100 for 100

The next ELISION concert occurs on Sunday November 11th 3:00PM at the Melbourne Meat Market.

It is part of a celebration of 100 years of Polish Freedom with performances around the world given by Klangforum Wien, ICE and Ensemble Intercontemporain, amongst others. And we are conducted by the ever brilliant and insightful Elliot Gyger.


This ELISION concert includes music by Dominik KarskiDobromila JaskotJagoda Szmytka, Marcin Stańczyk & Andrzej Kwiecinski.
Be there for some fabulous music making!


The concert “100 for 100. Musical Decades for Freedom”, co-organised by PWM Edition to celebrate the centenary of Poland regaining independence, is held under the National Patronage of Andrzej Duda, the President of the Republic of Poland to mark the Centenary of Regaining Independence and financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the Multi-Annual Programme “Niepodległa” 2017-2021.


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ELISION May concerts

ELISION poster at RPAC, Queensland
ELISION poster at RPAC, Queensland

Ah!  Queensland. A fun gig courtesy of Zane Trow that brought back memories.  And a chance to cane some Barrett and Cassidy.  And a new work from Jim Gardner before heading off to Germany to play with the wonderful musicians of MusikFabrik.

ELISION in Queensland

Coming up at RPAC.  Really looking forward to being back in Queensland and performing there.  ELISION was based in Brisbane from 1996 until mid-2008 so a substantial part of the life of the ensemble was based there.

RPAC 2018 ELISION poster
RPAC 2018 ELISION poster

ELISION at the venerable Melba Hall

It was a relaxed and characteristically sunny and autumnal Melbourne afternoon. Great for listening to works by Dominik Karski, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh,  Séverine Ballon, Evan Johnson and Liza Lim.  And of course, the second instalment of the major KILN project, a sonic adventure between composer Timothy McCormack, ELISION and Austin percussion trio Line Upon Line.  More on that later in a separate post.


Kathryn Schulmeister and Peter Neville performing Karski
Kathryn Schulmeister and Peter Neville performing ‘Motion and form’, composer Dominik Karski, at Melba Hall
ELISION percussionist Peter Neville and harpist Marshall McGuire
Steel drum and harp action during the general rehearsal of Dominik Karski’s attractive and unique trio
Séverine Ballon, violoncello
Séverine Ballon, violoncello, delivers fragile, delicate and highly compelling multiphonics during the performance of her own composition
ELISION flautist Paula Rae
ELISION flautist Paula Rae performing in ‘The thin air between skins’, composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh


Insanely gorgeous and stunning instruments used in work of Liza Lim

The instruments, created by David Murphy, were an absolute joy to work with.  Heroes of the Piston Cretino,  Ben Marks and guest Christine Chapman, erupted riotously across the stage and cavorted into the audience. Yes, the Gods are cowboys and in this concert  Liza Lim’s Ronda-The Spinning World gavalnised the energies and spirit of the Brazilian streetscape, of Capoeira, and the torque of the Ronda into something quite sonically magical.

Christine Chapman manipulates the Piston Cretino
Christine Chapman manipulates the Piston Cretino watched by bemused conductor Carl Rosman in a rehearsal of Ronda-The Spinning World composed by Liza Lim
Benjamin Marks plays the Piston Cretin
Chaos on stage as Benjamin Marks plays the Piston Cretino with guest Christine Chapman

And what about these invented string instruments!

Graeme Jennings and Phoebe Green, ELISION strings
At last Graeme Jennings gets a decent violin. He and Phoebe Green perform upon string instruments created by the singularly inventive David Murphy
Phoebe Green performing upon a viola of sorts!
Phoebe Green performing upon a viola constructed of surprising materials also made by David Murphy

AND lets not forget the Rotary Weather Harp with new virtuoso exponent Marshall McGuire.

ELISION rehearsing Ronda-The Spinning World
ELISION rehearsing ‘Ronda-The Spinning World’ for Metropolis 2018


This concert was a lot of fun.  Thank you Metropolis and MRC and all of the composers and performers.  And a lucky last- also intensely energetic, jaw-droppingly precise and ballistic- the music of Unsuk Chin.

Peter Neville and James Townsend, percussion
Peter Neville and James Townsend go ballistic performing Unsuk Chin for Metropolis