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Photos! Homophonic!

Photos taken by the amazing Ali Hogg.

What a great show! Thanks to all our amazing performers, audience, composers, La Mama, the Early Music Studio, and all the queer pioneers, past and present, who have allowed us to be free to put on ridiculously fabulous shows like this, today.

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.

Stephanie Kabanyana, photo by Yacek.

Following on from a degree in Music Composition and subsequent studies in Arts Education and Administration, Stéphanie is now the Director of Art Kabanyana.
Originally born from a desire to assist, develop and promote young emerging artists who are impeded by challenging officialdom and administration, Art Kabanyana has in time become the neurocentre for Stéphanie’s many hats: A Manager in Production, Project, Arts Administration and School Programs, to Producer, Sound Designer, Performance Artist and Composer. The company focusses on projects engaging in multicultural and community arts and development, new music, and indigenous music education. 
Recently, Stéphanie has worked with Creative Original Music Adelaide, Musica Viva Ménage, Arena Theatre Company, Next Wave, The Collingwood Underground Arts Park, Richmond Housing Estate Moon Lantern Festival, and The Substation.
Currently, Stéphanie is focussing her energy into being the School Programs Manager at Music Outback Foundation, as well as collaborating with Miranda Hill in 3 Shades Black New Music Ensemble and co-founding Melbourne’s newest community development organisation, Collaborative Cultures.
Stephanie has created a score working with Caitlyn Murphy.
Caitlyn is a recent graduate of Griffith University’s Bachelor of Multimedia, majoring in Film and TV Production. Caitlyn’s most recent projects include working with Brisbane’s Anti Poverty Week Campaign, Link Up’s touring exhibition Sustaining Connections, and Music Outback Foundation’s 2011 MOBFEST Tanami Festival. Caitlyn currently works with Link Up Queensland in the Media and Multimedia Team.

Bettina Crimmins

Bettina’s performing habits suggest she’s leading a double life: For the last few years she has been thoroughly enjoying travelling in order to play with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Adelaide, Christchurch and Singapore Symphony Orchestras as well as Orchestra Victoria as an orchestral oboist.

What many might not know about is her passion and obsession for New Music. While living in Germany, Bettina performed with regularly with new music ensembles including Ensemble Modern and ensemble chronophonie in many of the world’s finest concert houses, including the Lincoln Centre, Barbican Centre and Konzerthaus Berlin.

Bettina studied in Germany with renowned oboists Heinz Holliger and Hans Elhorst with the assistance of a German Government scholarship. Prior to this she completed a B.Mus.(Hons) under tutelage of David Nuttall. She is hoping the thesis she recently submitted is good enough to receive a Master of Music which was undertaken with the supervision of Eve Newsome and Dr. Stephen Emmerson.

Bettina is also a highly experienced and dedicated teacher and loves introducing her students (gently) to the world of experimental music.

Adam SImmons

Adam is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, having been involved across many different scenes within Melbourne and beyond since 1990. In 2004, Adam received a Special Award from the Freedman Foundation. For the 2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival, a special Retrospective of Adam’s work was held – featuring over 200 musicians in 40 configurations over three weeks. Musicians Adam has worked with include: Ernest Ranglin, Nigel Kennedy, Peter Brotzmann, Odean Pope, The Mavis’s and CW Stoneking.

Current ensembles include: Adam Simmons Toy Band, Adam Simmons Quartet, Origami, New Blood, Nick Tsiavos Ensemble, BOLT Ensemble, Embers, Tania Bosak’s Beijao, Steve Purcell’s Pearly Shells, Big Fela, and Collider.

Adam is releasing the debut CD for his new project, Origami, on Oct 13 at Northcote Uniting Church.

Invited to participate in the collaborative exhibition “SMS – Szczecin/Melbourne/Szczecin” by artist and friend, Jarek Wojcik, Adam was encouraged to present something very different to his musical performances. In response to this Adam developed the idea of his music box assemblages, drawing from his musical aspirations and aesthetic sense to inform a more physical form of expression. As a visual artist, Adam has been in several group shows since Oct 2009, with his debut solo exhibition at Catherine Asquith Gallery in July 2010. Adam’s work has just been selected as a finalist for both the Hutchins Art Prize and the Deakin Small Sculpture Award.

Tower of Babel (selected for 2010 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize)

Interview – The Music Show – ABC Radio National

Oscar Garrido de la Rosa

Óscar complemented his classical musical education in Spain with performances as bass guitarist in various rock bands.

In 1999 he continued bassoon and composition studies in Germany and performed with numerous ensembles, including Ensemble SurPlus and Basel Sinfonietta. He was a founding member of new music group “ensemble chronophonie”.

His compositions have been performed by duo contour, ensemble recherche and the Tiroler Ensemble fur Neue Musik, among others.

Since moving to Australia in 2006 Óscar has been performing regularly with Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Camerata of St. John’s and Clocked Out. He is also a sought after teacher and he tutors at the USQ McGregor Summer School.

 

Naima Fine

Naima Fine

Naima Fine Fine studied composition at Qld Conservatorium and has an Honours degree in ecology. She’s a 5th+ generation musician: her grandma Joanne Fine was accepted to the London Academy of Music alongside Joan Sutherland and Don Burrows, but couldn’t take it up because they didn’t let married women study there. Naima’s favourite instruments to write music on are old family pianos.

Naima’s creative practice embraces composition, ecology, and activism. She works across artforms, explores multi-media processes and outcomes, collaborates on performing arts projects – especially circus and theatre, and occasionally produces her own concerts.

Naima has a work being premiered in L.A. straight after Homophonic! 2019 and is doing sound design for Sydney Mardi Gras’s upcoming sold-out theatre production, The Bed Party.

She recently finished Tilde New Music Festival’s inaugural residency and a Screenworks/APRA screen composing mentorship, and has a work being published in Routledge Press’s The Digital Score: Musicianship, Creativity, and Innovation. In 2018 her work won Open Circuit Interactive Traces concert Audience Favourite Award (U.K.).

Naima’s music has been performed and exhibited in shows, concerts and festivals across Australia, New Zealand, The U.K., China, and the U.S., including at Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Midsumma Festival, Moreland Summer Art Exhibition, Auckland Fringe Festival, Liverpool UK’s Open Circuit Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras.

Naima lives on sovereign Kulin nations land in so-called “Melbourne”. She loves queer feminist sci-fi novels, queercore punk, bicycling, and playing in Riff Raff Radical Marching Band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Armstrong

Daniel Armstrong is a photo-media / installation artist and tertiary lecturer. His current research explores relationships between photography and astronomy with a specific interest in how scientific imaging both falters and succeeds at the edge of representation and relationships of the body to space and visualisation of the cosmos. He is also interested in the historical relationships between photography and astronomy, the lens and the telescope and the cultural and philosophical implications of these relationships.

In 2010 he composed and performed a series of installations for light, stained glass architecture and classical guitar; titled Sacred Heart; as part of the In Situ Inhabit project at the Abbotsford Convent.

In 2009 he undertook an Australia Council residency at the Lowell Astronomical Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
It was during this residency that his moving score was derived.

He lives in the rural Victoria where he spends his nights imaging the dark skies with homemade, primitive cameras and telescopes. He is currently undertaking a fine art PhD titled, The Heavens and The Heartbeat at RMIT University.