On March 31, Classical:NEXT released the longlist of their annual Innovation Awards, and we are on it! We are very excited to be part of a list of such incredible projects from around the world, and we would like to thank our brilliant, creative, innovative and hibernative artists - all 100+ of you! - for being involved and creating beautiful art, music, live streams and memories with us.
Now You Hear Her
Over March and April, Lamorna Nightingale curated an extraordinary amount of music shown at Sydney's World Square! A bunch of featured hiberNATION artists performed as part of this festival!
Our own Damian Barbeler showcased a multi-day work, Concert Frock, that was live streamed online. Over four performances, a giant frock made of paper and decorated with charcoal was created.
Another of our own, Liam Mulligan, along with Gabrielle Cadenhead, also had their gallery-like installation work 'Quirky Residence' featured. It showacased ten visual artworks, as well as fifty QR code mini-pieces!
Photos by Liam Mulligan and Alvine Walker
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Sydney-based flutist Jessica Scott recently completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying Flute with James Kortum. In 2020, she has been accepted into the Royal Academy of Music, London to study a Postgraduate Certificate (graduating Master of Arts). In 2021, Jessica has been selected as a Performance Fellow for the soundSCAPE, Nief-Norf and Bang on a Can Summer Festivals. Past performances have included world premieres of works by Elia Bosshard, Josephine Macken and Keyna Wilkins, alongside ongoing collaborations with Elizabeth Jigalin and Alexis Weaver. Jessica is a core and founding member of Ensemble Muse, a modern music group who aim to bring a gender-balanced and diverse approach to the programming of new music. Representing the fragility and beauty of nature through improvisation forms a core part of Jessica’s artistic practice. Past performances on this theme have included the Yerrabingin Rooftop Concert Series (SCM Improvised Ensemble), and the Lost + Sound Series in 2019. Other performance highlights have included the Chicago Midwest Clinic, Siteworks Festival in Bundanon and Backstage Music Series. In 2018, Jessica received the Peter Richardson Memorial Prize and was the NSW Flute Society Open Champion. In 2018, she also performed as a Finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Drs Orchestra Scholarship and Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award.
Lachlan Foster is an undergraduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with a keen interest in opera, theatre and electronic compositions. Lachlan also conducts chamber ensembles. His electronic work "Ashfall" was performed at Vivid 2019 with the composer-performer collective, Konzertprojekt. Lachlan has since parted with Konzertprojekt to pursue his own, individual projects, including a one-act musical centered around the judgment of humanity by a group of gods. He is also preparing a proposal for his Masters in 2021, in which he hopes to write a chamber opera.
"Make a Monster with Lachlan Foster" is a livestream dedicated to taking sounds people are familiar with and distorting them into new, vibrant creatures. Will they be beautiful, or will they be horrifying? Lachlan hopes to find out with the audience's help.
Sound Touch: Music you can Feel
Sound Touch is a showing of a new work-in-progress conceived by composer Damien Ricketson, with director Sally Blackwood, percussionist Bree van Reyk and sound-designer Bob Scott. What do you hear when you listen with your body? Imagine a music that bypasses your brain and penetrates your skin. A music that plays upon your nervous system like an Aeolian harp, as though you are a set of sympathetic strings stirred into resonance by distant touch. Sound Touch is a performance-work exploring vibration and the body. Sitting somewhere between a musical performance and an outlandish therapy session, join us live from the Sydney Conservatorium as we guide you through a tune-up, a sonic massage and a sound bath that will leave your body sensitive and attuned to the world around you. Sound Touch is a playful and provocative exploration of music’s capacity to affect one’s character. Traversing references from ancient acoustic myths and conspiracy theories to emerging medical technologies and sonic weapons, this enveloping experience is a sensory lesson in the vibratory nature of existence and the delicate art of listening.
Damien Ricketson - composer
Sally Blackwood - director
Bree van Reyk - percussion
Bob Scott - sound designer
Walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears. (Pauline Oliveros)
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