ELISION rehearsal – on the way to some fabulous April concerts in Melbourne

These photographs were taken inside of the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall of the Melbourne Recital Centre.  It is an incredibly beautiful space and possesses an extremely responsive acoustic.  Great to play in. The images are taken of rehearsal of works by composers Unsuk Chin and Adi Snir and show new ELISION members Alex Waite (piano) and Kathryn Schulmeister (contrabass) in action.

ELISION rehearsal of Unsuk Chin at the Melbourne Recital Centre conducted by Carl Rosman on April 17, 2018
ELISION ensemble rehearsing Adi Snir at the Melbourne Recital Centre
ELISION ensemble rehearsing Adi Snir at the Melbourne Recital Centre on April 17, 2018

Next up: ELISION performing a new major work from Timothy McCormack at Melba Hall, 3.00pm on April 22.

Meet the Rotary Weather Harp

At last!  Composer Liza Lim and ELISION harpist Marshall McGuire work together discovering the nuances and capabilities of the rotary harp, a creation of David Murphy.  We are using it as an Australian parallel to the musical inventions and machines of Walter Smetak which are referenced and deployed in Liza Lim’s Ronda- The Spinning World.  I love this piece of Liza’s for its mad, crazy exuberance. Written for Ensemble Modern it receives an Australian premiere with ELISION musicians at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wednesday April 18th at 7:30PM.  See and hear it here in this video.

The Rotary Weather Harp from Daryl Buckley on Vimeo.

ELISION at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Kathryn Schulmeister
Kathryn Schulmeister, contrabass

April the 18th is coming up so quickly now and the ensemble is really looking forward to welcoming new and old friends travelling from all around the world to kick our year off.  The brilliant bass player Kathryn Schulmeister joins us for the very first time, alongside trumpet meister Marco Blaauw  who will be there to raise a storm with Tristram Williams.  The remarkable talents of Christine Chapman, Carl Rosman, Josh Hyde and Séverine Ballon also grace our stage.  At the concert look out for composers Aaron Cassidy, Adi Snir, Timothy McCormack, Liza Lim and Shuhan Hu.  And, of course Unsuk Chin who is the featured composer of this year’s Metropolis Festival.

Liza Lim wins the 2018 Don Banks award

The Australia Council Awards for 2018 was an extremely successful function and from an ELISION perspective it was both wonderful and timely to be able to witness one of our family of composers, Liza Lim, honoured with the Don Banks award. The award recognised the remarkable achievements of Liza Lim and her sustained contribution to the field of composition and contemporary classical music. Read more about Liza’s work here.

Liza Lim and Philip Adams
Composer Liza Lim and choreographer Philip Adams celebrating their recognition at the Australia Council Awards 2018

And the evening also brought ELISION’s artistic director together with past chair Professor Malcolm Gillies, past Deputy-Chair Tony Grybowski for a very rare photo opportunity!

Daryl Buckley, Tony Grybowski and Professor Malcom Gillies
Daryl Buckley, Tony Grybowski and Professor Malcom Gillies at the 2018 Australia Council Awards

Visit to the studio of David Murphy

Composer Liza Lim with the Tres Soir
A visit to the workshop of David Murphy

We went to see visual artist, builder and instrument maker David Murphy at his Melbourne studio.  Liza and I were seeking new and amazing versions of the home-made inventions of Walter Smetak, recently encountered by Liza in Salvador da Bahia, and used in her large-scale chamber work Ronda – The Spinning World, originally written for Ensemble Modern. This piece embodies the madcap gyrations, the ballistic energies and torque of Brazilian capoeira turned into strange asymmetrical musical repetitions and improvisational-like extremes. Here David Murphy’s creations become the Australian versions of the Três sois, and Ronda, taking the improvisational and joyous life of the Brazilian aesthetic into a sonic realm. And I am so looking forward to harpist Marshall McGuire performing upon this instrument at our Melbourne Recital Centre concert on Wednesday April 18th. Be there, the sonic adventure starts at 7:30pm. It’s the Australian premiere of Ronda – The Spinning World.