Tag Archive: new music

Ed Ferris

Musician, composer, actor and author. Ed Ferris is versatility. After completing a Bachelor of Music, majoring in clarinet performance, in 2009, Ed is now completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne.

Ed is a founding member of the ‘Tea-tree-oh’ trio; exponents of contemporary Australian compositions and has given many world premier performances with the group.

Former Principal Clarinet with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Ed now divides his time between teaching, playing with his gypsy-folk band ‘Eyal & the Skeleton Crew’ and writing.

In 2012, Ed is hoping to continue clarinet studies at home or abroad and to release his first short story collection ‘ Cat and Mouse’ through University of Melbourne press.

Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson is a theatre director, and new media artist specialising in video installation. Her videos utilise time-lapse to explore rhythm and perception and she collaborates with other artists to produce process videos of their practice. She has had installations as part of the Gertrude projection festival (2009), Kodak Salon at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (2010) and earlier this year collaborated with tapestry artist Michelle Hamer on her show Dangling Carrots at Craft Victoria.

In 2003 Cat completed the Graduate Diploma of Dramatic art – Directing at the VCA. Since then she has worked as assistant director with Julian Meyrick for the MTC production The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, and as director/dramaturg on several theatre productions including, Unholy Site, written and performed by Jacklyn Bassanelli, Still Waiting by Alexandra Collier and On intoxicated Ears written and performed by Alex Ben Mayor.

She was General Manager at Actors Centre Australia in Sydney for three years (2000 – 2003) During which time she was also co-producer for A Bit On The Side a monthly performance event for which she also worked as a writer and director for the one off theatre pieces created.

Amy Bastow Bio Pic2Amy Bastow (b. 1985) was born in a small rural town in outback Australia. Amy is a 1st class honours graduate and scholarship recipient from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Amy began her professional life as a classical musician and composer, writing music for many of the country’s leading professional ensembles, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet and The Song Company. Amy’s concert works premiered at many major events, festivals and venues throughout Australia and internationally, including the ISCM World New Music Days, the National Composers’ Forum, the Performing Australian Music Competition in London, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Auckland Fringe Festival.

Amy now spends the majority of her time composing music for film, television and advertising. Amy is currently the composer for Channel 7′s drama “Winners and Losers” (series 3) and is also currently writing music for James Cameron’s latest 3D feature documentary, Deep Sea Challenge. Amy was a finalist for the APRA PDA Screen Music Award this year. Amy currently works from her studio in Melbourne and can be spotted scooting around the city on her little red Vespa!

Peter Joseph Head

Peter Joseph Head is a songwriter and composer. He studied music composition at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and the Kyoto City University of the Arts in Japan. He has written music in many genres and styles including indie & pop songs, experimental electronic music, contemporary art music and film scores. He posts songs to his “Status Update Songs” audioblog site and leads a band called the Actor Buddhists.

Kathryn Goldie

Kathryn Goldie is a writer and film-maker whose short films, short plays and video art have appeared at more than 50 festivals around the world. A graduate of VCA Film & TV, she is completing studies in screenwriting at RMIT.

Kathryn’s eighth short film, Bodysurfer, won Best Film and Best Drama at the 2013 RMIT Student Film Awards, and its script was commended in the 2010 Fellowship of Australian Writers’ National Literary Awards. Her 2008 short film, Steak, was funded through the then-Australian Film Commission’s Raw Nerve initiative, was a finalist in the Melbourne Queer Film Festival’s City of Melbourne Awards and won Best Narrative in the 2011 RMIT Student Film Awards. 2007’s Duck Soup has screened at festivals from Munich to Mumbai and San Francisco to Sydney (where it garnered an audience choice award), as well as in many less alliterative places in-between.

Kathryn’s short play The Kind of Man was a popular finalist at Short + Sweet Melbourne 2011, a festival for which she has also directed. Her other short plays, including A Matter of Taste andSensitivity, have been performed in Melbourne, Sydney and country New South Wales.

In June/July 2013, Kathryn was Artist-in-Residence at Footscray’s Colour Box Studio. She is currently writing a children’s novel, a comedy webseries and a Midsumma theatre show, which she will direct. She’s delighted that Cubular Oceans, shot in South Korea, is making its way around the globe with Moving Scores.




Image by Sarah Walker.

Hi, My name’s Miranda and I’m the founder and artistic director of 3 Shades Black.

I’m a classically trained double bassist, musician, producer, and educator. My performance interests move from historically informed period performance through to improvisation, and I am passionate about bringing experimental musical concepts to a broader audience, and integrating improvisation and experimentation into music education.  Increasingly, my work includes social justice and activism; through creating music for protests, to community music direction, and working with diverse members of our community.

Aside from 3 Shades, I am Musical Director of Riff Raff Radical Marching Band;  led the street bands for Serenading Adela, and was co-director with Jane York of the Sing4equality project, which culminated in a 20,000 strong choir singing for marriage equality. I’m also one half of: “Octave Pussy” electro-acoustic drum and bass duo with Nat Grant; the artistic collaboration Fine Fine Small Mountain, who in 2015 spent 7 months living and working in rural China, and toured east coast Australia in 2016;  and with Leah Scholes: The Flying Tapirs, the tastiest theatre-music duo you’ve ever met. I am a core member of BOLT ensemble, Scottish Baroque group the Evergreen ensemble, Genesis Baroque, and The Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble. In non musical spheres: I keep the hotel room blog “Why won’t the windows open?” and a highlight of 2017 was playing a “lesbian avenger” in the Taylor Mac ’24 hour decade history of popular music’ at the Melbourne Festival!

As a double bassist, I earn my keep freelancing in groups such as the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Opera Australia regional touring Orchestra, Australian Romantic Classical Orchestra, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and any ensemble doing suitably amusing projects. I teach at ‘Crashendo’ el sistema string program in Laverton with Erica Rasmussen, as well as a studio of private students.

I studied at VCASS, the VCA, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; and the Hartt school of music in Hartford, Connecticut, with teachers including Steve Reeves, Diana Gannett, and Robert Black.

My interests have always veered towards the experimental and fun. Steve Rush, Professor at UofM taught me about bringing laughter to classical performances, and the new set of challenges that arise when you mix artistic genres with a sense of humour and levity.  3 Shades Black is dedicated to making experimental music and performance accessible and transparent to a new audience. Taking high-falutin’ artsy concepts and framing them so everyone can appreciate how awesome they are.

Not such a big ask, surely.

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.

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