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Alison and I embarking on a much less ambitious multi-media project.

Alison is not only a contributing composer and artist for Moving Scores, she’s also my tech-guru and collaborator on this project. We’ve been friends with artistic intentions for years now, and it’s very exciting to finally collaborate!

Alison Bennett is a visual artist investigating the theme of ‘negotiated inhabitation’. She holds a BA (visual arts) majoring in photography from the UNSW College of Fine Arts and a research Master of Fine Arts from Monash University. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Cavity’ at Horsham Regional Art Gallery January – March 2009, supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria; the ‘to occupy’ series at the Vivid National Photography Festival in Canberra August 2008, featured in the November 2008 issue of Indesign magazine and reviewed in issue 2.2 of Un magazine; ‘Verticalism: gothic ceilings’ reviewed in issue#24 of Artichoke magazine; ‘In Ruins’ exhibited at Platform2 featured on the cover of Arena magazine #78 and ANTIthesis journal #17; ‘Woolsheds and Shearers’ Quarters’ reviewed by Philip Drew in Indesign #24; and ‘Inside Hill End’ reviewed by Charles Rice in Architecture Australia July 2004. Robert Nelson, reviewing ‘Making Hay’ in The Age 15 Nov 2006, compared her work to that of Walker Evans. She curated the group exhibition ‘Frames of Reference’ for Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 2005 and has works in the collections of the National Museum of Australia, the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and the City of Geelong.
In addition to her visual arts practice, Alison also works as a scene photographer for a weekly street press newspaper and sometimes teaches digital imaging and screen culture at Deakin University and NMIT in Melbourne.

Alison Bennett.

Photo by Timothy Arch

Dan Richardson is a versatile freelance percussionist based in Melbourne, where he studied classical percussion at the Victorian College of the Arts, and drum kit at NMIT. He has performed in orchestras, musicals, operas, ballets, rock bands, big bands, Persian pop bands, stadiums, pubs, barns, tents, and open fields, and may well do any of them again – call him.

His playing can be heard on recorded releases from Syzygy Ensemble, Anthony Pateras, Astra Chamber Music Society, Ruth Lindsey, Anja and Zlatna, and (tiny snippets of) Lloyd Webber.
Dan once majored in atmospheric sciences, which makes him doubly qualified to perform items such as the rain-stick, the thunder-sheet, and the wind-machine. Seriously, call him.

This is Dan’s fifth time around at Homophonic. Or fourth. He remembers that he has two children under five, but not much else.

Aviva Endean

Aviva Endean is a clarinetist and bass-clarinettist based in Melbourne who works in a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts. Her major projects currently include Mamushka, a five piece instrumental group who perform Aviva’s original compositions, Melbourne’s pioneer Gypsy-death-core band The Barons of Tang who toured to the USA and New Zealand this year and Quiver, a new music ensemble which she co-directs who performs new and obscure contemporary art music.

Aviva completed her study at the Victorian College of the Arts under the tutelage of Robert Schubert, Richard Haynes, Julia Stoppa and Adam Simmons. During her years of study there she was awarded numerous awards including the Atheneum prize for chamber music with both the Prokofiev Quintet and Quiver new music ensemble, the Friends of the VCA award and the Lionel Gell Merit award.

Aviva used this travelling scholarship in Canada to pursue study in contemporary performance and creative improvisation at McGill University and the Vancouver Creative Music Institute with Francois Houle, Evan Parker and Barry Guy.

She was recently awarded the Willem Van Otterloo memorial award and an Australia Council Art Start grant, which enabled her to take part in the Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute and to undertake further private study with bass clarinet virtuosi in Europe including, Harry Spaarnay, Fie Schoeten, Carl Rosman, Laura Carmicheal and Stump/Lindshalm duo.

Moving Scores

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 Northcote Town Hall on 1st Oct 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.

Ensemble members: Miranda Hill, Alisa Willis, Bettina Crimmins, Oscar Garrido de la Rosa, Ed Ferris, Aviva Endean, Stephanie Kabanyana, Danny Richardson.

Scores by: (not complete list!) Alison Bennett, Ali Hogg, Steven Hodgson, Yvette Audain, Kathryn Goldie, Amy Bastow, Adam Simmons and more!


Moving Scores
VENUE Northcote Town Hall – Main Hall 189 High St Northcote, VIC 3070
DATES: 1st October. TIME: 7.00pm (90min)
TICKETS Full: $15.00 Concession: $10.00 TO BOOK visit melbournefringe.com.au or call (03) 9660 9666