2017 - 2018

It’s been a very exciting year since the last little update posted on this website. There has been a lot of flying and writing and rehearsing which I haven’t had the chance to share, so here’s an update of what I’ve been doing!

incubating 001 / seoul / december 2017
At the end of last year, I had the privilege of flying to Seoul to work with ensemble mise-en on a piece I wrote for them for a new festival called audio trading manual. I was thrilled to have been a chosen composer in the incubating 001 program, and to have met other great composers from around the world.

I wrote a piece called treading a line between states of flux for the members of ensemble mise-en, and I learnt a lot working with them.

the madeira residency / madeira / january 2018
At the start of January, I flew to the small island of Madeira to take part in the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics. It was a very exciting ten days in the beautiful town of Ponta do Sol, where I was able to learn from the composition faculty, take inspiration from the beautiful scenery, and collaborate with other talented composers and musicians. As part of the course I was taking part in, I was given the opportunity to write a new piece for Keiko Murakami which I workshopped with her during the residency.

Working with Keiko resulted in two recordings of a structure of silences: an exploration of 間 ; with and without electronics, and the premiere of the piece in a concert on the last night of the residency.

During the residency, fellow Australian participant Dan Thorpe performed a piece I wrote for him in 2016 called lightjar, which was the first time I was able to hear it performed live!

as it calls in the dawn light / merism duo
I was really excited to have had the chance to work with saxophonist Mary Osborn again, this time writing for her duo with Michellina Chan, Merism Duo. They were putting together a program of new pieces by different international composers inspired by the birds of their country. Written for two saxophones and electronics, the electronics is derived from field recordings I took in my backyard and around my neighbourhood, capturing the birdsong of many different birds that live around me.

The piece was premiered at the World Sax Congress in Zagreb, and toured around a bunch of cites in Australia, Singapore and Europe.

june in buffalo festival / buffalo / june 2018
I attended the June in Buffalo Festival this year as a participant composer. It was a very intense week of exciting New Music, having attended many masterclasses and workshops with renowned composers including Louis Karchin, Roger Reynolds, John Harbison and Hans Thomalla, as well as meeting other fantastic composer participants and having the chance to hear about, and listen to their music.

As a participant composer, I also had a piece, a structure of silences, performed in the afternoon concert on the first day of the festival by Michael Matsuno.

ensemble offspring hatched open mic night / sydney / july 2018
As part of Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Open Mic Night at 107 Projects in Redfern, I had the pleasure of working with my good friend, Naomi Johnson, on the Australian premiere of a structure of silences.

While rehearsing, we were also able to record the piece without electronics at the music box project’s residency at legs on the wall in Lilyfield, capturing its beautiful warehouse acoustics.

I’ve been really lucky to have had this piece performed on three different continents, by three different people in different spaces, and I have started a new Soundcloud dedicated to documentations of this piece.

penrith symphony orchestra / sydney / september 2018
I was thrilled to have been commissioned this year by Penrith Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their Young Composer Award. They premiered like two tiny lights on September 1st at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith, conducted by Paul Terracini.

making waves playlist / australia / september 2018
As always, it is an honour to have a piece included in the monthly Making Waves playlist. This month’s playlist, “Stillness Waves” was curated by Ethan Connor McAlister, who included Keiko’s acoustic performance of a structure of silences, recorded outside the Capella in Madeira, on the playlist. You can check out the whole playlist by clicking here!

six-four / melbourne / october 2018
six-four is an exciting ensemble made up of young and talented musicians from Melbourne, and I was excited to have been commissioned by a group of performers who are so passionate about new music. They were really fun to work with, and premiered the voice of space in their concert, Bloom, on October 13th.

ku-ring-gai philharmonic orchestra/ sydney / november 2018
In late 2016, I partook in a workshop with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra in which I wrote them a piece called eggshell. They have included it in their program for their concert on November 3rd, alongside the music of Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. If you’re interested, click here for more information.

classical sundays at the studio / sydney / November 2018
I’m going to be a part of Classical Sundays at the Brett Whitely Studio in Surry Hills for the third year. This time, I’ve written a piece in a style I’ve not tried before, in which the performers will play from an image I’ve drawn. The concert will also feature music by other composers such as Vickie Tran, Will Hansen and Tom Alfred amongst others, and will be held on Sunday 18th November from 2-3pm, so check it out if you’re around!

Here’s a sneaky-peek at the score:

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That’s everything for now! Have a nice day!