Give Us Feedback!
close
Home

Tag Archive: australian miniseries

  1. SpaceWarp

    Upcoming premiere

    SPACEWARP
    6.45pm AEDT, Friday 4 December 2020 on YouTube / Facebook
    Holly Harrison
    Composer
    Alex Voorhoeve
    Cello

    Program note:

    Written for 5-string electric cello and effects, SpaceWarp conjures up space-inspired and intergalactic imagery. The sound of the cello is quite literally ‘warped’ by effects, particularly delay, creating a kind of wrinkle in time and space.

    The cello is rhythmically frenetic, yet is continuously interrupted by lyrical fragments that burst through, giving way to a more melodic middle section. These moments see the cello sounding more natural or familiar. It’s no accident that SpaceWarp sounds rather like spacewalk, with the delay effect in the slower section suggesting a sense of slow-motion or weightlessness experienced by astronauts in zero gravity.

    HOLLY HARRISON

    Subscribe to the CSO YOUTUBE CHANNEL OR FOLLOW THE CSO ON FACEBOOK for pREMIERE notifications

     


     

    COMPOSER
    Holly Harrison

    Holly Harrison, Composer

    Holly Harrison is a young Australian composer from Western Sydney. Holly’s music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour. Her music has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA. She has recently been announced as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s first ACS composer in residence across 2020 and 2021.

    Holly’s music has been performed by artists including four-time Grammy award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, Alarm Will Sound, Australian Youth Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Orkest de Ereprijs, Goldmund Quartett, and Nu Deco Ensemble.

    Her works have been heard at the 2020 String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam (NL), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (NL), November Music (NL), LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight (USA), Sounds of Sweden (SWE), and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (USA).

    Holly has held composer in residence positions at MLC School and Prairiewood High School. She plays drum kit in the improvised rock duo, Tabua- Harrison – their debut record Scout is available on Psychopyjama.

    www.hollyharrison.net . @harrison_composer

    SOLOIST
    Alex Voorhoeve, CSO Cello

    Alex Voorhoeve (Image: Lorna Sim, from ‘Lake March’, courtesy of Australian Dance Party)

    As a young cellist, the great inertial mass of my musical education enticed me to Europe, a natural progression for a young, classically trained musician. My time spent with various ensembles I performed and toured with; the sheer quantity, quality and diversity of experience; and the consumption of brilliant, strange and challenging artistic productions of all manner inspired me to explore my own esoteric expressions of how I personally experience music.

    To this end I returned to Australia where I completed a graduate diploma in computer animation at the Australian Centre for Arts and Technology. These skills brought forth Discovery, Familiarisation, Recognition, a prototype musical visualisation written for three cellos, exploring how to embed the structural and acoustic information in a piece of music into a coherent visual narrative.

    I wanted to explore if this complex, translated visual information could reflect a similar emotional portrait experienced by the listener. Supplementing this work, I developed an interactive DVD-rom which used this music visualisation as an educational tool to introduce a wide variety of the concepts which underpin harmony, rhythm and musical structure. After featuring this work at a variety of international conferences and music festivals, my focus became more granular, pursuing explorations in composition, sound design and relationships between movement and sound as articulated through my work with ensembles like AmpleSample and the Australian Dance Party.

    My explorations into the avant-garde have been nicely balanced with my more traditional work with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, chamber ensembles engagements including choral and ballet productions, film scores and jazz productions.

    ALEX VOORHOEVE

    PRODUCED BY    
     

     

    PRESENTED BY
    Shell logo Singapore Airlines logo

     

    PART OF THE CSO’s AUSTRALIAN MINISERIES

  2. MOON SATURN JUPITER

    MOON SATURN JUPITER
    Stuart Greenbaum
    Composer
    Teresa Rabe Flute

    Program note:

    This flute solo was commissioned by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for their Principal Flautist, Teresa Rabe, as part of their Australian Miniseries.

    On 3 August 2020, the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter all came into alignment in Melbourne’s evening skies. I walked out the back door, looked up and there they were in plain sight. It’s an unusual formation and a distinct event for general public to experience. There’s a common expression – ‘when Saturn is in line with Jupiter’ metaphorically suggesting something improbable that will either never (or rarely) take place. Of course Saturn is actually always in line with Jupiter – it’s just a line between two points. But throw Earth’s mysterious Moon into the equation and alignment really is rare.

    This flute solo was written in contemplation of that alignment while under stage 4 curfew restrictions in Melbourne. We can’t walk out the front gate after 8pm – but we can still look up into the evening sky and marvel at the Universe.

    STUART GREENBAUM

    Subscribe to the CSO YOUTUBE CHANNEL OR FOLLOW THE CSO ON FACEBOOK for pREMIERE notifications

     


     

    COMPOSER
    Stuart Greenbaum

    Stuart Greenbaum, Composer

    Stuart Greenbaum studied composition with Broadstock and Conyngham at the University of Melbourne, where he is now Head of Composition. He has composed over 200 works including sonatas, string quartets, piano trios, and operas with libretto by Ross Baglin. Greenbaum has been commissioned for major choral works, including for the sesquicentenary of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, and has received numerous composition prizes.

    Greenbaum has written for the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra The Australia Ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists, Ensemble Liaison and the Grigoryan Brothers.

    Greenbaum has been a featured composer for the Aurora Festival and with the Flinders Quartet, and a resident composer at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra. In 2009, he represented Australia for the Trans-Tasman Composer Exchange, composing The Year Without a Summer with NZTrio, which toured internationally.

    www.stuartgreenbaum.com

    SOLOIST
    Teresa Rabe, Principal Flute

    Teresa Rabe, Principal Flute (Image: Martin Ollman)

    Teresa is acting Principal Flute with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and played casually with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has been Principal Flute with Stopera, Canberra Choral Society, Llewellyn Choir and the National Pops Orchestra. Teresa has played for musicals including most recently Wicked, Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar produced by Canberra Philharmonic and Free Rain Theatre.

    Teresa has performed with an eclectic group of musicians, including Kate Miller-Heidke, The Australian Ballet, Kiev Ballet, Opera Australia, Sumi Jo and The Whitlams.

    Teresa enjoys chamber music and has recorded a CD with guitarist Minh Le Hoang, touring Australia and China. She has played with many local musicians both in recital and broadcast on ABC FM and appeared in the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival.

    Teresa has won the National Flute Orchestral Extracts competition and performed concertos with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Canberra Pro Musica and The Hayden Bande.

    Teresa is in demand as a flute teacher, and has been teaching since she was 14. Her students have continued on to tertiary studies in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane Conservatoriums. She has given masterclasses and adjudicated in Beijing, Adelaide, Canberra and regional Australia.

    PRODUCED BY    
     

     

    PRESENTED BY
    Shell logo  

    Singapore Airlines logo

     

    PART OF THE CSO’s AUSTRALIAN MINISERIES

  3. From the Deep

    Subscribe to the CSO YOUTUBE CHANNEL OR FOLLOW THE CSO ON FACEBOOK for pREMIERE notifications

    Christopher Sainsbury Composer
    Max McBride Double Bass


     

    COMPOSER
    Christopher Sainsbury

    Christopher Sainsbury

    Christopher Sainsbury has made a sustained contribution to Australian music since the mid-1980s, and teaches composition at the Australian National University in Canberra. Previously he worked for many years as the Head of Arts & Media at the Eora Centre—an Indigenous College in Sydney. Significantly, Christopher is an Australian Indigenous composer, being a descendant of the Dharug (often known as the Eora) of Sydney. He is the founder and artistic director for the Ngarra-burria: First Peoples Composers program.

    Past commissions include Gordon Yemm (previous West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra flautist), the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Newcastle Bicentenary Authority, his previous home group the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, and more. Recent commissions have come from the Friends of Chopin Australia, Dan Walker’s Oriana Choir, ex-Senator Bob Brown (an earth anthem), the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival (cond. Roland Peelman).

    Christopher writes songs, choral pieces, chamber pieces, orchestral pieces, jazz and surf music, and enjoys it all. He might explore regional identity through his work, or Indigenous narratives, contemporary guitar techniques, and at times jazz influences may be found articulating through his work.

    www.sainsburymusic.com

    SOLOIST
    Max McBride, Principal Double Bass

    Max McBride, CSO Principal Double Bass

    Max McBride is one of the most widely respected musicians active in Australia today. In 1969, he became the youngest full-time member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 1973, he gained the position of Co-principal of the bass section.

    After two study leaves in Austria, where he studied double bass with Ludwig Streicher and conducting with Otmar Suitner, Max returned to Australia in 1979 to take up the position of Principal Double Bass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, touring extensively in Australia and internationally. He also became the regular bass player of the Australia Ensemble.

    Max has appeared with Kathy Selby and Friends, Pinkas Zuckerman for Melbourne Summer Music, cellist David Pereira and violist Irena Morozov and Korean cellist Young Chang Cho at Sydney’s Mostly Mozart Festival. He is the regular bass player of the Brandenburg Orchestra and has played as a guest principal with the Tasmanian and Sydney symphony orchestras. Max has also appeared on numerous occasions with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.

    In 1992 Max took up a full-time teaching position at the Canberra School of Music; he has been a faculty member since 1994. In 2001, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Double Bass. Max has also had an active conducting career, working with most of the professional orchestras in Australia.

    PRODUCED BY    
    PRESENTED BY
    DAMS logo MinterEllison logo Singapore Airlines logo

     

    PART OF THE CSO’s AUSTRALIAN MINISERIES