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3 Shades Black presents Moving Scores as part of the Auckland Fringe.

Friday 22nd of February,

8pm, Mt Eden Village Community Hall.

Cnr Mt Eden Rd and Ngauruhoe St

Entry by Koha.

We will be performing new scores by New Zealand artists, Julian Maher, Celeste Oram, and Paul Smith, alongside works from Australian composers and film makers.

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Moving Scores Beijing. Mao Live House.

Performers:

Miranda Hill, Double Bass,

Alisa Willis, Flute,

Yvette Audain, Saxophone,

Paul Smith, Percussion,

Michael Weiss, Cello,

Charmian Keay, Violin,

Sophia Acheson, Viola,

Helen Acheson, Voice,

Donald Nicholls, Clarinet,

Casey Gsell, Bassoon,

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 Mt Eden Community Village hall on 22/2 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Shades Black presents: ‘Moving Scores’, a night of experimental film and music making as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

7pm. Saturday 1st October. Northcote Town Hall.

$15.00 Concession: $10.00 melbournefringe.com.au or call (03) 9660 9666

Moving Scores.

A collaboration between a classically trained new music ensemble and moving image artists.

New films made by visual artists and composers will be screened and performed as ‘graphic scores’ by an 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 hear the image and see the music!

Artistic director and founder of 3 Shades Black, Miranda Hill, studied musical performance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and the Hartt school of music in Hartford CT, with teachers including Steve Reeves, Diana Gannett, and Robert Black. In Melbourne she works as a double bassist for hire with orchestras such as the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and Red Aveline.

“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 audiences. Taking high-falutin’ artsy concepts and framing them so everyone can appreciate how awesome they are. Not such a big ask, surely.”

“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. Clouds, the ocean, Pluto, the road on a night time drive, 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.

Over the past three months, 3 Shades Black have sought short moving image works  to be read as moving scores from a diverse range of film makers and composers. These works will be projected in the majestic main hall of the Northcote Town Hall and performed live by the 3 Shades Black ensemble.

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: Alison Bennett, Kathryn Goldie, Amy Bastow, Adam Simmons, Peter Head, Naima Fine, Daniel Armstrong, Cat Wilson, Alan Lee, Bradley Axiak, Stephanie Kabanyana.

http://www.3shadesblack.com

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

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Media contact:

Miranda Hill 0402 760 055

press images by Alison Bennett: https://3shadesblack.com/2011/09/11/press-images/

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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.

Dan Richardson. Percussion.

Dan Richardson is a freelance percussionist based in Melbourne. Since completing his undergraduate studies with Guy du Blêt and Peter Neville at the Victorian College of the Arts, Dan has worked professionally across many genres and platforms – from Iranian pop to symphony orchestras, via rock bands, Gamelan groups, and contemporary classical music ensembles. Along the way he toured Europe as principal percussionist of the Australian Youth Orchestra, performed (at ground level, thankfully) with Strange Fruit at Womadelaide, and marched around on stage as a guest percussionist in the Love Never Dies orchestra. He can often be heard but not seen as a guest musician with Orchestra Victoria as they accompany The Australian Ballet and Opera Australia.

Dan keenly accepts most invitations to most things, and particularly enjoys being hosted by the contemporary music ensembles Speak Percussion, Syzygy Ensemble, and 3 Shades Black.

His peculiarly small drum kit makes Dan look rather tall, which is an optical illusion you can test for yourself by attending performances of the rock band Leadlight, the experimental pop quartet Comfort Creature, the Serbian folk ensemble Anja and Zlatna, or the alt-country Dan Waters Band, where the Dan in question is the only band member without his own cowboy hat.

A strong interest in global warming and all things climatological saw Dan complete a science degree in 2011, majoring in atmospheric sciences; which makes him more qualified than most – on paper at least – to perform items such as the rain-stick, the thunder-sheet, and the wind-machine.

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.