1st Prize!

Congratulations to Katrina for winning first prize in the free-scores composers competition for her piece “Nightfire” for cello and flute. Have a listen!

 

 

 

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Ah! Sirocco

We played the Irish premier of May Howlett’s – Ah! Sirocco at Ballymaloe house venue The Grain Store.

 

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The Big Dry at Ballymaloe

Lovely concert at The Grain Store at Ballymaloe. Here is our programme

  1. The Big Dry                                                Elisabeth Kelvin (b.1966)
  2. Goldfish Through Summer Rain            Anne Boyd (b.1946 )
  3. Snow, Moon and Flowers                        Peter Sculthorpe (b.1928 )
  4. Eliza’s Aria                                                Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957 )
  5. Colours of the Sea                                    Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957 )

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  1. Nightfire for bass flute and cello            Katrina Emtage (b.1966 )
  2. Soilse in Darkness                                      Ilse de Ziah (b.1969 )
  3. Mistral and Sirocco                                    May Howlett (b.1931 )
  4. Sonus Dulcis                                                Andrián Pertout (b.1963 )
  5. Russian Rag                                                    Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957)

Elisabeth Kelvin’s ‘Big Dry’

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2 first performances!

2 new works will have their first hearing in Ballymaloe on Sunday 13th November – Nightfire by Katrina Emtage for bass flute and cello and a new work for solo cello by Ilse de Ziah.
As well as these the program will include Sonus Dulcis by Chilean/Australian composer Andrian Pertout, the atmospheric Goldfish through Summer Rain by Anne Boyd 3 works by Elena Kats-Chernin and 3 beautiful miniatures for solo piano by Peter Sculthorpe

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Music of Elena Kats-Chernin in The Grainstore, Ballymaloe, November 13th 2011

Music of Eliza Kats-Chernin at The Grainstore, Ballmaloe, 13th November 2011.
We will be presenting a first Irish performance of the composer’s own arrangement of Eliza’s Aria, made famous as being the theme music for Lloyd’s bank in the UK. Her trio Colours of the Sea and Russian Rag will also be on the program. Here’s a link to a live performance by Elena for the ABC Sunday Arts program.

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Concert at Cork School of Music March 1st 2011

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An enjoyable concert to a delighted audience. Video soon to come and sounds on their way. The programme included three premieres of Australian composers Elisabeth Kelvin ‘The Big Dry’, John Plankenhorn ‘Meanwhile, upthebackpaddock, and Ilse de Ziah ‘Blow by Blow’

  1. The Big Dry (flute, cello & piano) Elisabeth Kelvin (1966
  2. Meanwhile Up the Back Paddock….Nos 1&2 John Plankenhorn
  3. Red Sun Chill Wind (flute & piano) Anne Boyd (1946 – )
  4. Meanwhile Up the Back Paddock….Nos 3&4 John Plankenhorn4Snow Moon and Flowers (piano) Peter Sculthorpe (1928 – )
  5. Meanwhile Up the Back Paddock….No. 5 John Plankenhorn (1966 – )
  6. Blow by Blow (cello) Ilse de Ziah (1969 – )
  7. Meanwhile Up the Back Paddock….No. 6 John Plankenhorn (1966 – )
  8. Sonus Dulcis (flute, cello & piano) Andrián Pertout (1963- )

    About the composers:

    Elisabeth Kelvin

    Was born in Sydney where she studied clarinet and saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is currently based in Sydney again after some years in the USA where she performs and teaches classical, contemporary music and jazz improvisation.

    She holds a BMus from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Masters and Doctorate Michigan State University

     

    John Plankenhorn

    Is a composer and electric bassist who also did a Master’s degree at Michigan State University and currently lives in Tamworth NSW. His publishing company is called Titan Chunky compositions

    Meanwhile, upthebackpaddock. . . Nos. 1 – 6,” are “seriously composed works,” yet also ironic and humorous. ”Meanwhile, upthebackpaddock” might be the Ozzie equivalent of saying, “Meanwhile, back at the ranch.” “Up the back paddock” is the rural location where some sort of trouble is likely to occur, some sort of mischief, or, possibly, something of a sexual or illicit nature. The words “up the back paddock” have been strung together not only to mimic colloquial Australian speech, but to reflect the relative compactness of these six miniatures.

     

    Anne Boyd (1946 -)

    has enjoyed a distinguished career as a composer and music educator. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA Hons in Music degree in 1967 and subsequently, in 1972, from the University of York in England with a PhD in composition. She has held academic positions at the University of Sussex (1972-77) and at the University of Hong Kong, where she was the founding Head of the Department of Music (1981-1990). In 1990 she became the first Australian and the first woman to be appointed Professor of Music at the University of Sydney where her research work focuses upon the influence of landscape and of Asian music upon Australian composers. Her struggles to ensure the survival of this department gained international attention through the release of the award winning documentary Facing the Music (2001).

    Anne Boyd wrote her first compositions as a little girl growing up on a remote outback sheep station in Central Queensland where her only music teaching was via ABC Radio (especially The Children’s Hour’s Mr Melody Man) and a recorder book. Much later she became a student of Peter Sculthorpe and inherited through him a lifelong fascination with the musical cultures of South East Asia, especially Japan and Indonesia. She regards the ancient court music of Japan as a primary influence, the closest musical representation of the arid outback landscape of her early childhood. Composition is viewed as essentially spiritual and she is much interested in the idea of music as meditation, as a means of changing states of consciousness. Her music is based on the intersection of Christian Love with Buddhist silence. Boyds music is published by Faber Music (London) and the University of York Music Press. In 1996 Anne Boyd was honoured with the award of an AM in the Order of Australia for her service to Music as a composer and educator. In 2003, she was conferred Honorary Doctor of the University by the University of York (UK).

     

    Red Sun Chill Wind was written for Geoffrey Collins in 1980 and first performed in 1981.It is based on a poem written by the Japanese poet Basho from “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”

    Red, red is the sun,

    Heartlessly indifferent to time,

    The wind knows however,

    The promise of early chill

     

    Peter Sculthorpe: “Snow, Moon and Flowers (1971), from Night Pieces for piano, is based upon a Japanese concept known as setsugekka. This concerns the entwining of relationships between snow, flowers and the moon. The transforming qualities of the moon, for instance, may make flowers of snow, and snow of flowers. Even the moon itself may be viewed as a huge snowflake, or as a great white peony rose… On the surface, Snow, Moon and Flowers appears to be quite gentle. It should, however, be played with precision and strength”. (Sculthorpe: 1999, 148)

     

    Andrián Pertout (1963 -) was born in Santiago, Chile, and lived in Gorizia,Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne, Australia in 1972. Over the years he has worked as a film composer, performer, producer, arranger and writer.

    In 2000, Andrián Pertout completed a BMus (Hons) degree, and in 2002, a Master of Music (MMus) degree with first class honours at the University of Melbourne, majoring in composition. In 2007, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, Australian Postgraduate and Melbourne Research scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock.

    As an educator, Andrián Pertout has been a teaching composition and orchestration at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne since 2003. The Victorian College of the Arts has additionally employed him since 2006. In 2007, he also began working as a music engraver for the Lyre-Bird Press (Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre), one of the world’s foremost publishers of scholarly musical editions. Over the years he has also worked for the University of New England, Charles Darwin University and the University of Western Sydney as composition teacher, supervisor and examiner.

    As a writer, he has published over 400 articles in music publications, such as Juke Magazine, Mixdown, Australian Musician, On the Street Melbourne, Music Trader, Spanish Herald, Drum Scene, Music Trader Online, Beat Magazine, 3rd Magazine, Metalshop Online and the Sunday Herald Sun, reviewing new musical technology, compact disc and book releases, as well as conducting interviews with prominent national and international artists including Herbie Hancock, Steve Reich, Joe Satriani, Mark Levine, Joe Zawinul, Melissa Etheridge, José Feliciano, among many.

    Sonus Dulcis’ (2003 – revised 2008) or ‘Euphony’ is an exploration of the system of just intonation, or pure intervals (whereby “frequencies of the individual tones reflect the precise mathematical proportions that occur in the harmonic series”), and therefore attempts to avoid sequential intervals with non-superparticular vibration ratios. Its pitch material features the Japanese ‘In’ scale – essentially a hemitonic pentatonic scale incorporating two auxiliary tones.


 

 

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