Tamara Smolyar performs Seven Variations on Tuireamh Mhic Finín Dhuibh on Monday 22 May, in case you are up for a trip to Rumania this month. Octavian Simu and Max Packer have each contributed a variation. The original tune is a lament that dates from the death of Sylvester Ó Suilleabháin, who was thrown from his horse in 1809. To make matters worse, the lament is in the dark and dissonant Locrian mode.
Another album of Australian work by some of my wonderfully talented colleagues.
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So the time has come to talk about Berlin 2016.
Jaslyn Robertson, Ralph Whiteoak and I will have works performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on November 14 later this year. The performance group is the State Youth Ensemble New Music Berlin conducted by my dear colleague and friend Jobst Liebrecht. This post is an early invitation for all my friends in Europe and of course also for my Australian friends who might hang out in Berlin at that time.
The youth ensemble will present the first performances of the newly commissioned works by Jaslyn and Ralph and perform Sweet Spots, my chamber concertino for contrabass clarinet, which was commissioned in 2006 by the Alaskan new music organisation CrossSound and premiered with Kevin Schempf as soloist.
Here is something for beginning musicians to learn identify musical intervals from music notation. I have collaborated on this text with the wonderfully talented illustrator and designer Tahl Swieca, whose quirky drawings add a cheeky charm to this publication. It is available from Ars Publica.
Lacan: Ein Lehrstück (2015), for large orchestra, soprano and flugelhorn.
Libretto based on the writings of Jacques Lacan.
Live recording of the first performance of the first movement: 9 August 2015 at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne with the Monash Academy Orchestra, Warwick Stengards (conductor), Jessica Aszodi (soprano), Tristram Williams (flugelhorn).
Chiesa di San Giacomo Apostolo, Pasian di Prato, 29 November 2015