in the OPEN.

Daylesford ChillOut: March 6th, 5pm. Hepburn Amphitheatre. Tickets here

Bendigo Pride Festival: March 21st, 5pm. Tickets here

^Moonlite (Excerpts); Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski
*Shimmer; Louisa Trewartha. Inspired by Max Primmer
Dancing with Somebody; Joe Twist
*I am who I am; Caerwen Martin. Inspired by Yvonne Sillett.

*World Premiere
^Australian Premiere.

Performed by:
The Consort of Melbourne, directed by Steven Hodgson.
Kyla Matsura-Miller, Zac Johnston, Phoebe Green, Paul Zabrowny, Miranda Hill, Joy Lee, Hamish Upton.

Directed and Presented by: Miranda Hill.

Homophonic! on tour!

Homophonic! is heading to regional victorian pride festivals in 2020!

Team Homophonic! in the literal Green Room at the Potato Shed, Drysdale

Geelong Rainbow Festival: Potato Shed, Drysdale. 6/2/2020
Daylesford Chillout: Daylesford Town Hall. 6/3/2020
(Bendigo Pride Festival: Engine Room. 27/3/2020)
Sadly the Bendigo Pride Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. We will update when we are able to reschedule!

and soon to be announced dates at:
Ballarat Frolic
Shepparton Out in the Open

Laila Engle performing “Star Picc” by Stephen de Filippo.
Photo by Agatha Yim at Polyphonic Pictures

After sell out seasons in Melbourne Midsumma Festival, we are thrilled to be taking the show on the road! Featuring the winner of the inagural Homophonic! Pride Prize, “Star Picc” for amplified piccolo, effects, and bass drum; and the gorgeous “Stethoscope” by Louisa Trewartha for voices and strings.

Hope to see you there!

Homophonic! regional pride season is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.”

Behind the scenes…

Rehearsals for Laura Kaminsky’s gorgeous “Twilight Settings” end in a cheesy photo shoot, and Laila Engle puts a microphone on the loudest instrument available. #newmusicnerds

Photo by Jo Smith

Christina Green is a Melbourne-based composer, songwriter, performer, music therapist and teacher. Green works as a composer-performer and as a composer for other ensembles/soloists, as well as maintaining activities as a performing songwriter in the acoustic/folk scene in Melbourne and beyond. She has recorded both as a pianist and singer-songwriter, and is active with the Melbourne Composers’ League, performing regularly at the Elbow Room and other concerts curated by the group.

Green met Palestinian-Lebanese, Australian lesbian performance poet Candy Royalle while they were both on residency at the Bundanon Arts Trust in 2012, and is delighted to have been able to create a new work setting Royalle’s Edge Sky Self, from A Trillion Tiny Awakenings (2018), for Homophonic 2020.

Maria Zajkowski is an award-winning poet, lyricist and librettist based in Melbourne. A regular collaborator with composer Wally Gunn, her first collection The Ascendant features on the Grammy nominated album Render by Roomful of Teeth. In 2019, her first libretto, Moonlite, a true crime queer love story based on Captain Moonlite and his lover James Nesbitt, premiered in the US. Her next collection, What we have except when we are lost, was written with MTC Cronin and is published through Spuyten Duyvil in New York. 

Photo bt Carmen Ward

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Author of A Leaving (Vagabond Press), her live album, One Night Wonders, is produced by Going Down Swinging.