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2014 so far

So I’ve been absent from this site for a little while, so I thought I’d mention some things I’ve been involved in so far this year. It’s been a very fun year, with plenty of travel and great projects.

February I performed music by Valentin Silvestrov, Cat Hope, and Matthias Pintscher in ATTACCA presented by Cathexis (Peter De Jager, Lina Andonovska, Matthias Schack-Arnott and myself) at the Northcote Town Hall. With Cathexis I performed music by Eres Holz and Travis Alford in a concert in June, Reckless Abandon, designed by Lina at the Abbotsford Convent as part of the 2014 Spiritous series. www.cathexis.com.au

A big highlight of the year has been working with Ensemble Offspring as part of their inaugural Hatched Academy. Scattered throughout the year have been trips to Sydney for professional development, lessons, rehearsals, and discussions – and it all culminates on the 30th October with a performance at the Sydney Conservatorium with works by Stockhausen, Matthias Pintscher, Jeremy Rose, and Cor Fuhler. http://ensembleoffspring.com/the-music/upcoming-shows/hatched/

The Phonetic Orchestra, an 8-piece ensemble exploring composition and improvisation began its year-long project as part of a JUMP Mentorship grant. April saw a performance with Peter Knight, AD of the Australian Art Orchestra. Then Eugene Ughetti from Speak Percussion joined us as director of a performance in May. Upcoming projects included directors Dale Gorfinkel and Jim Denley. See info for these performances in dates.

I was happy to be longlisted for the 2014 Freedman Jazz Award, which inspired some writing for a new quartet with Joe O’Connor, Sam Zerna, and James McLean. This then led to a recording done just before Sam left our island for an unknown amount of time. Listen to some tracks here.

Some other 2014 bits:
Working with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in their Timeline and Mahler/Sibelius tours throughout May and June, traveling around the country and playing in some lovely spaces….
Developing, recording, and performing Brett Thompson’s compositions with the Australian Art Orchestra in August….
Performing with Gurrumul with the Camerata of St John’s at the Darwin Festival in August…
Dvorak, Janacek, and Mahler with the MSO and SSO…
Gigs here and there with the Bennett’s Lane Big Band, ATM15, Randy Anderson, Hofbrass…
Playing Antione Beuger’s Cantor Quartets with Simon Charles, Scott McConnachie, and Rebecca Lane…
Performing with Crys Cole and James Rushford at the Make It Up Club’s 16th Birthday gig…

Finally I’m currently playing in Iain Grandage’s brand new opera, The Riders, based on the Tim Winton novel, at the Merlyn Theatre with Orchestra Victoria.

Keep visiting for updates of projects and performances I’m working on and am involved in…