Homophonic! Pride Prize!

Commissioning an Australian QUILTBAG+ composer

3 Shades Black Artist Director, Miranda Hill with the support of philanthropist Andrew Boyle, are thrilled to launch the 2nd annual composition prize to promote and support Australian QUILTBAG+* composers.

*QUILTBAG+ = Queer Intersex Lesbian Trans Bisexual Asexual Gay +

The selected artist will be commissioned to compose a work for solo Bass Trombone to be premiered by Ben Anderson at the 2021 Homophonic! as part of the Midsumma Festival. The competition is in memory of Annette Cawcut, an artist, and great lover of music.

Homophonic! is an annual celebration in concert form, featuring new classical music by queer composers performed at La Mama Theatre as part of the Midsumma Festival. 2021 will be the 10th year, with sold out houses, and the best new music specialists Melbourne has to offer.

“Homophonic! is a magically unique experience which creates nothing less than musical utopia”

Ben Anderson with Double Belled Trombone. Photo by Xander Sanbrook

As an artist I am attracted to the fringes – to points of fraying and friction. I love exploration of instrumental colour, particularly when it focuses on all the beautiful myriad of ways that the trombone can be filtered and distorted. I have developed the worlds first double-bell bass trombone to better explore these possibilities, particularly the result of shimmering between two different states, and I look forward to doing so in a collaborative way with the winner of the 2021 Pride prize.

Ben Anderson. Bass Trombone.

The prize: $1000 commission fee + 3 sessions with Bass Trombonist Ben Anderson, performance at Homophonic! 2021, and professional live audio and video recording.

The work: 7-10 minutes, solo Bass Trombone work*
(*Bass Trombone, Double Belled Bass Trombone, and/or live electronics/fixed media.)

Who can enter? Queer-identifying Australian composers of any age. We strongly encourage BIPOC, Trans* and GNC folks, and female composers to apply.

What sort of music are you looking for? Homophonic! covers the gamut of contemporary music. We’ve had everything from Gamelan to Jazz and covers of Pop. Atonal, Serial, Melodic, Harmonic, 12 tone, graphic, experimental, difficult, gorgeous, and difficult and gorgeous. Whatever you’ve got to show us, we’re keen to hear!

How to enter: Submit a composition folio, CV, and a paragraph explaining your ideas for the work via this form.

Applications open: 2nd June 2020
Applications close: 30th June 2020 
Notification: 10th July 2020
Work due: 26th October 2020
Workshopping period: Whatever works for you! We want to support your process.

The panel consists of:
Miranda Hill, Artistic Director, 3 Shades Black
Ben Anderson, Principal Bass Trombone, Orchestra Victoria
Andrew Boyle, Clarinettist, co-founder of the composition prize
Andrew Aronowicz, Composer,
Louisa Trewartha, Composer and Trumpeter.

Inquiries: 3shadesblackmusic@gmail.com