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Taylor, Hollis: Absolute Bird [2 CDs] (ReR Megacorp)

An unusual and distinctive record from violinist and ornithologist Hollis Taylor, a book with 2 CDS presenting 41 tracks of recordings of the Australian pied butcherbird, each track pairing a bird, environmental sound, and a single instrumentalist, with an impressive list of performers who take unique approaches to the challenge of accompanying a bird.

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Mark Donnelly-baritone vocals

Andrew O'Connor-bass vocals

Hollis Taylor-composer, violin

Antony Pitts-conductor

Hannah Fraser-mezzo soprano vocals

Anna Fraser-soprano vocals

Susannah Lawergren-soprano vocals

Richard Black-tenor vocals

Genevieve Lacey-recorder

The Song Company-ensemble

Joanne Cannon-bassoon

Erkki Veltheim-viola

Jim Denley-flute

Ros Dunlop-bass clarinet

Jon Rose-composer

Claire Edwardes-vibraphone

Mike Majkowski-bass

Daniel Yeadon-cello

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2 CDs come in the inner covers of a very strong and substantial hard-cover book containing 48 full-colour pages of notes, reflections, explanations and photographs.

UPC: 752725038225

Label: ReR Megacorp
Catalog ID: RERHT1
Squidco Product Code: 24794

Format: BOOK + 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: UK
Packaging: 2 CDs in a 48 Page Hardback Book
Recorded in Australia by Andrew Skeoch, Bob Scott, David Rentz, Hollis Taylor, Jane Ulman, Jenny Beasley, Jim Atkins, Jim Denley, Joanne Cannon, Jon Rose, Ros Dunlop, Tony Baylis and Vicki Powys.

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"This is an extraordinary and important work, breathtaking in it's apparent simplicity but raised on a lifetime of study, thought and contrariness. All 41 tracks are, in one way or another, built around transcriptions or recordings of the pied butcherbird (an endlessly creative singer) - mining every variation; so there is constant variety - not only in musical but timbral content, each composition pairing a bird, or other environmental sounds with - usually, there are exceptions - a single instrument: recorder, soprano, bass and contrabass recorders, violin, vibraphone, bassoon, viola, flute, cello, bass clarinet, vocal ensemble, bass or string quartet - all seamlessly linked.

Like Berio's cadenzas, virtuosic and extended techniques are standard, and long stretches of each CD side are programmed for continuous and highly contrasted listening. Next level up: most tracks are situated in an environment of natural sound - soundscapes, other critters of one sort or another and occasionally human activities or hardware - not in a wilful but a musical way; by which I mean they are accounted for or responded to, or seem to have a right to be there. This is a point-to-point rather than teleological listening experience, in which time is marked by phrases and events, and moves continuously forward.

So, what exactly are we listening to? It's clearly music, bearing all the hallmarks - but it's also birdsong and we're culturally not sure if that's music or not; then there are the categorically non-musical sounds that play a central and continuous role. On first listening, tracks 11-19 - an island of pieces for violin (played by Hollis) and field recordings, seem to clarify a broad template for the collection as a whole. In other words, it takes a while just to absorb how to listen to this music - and that, in my experience, is a mark of greatness. The recording quality is excellent, the performers, human and otherwise, virtuosic (without making a fuss about it) and the sweep quietly vast. Highly Recommended."-Recommended Records

2 CDs come in the inner covers of a very strong and substantial hard-cover book containing 48 full-colour pages of notes, reflections, explanations and photographs.

Artist Biographies

"An exceptionally versatile vocalist, Mark Donnelly joined The Song Company in 1997 and since that time has performed music spanning eleven centuries for national and international audiences. Mark has sung with many organisations including Pinchgut Opera, Opera Queensland, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Cantillation, Halcyon, Australian String Quartet, Ironwood, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Thoroughbass, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, St Mary's Cathedral Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney University Musical Society, and the Newcastle University Choir."

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"Andrew O'Connor - Bass Baritone

Andrew O'Connor was born in Perth, and graduated from the University of Western Australia (BMus) before developing a successful teaching career and performing both around Australia and internationally in opera and vocal chamber music. He relocated to Sydney in 2015 to join The Song Company, Australia's leading vocal ensemble - performing across the country in subscription, festival, recording, education, and collaborative projects. Andrew also appears regularly with Sydney's leading early and contemporary music ensembles including Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Bach Akademie Australia, Cantillation, St Mary's Cathedral Choir, Choir of St James, Sydney Antiphony, and Hourglass Ensemble.

In 2017 his solo engagements include Faure Requiem with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Pärt's Passio with Song Company, Monteverdi 1610 Vespers with Song Company and Orchestra of the Antipodes, Bach Magnificat with St Mary's Cathedral Choir and Orchestra of the Antipodes, Bach John Passion in City Recital Hall with Choir of St James, Charpentier Te Deum with Australian Baroque Brass, a new Australian vocal work by Alice Chance, Mozart Requiem with Collegium Musicum UNSW, Handel's Ode for Queen Anne at the Canberra International Music Festival, and twice performing the role of Levite in Handel's Solomon in Sydney with Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and in the Perth Concert Hall with St George's Cathedral Consort for broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

Other recent highlights include world premieres of two Australian song cycles at the Sydney Opera House with Hourglass Ensemble, performing music of Luciano Berio with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Monteverdi L'Orfeo for ANU, Handel Acis & Galatea for Black Swan Baroque, Mozart Die Zauberflote for Perth Lyric Opera, and performances across far North Queensland and U.S. (New York and Washington DC) with The Australian Voices Six.

His operatic experience includes five years of main stage and regional concert touring with West Australian Opera (2010 - 2014) and a wide span of roles with various independent companies. On the concert platform he has been soloist in major works by J.S Bach (Johannes-Passion, Matthaus-Passion, Magnificat, BWV4, BWV82, BWV182), Handel (Messiah, Saul, Acis & Galatea), Charpentier, Schütz, Purcell, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Durufle, Faure, Stravinsky, Bernstein and more.

He is a passionate advocate for contemporary Australian music and music education. In his current role with Song Company and tours with The Australian Voices SIX (2011, 2013) he has premiered over fifty new works around the globe. Andrew previously held teaching positions at Christ Church Grammar School and John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School. He is highly involved in NSW music education via the Song Company's education program, the Moorambilla Voices program, and the Perth Choral Institute.

Biography Current as of 26 September 2017"

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"Hollis Taylor is an Australian/US citizen, a musicologist, ornithologist, violinist, composer, and author. She is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University. She has published several books, and recorded and released 3 CDs with violinist Jon Rose."

-Hollis Taylor Website (

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"Antony Pitts is a composer, conductor, producer, and winner of the Prix Italia, Cannes Classical, and Radio Academy BT Awards. From Hampton Court Chapel Royal treble, New College Oxford Academic and Honorary Senior Scholar, TONUS PEREGRINUS founder-director, Royal Academy of Music Senior Lecturer, BBC Radio 3 Senior Producer to Artistic Director of The Song Company, his music has been heard at London's Wigmore Hall and Westminster Cathedral, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Berlin's Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, and Sydney Opera House.

Antony Pitts was born in 1969 and is a composer, conductor, sound designer, lecturer, developer, broadcaster, recording producer, and keyboard player, and recipient of the Radio Academy BT Award, the Cannes Classical Award, and the Prix Italia. One of several composers in his family, he sang as a treble in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, and wrote his first pieces down at the age of 8. At New College, Oxford he was an Academic Scholar and later an Honorary Senior Scholar; he gained the joint highest mark in Moderations and First-Class Honours in Music. His career since has combined academic, industry, and professional experience at world-class levels: a decade-long association with the Royal Academy of Music culminating in an internationally-recognized research project as Senior Lecturer; a rich and varied output as a BBC Senior Producer marked by ground-breaking practice and an exceptional catalogue of awards and nominations; and a creative record as a composer, scholar, and performer with an acclaimed series of recordings of "milestones of early Western music" on Naxos, and commissions for leading ensembles and festivals in the UK, Europe, and the Middle East, including the Cheltenham Music Festival, The Clerks, Dal'Ouna, Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, Festival of the Voice, King's College London, the Netherlands' Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, the Choir of New College Oxford, Oxford Camerata, Oxford Festival of Contemporary Music, Rundfunkchor Berlin, The Swingle Singers, and the Choir of Westminster Cathedral. While still at New College he founded TONUS PEREGRINUS and in 2004 won a Cannes Classical Award for his interpretation of Arvo Pärt's Passio with the ensemble. He joined Radio 3 in 1992, and in 1995 received the Radio Academy BT Award for a pioneering webcast; he has been nominated no fewer than eight times for the premier international radio award, the Prix Italia, winning in 2004 with A Pebble in the Pond. He devised new courses in Composition and Creative Technology for the Royal Academy of Music, and is patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Church Music. As a performer, he made his Glastonbury debut in 2014.

Antony's music has been premiered at Wigmore Hall and Westminster Cathedral in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal in Berlin, as well as at more unusual venues and occasions such as Crossness Engines Pumping Station and the memorial events for former Soviet agent Alexander Litvinenko; his scores are published by 1equalmusic and Faber Music - notably XL, the companion 40-part motet to Tallis's Spem in alium - and recordings of his music, including several complete albums, are available on Delphian, Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Signum, and Unknown Public, and he has a considerable output of radiophonic works and acoustic art commissioned by and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and across the EBU. He was commissioned by Klaus Heymann to create The Naxos Book of Carols, also published by Faber Music and circulated to millions of homes in the UK; his double-choir mass setting for the Dutch Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap was the first to be commissioned by the foundation for almost 500 years and was premiered complete and recorded in 2016 in The Netherlands under the direction of Stephen Layton for release in 2017; his cantata for string quartet and traditional Arab ensemble - Who is my neighbour? - was the focus of an Aldeburgh residency at Snape, as well as a teaching week for Aldeburgh Young Musicians and workshops at the Al Kamandjâti music centre in Ramallah, and he conducted its premiere at the opening night of the Spitalfields Summer Festival; his oratorio-musical Jerusalem-Yerushalayim received a standing ovation both at its first performance in Northern Ireland and at its U.S. premiere in May 2012, and a studio recording under his direction was released as a double album in 2013 and has been remixed for release with narration by David Suchet in 2017. Commissions in 2016 included pieces for the Choir of New College, Oxford and an ensemble Antiphony for Syria. In 2016 Antony took over the direction of Australia's leading vocal ensemble, The Song Company - succeeding Roland Peelman as the first new Artistic Director for a quarter of a century."

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"Australian mezzo soprano Hannah Fraser moved to Sydney from country NSW in 2010 to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (BMus Performance in Classical Voice).

At the time of Hannah's graduation in 2013, Australia's most prestigious vocal group The Song Company, (then led by Roland Peelman) had been conducting an 18-month search world-wide for a permanent mezzo soprano to join the ensemble. Hannah was successful in attaining this position and has now completed her third year performing with this elite group of musicians, presenting a plethora of intricate, magnificent and educational programs to a variety of audiences internationally.

As a performer and educator, she is versed in a wide variety of styles and genres - with a particular focus in opera, art song, and consort singing. Hannah has recently completed performing the role of Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, with Prague Summer Nights Festival under the direction of Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves. Both as a soloist and through her continuing experience with The Song Company, Hannah has performed in over 120 concerts each year. Her schedule has included a mix of national and international touring, multiple subscription series in cities across Australia, recording and broadcast projects, educational activities and special cross-artform collaborative projects. These experiences have lead her to work and perform alongside many highly regarded musicians, orchestras, composers and ensembles from around the world.

Hannah was selected to perform with Cantillation & Orchestra of the Antipodes in Pinchgut Opera's, critically acclaimed productions of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride (2014) conducted by Antony Walker and Handel's Theodora (2016) conducted by Erin Helyard.

In 2014 in a rare soloistic performance, the singers of The Song Company and Ironwood Chamber Ensemble combined to present Bach's Mass in B Minor, featuring one voice per part. Similarly as the soul alto member of this group she has held her own part performing many of Bach's Cantatas and Motets, Orazio Vecchi's A Night in Siena, Monteverdi's Missa in illo tempore, Berio's Cries of London (Melbourne Festival), Demantius's St John Passion and Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum as Humilitas."Mezzo soprano, Fraser, balanced a lovely sense of line with simple ornamentation. She produced a number of exquisite lower notes...Fraser brought fuller, sombre tones to match underlying harmonic tensions -all to great dramatic effect..."- City news, Canberra"...revealing a voice that sounded a perfect fit with Brahms in a characteristic deeply emotional mood. It was mellow and gentle but of wonderful richness and probably one of the finest mezzos in Australasia"- Classical Music Reviews, Wellington, New Zealand

In 2015 The Australian Haydn Ensemble combined with soloists to perform Haydn's Seven Last Words, adapted for string quartet and solo voices. Both at the New Zealand Adam Chamber Music Festival and the Canberra International Music Festival, Hannah was asked to sing Zwei Gesänge, Op.91 by Johannes Brahms for viola, alto & piano. She also performed with Sydney Consort in Girolamo Abo's Stabat Mater, an inaugural production in Australia, with Coro Innominata in Durufle's Requiem and as a soloist in other productions of Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's St John Passion, Schumann's Requiem für Mignon, Mozart's Requiem (Canberra International Music Festival) and most recently with Leichardt Espresso Chorus in Handel's Saul where she sang the role of Michal.

Other esteemed musicians and ensembles she has collaborated with include The New Zealand String Quartet, The Australia Ensemble, Taikoz, Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey, Moorambilla Voices, The Gavin Bryars Ensemble (Adelaide Festival), Voci Stupende, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Gondwana Voices, Forma Antiqva, Tambuco, Simone Vallerotonda and The Australian Art Quartet."

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"Anna Fraser - Soprano

Born in Sydney and a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2000) and New England Conservatory (2002) in Boston, Anna Fraser has gained a reputation as a versatile soprano specialising predominantly in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire. In 2002, before returning to Australia, Anna attended the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program under the expert tutelage of the late Anthony Rolfe-Johnson and was a featured soloist in Handel's Dixit Dominus and the masque Acis and Galatea directed by Richard Egarr at the Aldeburgh Festival.

In Australia, Anna performs extensively with a number of Sydney's professional ensembles including Pinchgut Opera, Cantillation, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Symphony, Ironwood, Salut! Baroque, ACO Voices, Sydney Consort, Ondine Productions (Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina) and Thoroughbass and, as a permanent member since 2008, the Song Company with whom Anna regularly performs in national tours, most recently with Tura New Music joined by William Barton (didgeridoo) travelling through remote and beautiful areas of Western Australia and the Northern Territory in 2011, as well as abroad, to destinations such as the Flanders Festival in Gent (2009), the Royal Northern College, Manchester and Switzerland (2008), the Shanghai World Expo, China and a national tour with Chamber Music New Zealand (2010). Anna has also been featured with the Song Company, Cantillation and Pinchgut Opera in numerous recordings for ABC Classic and independent labels release as an ensemble singer and a soloist.

With Sydney's Pinchgut Opera, Anna has been performing with the specialised opera company in their annual productions since 2004, with roles in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Speranza), Rameau's Dardanus (Une Phrygienne) and Cavalli's L'Ormindo (Mirinda and Melide) and most recently in their 2012 production of Rameau's Castor et Pollux (Cléone, Une Suivante, Une Ombre): "Anna Fraser, who took on a variety of smaller roles, had the most thrilling sound - big and effortless." Bachtrack

Earlier in 2012 Anna had the pleasure of collaborating as a soloist with Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) and the Wallfisch Band in various programmes at the Canberra International Music Festival including Bach's B minor Mass and Mozart's Davide Penitente. Anna was delighted to join them again in London to perform in their Bach Unwrapped programmes at Kings Place over the 2013 New Year period to much acclaim."

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"Susannah Lawergren is a full-time member of The Song Company, a Sydney-based vocal ensemble of six singers. Since joining in early 2011, she has had a full schedule of subscription concerts, festivals, residencies, tours and schools shows and is regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM. She also appears regularly as a soloist, bridging art song, oratorio and early music, contemporary music and operatic repertoire."

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"Richard Black began vocal studies with Norma Hunter in 1991 while studying for a Science degree at the Adelaide University and singing under the inspiring direction of Hilary Weiland in the Adelaide University Choral Society. Soon after he was invited to become a member of the highly acclaimed Adelaide Chamber Singers directed by Carl Crossin OAM. In 1994, Richard moved to Sydney to join Australia's premier vocal ensemble: The Song Company, a position he now holds once again, having re-joined the ensemble in 2002.

Richard has been a member of the choir of St James' Church, King Street for sixteen years, and was a founding member of both ACO Voices and Cantillation, with whom he recorded many CD's and film scores. He has appeared as a soloist for The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Salut! Baroque, Australian Baroque Brass, The Sydney Consort and many of Australia's university and chamber choirs. He has also formed, directed and sung in two vocal ensembles: Renaissance Men and Chroma.

Performance highlights include solo appearances in Bach's B minor Mass, Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins with Robyn Archer and the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 and Handel's Acis and Galatea.

Richard's work with The Song Company sees him touring overseas and interstate on a regular basis. This combines with a busy schedule of concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra performing a huge range of repertoire from mediaeval chant and renaissance polyphony, through to contemporary classical and popular music. Richard appears courtesy of the Song Company."

-Espresso Chorus (

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"Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist.

She's commissioned and premiered works by composers as diverse as Erkki-Sven Tuur (Estonia), Elena Kats-Chernin (Australia), John Surman (UK), Peter Sculthorpe (Australia), Christian Fennesz (Austria), Ben Frost (Iceland), Paul Grabowsky (Australia) and Nico Muhly (USA). Genevieve also creates large-scale collaborative projects, recent examples including Pleasure Garden (an interactive sound sculpture), 1-Infinity (a music-dance piece with Chinese company Jun Tian Fang and Australian choreographer-director Gideon Obarzanek, 2016-), Life in Music (a 5-part series, written, composed and narrated by Genevieve for ABC Radio National, 2015), Namatjira (a theatre piece, and now a feature documentary film, 2010-17).

Her wide-ranging musical interests have seen her playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey, representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, playing as a concerto soloist in the Proms, making music in a prison in remote Western Australia, and at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Her repertoire spans ten centuries and collaborators include filmmakers Sophie Raymond and Marc Silver, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Danish pipe and tabor player Poul Høxbro, playwright-director Scott Rankin, and iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. Genevieve has also performed as soloist with Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, Tapiola and Kymi Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and all the major Australian Symphony Orchestras.

Genevieve has won two ARIAs (Australian Recording Industry Awards), a Helpmann Award, Australia Council, Freedman and Churchill Fellowships and Outstanding Musician, Melbourne Prize for Music. She holds degrees (including a doctorate) in music and English literature from universities in Melbourne, Switzerland and Denmark.

Genevieve is inaugural Artistic Director of FutureMakers, Musica Viva Australia's artist leadership program, Chair of the Australian Music Centre board, guest curator and artistic advisor to UKARIA."

-Genevieve Lacey Website (

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"Since the dawn of history, the human voice and the act of singing have been intrinsically linked with storytelling and the acquisition of culture. The Song Company belongs to a land whose first peoples used songlines and vocal music to pass knowledge and culture from generation to generation, and is proud to continue that tradition, in a unique way, sharing music from across western and non-western art traditions. From its beginnings in 1984 the ensemble's schedule has grown to include a mix of national and international touring, a subscription series in cities across Australia, recording and broadcast projects, education activities, and special collaborative projects.

The Song Company's repertoire covers vocal music from the 10th century to contemporary works, and is unique in its stylistic diversity. The Company remains at the forefront of contemporary vocal music through an extensive commissioning program and collaborations with artists and composers of the highest calibre from around the world. A longstanding commitment to education sees the ensemble perform regularly in schools throughout the country, including bringing music workshops to children in regional and remote areas.

From 2016 the ensemble has been led by the British composer, conductor, producer, and lecturer Antony Pitts, whose award-winning career has taken him from the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace and New College, Oxford, via the BBC, the Royal Academy of Music, and performances in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie, to the forefront of the Australian music scene as Artistic Director of The Song Company."

-The Song Company Website (

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"Born in Sydney Australia, Joanne began playing the bassoon when she was 13. At seventeen she was awarded an ABC orchestral scholarship. Five years later with the desire to propel the bassoon beyond its role in the orchestra, she left orchestral life to pursue and explore other musical possibilities.

Joanne is Australia's and one of the worlds leading improvisers and exponent of extended techniques on the bassoon. She has played, studied, composed, and performed across a variety of music traditions and genres including Jazz, South Indian Carnatic music, new music repertoire, improvisation and computer music.

In collaboration with Stuart Favilla, Joanne has been making, playing and researching digital musical instruments since the mid 1990's. Within their Bent Leather band duo she has developed unique and spectacular digital wind controller instruments including the Serpentine Bassoon and the Contra-Monster. Work of the Bent Leather Band has been recognized internationally through prizes, awards and many concert and festival invitations.

Joanne is currently undertaking her PhD on digital musical instrument systems within the department of Computing and Information Systems (CIS), Interaction Design Lab (IDL) University of Melbourne Australia. She holds a Masters degree and a B.Mus degree from the Victorian College of Arts University of Melbourne. Her post-graduate studies have been supported through Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS), Overseas Research Experience Scholarship (ORES), Melbourne Travelling Abroad Scholarship (MATS) and IDL Google prize."


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"Erkki Veltheim (b. 1976 Finland) is an Australian composer, improviser, performer and interdisciplinary artist.

Erkki has been commissioned by the Adelaide Festival, Vivid Festival, Australian Art Orchestra and Soundstream Collective, and his pieces have been performed by groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects include Gawanjalkmi (Song for the fallen) for voices and large ensemble (2015), in collaboration with Gurrumul and Jonno Yunupingu, commissioned by Skinnyfish and Gone West, Belgium; audiovisual performance work Another Other (2014/2016), with co-creators Anthony Pateras, Natasha Anderson and Sabina Maselli, commissioned by Chamber Made Opera; and audiovisual installation Fusion of Tongues (2015), commissioned by Punctum and La Maison Folie, Belgium, for 'Mons 2015 - European Capital of Culture' program.

Erkki has performed with the Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Elision and Ensemble Modern, and has featured as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Opera and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has long-standing collaborations with indigenous musician Gurrumul, improvising trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler, and composer-pianist Anthony Pateras.

Erkki is a recipient of a 2013 Myer Creative Fellowship, and in 2014 was appointed Artistic Associate of Chamber Made Opera. He holds a Master of Arts, for which he researched connections between music and ritual."

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"Jim Denley was born in Bulli, Australia in January 1957. Wind instruments and electronics are core elements of his musical output.

An emphasis on spontaneity, site-specific work and collaboration has been central to his work. He sees no clear distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer.

Collaborations, his radio feature for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, won the Prix Italia in 1989. His interest in radio has continued with the ABC over 17 years. In May 2006 he recorded a program for the ABC in the Budawang Mountains, south-west of Sydney, which has now been made into a CD, Through Fire, Crevice and the Hidden Valley. This received an Honorary Mention in the Digital Musics category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2008. He has been to the Budawangs again to record a new program for the ABC, Co-existence. The ABC will enter the 2006 recordings in Prix Italia 2009.

In 1990 he was a member of Derek Bailey's Company for a week of concerts in London. He co-founded the electroacoustic text/music group Machine for Making Sense.

In 2006 and 2007 he received a Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts to research and develop his concept of Meta instrument. As part of this he formed the group Metalog - they toured Australia July 2008.

He has played throughout Australia, Europe, Japan and the US with artists such as Chris Abrahams, Clare Cooper, Keith Rowe, Joel Stern, Robbie Avenaim, Jon Rose, John Butcher, Otomo Yoshide, Fred Frith, Phil Niblock, Trey Spruance, Clayton Thomas, Tess de Quincy, Axel Doerner, Adam Sussman, Ami Yoshida, Oren Ambarchi, Tony Buck, Ikue Mori, Satchiko M, Malcolm Goldstein and Annette Krebs."

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"Sydney-based Ros Dunlop is a clarinettist and bass clarinettist and has been an advocate of new music all her professional life. In particular, she has promoted music written by Australian composers through her performances and recordings. Her current performance and recording project sound space time, tours in Europe in January 2017."

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"Jon Rose started playing the violin at 7 years old, after winning a music scholarship to King's School Rochester. He gave up formal music education at the age of 15 and from then on, was mostly self-taught.

Throughout the 1970's, first in England then in Australia, he played, composed and studied in a large variety of music genres - from sitar playing to country & western; from 'new music' composition to commercial studio session work; from Bebop to Italian club bands; from Big Band serial composition to Sound Installations. He became the central figure in the development of Free Improvisation in Australia, performing in almost every Art Gallery, Jazz and Rock club in the country - either solo or with an international pool of improvising musicians called The Relative Band.

In 1986, he moved to Berlin in order to more fully realise his on-going project (of some 25 years): The Relative Violin). This is the development of a Total Artform based around the one instrument. Necessary to this concept has been innovation in the fields of new instrument design (over 20 deconstructed violin instruments including the legendary double piston triple neck wheeling violin, environmental performance (eg. playing fences in the Australian outback using the violin as a bow), new instrumental techniques (tested sometimes in uninterrupted marathon concerts of up to 12 hours long), both analogue (built into the violins themselves) and the more recently inter-active electronics (3 bowing to Midi systems)... plus using the mediums of radio (over 20 major International productions for radio stations like ABC, BBC, WDR, SR, BR, Radio France, RAI, ORF, SFB, etc including 'Eine Violine für Valentin', 'The Long Sufferings of Anna Magdalena Bach' and 'Breadfruit'), live-performance-film, video and television to create a new, alternative, personal and revised history for THE VIOLIN.

Jon Rose performs his group projects and solo music in upwards of 50 concerts every year - in North America, Japan, Australia, South America, China, Scandinavia and just about every country in West & East Europe. He is featured regularly in the main festivals of New Music, Jazz and Sound Art e.g. Strasbourg New Music Festival; New Music America; Moers New Jazz Festival; European Media Festival; The Vienna Festival; Ars Elektronica; The Northsea Jazz Festival; Dokumenta; Roma-Europa Festival; Festival D'Automne; Festival Musique Actuelle; The Berlin Jazz Festival, etc. Rose has also been invited to curate Contemporary Music Festivals in Germany (e.g. Berlin Urbane Aboriginale) and Austria (e.g. Wels 'Unlimited'). He has curated his own festival "String 'em up" of radical string players and their instruments, taking place in Podewil, Berlin in 1998 and Dodorama and V2, Rotterdam in 1999 , Tonic, New York in 2000, Mains D'Oeuvres, Paris in 2002, and IPR, New york in 2010.

Jon Rose has appeared on over 100 records and CD's; He has worked with many of the innovators and mavericks in contemporary music such as The Kronos String Quartet, John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Butch Morris, Barry Guy, Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre, Connie Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Chris Cutler, Otomo Yoshihide, KK Null, Alex Von Schlippenbach, Toshinori Kondo, Francis-Marie Uitti, Alvin Curran, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, Shelley Hirsh, Mark Dresser, Ben Patterson, Emmett Williams, John Cage, Joel Ryan, Peter Kowald, Borah Borgmann, Tristan Honsinger, Mari Kimura, The Soldier String Quartet, Borah Bergman, Sainko, Tristan Honsinger, Tony Oxley, Cor Fuhler, Steve Beresford, Eugene Chadbourne, Bob Ostertag, Malcolm Goldstein, Jim Denley, David Moss, Miya Masaoka, Barre Phillips, Roger Turner, George Lewis, Gunter Christmann, Davy Williams, Misha Mengelberg, Elliott Sharpe, Elena Kats Chernin, Lauren Newton, Uli Gumpert, Christian Marclay, Richard Barret, Pierre Henry, etc).

In 1989, in co-operation with New Music Festival 'Inventionen' (Berlin), he directed the first 'Relative Violin Festival' with over 50 violinists from around the world.In 1991, he directed "Das Rosenberg Museum", a surrealist satire commissioned by German Television's ZDF, this piece later became the first interactive video ever to be controlled by a violin bow. Other films/videos include 'Café Central' and 'Shopping' (both made for ORF, Austria). The Rosenberg Museum does actually exist.

Jon Rose is also the originator of 4 books - The Pink Violin and Violin Music in the Age of Shopping (both published by NMA, Melbourne); "Music of Place: Reclaiming A Practice", and rosenberg 3.0 - not violin music. Jon Rose is currently performing Palimpolin - Hyperstring 4, one of a number of highly acclaimed works for violin and inter-active software. In addition there are performances of Violin Factory featuring large string orchestras and interactive video in Europe and Australia. His group projects include Strung, Violin Music in the Age of Shopping (with the likes of Chris Cutler, Lauren Newton, Otomo Yoshihide, etc); the infamous Berlin Noise-Impro-Rock Band Slawterhaus (with Johannes Bauer, Dietmar Diesner & Peter Hollinger); The interactive 'Badminton' game Perks, based on the musical innovations and perversions of Australian freak composer Percy Grainger; and there are five established improvising trios which are currently available... The Exiles (with Tony Buck & Joe Williamson), and The Kryonics (with Aleks Kolkowski & Matthias Bauer), Artery (with Chris Abrahams and Clayton Thomas), Futch (with Thomas Lehn and Johannes Bauer), Strike (with Clayton Thomas and Mike Majkowski) and the bicycle-powered chamber orchestra composition Pursuit.

The duo Temperament was formed in 2000 with pianist Veryan Weston, specialising in improvisation with different tunings (Just, 19 tone, etc) for the keyboards and various scordatura for the violins.

Other on going projects are Australia Ad Lib which documents alternative music practice in Australia and the duo Great Fences of Australia, a collaboration with US violinist Hollis Taylor.

Since 2001 Jon Rose is again based full time in Australia: in 2005 he finished a major commission Pannikin for The Melbourne Festival, and was awarded a 2 year fellowship from The Australia Council to research and develop The Ball Project.

In 2009 The Kronos String Quartet and The Sydney Opera House commissioned Music from 4 Fences.

From 2008-2010 Jon Rose collaborated with Robin Fox on the Transmission Project and he received a further grant in 2009 from The Australia Council to work with KMI in the USA, on the K-Bow. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM).

The Music Board of The Australia Council has honored Jon Rose with its most prestigious award for life time achievement and contribution to Australian music, The Don Banks Prize 2012.

Currency House has recently published his call to action "Music of Place: Reclaiming A Practice". "

-Jon Rose Website (

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"Claire Edwardes is an internationally acclaimed Australian percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Sydney based innovative new music group, Ensemble Offspring. She has been described by the press as a 'sorceress of percussion' and is well known for her powerhouse style of playing and inimitable stage presence. Claire is the only Australian musician to win the 'APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual' three times (2016, 2012, 2007), was the recipient of a recent Australia Council and a Freedman Fellowship and the winner of numerous European (resident there for seven years) instrumental and percussion competitions as well as 1999 Australian Young Performer of the Year. Recently appearing as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl and on Play School to an audience of thousands of children, Claire is passionate about percussion and new sounds being widely disseminated."

-Claire Edwardes Website (

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"Mike Majkowski is a double bassist / composer born in Sydney, Australia. Currently based in Berlin. Active in the fields of improvised, composed and exploratory music. Performs as a soloist + with a number of collaborative projects (some of which are featured in this site) mike is currently exploring the spectral qualities of double bass resonance, examining deliberate frequencies and circumstantial resonance. His music also explores the relationship between physicality and sonority, with the aim of creating a sense of stillness." (

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"Daniel Yeadon (Cello, Viola da gamba)

Born: England

The English cellist and viola da gambist, Daniel Yeadon, originally studied cello and piano in the North of England. He graduated in physics at Oxford University and subsequently worked as a scientific book editor for Longman Publishing Company in London. The lure of music soon proved too strong and Daniel moved on to the Royal College of Music to gain a Diploma in Early Music Performance.

After training with the European Community Baroque Orchestra Daniel Yeadon became principal cellist of the renowned period instrument ensemble Florilegium, performing throughout the world at major venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Sydney Opera House. With Florilegium he has made twelve CD recordings for the Dutch company Channel Classics. In 1995 he joined the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, playing on both modern and period instruments. With the Quartet he appeared at all the major UK music festivals, toured the USA and Russia and made frequent radio and CD recordings.

Daniel Yeadon has taught cello and viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, at Cambridge and York Universities in the UK, and also at Bucknell and Penn State Universities in the USA.

Daniel Yeadon has now made Sydney his home and regularly appears with Salut! Baroque, Sinfonia Australis, Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia, and the Australian Bach Ensemble. He will continue to perform regularly with many of the London-based period instrument ensembles including the English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The King's Consort."

-Bach Cantata Website (

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Track Listing:


1. Georges Six 4:22

2. Macadamia 4:11

3. Ten Hockets: Bribie Island 2:35

4. Ormiston Gorge 1:15

5. Bowen At N'dhala gate 2:09

6. Tocatta 2:24

7. Nightshift 4:22

8. Hugh River 2:22

9. Waltz With Tree Frogs 3:43

10. Lamington Plateau 7:10

11. Song Maps: Alice Springs, No. 1: Song Map 1 1:34

12. Song Maps: Alice Springs, No. 1: Song Map 2 1:44

13. Song Maps: Alice Springs, No. 1: Song Map 3 1:48

14. Song Maps: Alice Springs, No. 1: Song Map 4 1:04

15. Song Maps: Alice Springs, No. 1: Song Map 5 0:57

16. Song Maps: AliceSprings, No. 1: Song Map 6 0:32

17. Song Maps: Alice Springs, No. 1: Song Map 7 1:22

18. Song Maps: Alice Springs, No. 1: Song Map 8 0:54

19. Song Maps: Alice Springs, No. 1: Song Map 9 0:55

20. Green Lake, Victoria 1:04

21. Greens Park, Georgetown 2016 9:01

22. Saleyards 4:00

23. Madigan 1, 2, 3: Alice Springs 6:39


1. Owen Springs Reserve 2014 6:20

2. Cumberdeen Dam: Tema 2:45

3. Alice Springs: Palm @ Ragonesi 2:30

4. Roe Creek Flow 4:57

5. Duaringa Traffic 3:25

6. Cumberdeen Dam: Multifonica 3:06

7. Voices 2:04

8. Hall's Creek 4:19

9. Banana Paper 4:20

10. Riffingbird No. 1: WestWylaong 3:04

11. Riffingbird No. 2: Byron Bay 1:25

12. Riffingbird No. 3: Ponto Falls 1:51

13. Riffingbird No. 4: Taroom 2:38

14. Ross River 3:20

15. Racecourse: Alice Springs 2:47

16. Solo-Esque 3:21

17. Alice Springs: Gosse @ Sturt 3:17

18. Bird-Esk 14:25

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